Now, I won’t say I steer away from chemicals when I’m cleaning. However, I do have horrible allergies, a very sensitive nose and a pet – so I do my best to use gentle, natural cleaners whenever I can.
Really, you can save your money on all those expensive cleaning products and replace them with cheaper, natural alternatives. These include baking soda, salt, Borax, and my personal favorite: vinegar, which I’ve used for everything from vacuuming to window-cleaning.
So I was really excited to get to try out Heinz Cleaning Vinegar.
First of all, the name made me curious to see if there was anything special about this vinegar, or if it was the same white vinegar in a prettier, greener package.
If you look at regular vinegars, from distilled white to apple cider – you’ll notice they have an acidity of five percent. Heinz Cleaning Vinegar has an acidity of six percent – and you can really tell this when you use the product.
The smell is definitely more pungent than regular distilled vinegar.
However, it’s important to note this item is still okay for cooking, and can be found in the vinegar section at Walmart. I bet you could make some really snappy pickles with this stuff!
Over the years, I’ve learned many tips and tricks that have been passed along from family, friends and cleaning ladies. Vinegar works AMAZINGLY as a cleaner; it can be used to clean glass surfaces, as well as countertops to make them spotless.
But one of my favorite uses for vinegar is as an odor-absorber. A long time ago my Gran told me that a well-vented jar of vinegar is cigarette smoke’s worst nightmare. If you’ve got stinky smokers coming to visit, you can place a vented jar of vinegar out and it will soak up all the odor.
You can vent this either by poking holes in the jar lid, or you can be fancy and put a cute piece of fabric over it and tie it with a bow so it looks like friendly home decor. I poured the Heinz vinegar into a jar and placed it in a kitchen cabinet close to the garbage can. Helps get those icky garbage odors out!
Other great ways to use vinegar:
– Cleaning out coffee pots – just run vinegar through the coffee pot instead of water.
Gets all the coffee residue out and your coffee will taste better!
– Vacuuming/Carpet Cleaning: If you have a Vacuum or carpet cl
eaner that uses water, add a little vinegar to the water. The vinegar will help get all the stinkies from pets, feet, and any other unruly scents that have entered your home.
– Cleaning out aquatic tanks: My next-door neighbor told me she uses vinegar to clean out her turtle tanks. It kills all he bacteria and is safe for her turtles and fish!
– Getting mildew out of wet clothes: If you have never, ever,
EVER left clothes in the washing machine for too long, I applaud you. Unfortunately, I am not like you. Take a cup of vinegar and rinse with your mildewed clothes. Gets the funk out and you can safely dry them – and your clothes will NOT smell like vinegar.
These are just some ways I’ve used vinegar as part of my cleaning regiment. I’ve got more tips and photos in my Google+ album. There are also TONS of great uses for cleaning with vinegar at this special page on VinegarTips.com.
Do you use vinegar for cleaning? Have any tips to share?
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