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Cleaning Made Easy: Things to Clean in Your Home with Vinegar and Baking Soda

Apr 3, 2024 - By the dedicated team of editors and writers at Newsletter Station.

Cleaning your home doesn't have to involve harsh chemicals that can harm your health and the environment. Vinegar and baking soda are two of the most versatile and eco-friendly cleaning agents in your kitchen. These household staples can effectively and safely tackle a wide range of cleaning tasks.

In this blog, we'll explore various areas and items in your home that can benefit from vinegar and baking soda's cleaning power.
  1. Kitchen Appliances

    a) Microwave: Remove stubborn food stains and odors by placing a microwave-safe bowl filled with water and vinegar (equal parts) in the microwave. Heat it for a few minutes, then wipe away the loosened grime.

    b) Dishwasher: Clean your dishwasher by placing a cup of vinegar on the top rack and running a hot cycle. This helps remove soap scum and mineral deposits, keeping your dishwasher working efficiently.
  2. Bathroom
    a) Showerheads: Soak your showerhead in a bag of vinegar and secure it with a rubber band overnight. In the morning, scrub away any remaining mineral deposits for a clean and efficient water flow. b) Toilet bowl: Sprinkle baking soda into the toilet bowl, add vinegar, and let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub it with a toilet brush to remove stains and disinfect it.
  3. Floors
    a) Tile and grout: Apply a paste with baking soda and water to tile grout lines, and scrub with a brush. Rinse with water and enjoy cleaner and brighter tiles. b) Hardwood floors: Mix a half-cup of vinegar with a gallon of warm water to create a natural wood floor cleaner. Use a damp mop to clean and shine your hardwood floors.
  4. Countertops
    a) Granite and marble: Avoid acidic cleaners on these surfaces, but you can safely clean them with water and a few drops of mild dish soap. For disinfection, follow up with a solution of water and vinegar (1:1). b) Laminate and stainless steel: Combine water and vinegar in a spray bottle to effectively clean and disinfect these surfaces. Wipe with a clean cloth for a streak-free shine.
  5. Windows and Glass
    a) Windows: Mix water and vinegar in a spray bottle for a streak-free window cleaner. Use a lint-free cloth or newspaper for a crystal-clear finish. b) Glassware: Remove cloudy stains from glassware by soaking them in vinegar and warm water. Rinse thoroughly after washing.
  6. Laundry
    a) Stains: Treat common stains like coffee, wine, or sweat with baking soda and water paste. Rub it onto the stain before washing it to help lift it. b) Fabric softener: Replace commercial fabric softeners with white vinegar. Add ½ cup to the rinse cycle to soften clothes, reduce static, and remove lingering odors.
  7. Odor Removal
    a) Refrigerator: Place a bowl of baking soda in your refrigerator to absorb odors. Replace it every few months for a fresh-smelling fridge. b) Carpets and upholstery: Sprinkle baking soda on carpets or fabric furniture, leave it for 15 minutes, and vacuum it to eliminate odors.
Vinegar and baking soda are cost-effective, eco-friendly, and versatile cleaning agents that help you maintain a clean and healthy home. By incorporating these natural alternatives into your cleaning routine, you can tackle a wide range of cleaning tasks while minimizing exposure to harsh chemicals and reducing your environmental footprint.
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