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Use Vinegar for Cleaning

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Vinegar is a cheap and easy cleaning solution. Vinegar is naturally antibacterial. In my kitchen, I use one part vinegar to one part water to clean the counters and sink, and to disinfect. I use the same solution to clean my bathroom, except I use full strength vinegar on the toilet seat and bowl. I let it stand for a few minutes before I scrub the bowl and flush. On my floors, I use the same 1-1 solution, with a few drops of dish soap; I use this to clean both my laminate kitchen floor, my wooden living room floor, and my tile bathroom floor.


If you want a "clean" smell, add a few drops of lemon juice or a fragrance extract. Not only is it cheap, but it is safe for kids and pets. I began using this when I had my son, knowing that he would soon be crawling all over the floor.

As a warning, do not mix with bleach or ammonia; this can create dangerous fumes.

Just leave a window cracked to help filter out the vinegar smell.

Source: my depression-era grandmother

By MamaSarah from Lansing, MI

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October 3, 20110 found this helpful

I totally agree with you.I clean with vinegar, lemons and sometimes peroxide opposed to bleach. Bleach is toxic where as the others aren't.

Thanks for sharing,

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October 11, 20110 found this helpful

White vinegar is so cheap and good for so many things. Thanks for reminding me we need another bottle!

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October 4, 20140 found this helpful

Vinegar is not a disinfectant. Hospitals do not use it. What it will do is create a hostile environment for bacteria so there will be fewer of them where you use vinegar.


However if you are cleaning a counter where you prepare food use a solution of bleach or something that says it disinfects.

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January 28, 20180 found this helpful

Yes! I clean my microwave with vinegar too. I pour some in a bowl, on five minutes and any stuck on food wipes right off after! I would use it for more things, but the strong smell gets to me. I might have to try the lemon drops next time!

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