Sep 1, 2010

Cleaning with Vinegar

by Kiku Reidhead

Vinegar is a common household ingredient that is also a powerful cleaning tool. We have compiled some great ideas for making cleaning easier and cheaper too!

Create your own cleanser for the following household chores: (all of the following use distilled white vinegar)

Countertops: Vinegar works well as a cleaner, stain remover and germ killer so it's perfect for cleaning countertops. Use a rag soaked in vinegar to wipe counters. If you have tough stains, make a paste with 4:1 ratio baking soda to liquid soap. Add enough vinegar to make a creamy substance for scrubbing. Scrub, then wipe residue with water.

Lime buildup: Make a paste with 2 tablespoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of vinegar. Scrub. Rinse with water.

Garbage disposal: To get rid of garbage disposal stink, pour 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar into the disposal. Let sit for several minutes. Run water and turn on the disposal for several seconds. If you need to clean the disposal, do the same, but put ice cubes in the disposal before you run it.

Microwave: Use a rag soaked in vinegar to wipe off tough grease and to get rid of stains and odor.

Shower mildew and grime: Simply use a rag or sponge soaked in vinegar when cleaning up mildew and grime in the shower. Rinse with water.

Unclog shower drains: Pour about 1/4 cup baking soda into the clogged drain. Pour about 1 cup vinegar over the baking soda into the drain. Use a lid or the bottom of the cup to cover the drain in order to force the fizz to go downwards into the drain. Wait 15 minutes, then pour a gallon of hot water down the drain. Repeat if necessary.

Toliet: Let about 3 cups of vinegar sit in the toilet bowl for about 30 minutes to get rid of odors. Or pour in at least 1 cup before scrubbing to give the toilet some shine.

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