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We're teaming up with our friends at The Laundress to bring you the most useful tips and products for spring cleaning.
Today: Gwen and Lindsey from The Laundress share their favorite ways to clean with vinegar.
Vinegar is known for its powerful cleaning properties that fight stains, buildup, odors, and germs; it might just be the agent we turn to the most when we're on a cleaning spree. And while plain old vinegar works like a charm, it's also known for a sometimes off-putting smell -- which is why we blended one of our signature scents with it.
Here are our favorite ways to clean with vinegar -- what are yours? Let us know in the comments!
Remove odor from fabrics:
Pretreat: To remove odor from fabric, add 1⁄4 cup of scented vinegar to a basin of warm water and soak the item for 30 minutes. Then launder as normal.
Launder: Add 1 cup scented vinegar directly to the washing machine drum (for top loaders) or to the detergent dispenser (for front loaders) and run a wash cycle using no detergent or softener. Then wash again as normal.
Deoderize rooms & appliances:
Cooking/kitchen: Remove cooking odors by simmering a small pot of 1⁄2 cup vinegar and water or keep a small bowl of vinegar on the counter to absorb odor.
Refrigerator: Place 1 cup vinegar in the refrigerator for two days to remove odor. Refresh as needed.
Microwave: Use 1⁄4 cup vinegar and 1 cup water; bring to a boil and let sit.
Deal with machine odor:
Washing machine: Add 1⁄2 cup scented vinegar mixed with 2 capfuls all-purpose bleach alternative to your machine dispenser and run an empty, long load with hot water. Don’t forget to clean out your fabric softener and bleach dispensers!
Use as a rinse aid:
To prevent spotty glassware, add vinegar to the rinse aid dispenser in your dishwasher.
Clean your drain:
To clean, deodorize, and unclog drains, sprinkle 1⁄4 cup of all-purpose bleach alternative and pour 1 cup of boiling vinegar down the drain. Allow the solution to sit for 5 minutes, then run hot water down the drain. (For garbage disposals, halve the amounts.)
Remove and inhibit bacteria, mold, and yeast growth:
Cutting boards: Apply vinegar directly to cutting boards at the end of the evening and do not rinse.
Surfaces: To clean and deodorize surfaces, glassware, and household items, wet a lint-free cleaning cloth or sponge with scented vinegar. Then wipe away dirt, stains, germs, and streaks. (This will also keep ants and bugs away.)
Toilets: Deodorize toilets with 1 cup vinegar; let sit for 30 minutes and then flush.
Clean blinds & walls:
To clean blinds and walls, mix equal parts vinegar and water in a pail and use a sponge or Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth to wipe down.
Mop Pergo "wood" floors:
Add 1⁄4 cup scented vinegar to 1 gallon of water to mop and clean Pergo floors. Avoid other floor cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, and wax as these will leave a film behind.