Mar 1, 2013

Cleaning With Vinegar

*I want to quickly address something: I was informed by a fellow blogger that my settings were set to "no-reply". I wasn't aware of this and apologize if you have ever tried to reply to one of my comments and were not able to. I am in no way anti-social, I promise! I've changed my settings by reverting back to my blogger profile instead of using my Google + profile so I should be good to go! And thank you Deborah @ Green Willow Pond for letting me know!

On to the post:

Hi Everyone! Today's post has something to do with another of my weird obsessions: Cleaning. There, it's out there. I like, enjoy, get a kick out of anything that has to do with cleaning! I look forward to my cleaning days throughout the week and I find dusting, vacuuming, mopping, sweeping, scrubbing, and all things cleaning very therapeutic. No relaxing spa needed here, just hand me a rag and furniture polish (for aromatherapy) and I will be one happy girl!

I still remember when my husband finally grasped this concept. He had dropped something on our carpet (can't remember exactly what) and it had to be vacuumed. So of course being the good man that he is, he gets out the vacuum and starts vacuuming away. As I'm sitting there watching, I actually began feeling left out of the "fun". Yeah, I know...I need help. So I get up and offer to take over, to which of course he responds with the typical, "No, it's okay honey. Go relax, I've got it." At this point I figured I should break it to him; he married a weirdo who not only is okay with doing all the cleaning but actually gets a thrill out of it. He finally realized that my wanting to take over was not my way of telling him he was vacuuming wrong. He was concerned with my obsession and slowly backed away from the vacuum.

Okay, on to the subject of today's post. More than a few months back I saw a pin on Pinterest about ways to clean with vinegar. Since then I've seen many bloggers share their vinegar cleaning tips. I was instantly intrigued since I don't like cleaning with chemicals. I normally clean with Mrs. Meyers products but thought I'd give vinegar a shot, just to spice things up a little. I've been using vinegar now for about 4 months and decided to share with you how I've incorporated vinegar into my cleaning routine.

A few things to know about vinegar: 
Its an acidic, which means it will kill most germs and bacteria.
It does not contain any chemicals.
It's environmentally friendly.
It's very economical (the big jug above was under $3).
It definitely has a smell to it, and some may find it offensive. But this can quickly be fixed by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender, mint, eucalyptus, etc..)
Without any essential oils added, the smell goes away after about 10 minutes or so.

In most of my cleaning I use a 1 part vinegar to 1 part water ratio (unless otherwise stated)

Here are all of the things I've cleaned with good ol' vinegar:

1. My washer and dryer's exterior: easily removes the gunk that is left from dripped laundry detergent. Also cleans off lint and debris and leaves my washer and dryer looking nice and sparkly!

2. My washer's interior: I spray my solution on a rag and then wipe down the inside of my washer after every use to prevent soil buildup. 

3. My microwave's exterior: it makes the stainless steel shine more than with any other cleaner I've used! Also, there are no streaks left behind!

4. Microwave's interior: I simply add 1/2 cup water to 1/2 cup vinegar in a measuring cup and set my microwave to 3-5 minutes (until it starts to boil), then I leave the cup inside for another 5-10 minutes. All the gunk that would have required some serious elbow grease can now be easily wiped away with a sponge or paper towel.

Not very dirty at this point, but there was some gunk on the top I forgot to photograph.

All clean!

 5. To Disinfect Toys: I just fill 1/2 of the sink with water, the other 1/2 with vinegar and add a squirt of dish soap. I let it soak for about 20 minutes, rinse, dry and toys area all clean and sanitized. I do this about once a month.
*For toys that should not be submerged in water I just spray with a bottle and wipe down with cloth.

 6. Bath walls: I spray the entire area, let it sit a few minutes and wipe away to reveal sparkly clean walls!

Other ways (not pictured):

- Toilet seats
-Toilet bowl cleaner (1/2 vinegar and 1/2 Dawn Blue dish soap makes a gel like consistency)
- Bathroom sinks (the same formula as above)
-Bathroom and Kitchen counters

And if you want to know more awesome ways to use vinegar, go here!

Overall, I've been very satisfied with including vinegar in my home cleaning! I do, however need to get an essential oil to mask the vinegar smell. I don't mind it (it goes away after a while), but my daughter always makes it known that she is not pleased with the smell. I think the essential oil will make my cleaning routine even more enjoyable!

Thank you so much for reading and have a great fun filled weekend!

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Ashley said...

This post is great. Forgive me for laughing out loud over you standing watching your husband vacuum. I found that hilarious lol. I usually clean with bleach, but ill try using vinegar. I know my husband cleans our car windows with vinegar and even though I hate the smell, the windows look great. I always look forward to my cleaning days even though I feel weird too. Like when I wipe my kitchen tables I step back to make sure I didn't miss a spot (lmbo)..

Jen Marie said...

I admire your love of cleaning because that sure isn't how I am. I wish I even kind of enjoyed cleaning so that it wouldn't be such a dreaded task for me. I do love the vinegar cleaning tip and I plan to try it in the future!

Ann Jones said...

I use vinegar for cleaning also, it's great :) I found you on bloggy moms and following you on GFC now. I look forward to your future posts!

Heather @ What Does She Do All Day? said...

I love vinegar for cleaning. I put lemon essential oil in it for a fresh smell. I also like to mix vinegar and blue Dawn for scrubbing the shower. And vinegar and baking soda for toilet scrubbing.

acasarella said...

Great post! I just picked a bunch of lemons off our tree and soaked them in water and vinegar to clean them off.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Ashley! As to the laughing, I don't mind (I even laugh at myself!) Let me know if you try it and like it :)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Jen! Thanks for stopping by!Let me know how you end up liking it :)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hello! Thanks so much for taking the time to checkt ou my blog and for the follow! I will go check out yours as well :)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Heather! I'm so glad you left some of your very own tips! I will try them out very soon, I have all those "ingredients". Thanks for stopping by!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you Elena! Another cool idea for using vinegar!

Unknown said...

Great post as always hun :) loving your tips and tricks!

btw you've been tagged!

Organized Island said...

Oh I love using vinegar for household uses! So much better than all the chemicals. It makes a great air freshener too! I know that sounds weird, but it works!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Hanzy! I will go check out the tag!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks for visiting and for the air freshener idea! I've never heard of that!!

Anonymous said...

I'm right up there with you. I clean when I'm stressed and I love trying out new DIY. I actually recently wrote a post on infusing vinegar with citrus and my whole blog is based on DIY cleaning solutions. I would love it if you checked it out.


Rita said...

Great cleaning ideas! I don't share your love for cleaning, but I do have to have a fairly clean house, so I just do it.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Rita!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hello! I am going over right now! I just recently started DIY'ing my cleaning products and have been very pleased with the concept! Thanks for visiting my blog:)

Katie B. of said...

Vinegar is one of my favorite cleaning tools. Have you ever tried making your own citrus-infused vinegar by soaking orange, grapefruit or lemon peels in straight vinegar for a week or two, then mixing it with water? It really helps the smell!

If you haven't already, I'd love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Katie, thanks for stopping by! No, I've never tried that but plan on doing soon, anything to rid the pickle smell...And thank you for the invitation! I would love to!

Nancy @ The Headmistress said...

I, too, buy vinegar by the gallon, usually two at a time. I love cleaning with it and adding Dawn is a great way to clean the bathtub. Thanks for this post!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks for stopping by Nancy! Isn't it the best?

Jenny Lynn said...

I love cleaning with vinegar too. I have never added Dawn but, I am going to give it a try.

Unknown said...

Love this post. I am a big fan of cleaning with vinegar. It is a trick my mom taught me. Thanks so much for sharing at Crafty Tuesday this week. :)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Jenny, thanks for stopping by! Let me know what you think of it when you try it!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you Marie! I wish I would have heard of it sooner because I love it more than any other cleaner I've used! I just bought some lemongrass essential oil and can't wait till it arrives to add to the vinegar!

Unknown said...

What great tips! I love using vinegar, but it always results in much griping from hubby about the smell!! LOL I use it to clean the microwave and always add some vanilla flavoring. I have never thought about adding essential oils! YAY, I am so excited to find this great tip. I just pinned your wonderful tips.

That no-reply blogger is such a pain!!! Mine changes back every few weeks. Google really could fix this major issues. Ha

Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. I always love seeing your awesome post. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you Kathy! I just tried adding Lemongrass essential oil and I love it! So invigorating! Thanks for pinning!

Unknown said...

I love cleaning too! I drive my family nuts sometimes, lol :)

Thanks for linking up this post to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend re-Treat #7!

Wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

Hope to see you again at the party this weekend!


Also followed you on GFC while I was here today too!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Shauna! I really appreciate you visiting my blog and following! And thank you for pinning, too!

aloted said...

Wished I shared your love for cleaning ..:)

I use vinegar but i need to incorporate using it more in my cleaning and get rid of the chemicals in my house...

thanks for this!

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Kim at Life in a House said...

Hi Selene! Found your blog because of the wicked cool bookshelves article! Love that you have a cleaning section as well! I'm beginning to look into some "green" ways to clean since learning that my hubby's "sensitivities" to chemicals - which I thought was literally all in his head quite frankly (he's SUCH a hypochondriac lmbo) could actually hold some weight. So I'm looking at different ways to really clean the house good without the harsh chemicals and this sounds right up our alley!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hello Kim!
Glad this post helped you out! Its been over a year that I've been cleaning with vinegar d stilk live it!

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michael smith said...

I love cleaning with vinegar too. I have never added Dawn but, I am going to give it a try.

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