– – – Your house won’t smell of chips
Following my previous Housewifery post Cleaning with Bicarbonate of Soda I’m going to tell you all about one of my other favourite cleaning products. The clue is in the title – vinegar. And no, your house won’t smell like a bag of chips, unless – y’know, you scatter chips across your living room. So here you go, cleaning with vinegar.
I use distilled white vinegar for the most part but vinegars such as malt, white wine or cider can be used in some cleaning recipes but they tend to be a bit pongy in some instances. I buy it in 5 litre bottles from Asian supermarkets (when I’m stocking up on good noodles or my favourite soy sauce) and decant into smaller bottles for around the house.
1. Clean your microwave by placing a bowl made up of equal parts white vinegar and water inside. Cook on high for around 3mins. It will take away niffy food smells and strangely also makes it easier to clean.
2. Stop ants coming into your property by spraying white vinegar around doors and windows (outside).
3. Cut the amount of washing powder you use in half by adding around 175ml of white vinegar to your washing machine drum.
4. Add two tablespoons of white vinegar to the rinse when handwashing your tights. It should make them last longer.
5. Soak a cloth in white vinegar then drape over taps to remove white hard water stains.
6. Clean wooden chopping boards by wiping first with hot water and then with white vinegar.
7. Make up a spray cleaner by adding 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water to a spray bottle. Use in both kitchen and bathroom to clean mirrors, counter tops, sinks, baths, showers, toilets and floors.
8. Clean windows with white vinegar, buff with newspaper.
9. Add a glug of white vinegar into the fabric softener slot of your washing machine for fluffy, soft towels or blankets.
10. De-scale your kettle by filling with vinegar, boiling and then doing the same with water. Rinse well.
P.S. Recharge your towels or nappies by washing without detergent on a v hot wash with vinegar, then doing it again with bicarb and continuing to wash as normal with vinegar in place of fabric softener. You’re welcome!