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7 Uses for Vinegar in your Household Cleaning Regime

Vinegar is the “superfood” of household cleaning supplies; it seems like every problem can be solved with an equation that involves this liquid, best known for comprising half of a good Italian salad dressing. If you trawl the internet, there are literally a hundred different ways to use vinegar to great effect and, as it’s nontoxic, cheap and you probably already have it in your house, vinegar is a safe choice in a pinch or even as a go-to solution! We compiled our favorite uses for vinegar in your household, that’ll have you scurrying out to your nearest supermarket for a bottle of apple cider or white.

  1. On electronic devices. For grime in sensitive places that water alone won’t dissolve, vinegar will act as a low-level solvent that won’t accidentally cause damage to a surface, unlike harsher cleaning chemicals. That makes it the perfect cleaner for electronic devices, such as laptop keyboards and mice, when mixed with water and applied to the end of a cotton swab. Use the swab to clean built-up oils and dirt from the tiny, hard-to-reach places without worry of rubbing off paint or plastic coating.
  2. For window blinds. Buy cheap cotton gloves, put them on and dip in a solution of hot water and vinegar. Trace each window blind with the fingers of your glove (removing, rinsing and re-dipping as you go) to very quickly remove dust and dirt from the tops of each blind.
  3. To remove water stains on wood. Vinegar dissolves while oil conditions, making this salad-dressing concoction perfect to remove water stains from wooden furniture; rub it into a stain with a clean cloth, then use a different cloth to remove any excess.
  4. To unclog drains. Everyone’s made a baking-soda-and-vinegar volcano in elementary school; it turns out that same combination is perfect for resolving some drain issues! An affordable and effective solution, all you need to do is pour a half cup of baking soda down your drain and follow it with a full cup of vinegar, which will foam and remove the offending substance. Be sure to follow this with hot water to break the clogging material down even further.
  5. Remove bad smells. Leaving a bowl of vinegar out in a particularly stinky room – whether from unpleasant cooking smells, cigarette smoke or other recently-developed scents – will help lessen the impact of the smell, as vinegar cuts through scent (though it may temporarily replace the offending scent with its own aroma).
  6. Clean a coffee pot, tea kettle or hot water boiler. Buildup from hard water is harmless to your body, but it can look fairly gross when it builds up to noticeable levels in vessels that are frequently used to boil water. Try boiling three cups of vinegar for five minutes, or running a solution of 2 cups vinegar and 1 cup water through a machine, to remove lime and mineral buildup.
  7. Trap fruit flies. Fruit flies love sweet stuff, like rotting fruit and open cups of sangria, but who wants spoiled food lingering in their home – or to waste wine? Fill a cup with vinegar, cover with saran wrap, poke a few holes in the plastic, and your problem should disappear.

We hope these tips can help you out next time you find yourself in a cleaning pinch! Make sure to keep up with our blog for more tips from the #1 provider of building cleaning services in Princeton and Philadelphia.

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Pre-Move Deep Cleaning: A Quick Guide

We here at Minch Professional Cleaning Services are experts at applying a little elbow grease to those hard-to-reach places and deep-set stains that lurk in the corners and hidden spots of homes everywhere. We’ve got years of experience helping homeowners clean up their homes for showings or a final move, and so we thought it might be helpful to our readers if we provided a quick, basic guide to tackling the most important aspects of cleaning your home to prepare it for its new owners, or to make sure it’s in great shape for a landlord inspection.

Don’t forget the forgettable! Out of sight, out of mind – until the new owners of your home come across years of buildup when they start to move their furniture in! Don’t forget to clean the following list of places, which you may be horrified to realize you have not touched with a scrub brush since…well, let’s not talk about that.

  • Under and behind the fridge – don’t forget the wall behind it!
  • Behind the stove and oven (a favorite hiding place for mice, if not cleaned regularly)
  • The tops of overhead fan blades
  • The baseboards, heating and cooling unit grates and around any radiators
  • Medicine cabinets in bathrooms
  • The dishwasher – run with a full cup of vinegar inside, which should remove any buildup
  • Door knobs
  • The bottom edge of countertops (underneath)
  • The tops of blinds
  • Window ledges
  • Electrical fixtures – clean out the grime and insects, especially in outdoor fixtures

Not only is it a nice thing to do for the future owner of your home, but cleaning your house from top to bottom can provide a sense of closure, too.

Consider repainting, especially if you’ve hung a lot of wall art. Many landlords repaint after each tenant moves out (and in many states, they’re legally obliged to do so), but if you suspect that the holes in your walls leftover from hanging framed photos or art will cause your landlord to do a double-take, consider painting over these areas yourself to avoid being charged for damages. A new coat of paint also adds to the overall fresh-and-clean feeling of a room, which will help your overall case. You can also fill in these small holes using spackle, a putty knife, a paint knife, towel and a piece of sandpaper.

Think about calling in the professionals. Moving is a big enough stressor for many people – whether you’re changing apartments solo or moving a big family to an entirely new home, the process is rarely pleasant, though we hope these tips might help you to organize your efforts and save a little time. Nothing is more valuable than peace of mind, however, and if you find yourself overwhelmed by the idea of packing, labeling, organizing, arranging, loading, and all the in-between that comes with the moving process, give us a call! Along with the janitorial services in Bucks County that we’ve built our reputation for excellence on, we do residential home cleaning, too!