The Power of White Vinegar
Most cleaning products fall into one of two categories: toxic or expensive. While both types will clean almost anything their intended for, there's a third option many people don’t always think to use. It's inexpensive and non-toxic to humans and multi-purpose as well. With one container you can take care of laundry, kitchen cleaning, even bugs and weeds. This "miracle cleaner" is known to us as - distilled white vinegar!
Vinegar is a weak form of acetic acid that forms through the fermentation of sugars or starches. It is completely edible, and cannot harm your stomach. And luckily for us, many things can be cleaned using it.
The uses of distilled white vinegar are nearly endless. So, the next time you’re looking to clean the house, reach for your bottle of vinegar (and a few simple ingredients) and get scrubbing! You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well it works while having the added comfort that it won’t harm anyone around the house too.
Remove Stickers - Do your kids love to put stickers on the floors and furniture around your home? Mine sure do. Moisten the area with vinegar, let it sit for 10 minutes and remove.
Room Odors - Pee-Yew! Does your living room smell like wet dog? Instead of reaching for over perfumed room deodorizers, make that unappealing scent disappear by placing a bowl of vinegar in the room overnight.
Clean windows - Out of glass cleaner? No problem. Spray your windows with half vinegar, half water. Wipe clean with either newspapers or cloth.
Clean Silver, Pewter, Copper, or Brass - Shine up those metals by dissolving 1 teaspoon of salt in one cup vinegar. Add flour to create a paste (1/4 cup or more). Apply the paste to the metal item, and let stand for at least fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water and polish with a soft cloth.
Remove Corrosion - Do you have corrosion or chemical build-up on your shower head? Take care of business by soaking the fixture in vinegar overnight.
Prevent Mildew - Spray shower walls and shower curtain with vinegar to help prevent mildew.
Clean your Microwave - Spaghetti splatters and burnt popcorn doesn’t stand a chance against the power of vinegar. Put a microwave-safe bowl of 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 cup water in the oven, and cook long enough to boil. In addition to removing any lingering odors, this will loosen any baked-on food from the microwave's walls.