Monday, November 14, 2011

Many uses for Vinegar

This year I decided to start looking for more natural ways of cleaning my house so that I did not have to use prodcuts wtih toxic chemicals around my family.  I soon discovered the many great ways to use White Distilled Vinegar for cleaning around the house. 
Clean the Microwave
In a microwave dish just add 2 cups of water and 1/4 cup vinegar and heat it up for about 3 or 4 minutes. Then you will be able to easily remove that stuck on food and grease.
Using as an All Purpose Cleaner
By mixing equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle, it is great for counter tops, windows, shower, toilet, etc. 
Use Vinegar instead of bleach
Vinegar can also be used instead of bleach for whites, just add 1/4 to 1/2 a cup to your wash. It can prevent dyes from fading as well.  Use one or the other, never the two together, it can produce harmful vapors.
Stainless steel cookware
A few tablespoons of vinegar mix with a few teaspoons of common table salt works well for removing stains on stainless steel cookware and silverware.
To remove dust and shine the walls, add one cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water.
Deodorize and Clean the Toilet
 Pour straight vinegar in the toilet bowl and let sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a toilet brush. This helps remove stains and help the bowl smell fresh.
Drain Opener
  • Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain (let sit for a few minutes to absorb odors)
  • Pour in 1 cup of vinegar.
  • Allow to fix and bubble up. Leave for 20 minutes.
  • Pour boiling water down the drain (about 1 quart).

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