Finding healthier, more efficient, and cheaper alternatives to cleaning your home are at the top of the list of priorities for almost everyone who strives to make their home healthier. Fortunately, effective and non-toxic cleaners have been present in your homes for centuries, for example, vinegar - one of the best cleaners in the house. It widely uses, efficient, and cheap.
The basic mixture is 1 cup (0.24 l) of water and ¼ distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. You can use this mixture for most cleaning of bathrooms, kitchens, floors, windows, furniture in your living and working space. With vinegar and Dawn dishwashing liquid, you will solve more demanding cleaning challenges.
These cleaners can make your job easier, floors and furniture will look like new.
You can use any edible oil for floors, usually vegetable or olive. Mix it with vinegar, water, Dawn dishwashing liquid, and essential oils. You will get mixtures that nurture wooden surfaces in your home. The simplest recipe is to mix 2.5 cups of ordinary vegetable oil, 1.5 cups of vinegar, two tablespoons of Dawn dish soap, and a few drops of fragrant essential oils. Dissolve this liquid in water and clean the floors. Or mix 1 cup of oil, 1 l of water, half a cup of vinegar and half a cup of squeezed lemon juice.
You can also use apple cider vinegar. Never place any of the products offered directly on the floor or wooden furniture, as they may cause pale stains. Always dissolve the mixtures you have prepared in water.
A mixture of vinegar and water (1:10) perfectly cleans glass surfaces (windows, oven glass, shower glass). Add 10 drops of essential oil of your choice. Pour the mixture into a pump bottle, as this will make it easier to apply.
At the bottom of the bowl with the sprinkler put 1/5 vinegar, 30 drops of essential oil of tea tree, lavender and sage, Dawn dishwashing liquid, and fill it with water. To polish the furniture, you can mix two tablespoons of olive oil with a cup of vinegar and thus spray the furniture, and then wipe with a cloth. Although this is suitable for almost all surfaces, do not use it on old wood or marble that changes colour. For marble, use a little water with dishwashing liquid, and for old wood, olive and essential oils.
Leave cotton wool soaked in vinegar to stand on surfaces with limescale or spray the entire sink/tub with a 50:50 solution of water and vinegar. After half an hour, clean well. Another option is, for example, to sprinkle the tap with baking soda, sprinkle with vinegar, and clean. Shower handles are best cleaned if you soak them in vinegar for an hour.
You can clean the ceramic tiles on which limescale has accumulated with a universal agent - vinegar, essential oil, water, and a small amount of Dawn dishwashing liquid.
Homemade recipe: baking soda and vinegar
If you think your laundry will smell stronger with more powder and fabric softener, you are wrong. The washing machine accumulates a sizeable amount of detergent, fabric softener, and dirt, so you must attempt to clean the machine from all impurities from time to time.
In order for your machine to be spotless and for your washed laundry to smell, use a very simple combination of home-made cleaning agents: baking soda and alcoholic vinegar.
And what is the procedure?
It is important to first clean the partitions into which you pour the laundry detergent and fabric softener because this is where most mould, fungi, and bacteria accumulate. Soak these partitions in baking soda and vinegar, then rub with a brush.
Then pour baking soda into the detergent dispenser, and pour the vinegar into the softener dispenser. Pour a little baking soda and vinegar into the drum of the machine.
Start the empty machine using the programme at the highest temperature (90 degrees). This way you will get rid of unpleasant odours and accumulated detergent with fabric softener, mould, and other impurities. Alcoholic vinegar is great for disinfection because it cleans the drum of the washing machine, the hose, and removes limescale.
If you want to get rid of fabric softener (for example, because of allergies), you can make a homemade fabric softener. You will need 950 ml of white alcohol vinegar, 900 g of baking soda, 1.9 l of distilled water, and 15 ml of lavender or eucalyptus essential oil. First, mix the vinegar and soda carefully, because it will foam, and then add water and oil. Four spoons of this softener are enough for one full machine, and it can stand in a closed container for up to four months.
Stove - for thorough cleaning of the stove top, sprinkle it with baking soda, sprinkle with vinegar and rub with a sponge.
Oven - if the oven is not very dirty, you will need a little Dawn dishwashing liquid and water. If extra cleaning needed, coat the inside of the oven with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar and leave it to act for a while, and then clean everything well. The grills from the stove need to soak for an hour in boiling water with vinegar and a little dish detergent. After that, the impurities will soften, and you will remove them more easily. And to keep the oven clean, wipe it with undiluted vinegar after each use.
Dishwasher - besides Dawn dish soap, you can use vinegar that corrodes limescale.
Refrigerator - mix water and vinegar in a ratio of 50:50, also add a few drops of lavender essential oil. Wipe all surfaces in the refrigerator with this solution.
Sink - limescale that accumulates in the sink can remove with heated vinegar, in which you must soak cotton wool and leave it to stand on the surface with limescale. For persistent deposits, this procedure should repeat, although in most cases this problem disappears after the first time.
Furniture fabrics - mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 3/4 cup of warm water, and 1/2 tablespoon of Dawn liquid soap in a spray bottle. Shake to combine the ingredients. Dampen the soiled surface. Then wipe in a circular motion with a soft cloth.
Leather furniture - pour 1/2 cup of vegetable oil and 1/4 cup of white vinegar into the spray bottle. Shake to combine the ingredients. Spray on the surface, clean with a soft cloth. Repeat as needed to remove dirt and prints from the furniture. After that, the surface will be clean and soft.
Vinegar and Dawn liquid soap are great tools for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in your household.
Read what you should not clean with vinegar.