Everyone does it- your neighbour does it- your mother does it- heck, even your grandmother did! Cleaning with vinegar; It’s cheap, natural, and tough on bacteria, mildew, and dirt. It is a versatile, environmentally-safe alternative to a store-bought cleaner. There are endless possibilities for the use of vinegar around the home, below are some of my favourite.

Refrigerator: Skip the toxic chemicals where your food is stored. Instead, try surface cleaning with white vinegar. With a wet washcloth, wipe the shelves and walls down, removing all spills and grime.  If you have a tougher stain, try pouring a small amount of undiluted vinegar onto that spot and letting it sit for a few minutes.

CountertopsCleaning kitchen countertops with vinegar is a breeze: Just spray onto your surface, then wipe away with a warm, wet rag. However, avoid cleaning countertops with vinegar if you have a granite or marble surface. When you lay your food on the countertop, you know it’s safe and away from harsh toxic chemicals.

As a fabric softener: Use vinegar instead of fabric sheets in your laundry. This is my favourite use for vinegar! Instead of wasting your money on dryer sheets, add a cup of vinegar in your softener slot in the washing machine.  It softens clothes and removes the static at a fraction of the cost of fabric softeners.

Window cleaner:  Nothing cleans a window better than vinegar, it doesn’t leave streaks and it is a quick and easy cleaning method. Mix 1/3-cup vinegar in a 32-oz spray bottle, then fill with water. Lightly spritz on a lint-free cloth to clean and dry with a paper towel.

Polish Silverware: Have you ever had company over for dinner and all your silverware has water spots and fingerprints? Annoying right? use vinegar in a bowl of hot water to polish your silverware. Dip your utensils in the water & vinegar mix and dry with a paper towel, this will leave your silverware spotless and shining.

Vinegar may not be your favourite dressing for a salad but it will be your favourite environmentally-safe household cleaner!

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