Cleaning the House with Vinegar

The acidity of vinegar makes it ideal for cleaning and disinfecting. It will kill most mold, bacteria, and germs. As a bonus it is an environmentally friendly choice for cleaning. Better yet, distilled white vinegar is extremely inexpensive. One caveat, never use vinegar on marble because the acid can etch its surface.

Vinegar Spray Bottle Stained Glass

Full strength vinegar can be used in a spray bottle. Applied to counter tops, inside and outside of the refrigerator,in sinks, and on windows, it does a great job. Also, additives such as salt, baking soda, ammonia and dish detergent can be mixed with vinegar for specific cleaning uses.

Vinegar can be used to clean a coffee pot. This works because the vinegar breaks down hard water deposits and other grime that can clog the pot. For the same reason, vinegar will remove hard water stains from flower vases, cloudy deposits from glasses, and hard water deposits from glass shower doors.

To clean hard water and scum from a shower head, mix cup baking soda with 1 cup of vinegar in a sandwich bag. The mixture will bubble and foam. Tie the bag to the to the shower head and leave it for an hour after the bubbles have stopped.

Clean soap scum out of the track of a shower door by filling it with vinegar and allowing it to sit for several hours. Flush out the tracks with hot water and clean any remaining soap scum with a toothbrush.

To remove oil based stains from carpet use a mixture of 1 teaspoon vinegar and one teaspoon dish detergent in a pint of water. Brush the mixture in with a brush or towel and blot until the stain is removed.

Pet stains and odors in the carpet can also be cleaned with vinegar. Blot up the stain and then soak with an equal mixture of vinegar and water. After blotting up the vinegar mixture cover the area with a layer of baking soda. Allow it to sit overnight and then vacuum up.

Make ice cubes of frozen vinegar and grind the in the garbage disposal to keep it clean and smelling fresh.

To clean splatters inside the microwave add cup of vinegar to 1 cup of water and boil it in the microwave. The splatters will be loosened and should wipe away easily with a damp cloth.

Stainless steel appliances attract fingerprints and streaks. Wipe the surface with a cloth dampened in vinegar to remove stains and make the steel shine.

Deodorize the dishwasher and remove soaps and hard water buildup by adding a cup of vinegar and running it empty for a full cycle.

Remove tarnish from brass, copper and pewter by rubbing the stain with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and salt. To further polish the brass and copper, rub the surface with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of ketchup to 1 tablespoon of vinegar.

Clean grimy food particles from the can opener by rubbing full strength vinegar on it with a toothbrush.

Remove scorch marks from the surface of the iron by rubbing with with equal parts vinegar and salt.

Remove sour smells from sponges and dishrags by covering them with water and them adding cup vinegar. Allow to sit overnight.

Kill grass and weeds in sidewalk cracks by poring undiluted vinegar on them.

Add a teaspoon of vinegar to a quart of water in your pet's water bowl to deter fleas and ticks.

Remove bumper stickers by applying a vinegar soaked cloth to the sticker until it is wet and then peel off. Vinegar will also remove gum stuck in carpet, hair or clothes.

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