Vinegar…Such An Amazing Liquid!

Filed under :Cleaning, INSIDE the Home, Kitchen, Laundry, Vinegar

I have been IN LOVE with VINEGAR for quite a while.  I have found so many uses for it around the house – everything from laundry to cleaning floors.   It’s amazing…. and I’d like to share the ways that I have found to use vinegar.

  • Vinegar is a wonderful deodorizer!  It does a great job at eliminating organic type odors very well — and this includes pet odors as well.  Just mix half vinegar to half water and use a spray bottle to apply a fine mist to couches, curtains or even the carpet.  It will be a little “vinegary” smelling for a while, but that will go away and you’ll have a fresh smelling room again.   If your pet (especially a cat) has soiled the carpet or floor, apply the vinegar/water mixture liberally.
  • I love using vinegar in my washing machine during the rinse cycle.  Not only does it deodorize the laundry, you wouldn’t believe how well it cleans out the soap residue.  I notice the most with towels and washrags – they are so much more absorbent and fluffy when I use vinegar in place of a fabric softener in the rinse cycle.
  • Don’t you just hate the way that the microwave “smells” sometimes?  I have your solution to not only taking the odor away, but also to making it a breeze to clean.  Just place a bowl of vinegar in the microwave and “cook” it.    The steam from the vinegar cooking will loosen all of the dried, cook-on foods that have splattered and make it easy just to wipe off.   And, your microwave will not have that nasty odor anymore 🙂
  • Vinegar makes a great window cleaner – just 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water in a spray bottle.   Spray the mixture on the window and wipe down with next paper or paper towels.   Vinegar is non-toxic too!
  • Not only is the laundry a good place to use vinegar in the rinse cycle, but also in your dishwasher!  It will keep your dishwasher fresh and clean — and, it will help to keep spots off of your dishes too.   Just fill the rinse aid dispenser on your dishwasher with full strength vinegar.
  • I love using vinegar to clean and disinfect the counter tops in my kitchen.  The 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water mixture kills germs on surfaces.
  • You can use vinegar to clean most hard-surface flooring – just mix a cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water and use this to damp mop your floors with.

I’d like to hear from others – how do you use vinegar around your home?


Filed under :Cleaning, Kitchen

How many of you have and regularly use your dishwasher?  I definitely do and for several reasons.

  • It saves me time versus washing by hand.
  • It saves me money – less water and detergent is used when you wash your dishes in the dishwasher (always run your dishwasher completely FULL)
  • My dishes are cleaner and sanitized – I always wash my dishes with the “sanitizer” on – this kills germs and keeps germs from spreading in my home.
  • It’s easy to clean the kitchen and place the few plates and other dishes into the dishwasher instead of leaving them in the sink – using my dishwasher helps to keep my kitchen cleaner looking!

My dishwasher gets a workout everyday it seems.  We go through alot of dishes around my house for some reason.  Well, that also means we can go through alot of dishwasher detergent.  So, I started doing a little research online to find recipes for homemade dishwasher detergent.  And I found one that is not only easy, it’s cheap and I had 2 out of the 3 ingredients (the Borax and the Washing Soda from the homemade laundry detergent that I make)!    The 3 ingredients are:

  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1 cup of Washing Soda
  • 1 packet of KoolAid Lemonade (unsweetened)

Well, you can’t get any easier than that for ingredients can you?  And, it’s simple to make too!  Just mix everything together in your container (I am using a Ziplock plastic storage container).  Actually, I just put the ingredients in, put the lid on the container and shook it really well.

You only have to use 1 tablespoon of the homemade dishwasher detergent in each compartment.  Also, instead of purchasing the “rinse aid”, use plain white vinegar instead.  Just use your funnel and pour it in to the place that you would normally place the “JetDry”.

I think you will be pleased with the results of the homemade detergent.  I actually had a glass 1 cup Pyrex measuring cup that I thought had become severely etched.  I was almost to the point of throwing it away and buying a new one.  Well, after 1 wash with the homemade detergent, I noticed a huge difference in the measuring cup!  It was almost clear again…. then after the 2nd wash, the glass was completely clear.  I’m not really sure if it was the homemade detergent or the vinegar, but whatever it was, I’m going to keep using the homemade detergent and the white distilled vinegar for the rinse aid.  Something is working and I see no ready to change it!

I read where someone said that it wasn’t worth it to them to make homemade dishwasher detergent because they were only going to be saving maybe $10 per year.  Undoubtedly, they do not wash alot of dishes like I do LOL  But, because I already had the ingredients (except for the 20 cent packet of KoolAid which I picked up on my next grocery visit), making my dishwasher detergent saves me alot of time and money.  Plus, my dishes are coming out so much cleaner.  I couldn’t ask for more (well except for maybe someone to load the dirty dishes and unload the clean ones LOL!)