Spring Cleaning Made Easier
We all know after a long winter, things need to be aired and cleaned. Did you know you can save money and time using just one product? Who can’t use extra time for the things you like and to save money too? Yes it can be done. You may have heard that vinegar can be used around the home, but now you will have it all in one place! Quick, easy and at your finger tips.
Remove Decals: Paint the decals with several coats of white vinegar, let soak for several minutes. They should wash off easily. Repeat for stubborn spots.
All purpose cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup household ammonia, 1/2 cup of white vinegar, 1/2 cup baking soda in 1/2 gallon hot water. This formula works for all sorts of general cleaning chores. Pour some into a spray bottle (clearly marked) and keep handy.
Easy Stain Remover: (Laundry pre-wash): Mix 1/2 cup ammonia, 1/2 cup of white vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda, 2 Tbsp. liquid detergent, 2 quarts water. Mix together in a clean container with a lid. Shake until well mixed; pour into a spray bottle (mark this clearly). Spray the solution on stains and let it soak in for a few minutes before washing as usual.
Shower Head Cleaner: Soak in vinegar overnight. If it is the type that is not removable, fil a heavy duty plastic bag with enough vinegar to cover the shower head and tie it on overnight.
Rust Stains on Concrete: Pour full-strength white vinegar on stain and allow it to soak for a few minutes before wiping it off with a cloth. The older the stain, the longer you will need to let the vinegar soak before wiping it up.
Fabric Softener: 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup white vinegar, 4 cups water. Mix together and store in a plastic or glass container with a tight lid in the laundry room. To use, shake ingredients to mix, then add 1/4 cup to the final rinse in your washing machine. NOTE: You can make a scented fabric softener by using a few drops of your favorite essential oil, and reduce white vinegar to 1/2 cup.
Varnish Remover: 1 cup cornstarch, 1/2 cup cold water, 1 quart boiling water, 3/4 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup ammonia, 1 Tblsp. vinegar. Mix cornstarch and cold water. Add boiling water, baking soda, ammonia and vinegar. Apply with a paintbrush while the mixture is still hot. Rewarm the varnish remover if necessary. After varnish loosens, wash off with a cloth and hot water.
Dishwasher Superb: To cut soapy film on your cloudy glassware, place a cup of white vinegar on the bottom rack of the dishwasher and run for 5 minutes; then run through a full cycle. ALSO, a cup of white vinegar run through the full cycle of the machine once a month will also reduce soap buildup on the inner workings.
Disposal Cleaner: Make some vinegar ice cubes. Mix one cup of vinegar in enough water to fill and ice cube tray. Freeze the mixture, then grind the 6-8 cubes through the disposal. Flush with cold water.
Toilet Bowl: To remove the proverbial ring, pour in one cup of undiluted white vinegar. Let it stand for 5 minutes, then flush.
Tub Surround and Tile: When the film builds up, wipe surface with vinegar and rinse with water.
Drain Cleaner: Pour 1/4 cup baking soda into the drain followed by 1/2 cup white vinegar. Close the drain until the fizzing stops, then flush well with hot water.
Copper Cleaner: Dip copper in warm vinegar, then sprinkle salt on the piece and scrub with a sof cloth. Rinse well with clear water and wipe dry.
Pet Stains and Odors: Blot up as much liquid as possible. Wash area with a solution of 1 tsp. liquid detergent to 1 cup warm water. Blot dry. Rince with a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water. Blot dry with a towel.
Ant Repellant: Wipe table, floors, counters and cabinets with full strength white vinegar to keep ants away.
Outdoor Furniture: Wipe vinyl or fabric outdoor furniture with all purpose cleaner made with white vinegar. Scrub corroded aluminum chair and table frames or aluminum storm window frames with undiluted white vinegar.
Weeds: Kill unwanted grass and weeds between sidewalk and driveway cracks by pouring undiluted vinegar directly on the area.
Deter Fleas and Ticks: Adding 1 tsp. of vinegar to each quart of drinking water for your pets acts to deter fleas and ticks. I use Apple Cider Vinegar to also give the antibiotic and immune boost my dog’s needs.
I hope this gives you some ideas on how versatile vinegar can be. It is safe for family and pets and much cheaper than commercial chemical products. Let me know if you have other ways to use vinegar around the house, I would love to hear from you!