One of the easiest and most versatile homemade cleaners you can make is a simple mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. A vinegar and water combination can be used on counter tops, sinks, bathroom fixtures, mirrors, or floors. It’s a great all purpose mixture to have on hand and costs only pennies to make.
In addition to cleaning the floors and counters, here’s one more idea for cleaning with vinegar and water – it’s a great way to quickly clean your microwave!
A bowl of water and vinegar placed in the microwave and brought to a boil will produce steam that helps loosen the bits of dried gunk that can mess up the inside of a microwave from food that has popped and splattered around. The vinegar adds some extra cleaning power to the steam that makes it easy to just wipe down the inside of your microwave and make it nice and clean again with very little effort.
HOMEMADE MICROWAVE CLEANER
1. Combine the vinegar and water in a microwave safe bowl. If you want a little added fragrance add a few drops of essential oil.
2. Place the bowl in the microwave. Heat the water and vinegar mixture until it is boiling. (I heat it for 2 minutes).
3. Let the bowl stand in the microwave for a few minutes so the steam can soften the dried splatters of food.
4. Remove the bowl and wipe down the walls of the microwave with a damp sponge or a soft absorbent cloth.
For extra thriftiness, don’t throw away the water and vinegar mixture when you’re done cleaning the microwave. Let it cool and then put it in a spray bottle to use as an all purpose cleaner around the house.