How to clean your home using vinegar


I have a friend who’s no fan of vinegar, and I can’t for the love of God understand what puts her off so much about it. The last time I heard her talk about it was when her boyfriend’s mother came over and cleaned the house and used a bit of vinegar to disinfect this and that. When she stepped into the apartment, she felt nauseated by the smell.



I, on the other hand, couldn’t be happier with the prospect of using vinegar all over my home. I love it and add loads and loads of it to my salads. I would do the same to sauces and my general cooking if that’d be possible, but I hardly think that’s a good idea. I remember that I took a trip to the UK when I was younger and they had vinegar Walkers chips over there. They were divine!


I mostly use vinegar in my kitchen, but the sky’s the limit as to which surfaces you can clean with it. I clean my microwave, stained plastic containers, countertop, drain, and cutting boards with it, and I make sure to do the same with my refrigerator once in a while, particularly if there’s any nasty smell that has been bothering me.


The neat thing about vinegar is that it is capable of killing most bacteria that live in your home. That’s why I also utilize it in the bathroom. I make a diluted solution to scrub the tile and the toilet in my bathroom, and I use it in the shower, as well. In case you didn’t know, a combination of vinegar and baking soda does wonders when it comes to removing scale. The same goes for the showerhead, of course.



Every month or so, I use about one liter of white vinegar to get rid of the scale that has built up inside my kettle and my washing machine. Typically, I should use some sort of descaling solution or tablets for this, but I hardly see any point in spending money on such things when the answer to all of my questions rests in my pantry. The place where I scarcely use vinegar is the bedroom, but that’s because I don’t particularly like sleeping in an environment smelling like it. Other than that, I even clean the floors with this natural dirt remover.


Some of my buddies utilize it to disinfect their countertops on a regular basis, so if you mix part water with part vinegar, you can make your own disinfecting solution. If you have ever carved a chicken on your countertop, it’s very likely that there’s still bacteria lurking in those nooks and crannies. So, in a way, using vinegar to clean your home can help you keep your health on par.



What I use to get rid of pet hair and dander


There’s nothing I hate more than dander and pet hair. I love my dog and my cat, but they can sometimes get on my nerves because their hair seems to get absolutely everywhere. On my clothes, on the carpets, on my upholstery, and even in the car, it’s everywhere I look. Fortunately, unlike many other people, I am quite healthy so I don’t even have a mild allergy.

Over the years, I’ve used several tips and tricks to get rid of cat and dog hair conveniently. I’m going to share some of them with you, so keep on reading. One of the first pieces of advice I can give you is to try to keep your home with as many solid surfaces as possible. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with a warm climate, you don’t even need rugs on your floors. You can get rid of pet dander from furniture, baseboards, walls, and ceilings with an all-purpose cleaner and a rag.


Something I would also suggest would be to invest in the best broom for dog hair. There are several models that you can use efficiently and easily, and many of them are cordless so you can reach every space you want to clean. I’ve opted for a Dirt Devil model because I can turn it into a car vacuum, but it all depends on your personal requirements.


Another tip I recommend is bathing your pet on a regular basis. It goes without saying that this might be a bit tricky if you have a cat, especially one like my own. She hates water so much I can’t even begin to explain. However, you can do this with dogs, and if you have kids, my advice would be to grab an inflatable pool and have a bit of fun in your backyard.

If you’re unlucky and do have some upholstery in your home, it would be great if you used some tape to pick up the hair. Of course, this doesn’t work on large surfaces because nobody wants to waste that much time. Make sure to keep your dog and cat groomed as often as possible. Think of it this way. It’s enjoyable for them because it’s like you are giving them a massage. Plus, they like it because they like you and this way, they’ll feel like you are giving them the attention that they crave.


Also, if you have a dog breed with long hair, don’t hesitate to groom him or her at home or take him or her to a salon. If you have your own machine, there’s a bunch of tutorials you can find online and on sites like YouTube, and many of them are made by professional groomers.