Top 10 Cleaning Tips to Start Your New Year Fresh
It’s the New Year now, and you’ve probably made a resolution to clean a little more. But if you don’t have the cleaning supplies, what can you do? Luckily, you probably already have one of the most flexible cleaning materials in your pantry – vinegar! Here are just a few ways vinegar can help keep your house fresh.
Removing Refrigerator Stains
Your fridge can stain pretty easily if you don’t clean it out often. To get those tough stains out of the fridge, simply soak them in undiluted white distilled vinegar. They’ll shine like new in no time!
Keeping the Cold Away
Now that it’s the cold and flu season, you can never be too vigilant about getting rid of germs. If you need to do a quick disinfect, use vinegar! Wipe down doorknobs, faucets, countertops, and other communal areas with a 50-50 mix of water and vinegar to keep them disinfected!
Run out of window cleaner, but your windows need cleaning? No problem. Simply mix ¼ cup vinegar, 2 cups water, and a squirt of liquid Castile soap in a spray bottle to keep your windows clean and clear!
Cleaning Cutting Boards
If you’ve used your cutting board for a lot of messy meals lately, wipe it down with vinegar. It’ll keep it clean and free of any odors!
Scrubbing Out the Toilet Bowl
No one likes to clean the toilet. But next time you need to clean it, pour about a cup of diluted white distilled vinegar and let it sit for a few hours or overnight. After a quick scrub and flush the next morning, your toilet should practically sparkle!
Getting Rid of Coffee Stains
Everyone who has made a cup of coffee has spilled a cup of coffee. If you’re worried about stains from your latest spill, flush the stained area with vinegar, rinse, and repeat. Then wash as normal to get the stain out – good as new!
Cleaning Painted Walls
It can be a pain to clean painted walls. Luckily, there’s a simple solution! Mix ¼ cup vinegar with 1-quart warm water to create a gentle and effective cleaner. Your walls will be stain-free in no time!
Steaming Your Carpets
Do your carpets need a good steam-cleaning? If you don’t have your own steam cleaner, simply combine water and white distilled vinegar for an equally effective substitute.
Cleaning Your Coffee and Teacups
If your coffee mugs and teacups are stained from overuse, try this top tip. Scrub them gently with equal parts salt (or baking soda) and white distilled vinegar, then rinse, and they’ll shine like new!
Making Your Microwave Sparkle
Microwaves can be so hard to clean. Luckily, it’s a cinch to do with vinegar! Mix ½ cup white distilled vinegar and ½ cup water in a microwave-safe bowl, and bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave, then wipe clean. This will loosen baked-on food and rid the microwave of any pesky odors!
So now that it’s the New Year, it shouldn’t be too hard to keep your home clean! Just add a little vinegar, and your home will be spotless in no time.