Cleaning Tips – Vinegar

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All vinegar is not alike. The one that should be used for consumption is Organic Apple Cider Vinegar – with the mother at the bottom of the bottle. Bragg is the brand I use and like the best, although there are other companies that make Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.

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The vinegar that should not be consumed and is great for cleaning etc. is White Vinegar. White Vinegar is considered a dead vinegar because all the nutritional value has been removed through the distillation process. It is better suited for a variety of household and workshop chores. Listed below are some of the uses for white vinegar as a cleaner, deodorizer and disinfectant.

Also, it is sold as ‘All Purpose Cleaning Vinegar.’

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  • Kitchen Appliances and Countertops.
  • Greasy areas: mix 1/4 cup white vinegar with 2 cups hot water and add 1-2 drops of biodegradable liquid soap, in a spray bottle. Will store in the cupboard.
  • Bread boards and chopping blocks: Use full strength. Spray on and leave overnight. In the morning rinse with water.
  • Pots and pans: make a paste of baking soda and white vinegar. Helps remove stubborn stuck on foods.
  • Dish Washer: Can stop spotting of glass and China by placing 1 cup vinegar on the bottom rack of an electric dishwasher before starting the wash.
  • Drains and Pipes: mix 1/3 cup baking soda with a cup of white vinegar. Pour into drain. Cover with a plate and let sit for an hour or longer. Then, flush through with cold water.
  • Garbage Disposal: Pour white vinegar/water (80/20% ratio) into an ice-cube tray – put in freezer. Put 1 or 2 ice cubes in disposal, turn on, and walla, you have just cleaned your disposal.  Once weekly is good.
  • Sink, Tub and Shower: Spray with a 80/20 ratio of a vinegar and water. Leave on for 10 minutes, then scrub and rinse.
  • Chrome, Stainless Steel, Garbage Pails: Use to make Chrome and Stainless Steel shine, and disinfect Garbage Pails.
  • OTHER USES: In the laundry – Run the washing machine for a full cycle with a pint of white vinegar to remove soap scrum from tub part and the hoses; Soften and disinfect fabric, clothes, etc. by adding to last rinse; Eliminate mineral deposits on steam iron plate, by filling the iron reservoir with straight white vinegar and allow to steam on a rag. Then fill with plain water and turn upside down and let water drain out; Carpets: use a mix of 2 Tbsp salt and 1/2 cup white vinegar – rub paste into stain on the carpet, allow to dry before vacuuming. I just rub the stain with straight vinegar and let it dry. The stain comes out without the use of bleach. (tip from the carpet sales person); Disinfect your child’s toys with a light spray of vinegar (50/50 ratio of vinegar and water) and brush or wipe clean; Windows – eye glasses, car windows and car, etc. Spray 50/50 ratio vinegar-water then wipe clean with soft cloth; Have those unwanted weeds? pour on straight vinegar. Last, but not least. Vinegar works as a non-toxic pesticide when equal parts of vinegar and water is sprayed on areas where ant invasions start.
    What a versatile  product. I am sure there are many more uses out there. I have used some of these tips and they do work. And, just think – no toxic residue or poisons. 

REMEMBER – CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS. It works best when chemicals are not involved.