House-Cleaning with White Vinegar

White vinegar has become one of the most important ingredients in my cleaning kit as I gradually phase out all the commercial cleaning products that contain highly toxic chemicals. Here is a list of the ways I use white vinegar to clean and freshen my home:

Multi-purpose cleanser: Simply fill a squeeze bottle with white vinegar use it to clean grime off almost any place you can think of; bathroom tiles, toilet, kitchen counter tops, stove, oven, refrigerator, etc. After the vinegar smell evaporates, you'll notice many foul odors also disappear. However, avoid using vinegar on marble, as it may damage the surface.

Mirror and window polisher: Use a squeeze bottle to spray a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water on your mirrors and windows. Then polish with a clean rag or paper towel.

Polish metal surfaces: Use a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water to polish metal materials.

Unclog drains: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 3/4 cup of hot white vinegar. You may see bubbles emerge from the drain when the two elements react. Leave it for a few minutes, then run hot water down the drain.

Remove stickers and labels: Soak any container with unwanted labels in a solution of white vinegar, or place a paper towel soaked in white vinegar over the offending sticker. The label should peel off easily after a few hours.

Clean rags and sponges: Soak dirty sponges and rags in white vinegar for a few hours, rinse clean with water and let dry.

Clean glass bottles and jars: Fill dirty glass containers with white vinegar and let it sit. After a few hours, the glass should be clean after rinsing with hot water.

Repel insects: Spray white vinegar wherever you think unwanted insects are making their way into your home. White vinegar will turn most pests away.

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