Use Vinegar to Clean Your Home

I previously posted about the different ways I clean with the Magic Eraser. Well, today I am going to talk about some effective ways to use vinegar to clean your home.

Use Vinegar to Clean Your Home

Use Vinegar to Clean Your Home

If you have vinegar in your house, there’s no need to buy expensive products to clean your home. Vinegar is natural and economical, and when combined with water or baking soda, it can clean most surfaces in your home.

Distilled white vinegar kills mold, germs, and bacteria naturally without harsh chemicals.

Here are a few ways I use vinegar to keep my house clean and germ free:

  • Fill a spray bottle with half vinegar and half water and use it to deodorize the air after cooking smelly foods. The room will smell of vinegar for a few minutes and then will be odor-free. ( I have multiple bottles around the house for cleaning other items.)
  • Clean the garbage disposal by pouring 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain. Let sit for 5 minutes, then run hot water down the disposal.
  • Spray and wipe the top of the refrigerator to clean the sticky grime that accumulates there.
  • If dishes get white marks on them from the dishwasher, spray and wipe clean.
  • Spray the trash can each night to avoid odors.
  • Clean dishwasher by pouring a cup of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher and running it on the hottest setting.
  • Get rid of fruit flies by setting out a small dish of undiluted vinegar.
  • Spray and wipe to kill germs in the bathroom.
  • Mix with water to clean mirrors.
  • Spray on shower glass doors after you squeegee it. It stops hard water from sticking to the glass.
  • Clean the toilet bowl by pouring in 1 cup and letting it sit overnight. Scrub then flush.
  • Clean fireplace glass doors with 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water. Spray and wipe dry.
  • Clean sticky scissors with a cloth dipped in vinegar.

These are just a few of the ways I use distilled white vinegar to clean my home.

Remember, if you decide to clean your home with vinegar, you will no longer need to purchase expensive, harmful cleaners, and that will be easier on your wallet!

How do you use vinegar to clean your home? I’d like to know! 🙂

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5 Simple Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Bedroom

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult if you’re spending most of the night sneezing, sniffling or wheezing. Consider these 5 simple ways to allergy-proof your bedroom during allergy season.

5 simple ways to allergy-proof your bedroom

5 Simple Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Bedroom

  1. Add a ceiling fan to the room will help keep the air circulating. Just make sure you dust it regularly or you’ll be circulating dust throughout the room.
  2. Get rid of carpet and installing hardwood floors will eliminate dirt and dust getting trapped in the fibers and hardwood is easier to keep clean.
  3. Install wooden blinds instead of curtains for the same reasons as hardwood floors: curtains trap dust and wood is easier to clean.
  4. Add an air purifier to the room. An air purifier can help remove dust, pollen and smoke that may be circulating in the air and causing allergic reactions.
  5. Use plastic bins to store items and avoid fabric ones that can trap dust.

In addition to those tips to allergy-proof your bedroom, here are 5 cleaning tips to keep dust and mold at bay.

  1. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Vacuum upholstery and curtains.
  2. Dust walls and ceiling fans often.
  3. Move furniture monthly and vacuum under and behind it.
  4. Dust with a microfiber cloth instead of a duster which can throw dust around.
  5. Wash bed sheets every week in hot water.

Hopefully these tips can help you get a handle on removing allergens from your bedroom and allow you and your family to breathe easier during allergy season! 🙂

Feel free to comment with any tips you may have to allergy-proof your bedroom or home.

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How to Effectively Spring Clean Your Home

With springtime upon us, now is a good time to show you how to effectively spring clean your home. This routine can be used as a guide for fall cleaning as well.

how to effectively spring clean your home

How to Effectively Spring Clean Your Home

If you keep up with your cleaning routine throughout the year, your spring cleaning list shouldn’t be too long.

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Here are the areas in my home I clean twice a year, unless they need to be cleaned sooner:

  • Clean the window treatments. Drapes can be taken down and dry cleaned, machine washed or vacuumed with the upholstery attachment. Check the cleaning tag to make sure you don’t damage them. Sheers can usually be washed in the machine and valances can be vacuumed.
  • Shampoo the carpets.
  • Vacuum the sofa and chairs. Don’t forget to vacuum under the cushions.
  • Clean the blinds. I like to put my hands in a sock, spray with cleaner and go to town. You will definitely need more than one sock!
  • Clean the oven.
  • Clean the windows. A great trick is to clean the inside with a squeegee going vertically and clean the outside going horizontally. This will help you see any streaks. Also, choose a cloudy day to clean the windows to avoid spots from the sun.
  • Change the batteries in the smoke and /or carbon monoxide detector.

So, there you have it! By learning how to effectively spring clean your home, you will be able to keep it clean throughout the year.

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