All Natural!

Today was deep cleaning day around here, you know the kind of cleaning where your whole body hurts and you just want to stand and stare at the house before it is destroyed! I actually really like to clean, I love to disinfect, throw stuff away, organize... there are few things sweeter than an empty clothes hamper (although it is SO rare with children and husbands!). Anyway, I try to do a DEEP clean at the first of the month, so today was a good day; bath toys sanitized, sheets cleaned, bath mats washed, floors scrubbed, showers spotless, toilets still have the blue liquid, playroom sorted, fridge, freezer and pantry purged, girls clothes sorted...you get the idea. My day of cleanliness inspired me to remind you about all of the many ways to use Vinegar!!! It has 100's of uses and I would like to share my top 30 with you! It is a wonderfully natural way to clean and does so many things. If you really want ALL of the info on Vinegar check this out: http://www.vinegartips.com/Scripts/pageViewSec.asp?id=19 I got all of this wonderful info from this site, there are a lot more ways to use it- so have a look! 

Here it goes!
1. To shine chrome sink fixtures that have a lime buildup, use a paste made of 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar.
2. 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.
3. 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.

4.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.
5. 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.

6. To clean tarnished brass, copper, and pewter, use a paste with equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and table salt.
7. 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.
8. 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.

9. Clean your grill by spritzing white distilled vinegar over wadded up aluminum foil and scrubbing the grill vigorously with it.
10. To remove film in glass baby bottles, fill with equal parts hot water and white distilled vinegar. Let sit for at least an hour. Scrub with a bottle brush.
11. To clean and disinfect baby toys add a good-sized splash of white distilled vinegar to soapy water.
12. Clean vinyl baby books or board books by wiping with white distilled vinegar. Wipe clean with a damp sponge or cloth.
13. Clean and deodorize urine on a mattress with a white distilled vinegar and water solution. Then sprinkle the area with baking soda and let dry. Brush or vacuum the residue after it is dry to the touch.

14. To remove soap residue that makes black clothes look dull use white distilled vinegar in your final rinse.
15. Forgot that you left wet laundry in the machine and it now smells moldy? Pour a few cups of white distilled vinegar in the machine and wash the clothes in hot water. Then run a normal cycle with detergent.
16. Get water and salt stains off shoes and boots by wiping them down with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and water.
17. Remove soap scum and clean the hoses of your washing machine with white distilled vinegar. Periodically run the machine with only a cup of white distilled vinegar in it—nothing else added to the wash cycle.
18. Stave off high blood sugar and other Alzheimer's risk factors with a daily dose of vinegar.
19. Stop insect stings and bites from itching by dabbing them with a cotton ball saturated with undiluted white distilled vinegar.
20. Soothe sunburn with a spray of white distilled vinegar, repeating as often as you like. Ice-cold white distilled vinegar will feel even better, and may prevent blistering and peeling.
21. For cuts and scrapes, use white distilled vinegar as an antiseptic.

22. Tone facial skin with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and water.
23. Eliminate bad breath and whiten your teeth by brushing them once or twice a week with white distilled vinegar.
24. Make nail polish last longer. Wipe fingernails with cotton balls dipped in white distilled vinegar before putting on nail polish

25. Keep car windows frost-free overnight in winter by coating them with a solution of 3 parts white distilled vinegar to 1 part water.
26. Loosen chewing gum stuck to carpeting or upholstery by soaking it in white distilled vinegar.
27. To make basic vinaigrette salad dressing use 1 part white distilled vinegar to 4 parts oil.
28. Make onion odors disappear from your hands by rubbing with white distilled vinegar.
29. Add moistness and taste to any chocolate cake—homemade or from a box—with a spoonful of white distilled vinegar.
30. Wash fresh vegetables with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar in 1 ½ quarts of water.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Jenica! I had forgotten just how many great uses of vinegar. I'll be sure to add this list to my "Helpful Hints" notebook. TerrWar


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