Vinegar…Such An Amazing Liquid!

Sunday Dec 16, 2012

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?

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