The first, and most basic, homemade cleaner you can make is to mix white vinegar 50/50 with water in a spray bottle. This is a multipurpose cleaner that you can use to clean all around your house.
Anywhere that you would spray 409, or any-other conventional cleaner, you can use vinegar and water. Use it to clean your kitchen counters, flours, cabinets, inside the refrigerator, clean wood floors, tile floors, laminate floors, clean windows and mirrors, clean sinks and bathtub and toilet, use it for general cleaning and dusting in living room, dining room and bedrooms. Just spray it on, and use a rag or microfiber cloth to clean and wipe it away. It really is that easy and versatile!
Vinegar has anti-bacterial qualities, as well as being an excellent degreaser, and general cleaner, so you can feel confident that when you clean with vinegar that things are actually being cleaned and disinfected, without any harsh fumes or nasty chemicals.
Now, speaking of fumes. I know that vinegar has a pretty strong smell, and some people (my husband included) really cannot stand the smell of vinegar. I find that the smell dissipates rather quickly, and actually helps to eliminate other odors around the house (like in the bathroom).
But if you are one of those people that doesn’t like the smell, you can either add some essential oil to mixture to help it smell better, about 10-15 drops will probably be enough, or you can just skip using vinegar and water as a multipurpose cleaner. There are also plenty of other ways you can use vinegar around your home where the smell shouldn’t bother you as much. And I’ll also be sharing my other favorite multipurpose cleaner next week, the one that my husband always uses, which doesn’t include vinegar.
*One thing to remember is that you should not use vinegar to clean porous surfaces such as granite or marble because it can damage the surface.
Have you tried using vinegar as a multipurpose cleaner?
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