Life as a military wife and mother

Cleaning With Vinegar February 14, 2011

Filed under: Cleaning,Frugal living,Laundry — holdingdownthehome @ 19:26
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If I was a poet, I would write an Ode to Vinegar. White vinegar is my best cleaning friend! And at $1.99 a gallon at Wal-mart, how can you go wrong? The uses for it are endless! I’m going to share with you some of my favorites.


One myth I will disspell when using vinegar… you will not smell like salad dressing!!! Though it’s odor is strong, it dissapates at a very quick rate! So unless you pour a gallon of it on something… the smell will disappear before you know it.

Keeping Drains Clean: 1/2 cup Baking Soda followed by 1 cup of white vinegar*

*If your drain is CLOGGED try this (it’s NEVER failed to work for me): Pour in 1 cup table salt, 1 cup baking soda, followed by a kettle full of boiling water. Let sit 1 hour and rinse with cold water.

Fabric Softener: Add 1/4 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle in your washer (no it will not stink after they are dried!)

Soap scum, lime scale buildup, etc: Warm white vinegar, put in spray bottle and spray on areas to be cleaned. Leave 15 minutes then scrub and rinse. Repeat as necessary, but if you do this regularly you should really have to. For really STUBBORN  buildup, pour warm white vinegar on a towel and set on buildup for up to an hour. Scrub and rinse.

Bug repellent: Apply undiluted to exposed skin (not FACE). Works great! Use it on your pets too!

Burn Popcorn in the microwave? Put in a bowl with 1/2 cup of vinegar for 1 minute, then wipe out. Still smell like burnt popcorn in the house? Homemade air freshener: Mix 1 tsp of baking soda, with 1 tbsp of white vinegar and 2 cups of water. Put in spray bottle, shake before using.

We all know what happens when your pet goes potty in one spot on your carpet… they think it’s ok to go there all the time! Mix up 25% vinegar to 75% water and spray spot, blot, repeat until odor is gone. Test this in a hidden spot first just to make sure it won’t discolor your carpet. (I’ve never had it discolor and we’ve had A LOT of pets!)

Clean vinyl (or laminate) flooring with 1/2 cup vinegar to 1 gallon water. I keep this in a spray bottle too… much cheaper than a swiffer! You can also you this to clean the front of kitchen cupboards

Add a couple tablespoons of vinegar to your dishwater to add more grease cutting power!

Stinky dishwasher? Run a cycle on the hottest, longest cycle (empty) that you can with 2 cups of vinegar thrown in there.

If you have hard water, it’s a good idea to run a quart of vinegar in your washing machine every month or so to keep drains clear of mineral deposits.

I also get mineral deposits on our teapot because of our hard water. I put in 1 cup white vinegar, fill with water and let sit over night. But Don’t Throw that vinegar out! Use it to clean the drain, or coffee pot, or shower head! (Then rinse the teapot well of course!)


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