Cleaning with Vinegar

vinegarI discovered vinegar’s usefulness in cleaning years ago. I love that it has cleaning abilities while also being free of harsh chemicals. How great is that? I keep a spray bottle filled with vinegar under my kitchen sink.

Here’s what I’ve used vinegar for over the years:

  • Removing hard water stains from faucets
  • Cleaning kitchen counters (unless I’ve had raw meat or eggs on the counter, then I clean it with hot soapy water and a disinfectant spray)
  • Dusting
  • Cleaning laminate floors
  • Removing the musty smell from towels
  • Cleaning mirrors

What uses have you found for vinegar?

Bar Keepers Friend

Shortly after we updated our kitchen, I was preparing to take pictures of it for this post. As I was cleaning, I moved a rinsed-out mixed vegetable can I had put on the counter behind the sink the evening before and noticed RUST SPOTS on our BRAND NEW quartz countertops! I could not believe it! What bugged me the most was that when I put the can on the counter I even thought to myself, “This might leave rust marks. Maybe I should move it.” However, I decided against it because I knew I would be cleaning the kitchen the next morning. I thought “It won’t leave rust marks that quickly.” Well…I was wrong!

I tried cleaning the rust with vinegar – didn’t work. Windex (which is what the countertop installers recommended I use to regularly clean the counters) – didn’t work. Scratching the spot with my fingernail – didn’t work. I think I finally searched online for products that removed rust. Anyway, somehow I remembered this powder cleaner called Bar Keepers Friend that my grandma told me about years ago.

Bar Keepers Friend

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How To…And Not To…Clean Hinges

While taking off our bathroom vanity’s doors to prep for painting (post coming soon!), I noticed just how gross the hinges were.

Side note:  You’ll notice each hinge is labeled. This is to ensure I put them back in the correct spot when I re-attach the cabinet doors. I once didn’t do this when removing door hinges…bad idea. The doors would not close quite right.

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