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The wonderful world of VINEGER March 29, 2012

There are so many household cleaning uses for vinegar.

Incredibly affordable and environmentally safe, vinegar is an ideal product for your home.  I love using vinegar to clean and disinfect the whole house and office.

Use these tips and enjoy the benefits of vinegar in your life.
1. Cleaner and Disinfectant
From countertops and windows to bathtubs to hardwood floors, countless household surfaces can be cleaned with vinegar. You can clean and disinfect just about anything with vinegar and water.   You can use pure vinegar or a diluted solution, depending on the severity of the dirty situation: Use vinegar full-strength for tough cleaning jobs and to remove lime or hard water stains. Look for a higher percentage of vinegar – that works great as a deep cleanser. I found mine in a European Deli.
2. Fabric Softener
 1 to 2 oz of vinegar works well to remove detergent from you washer.  This works great but,  before doing this I would recommend finding a detergent that leaves no residue.  Check out some of the recipes for making your own or buy here.
3. Odor Remover
Is a strong scent lingering in your home? Vinegar is a natural odor remover.
Set out a small bowl of apple cider vinegar…….within a few days your room will smell fresh and clean.
4. Stain Remover
Whether you’re cleaning carpets or cloth diapers, vinegar is a powerful stain remover, used with baking soda you have a great deep stain remover.
Put a good amount of baking soda on the stain, then spray some white vinegar over the baking soda. After the best bubble show around, wash, then experience the fresh cleanness of vinegar.
5. Blemish Treatment
Vinegar is also a simple remedy for curing pimples.
Banish blemishes fast….. combine 1 tsp. salt and 3 Tbs. vinegar in a bowl and dab on pimples using a q tip. Let sit 30 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.  Remember vinegar is an acid, please be careful.  Want something less harsh?  Organic Skin Care will help you.  Check out the moss blemish treatment.
6. Drain Cleaner
 This is still my favorite thing to do, even if my drains don’t need it.  I swear by baking soda and vinegar for freshening up kitchen drains: To keep sink drains clean and odor free I periodically pour baking soda into the drain, then white distilled vinegar. The foaming actions cleans the pipes and makes me smile.
7. Pots and Pans Cleaner
Why spend 20 minutes scouring off burnt food when vinegar and baking soda can do the work for you?
Use vinegar & baking soda for stainless steel pots…Sprinkle the inside  bottom of your pan with baking soda, set pan on the stove (medium high), pour on vinegar after a minute. This will lift any baked-on crud.
8. Weed Killer
Vinegar in a spray bottle kills grass and weeds in sidewalk cracks too…my new fave!!  I suggest pulling the weed up and spraying any leftover roots with vinegar.  This will change the PH of your ground so again be careful.
I recently noticed a funky smell on my favorite green, velvet couch – Yuck!!
I mixed in a spray bottle 1/3 water, 1/3 vinegar and 2 tablespoons of my favorite liquid cleanser (Basic H.)  I sprayed directly on the cushions and lightly wiped it off with a soft cloth in the direction of the velvet’s grain.
My couch is clean and smells fresh again!!
Hey, it is time for me to go clean my drains.
Colleen
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One Response to “The wonderful world of VINEGER”

  1. Reblogged this on Our little piece of the world and commented:
    Vinegar is a wonderful cleaning tool if you’re trying to get rid of all the harsh store-bought cleaners.


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