Unleash the power of nature with our environmentally friendly solutions for indoor and outdoor cleaning, keeping your home a beautiful, clean and safe sanctuary.
Before long, bacteria can start to breed on your cleaning sponges, so you need to disinfect them! Put the sponge in a dish (with just enough water to cover it) and add ¼ cup of SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar. Soak overnight, and your sponge will be clean and smell like new in the morning.
Clean kitchen scissors
Kitchen scissors are used to cut all kinds of things! Give them a good clean by opening them up as wide as possible and carefully wiping the blades with SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar before drying.
Crystal clear glassware
To prevent glasses from becoming cloudy, wrap them in SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar-soaked paper towels. The cloudy deposits will then rinse right off.
Keep the fridge fresh
In order to keep your fridge clean and smelling fresh, wipe down the inside with equal parts SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar and water. Don’t forget to give the side walls a good cleaning as well.
Place a bowl of boiling hot SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar in your microwave. The vinegar-steam will loosen the caked-on grime in your microwave. Then, simply wipe it out with a clean sponge or cloth.
Even dishwashers deserve a clean
Pour a cup or two of SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher and run a cycle to safely deep clean your dishwasher. It removes hard water, odours and leaves the inside shining. Remember, only do this every few months, as using vinegar too often will eat away at the seals. Using it correctly will preserve the performance and effectiveness of the dishwasher and does no harm to seals.
Say no to musty washing machines
Prevent your front-loading washing machines from harbouring a musty aroma. Simply wipe down the rubber seal around the door with equal parts SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar and water. Also, make sure to remove any debris that may be caught around the rubber seal or door.
To keep towels and fabrics feeling soft, add 1 cup of SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar to your washing machine rinse dispenser. Your fabrics will be soft and snuggly again. It also prevents static cling so keeps lint and pet hair off!
White clothing can gradually become discoloured over time. This is a result of detergent residue and stains. To prevent this, add 1-2 cups of SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar to the wash for regular whitening of whites. If you really want to whiten dirty clothes, soak individual items in 5 cups of water and 2 cups of SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar overnight before you wash them.
Fabric stain removal
Before putting your clothing in the wash, spray SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar on your fresh stains, and then let it soak for a few minutes. For older stains, continue spraying the vinegar and blot with a white cloth until it's lightened, then put it into the wash.
Scrub the tub
Simply mix a ½ cup SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar, heated in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, with a ¼ cup liquid dish soap. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray into your tub and on your shower walls and fixtures. Let it sit for 30 minutes, and then wipe or scrub clean with a sponge.
Improve showerhead flow
The holes in your showerhead can get blocked by residue. To combat this, unscrew the showerhead and soak it in a solution of ½ cup SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar and 750 ml of water. Hint: if you don't want to remove the head, put the solution in a plastic bag and tie it around the showerhead to soak.
Sanitise your toothbrush
It's a good idea to sanitise your toothbrush every now and then. In a glass, mix together ½ cup of water, 2 tablespoons of SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar, and 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Let your toothbrush soak for 30 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.
Remove water stains
Get rid of watermarks on your wooden furniture by rubbing the area, with the grain, with a mixture of equal parts SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar and vegetable oil.
Keep your office hygienically spick & span
Mix equal parts SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar and water in a bucket to create a solution for cleaning your computer, printer, and other equipment. Make sure to use a clean cloth and squeeze out all excess liquid, so it’s only damp, before wiping down surfaces and electronics (making sure to avoid their screens). Hint: use cotton earbuds to get into small nooks and crannies.
Namasantise your yoga mat
Keep your yoga mat clean of sweat and residue with a mixture of water, SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar, and a few drops of essential oil (for fragrance). Mix together in a spray bottle and spritz your yoga mat, then wipe with a cloth.
Keep flowers fresh
Keep fresh flowers alive for as long as possible by adding 2 tablespoons of SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar and 1 teaspoon of sugar to 750 ml of water and pour it into your flower vase.
Deter wayward cats
If you want to stop cats from skulking around your house and causing mischief, soak a sponge in vinegar and place it in the problem area. Cats hate the smell and won't go near it. If your cat is marking its territory inside your house, spray the area with vinegar to get rid of the smell and prevent recurrences. Also, 1-part SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar to 3-parts water poured over a pet urine stain and blotted with a clean cloth will neutralise the order.
Defrost car windows
Wipe your car windows with a solution of 3-parts SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar and 1-part water to prevent them from frosting over in the winter.
Killing outdoor pests and weeds
Get rid of unwanted garden weeds by pouring SAFARI® White Spirit or Apple Cider Vinegar onto them. The weeds will die, but your soil will stay healthy. Deter insects such as ants, spiders, and other bugs from creeping into your home by spraying this mixture around windowsills and the thresholds of doors: 1-part SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar to 3-parts water and add 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap. Mix it up and start spraying your way to a home free of creepy crawlers! If slugs and snails are eating your plants, spray them with some undiluted SAFARI® White Spirit Vinegar to kill them.
Granite and marble countertops
The acid in vinegar can etch natural stone and slowly fade that smooth shine with repeated use. Rather use a mild liquid dish detergent and warm water instead.
Stone floor tiles
Just like countertops, the natural stone in your bathroom reacts poorly to acidic cleaners, like vinegar and lemon. Instead, just stick to using either special stone soap or a mild liquid dish detergent and water.
Opinions differ on using vinegar to clean hardwood floors as it can depend on the wood finish. To rather be safe than sorry, our advice is to use a cleaner specifically formulated for hardwood flooring.
Egg stains or spills
If you make a mess on the counter or floor with raw egg, don't use vinegar to clean it up as this will cause the egg enzymes to coagulate. Rather just use soap and warm water.
Truly stubborn stains
Not all stains are created equal! Grass stains, ink, ice cream and blood are really tough to treat and won't come out with vinegar alone. They set into fabric very quickly and aren't particularly affected by the acid in vinegar. Rather treat them with a prewash stain remover instead.
Anything with bleach
It's best to avoid mixing chemicals for any kind of cleaning job. Since vinegar is so acidic, it releases toxic chlorine vapours when mixed with bleach. So, even though bleach and vinegar are both effective cleaners, it’s important that you never mix them, in order to keep your home safe.
Don't pour vinegar through your iron if you want to clean it out because vinegar can damage the internal parts of an iron. To keep irons from clogging, rather empty them completely after each use and follow the manufacturer's cleaning instructions.