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Sunday, March 06, 2011

Spring Fever: The Magic Cleaner



One of my personal faves, as far as cleansers go, is definitely distilled white vinegar.  It is beyond multi-purpose.  Like, you can literally use it for just about everything.  This isn’t really a secret though.  Vinegartips.com says this, “White distilled vinegar is a popular household cleanser, effective for killing most mold, bacteria, and germs, due to its level of acidity. Cleaning with white distilled vinegar is a smart way to avoid using harsh chemicals. You’ll also be glad to know that it is environmentally friendly and very economical.”  That website is rather awesome… you should check it out sometime.  I love that vinegar is kid-friendly, well as kid-friendly as a cleaning agent can get, right?! 



Here are my top ten uses:

- Laundry.  I adore using vinegar in the laundry.  Especially My Mr Right’s Army laundry or Little Monkey’s occasional blow out.  And it’s a life-saver when I pull clothes out off storage.  Vinegar will kill odors.  I’ve found that some of the laundry detergents I’ve used just mask odors, but vinegar get rid of them.  I put in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of vinegar in each load.  I also use detergent still, but about 2/3 to 1/2 of what is marked on the cup.  Vinegar is a heck of a lot cheaper than laundry detergent, so that saves us some money.

- Cleaning the Stove.  We had a gas stove at our last home.  It was amazing, I loved it.  It had instant heat, no waiting for the coils to warm up.  It was also really easy to clean.  Fill the sink with enough water to submerge all the pieces.  Pour in about a cup of vinegar and let it all soak for about 20 minutes.  Use a scouring pad and wipe everything up.  It all comes off pretty easy and if it doesn’t let it soak a little bit longer.  And you can wipe out the sink after you’re done, too!

- Deodorize Cutting Boards.  Cutting boards often collect food fragments and odors.  I soak my cutting boards in a solution of one part vinegar to three parts water for 15 minutes every month or two.  I wash them in the dishwasher between uses, as well, but the vinegar cuts down on odor and bacteria.

- Clean the Microwave.  This is one of my faves.  Put a bowl of 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl.  Bring the water to a rolling boil in the microwave.  Wipe down all surfaces.  Also deodorizes and loosens cooked on food.

- Deodorize the garbage disposal.   Disposals collect all sorts of little chunks of food that can sit and smell up your house.  Deodorize it by pouring in 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup hot white distilled vinegar.  Heat the vinegar in the microwave before you pour it in the disposal. Let sit for 5 minutes then run hot water down the disposal for 1 minute to rinse it all out.


- Clean out your dishwasher.  Sometimes soap and food odors build up in the dishwasher.  The water doesn’t drain as well and it smells icky.  Fix this by running a cup of white distilled vinegar inside the empty machine through a whole cycle. I do it at least monthly.  When we lived in Idaho, we had REALLY hard water and our dishes were always cloudy and spotty.  Run a capful of vinegar in with the soap and it will help cut down on water spots.  If It’s really bad, soak the dishes in vinegar for fifteen minutes before rinsing with hot water.

- Clean narrow-necked bottles and vases.  One of my favorite vases is very narrow and hard to clean out.  I solve the problem by letting undiluted white distilled vinegar sit in them for a few hours. If there are stubborn water spots and plant stains, add a little rice shake vigorously while holding a towel over the top. If it doesn’t come clean, repeat.

- Deodorize Dish Rags.  You’ve probably used a dish rag that smelled less than fresh before?  Yuck, right?  Sometimes it’s hard to get those odors out.  Renew sponges and dishrags by placing them in just enough water to wet them. Then add 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar. Let them soak overnight and rinse thoroughly with warm water.  Ring out the extra water and lay them out to dry.


- Clean Countertops.  I keep a spray bottle of one part vinegar to one part water in my kitchen to wipe down my countertops.  I like knowing that they are cleaned and disinfected, but it won’t hurt my family to eat food off the counters.  Sometimes I worry about that with bleach solutions.  Maybe that’s just me though.

- Deodorize the toilet bowl.  Pour 3 cups white distilled vinegar into the toilet bowl and let it sit for about a half hour before flushing.  I lay a towel over the closed lid to remind me not to use it.  I’ve also locked the door to the bathroom to keep kids out while it sits.


There are endless possibilities for vinegar.  Vinegar is effective and affordable, it’s safe and multi-purpose.  It’s like the superhero of cleaning agents! 

Cheryl at TidyMom posted a similar post a little over a week ago.  Check it out.
So, what do you use vinegar for?


48 comments :

  1. Everything! Killing bugs. Windows...it really does an AMAZING job on windows...

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    1. another great thing for killing bugs is grits. Grits is real big here in the South where I live, so it's easy to find at the store and it's fairly cheap! The bugs (mainly ants) will eat the grits and it will expand in their stomachs, ultimately killing them. Same goes for oatmeal too!

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  2. I love vinegar for cleaning, too, but never thought of all the possibilities! Thanks! :)

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  3. Vinegar is also great for cleaning up messes from the puppy on the wood and tile floors! I keep some in a spray bottle. Great post.

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  4. OOOh! Thanks for this! I've literally just finished my whites load and am grumping about the fact that they're not really all that clean despite using chemicals....and I hate using chemicals! I think I'll add some vinegar next week and see what's to do!

    Thanks muchly!
    xx

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  5. Wonderful tips! I am going to add vinegara to my grocery list! Thanks! Becca

    www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

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  6. The loops sent me to your blog! I love it!

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  7. Great tips - I have used vinegar to clean some things in my home but you gave me some more ideas!

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  8. Good thoughts...I'm going to use some of these!

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  9. I second the spray bottle idea. Spray down glass shower doors after each shower and you'll never get those awful white spots! I heart white vinegar as a cleaning solution. You can buy a HUGE 5 gallon of it at Sam's or Costco. Great post.

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  10. Fantastic tips!! Thanks!

    www.simplicity-tracy.blogspot.com

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  11. Yes, vinegar is absolutely amazing!

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  12. Mainly to dye easter eggs, it really helps keep the colour on the eggs ;)

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  13. Thanks for all these cleaning tips! Great ideas.

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  14. I have never used vinegar but you have me convinced! I will defiantely be running to the store after work! :) Thanks so much!

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  15. Yep, my favorite, too!!! It even clears dust from construction...like drywall dust.

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  16. There's a recipe you can find online for a baking soda, vinegar and water mixture to clean your oven, was very impressed with it. I now use something similar to soften burned on cheese from the pizza pans - yay! Was the worst part of homemade pizza :-)

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  19. I am softening up to vinegar. I have never liked the smell of it, but I just learned that you can add a little scented oil in your mixtures and that takes care of the worst of the smell.
    Love all the ideas and I will certainly put this on my list.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  20. Thanks for all of the great tips- my drains will get some today:). I found your blog from the Linky Party on Creations's by Kara (my talented sister)!

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  21. Thank you for the post! I am going to try this with my laundry! and my windows! and my dishwasher! and my toilet!!!!

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  22. What a great reminder of what to do with vinegar! I always have a big gallon in my pantry, but sometimes forget ALL of the things I can use it for! Perfect for spring cleaning!!
    (jacshembree.blogspot.com)

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  23. Love it - thanks for sharing.

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  24. Great tips!! I actually cleaned my dishwasher with vinegar today! It was not cleaning well, so I ran the vinegar through a complete cycle and it worked like a charm! : )

    I'm your newest follower from Katie's Crafty Soiree, hope you will stop by and follow me back!

    Aimee @
    justkiddingaroundatlanta.blogspot.com

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  25. Great ideas! I also use vinegar to clean/disinfect cutting boards. I make a paste out of vinegar and salt and rub it into the cutting board and let it sit until it dries. Brush or rinse it off. Salt is great for killing bacteria so using it with vinegar is a double whammy for the little microbes.

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  26. Wow, i've always read about vinegar cleaning and such, and everytime i read it again i want to go get me some and replace some of my usual cleaners, hehe.

    I've never looked for distilled vinegar before, hopefully it's not too hard to find around here (i'm not in the US). I don't suppose ordinary white vinegar will do...hmmm....

    Tnx for sharing the tips! :)

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  27. I used Distlled Vinegar as an all purpose cleaner too! Thanks for other ideas to use it as! :)

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  28. Coming to you from Tip Junkie. I love your ideas but one question...how do you get rid of the vinegar smell?

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  29. Thank you! I NEED to try that with the stove top pieces. They're so hard to get clean!

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  30. OOOH thanks for these tips! I use vinegar for lots of things as well, along with baking soda!

    Great weed killer, jsyk! :)

    http://www.iheartmygluegun.com

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  31. I just discovered the magic of vinegar in the last couple months...now I'm addicted to it! I use it for mopping (it really gets scuff marks up easily), cleaning baked-on food, etc. Love it!

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  32. Vinegar just saved my dishcloths because they were that stinky! It's amazing how much one product can do without all of the harmful chemicals.

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  33. Love your post...I use vinegar A LOT. Here's a link to my page where I talk about a fruit/produce spray recipe from Dr. Oz. :)

    http://addicted2tutes.blogspot.com/p/staying-safe.html

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  34. Hi!
    Amazing blog!One more way to use vinegar:to remove unpleasant smell from rooms, basements, garages use a slice of bread covered with vinegar.Place it somewhere you can't see it, leave it for the night and then trow away and enjoy your odor free space!
    http://bybyskingdom.blogspot.com/

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  35. Been using vinegar for a long time...great stuff.

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  36. Vinegar is so useful for cleaning as well as cooking! I'm trying to spring clean right now so this is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing these tips!

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  37. Hi there- found you through Sassy Site's hop and am a new follower. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the vinegar tips! Here in Cape Town, the weather can be very humid and mold is starting to grow- eek! I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by http://withoutcomplexities.blogspot.com

    Have a great weekend!

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  38. Ahhh, the wonders of vinegar! I hate the smell, but I love how it works. I use it to clean the microwave all the time. Works great! I'll have to try some of the other uses, too :)

    Saw you on the blog hop - I'm already a follower of your blog, and I just "liked" you on FB :)
    Katrina
    They All Call Me Mom

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  39. Girl... how do you know all of this?

    I'd love for you to share your post at my link party.

    Thank you for sharing!

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  40. this is a Wonderful tips! I am going to add vinegara to my grocery list! Thanks!

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  41. Great tips! I am glad to hear specifics about how to clean the dishwasher because my dishwasher just developed that smelly, inefficient condition.

    Did you know you can wash your hair with vinegar?

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  42. I use Vinegar for a lot of cleaning!! Recently I stuck orange peels in a mason jar filled with Vinegar, let sit for a few weeks, strain and then mix with water...citrus smelling cleaner and I love it!!!

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  43. Vinegar is also GREAT for killing fungus on your fingernails or will get rid of corns on your feet among other fungus problems on your feet...gross I know but a life saver.

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  44. Vinegar is also GREAT for killing fungus on your fingernails or will get rid of corns on your feet among other fungus problems on your feet...gross I know but a life saver.

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  45. Vinegar is also GREAT for killing fungus on your fingernails or will get rid of corns on your feet among other fungus problems on your feet...gross I know but a life saver.

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  46. Thank you so much for these tips. Vinegar will now be on my regular shopping list.

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  47. In the laundry, I use vinegar instead of fabric softener...the softener cup in my machine was very difficult to clean before but now it's never a problem...it cleans itself! Between this and the drains, toilets and in spray bottles, vinegar is well used here!

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