Dishwasher – use vinegar to disinfect the interior of the washing machine – pour ½ cup of vinegar into the reservoir and run an empty cycle. Another way to clean it is to place a small bowl filled with vinegar on the bottom rack and run an empty cycle.
Drains – Pour down the vinegar on drains and pipes attached to them and flush it with water after 30 minutes.
Floors – Clean any type of floor (except marble (vinegar can scratch it) and wood (vinegar can strip it)). Add 1/4 of cup of vinegar to a bucket of warm water.
Coffeemaker – Pour equal parts of water and vinegar in the water chamber and switch on the brew cycle. Turn off the coffee maker halfway through and let the solution sit for about an hour. Turn it on to complete the cycle and run several cycles with clean water.
Moldy walls – Spray vinegar on the affected area and rinse it after 15 minutes. Let it dry thoroughly.
Steam Iron – In order to get rid of mineral deposits, fill the iron with equal parts of vinegar and water. Press the steam button, turn off, let it cool, empty, and rinse.
Glassware – Add 1 cup of vinegar to the rinse water to have spotless hand-washed glasses.
Using these products is eco-friendly and cost effective do-it-yourself-ways to keep your home clean and protected. This way you reduce the environmental harm caused by chemical-laden toxic cleaners and minimize the toxic substances in your home. Keep in mind that result might not be a hundred percent effective and remember to test these cleaning solutions and formulations in small hidden areas before applying.
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