There are many house cleaning tips available if you know where to look for them. Some of them really work while others are not as effective. It all boils down to an experimental mind, some trial and error, and a little understanding of how certain ingredients work.
One of the most common ingredients that you’ll find is included in almost every home-made cleaning solution suggested on the internet or published in books is diluted or even full-strength vinegar. The acidity of vinegar makes it one of the best house cleaners.
Vinegar is very inexpensive compared to other house cleaning products, but in most cases it works just as well. You may be worried that the vinegary smell might stick around; but rest assured that the smell goes away as it dries. In fact, vinegar is a natural deodorizer so it will actually eliminate most unpleasant odours that you may find around your house.
The first thing to remember when using vinegar as a house cleaner is that you should only use white distilled vinegar as an agent. Because it is clear it will not dye counters, floors, walls, or other objects around the house. When it dries, it will not leave a residue. Make sure that you don’t use red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar because these do have a colour and also leave residue once they dry.
A vinegar solution can be used for many different types of hard flooring. Use the half and half vinegar solution as you are mopping hardwood, ceramic tile, linoleum, and vinyl floors. It is much easier and safer than using harsher chemicals such as ammonia or bleach. Make sure that you do not use vinegar as a cleaner for granite or marble floors or countertops because it can begin to break down stone surfaces.
The 100% vinegar house cleaning solution can be used to clean stains that are hard to remove. This includes hard water rings, stains in the toilet and even stains on carpets and clothes. White vinegar doesn’t cause discoloration, in fact, for fabric that is not colour safe, you may soak it in vinegar before washing it to set the dye.
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