Cleaning with vinegar is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly household hack. You can clean your oven, microwave, fridge and bathroom with white vinegar.
There are many brands of all-purpose vinegar, or “cleaning vinegar,” which you can find online or at any supermarket.
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The oven: Start by pouring vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray anywhere you see grime or other buildup. Set the oven to 120 degrees and let it stay on for 20 to 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and clean it out with a damp towel. Done!
The microwave: Pour vinegar in a bowl with warm water and squeeze in the juice from half a lemon. Put the bowl in the microwave and turn it on for a minute. After that you can easily clean out any stray food particles or splatter with a dishcloth.
The bathroom: If it’s time to tackle the bathroom, first make an environmentally friendly bathroom spray. You’ll need:
- One cup of water
- Half a cup of vinegar
- One squirt of dish soap
- Juice from one lemon
Mix all the ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. Seal it and shake well, and then start spraying and cleaning surfaces, including toilets, showers and bathtubs, counters and sinks.
Windows: Mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar with a small bucket of warm water and a few drops of dish soap, and, voila, you have an environmentally friendly window cleaning solution.
Eliminating bad odors: Does your fridge have odors you don’t want? Vinegar is the solution. Same goes for a smelly garbage can.
To clean the fridge, mix vinegar with water and clean using a dishcloth. The mixture will quickly get rid of any lingering odors.
If your kitchen garbage receptacle smells funky, remove the bag and clean the can with dish soap, rinse and dry. Afterwards, pour vinegar on a slice of bread and lay the bread at the bottom of the garbage can. Let it sit overnight and the smell should be gone in the morning.
Stain removal: Remove clothing stains by rubbing the stain softly with vinegar then laundering as normal. Do not use on acetate fibers. Fresh stains are easier to remove than dried-on ones.