Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Wonders of Vinegar!

White distilled vinegar is a popular household cleanser, effective for killing most mold, bacteria, and germs, due to its level of acidity. No harsh chemicals. You’ll also be glad to know that it is environmentally friendly and very economical. I love cleaning with vinegar it also leaves a sweet smell through out the house!  

Make your own scouring cleanser by combining 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent. Add just enough white distilled vinegar to give it a thick but creamy texture.

Clean counter tops and make them smell sweet again with a cloth soaked in undiluted white distilled vinegar.

Clean and deodorize a drain by pouring in 1 cup baking soda, then one cup hot white distilled vinegar. Let this sit for 5 minutes or so, then run hot water down the drain.

Deodorize the garbage disposal
by pouring in 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup hot white distilled vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes then run hot water down the disposal.

Clean the microwave by mixing 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Baked-on food will be loosened, and odors will disappear. Wipe clean.

Clean the shelves and walls of the refrigerator with a half-and-half solution of water and white distilled vinegar.

Avoid the bad smell when you heat up a newly cleaned oven by using a sponge soaked in diluted white distilled vinegar for the final rinse.

To clean a grease splattered oven door window, saturate it with full-strength white distilled vinegar. Keep the door open for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping with a sponge.

Remove soap buildup and odors from the dishwasher by pouring a cup of white distilled vinegar inside the empty machine and running it through a whole cycle. Do monthly.

To prevent good glassware from getting etched by minerals, wash then spray with full-strength white distilled vinegar. Give the glasses a hot water rinse before letting them dry or drying them with a towel.

For cloudy glassware, soak paper towels or a cloth in full-strength white distilled vinegar and wrap around the inside and outside of the glass. Let sit awhile before rinsing clean.

Get rid of lime deposits in a tea kettle by adding 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to the water and letting it sit overnight. If more drastic action is needed, boil full-strength white distilled vinegar in the kettle a few minutes, let cool and rinse with plain water.

Remove stains from coffee and teacups by scrubbing them gently with equal parts of salt (or baking soda) and white distilled vinegar. Rinse clean.

Discourage ants by spraying undiluted white distilled vinegar outside doorways and windowsills, around appliances and wherever you find the pests coming in.

Get rid of fruit flies by setting out a small dish of undiluted white distilled vinegar.

Clean the wheel of a can opener using white distilled vinegar and an old toothbrush.

Remove the smell of spoiled food from a refrigerator by first rinsing the area with soap and water. Spray surfaces with full-strength white distilled vinegar and wipe them down with a damp cloth or sponge. Fill some containers with baking soda and place inside. Close the door and leave for a few days.

To make cleaning the grill easier, spray a solution of half water and half white distilled vinegar on the cooking surface.

To remove a label, decal, or price tag, cover with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar. Leave the cloth on overnight and the label should slide off.

Renew sponges and dishrags by placing them in just enough water to cover them. Then add 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar. Let them soak overnight.

Kill germs all around the bathroom with a spray of full-strength white distilled vinegar. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Spray shower doors with full-strength white distilled vinegar after you’ve squeegeed the glass, or before you step in and turn on the water. It will help release the hard water deposits so they don’t remain on the glass.

These are only few uses of vinegar, I will be posting more in the future!

30 comments:

  1. Thanks for tips. I'm going to try these!

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  2. great tips, my student house will definitely benefit from some of these. following

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  3. That's right, my mom uses it in some things listed before! It works!

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  4. yea vinegar is a magical home tool

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  5. hannibal used vinegat to cut off a mountain!

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  6. only downside is that vinegar smells! But yes it makes for a great cleaner! cool post!

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  7. I'll have to keep these tips in mind when I move out!

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  8. I have a roommate who cleaned his clothes a couple of times with vinegar. All these tips are useful, but please!!! Never clean your clothes with vinegar!
    I like you tips and trick, I'll be following you!

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  9. Wow you just helped me. I have a fruit fly crisis :/
    Thanks!

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  10. thats nice, thanks 4 sharing! :D

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  11. Haha I've heard of most of them, are you sure they all work? :O

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  12. wow never knew vinegar could do all those things

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  13. Vinegar, you're now my hero!

    By the way, nice blog, keep it up :]

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  14. You can mix it with baking powder and make your home made volcano :)

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  15. @ arrpii. yes, i've tried these and they work.

    @my day in, yeah mix with some olive oil makes a great salad dressing ;)

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  16. Wonderful tips, will keep this in mind for the future! +follow :]

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  17. Wow, you can do all that...? Wow interesting!

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  18. I like the ant tip. Those pesky things like vinegar as much as I do.

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  19. nice blog! keep it up!

    I sometimes clean the glass with vinegar :D

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  20. The fruit flies one is a good idea

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  21. Finally, a use for my vinegar other than salads!

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  22. Yo, I'm glad I'm following this blog, because I love cleaning with vinegar. Any blog that likes to clean with vinegar is a blog I like.

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  23. Cool, no idea Vinegar could do all that.

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  24. apple cider vinegar is a good relief from sore throat, just dring about one ounce.

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  25. I would do these but I don't like the smell of vinegar too much...

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  26. Getting rid of fruit flies... that's one to remember. To bad it doesn't get rid of the IRS.... ;)

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