DIY Home Cleaners

A Tart Way to Clean

The magic of plain vinegar is amazing. I don’t know how anyone could do without this inexpensive liquid gold. vinegar bottle

Yes, I am talking about the regular vinegar you use to make salad dressing. It can be used for so much and costs less than chemical-laden cleaners and products.

I am looking forward to spring and with that comes spring cleaning. It is not as much of a chore when you have a product that works on almost everything


  • Get rid of odors with 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 2 cups of water. Store this in a clearly marked spray bottle and spray anywhere you want to eliminate odors.
  • Soak a smelly sponge in a shallow dish of vinegar for several hours.       Rinse the sponge well, and let dry.

Hard-Water Deposits

Cover the stains around sink and tub faucets with a paper towels soaked in vinegar. Remove towels after 1 hour and wipe with a damp sponge.


  • Mix ½ cup vinegar and 1 quarter of water. Either remove showerhead and soak in solution or pour solution into a food storage bag and wrap around showerhead with rubberband. Let it soak for at least 15 minutes.
  • Loosen soap scum on shower doors – Spray with straight, plain vinegar, let dry and then respray to dampen. Wipe clean. Reapply and let sit for several hours. Then dampen and wipe clean.


Pour vinegar into toilet and let sit 30 minutes. Sprinkle baking soda on a toilet bowl brush and scour any remaining stained areas. Flush.


  • Mix one part vinegar and two parts water. Sponge on mixture and blot stain with clean cloths until gone. This works for Chocolate, coffee and soda stains.
  • Ink stains on carpet – blot immediately and spray stained area with hairspray. Once the stain is gone, work a solution of equal parts vinegar and water into area to remove the sticky spray.
  • Red Wine spill – blot up immediately. Sprinkle area with salt. Let sit 15 minutes (it should turn pink while absorbing the wine). Then clean entire area with a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water.

Tile, Linoleum, Vinyl and Wood

  • It’s easy to make a simple, homemade solution for cleaning your non-wood floors. Combine 1 part vinegar, 1 part isopropyl rubbing alcohol, 1 part water and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid. Use this mixture to clean the entire floor or keep it in a labeled spray bottle to use for spot cleaning and deodorizing.
  • For ceramic tile, laminate and hardwood floors, mop with a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 1 gallon of warm water.


Well this should give you some easier and less expensive ways to do some cleaning. I always love it when I can make something to clean with. It is all natural and easy on the eyes, hands and home.

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