Cleaning Vinegar: What Is It and How to Use It

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Most people are familiar with using vinegar in their kitchens for cooking, but vinegar is also an amazing cleaner for your home. Cleaning vinegar is a mix of distilled white vinegar, water, and essential oils that can be used to clean and disinfect just about any surface in your home with the exception of granite, marble, and stone. It's a powerhouse for removing food, grime, sticky messes, and debris from countertops, cabinets, and tables. Cleaning vinegar is also an amazing bathroom cleaner that can be used on countertops, toilets, bath fixtures, and faucets. And, as disinfectant, it's great for banishing bacteria from couches, washing machines, humidifiers ... the list goes on and on.


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How to Make Cleaning Vinegar

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Things You'll Need

Add the distilled white vinegar, water ,and essential oil to a clean spray bottle and shake well before each use.

How to Use Cleaning Vinegar

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WARNING: Never use cleaning vinegar on granite, marble, or soapstone. The acidity in the cleaning vinegar can cause pitting and loss of shine.

To clean countertops: Simply spray with the cleaning vinegar solution and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth or sponge.

To clean floors: Spray a microfiber cleaning mop liberally with cleaning vinegar and mop floors using the dampened cloth.

To clean drains: Run hot water down the drain for at least one minute, then add one cup of baking soda and one cup of cleaning vinegar. Once the mixture stops foaming, rinse with hot water until clean.

To clean towels that may have a mildew odor: Add one cup of cleaning vinegar to your washing machine, then add the towels and run the hottest cycle your washing machine has.