Attack Your Fall Cleaning with Vinegar this Year

Sarah Moore Impact Mill Contributor
Vinegar in measuring cup

10 Awesome Vinegar Life Hacks you should know. by HouseholdHacker on Youtube

You’ve heard of spring cleaning, right? It’s time to give your home the same treatment in fall.

Getting your home in shipshape for the winter with a fall cleaning spree is becoming an increasingly popular practice. If you want to get on board but aren’t sure where to start, grab this handy checklist, which will jog your memory about such annoying tasks as cleaning windows and walls, dusting ceiling fixtures, sweeping your chimney, and airing your draperies, among other exciting activities.

Not quite there yet? There’s still plenty else to hold your attention.

Enter the Vinegar

Distilled white vinegar

Distilled white vinegar is the stuff you want for cleaning | image: Mike Mozart/Flickr

You most likely know that vinegar can provide handy cleaning services, but I betcha don’t know how much it can do. The video above shares some vinegar life hacks everyone should know to help avoid toxic cleaning products.

For instance, did you know you can unclog and clear drains with a mixture of ½ cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar? Like grade-school volcanoes, much bubbles and excitement will ensue, in addition to shiny, clean drainpipes.

You can also use vinegar to:

  • Remove sticky residue from stickers or tape
  • Deodorize trashcans using a slice of vinegar-soaked bread (bizarre, right?)
  • Make all-purpose cleaner from vinegar, water, and dish soap
  • Catch fruit flies with a vinegar-filled, saran-wrap covered bowl
  • Un-wrinkle clothes
  • Keep cats from scratching furniture
  • Clean glasses and sunglasses
  • Keep flowers alive much longer

My personal favorite trick is to clean cookware, since mine perpetually has caked-on grease stains. Simply boil a 1-to-1 mixture of vinegar and water on the stovetop for a few minutes in the cookware that needs cleaning. Warning: DO NOT DO THIS WITH CAST IRON, or you’ll remove that precious seasoning.

If maintaining cast iron cookware is on your fall-cleaning list, find out how to do it here.

Vinegar is one of nature’s miracles, mainly because it can effectively clean pretty much everything in your house. Grab a couple of big bottles of distilled white vinegar and tackle the fall cleaning projects above. Enjoy your clean home, and then keep vinegar and other natural cleaners around to tackle and mess you might have.

Sarah Moore is an Impact Mill contributor and freelance writer who focuses on sustainability, local food, and the weirder side of science. In her spare time she enjoys writing fiction, running, and cooking. Sarah lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, two children, two dogs, and an unshakable colony of June bugs.