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How to clean every room in the house with just vinegar

How can I clean every room with vinegar?

Since there are 1,001 uses for vinegar, you might think there’s nothing it can’t do. Not true. Vinegar cannot solve world hunger. Nor can it phone your grandmother every Sunday. Short of that, this super substance is practically unstoppable. Especially when it comes to cleaning.

The high acidity level makes vinegar effective for killing mould, bacteria and germs. Regular distilled white vinegar is more than sufficient for most jobs, but for really gross messes, get extra punch by increasing the acidity — pickling vinegar, for example, has seven per cent acidity instead of the average five per cent.

Vinegar in the kitchen

Freshen sponges and dishrags by soaking them overnight in a 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar and just enough water to cover them. Throw them in the wash and they’re as good as new. Remove soap buildup and odours from the dishwasher by running an empty machine with one cup of white distilled vinegar. Similarly, loosen grime and tackle microwave odour by bringing a bowl of vinegar and water solution to a rolling boil in the microwave for three minutes.

Vinegar in the bathroom

Remove soap buildup with a non-toxic scouring solution. Mix one part salt to four parts white distilled vinegar and say goodbye to soap scum naturally.

Deodorize the toilet bowl and leave it sparkling by soaking the basin with three cups white distilled vinegar for half an hour before scrubbing and flushing. When the bathroom’s clean, apply vinegar’s magic to your head! Fight dandruff naturally by massaging vinegar into your scalp. Results beat the store-bought shampoos.

Vinegar in the living room

Enjoy crystal-clear windows with equal parts vinegar and water. The first time you try this, chemical residue from your old cleaner might leave streaks. Cut through the grime by spraying with undiluted vinegar. Restore bright colours to your carpet by brushing on a vinegar solution. Mix one cup white distilled vinegar to every four litres of water. (Best to spot test in an out-of-sight corner.)

Vinegar in the kid’s room

To clean and disinfect all of the kids’ toys, add a good-sized splash of white distilled vinegar to soapy water.

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