You don’t want to have chemical cleaning products in your house, the natural ones are expensive and you don’t enjoy making them yourself? Then you will surely appreciate our most simple tip, which is vinegar.
Almost everybody has ordinary vinegar at home. If you don’t have it, then you definitely don’t have to go far for it. You can get it at any supermarket or small grocery store right behind the corner. The fact that it won’t put a hole in your wallet is also a nice bonus.
A superpower of vinegar is its sanitizing power.
Acidic vinegar will deal with oily stains (it has the ability to bind fats to itself), it has antibacterial properties, it sanitizes, dissolves limescale and neutralizes odours.
You could already see the instructions for a truly simple universal cleaning product, in which we combined vinegar with water and an essential oil.
If you don’t have a spray at home and need to clean up quickly, then there isn’t anything simpler than pouring vinegar into a bucket of water or directly onto the surface you want to clean. Pour a little bit of vinegar directly into a bathtub, basin or sink and clean it like you normally would with a wipe or a sponge and water and see the shine!
The best companion to vinegar is baking soda.
Personally, this is my favourite combination. My husband taught me to work with it and now it saves my time and energy from scrubbing.
With baking soda, you can do wonders even without combining it with other products. It has a bleaching effect, degreases and absorbs odours, it is great for burns, and helps remove stains.
Do you have a pet at home and would like to get rid of the smell from a carpet or a sofa?
You can simply dust the required surface with baking soda and leave it for 10-15 min, then vacuum it. I have a dog at home and I used this method for a sofa and couldn’t believe that along with dog hairs and soda, I vacuumed the smell too.
If you would like to add a whiff of a new smell to your sofa, you can add a tiny bit of essential oil into the baking soda and mix it well, before scattering it. The essential oil will soak into the soda, so you don’t need to worry about any greasy stains.
What if you mix the vinegar with the baking soda? These two will work for you.
When you put the soda on a surface where you’ve already poured vinegar, a foamy reaction will happen and the dirt will start to loosen on its own. It is perfect for stains, that you would otherwise leave your hands on by scrubbing, e.g. limescale.
I like to use this combination in the kitchen especially.
Stainless steel sink
Wet the sink with water and pour in a little bit of vinegar, add the baking soda and clean the whole stainless steel area with the newly formed paste by using a wipe or a sponge. Rinse with water and you will see the difference.
You definitely know it. The drainer has grooves, in which the dirt stays and then there’s this kind of slime and it’s hard to wash which is a pain to clean. Pour water over the whole surface, add vinegar and sprinkle with baking soda. Leave for 10-15 min and then clean. You will see, that this time it’ll be easy.
I do not like to clean our dog’s bowls. There is drool all over them and it is difficult to clean them. At the same time, I don’t want to use any aggressive chemicals. It is enough to simply wet the bowl with water, add vinegar on the edges and add a teaspoon of baking soda. Leave it for a while and all the dirt will go off nicely, all you need to do after is simply rinse the bowl with water.
If I could only have one thing at home I’d clean with (besides water) I would choose vinegar. However, if I could have two, I would add baking soda and know that’s all I need. Sanitised and shiny flat will be guaranteed.