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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cleaning With Vinegar


Are you looking for a natural cleaner that is cost effective and does a great job? Maybe you’re thinking it isn’t possible. It is though with a common household product like White Vinegar.

White Vinegar is a natural cleaning product and environmentally friendly. Vinegar comes from a variety of sources like apples, rice, wood, and roots. Cleaning with vinegar will leave a smell behind, but don’t let that stop you because the smell will quickly dissipate.

Although vinegar is non-toxic, it is slightly acidic and should not be used on some surfaces. These are surfaces such as crystal, marble, and natural stone surfaces.

Everyday Glassware

If you have drinking glasses (regular glasses – not crystal) that have a cloudy residue, soak them in a container or large bowl of water (1 gallon) and vinegar (1/2 cup). Let them sit for 1/2 hour, remove and wash.

Cleaning the Bathroom

Want a clean, deodorized, and tidy bathroom? Use vinegar in the toilet, bathtub, and sink.

Toilet

Pour 2 cups in the toilet bowl and let sit for about 5 minutes. Take a sponge and wipe the outside down then clean the inside of the bowl and flush.

Bathtub, Shower, and Sink

Mix together a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar. Spray on and wipe down the bathtub, shower walls, and sink area. Rinse well.

If the bathroom is very dirty with grim and soap scum, use the vinegar full strength on surfaces and fixtures. For water spots on faucets, use a paper towel with a little vinegar, let it sit on the faucet for 5 – 10 minutes, then wipe clean.

It will remove soap scum and buildup along with sanitizing everything you’ve used it on.

Vinegar will also remove greasy dirt and drops from your stove and refrigerator. Simply moisten a paper town or household sponge with vinegar from the bottle, and wipe. Works on chrome and stainless steel, as well.

Do not use vinegar on natural stone items. Vinegar is mildly acidic and can damage the surface of the stone.

Cleaning Hardwood And Linoleum Floors

Add a small amount of vinegar to warm water. Dampen (don’t overwet) your sponge mop and damp mop your hardwood or linoleum floors. It will remove greasy dirt left behind and sanitize, and leaves your floors shining.

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