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Everyday Cheapskate: How to Clean Your Home With Vinegar

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Here's some good news: You don't need to break the bank to keep your home sparkling clean and disinfected. We can get away with spending pennies, not dollars, to get all the house cleaning jobs done. How? In a word: Vinegar. Plain white vinegar is one of the most versatile and budget-friendly cleaners that can handle almost any mess in your home.

Let's start by breaking down the various types of vinegar suitable for cleaning and disinfecting.

5% VINEGAR

You can easily find everyday white distilled vinegar in any grocery store. It's perfect for daily cleaning tasks like disinfecting surfaces, cleaning windows and getting rid of mildew and soap scum. It's also great for neutralizing odors. You can find this vinegar in various sizes and brands in the condiment aisle at your local grocery store.

20% VINEGAR

This vinegar might require a trip to a specialty store or online retailer. It's perfect for heavy-duty cleaning tasks such as removing stains, mineral deposits and stubborn grease. It's also an eco-friendly weed killer for your garden. You may need to broaden your search to specialty stores or online retailers to find this gem, requiring a trip to a specialty store or visit an online retailer.

 

30% VINEGAR

Also known as "agricultural vinegar," this vinegar is not your typical cleaner. You can find it at specialized stores like home centers, janitorial supply stores, agricultural supply stores or online suppliers. Be careful when handling it, as its high acidity can harm surfaces and skin. It's perfect for rust, lime scale or stubborn mineral deposits. Head to agricultural supply stores or dedicated online suppliers to get your hands on this powerhouse.

Here are some savvy ways to use vinegar for cleaning:

Disinfecting Surfaces: Combine equal parts of water and 5% vinegar in a spray bottle and use it to spray kitchen countertops (caution: never use vinegar on sealed natural stone products such as granite or marble), bathroom surfaces and anywhere germs lurk.

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