An old friend of ours got married last week and I decided to make them some wash cloths for a gift. This is actually a re-take of a wedding gift circa last year, but better. I’ve gotten faster at knitting (and actually started crocheting, which is why three of these are crocheted) so they’re getting four (including a music themed one because this guy has played guitar longer than I’ve known him and plays keyboard for City Weekly’s Band of the Year). In the gift last time, I included a small baking soda and vinegar and printed off lists of how to clean with them, but this time I decided to make my own list. I’ve been cleaning with baking soda and vinegar for years so I’ve figured out a thing or two. So I bring to you:
How I Clean Practically My Whole House with Baking Soda and Vinegar
First start off by getting a spray bottle and filling it about 1/3 of the way with vinegar and the rest with water. Whenever I refer to using vinegar (unless specifically stated otherwise), I mean this spray bottle of diluted vinegar.
Bathtub: wet whole bathtub with water, sprinkle liberal amounts of baking soda on tub, scrub with scrub brush or rough sponge, let sit for at least five minutes before washing away with water.
Carpet deodorant: sprinkle carpet with baking soda, let sit for a few minutes, vacuum carpet as per usual.
Counters/tables/other surfaces: spray counter with vinegar, wipe down with dishcloth (using extra elbow grease where necessary). For stuck on stuff, spray liberal amounts of vinegar and let sit for a moment before wiping.
Dusting: wipe majority of dust away with a duster or sock, spray with vinegar, wipe with dishcloth.
Mirrors/windows: spray with vinegar and wipe off with paper towels until no streaks remain. If there’s anything gucky that won’t come off with the first spray, repeat. If it’s really stuck, spray and let it sit a minute before wiping off. If that still doesn’t work, break out the Magic Clean Eraser or similar product (hey, I did say practically!).
Mopping: plug up a sink, put a few handfuls of baking soda in the sink, pour about equal part undiluted vinegar into the sink, add some water (it’s not an exact science), use dishcloths (or a mop if you don’t feel like crawling on the floor) to wipe pre-swept/vacuumed floor.
Pee neutralizer (e.g. cat pee on couch, dog pee on carpet): spray on liberal amounts of vinegar and allow to dry. Repeat if necessary.
Polishing chrome (faucets and the like): make a paste from baking soda by either mixing water and baking soda or using a dishcloth you’ve already wiped baking soda up with, rub baking soda all over chrome (using some elbow grease if you really want it to shine), rinse with water.
Sanitizing: spray with vinegar (great sanitizer!) and wipe away with paper towels. Discard paper towels immediately.
Sinks (general cleaning): spray with vinegar and wipe away with dishcloth, repeating if necessary, rinse any gunk off with water. For stuck on stuff, spray on a lot of vinegar, let sit for a minute or so, then wipe away.
Soap grime: sprinkle on baking soda, spray vinegar on top, wait until bubbling ceases, wipe away.
Toilet: spray the whole toilet bowl with vinegar, sprinkle toilet bowl with baking soda (focusing on the particularly gross parts), spray with vinegar again (focusing on the particularly gross parts) until you see most of the baking soda reacting, wait 5-10 minutes and then scrub with a toilet brush. Spray vinegar on a paper towel and use that to wipe off the outside of the toilet.
If I’ve left out on anything or you have your own ways of cleaning that I may want to try, please leave a comment about it below! Until then, happy green cleaning!