You've probably guessed that vinegar is a key ingredient in cleaning most everything - my grandmother's been telling me this for years. Clear the clutter of your cleaning supplies and replace it with a bottle of vinegar, baking soda, and a few other kitchen ingredients and you'll have an environmentally friendly, hard working collection of cleaning products all for under $5 total.
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I've been using vinegar and baking soda to clean with for years, a tip from my beloved great aunt! I also read in Hints from Heloise several years ago that vinegar has most of the same anti-bacterial capabilities as our harsh chemicals. I think we're going to see a big change in cleaning products soon! I don't think we know what we've been inhaling all these years, but I'll bet it's not good!
The 10 lb bags of baking soda (in the photo) are sold at Costco, but the price isn't significantly better than the $0.43 for a box of Wal-Mart store brand.
Thanks for this. I have been looking for environmentally friendly and less expensive alternatives. At my last garage sale I gave away most of my store bought cleaning formulas. Seems I was always running out and buying the latest. Now I'll just buy gallons of vinegar. Hope I can find large quantities of Baking Soda as well.
I have not seen that size or bag of Baking Soda
out here in MO, I buy small ones or Generic
WalMart baking soda and white vinegar buy the gallons it works well...
How'd you first get past the pungency of vinegar odor? I use it for very few things, but when using it in boilg eggs to keep eggs from cracking, it makes the house smell TERRIBLE. In hairdressing, anything
"acid" hardens what it touches. Why would I want to do this? I may try it just to see if I can tolerate it, because most anything is better than chemicals. However, nothing can destroy germs like diluted bleach in small amounts. God bless you. : )
Editor's Note: Just use it 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water. The scent is much less then and it works very well. It may smell vinegary for an hour but after that it dissipates.
I use white vinegar diluted with 3/4 water in a
spray bottle to clean the scum off my shower
curtain. I spray it down and wash in the washer,
it comes out clean as new.
I've been cleaning our shower heads & the kitchen faucet screen with vinegar for years. You don't need to boil them,just soak them ,so this works fine on plastic shower heads too . Put vinegar in a plastic bag & fasten it on with a heavy rubber band like the kind that comes on broccoli or asparagus or take the hand held shower head down & put it in a cottage cheese or margarine tub .Pour vinegar over it to cover . With the kitchen faucet,unscrew the end piece & put it in a shot glass ,pour in vinegar & soak it & yes Cider & White work just as well . We buy the white by the gallon .
The worst part of the job is remembering how the faucet pieces go back together after using a fingernail to scrape the screen a bit .
The article is referring to white vinegar, although I have heard about people using apple cider vinegar for many uses as well.
Thanks for the info. I clean houses for a living and use only vinegar and water for mirrors--none of that Windex stuff because I found out that I had to clean off the Windex (or any other commercial window cleaner) as well as the spots on the mirrors. Now I'll also carry baking soda with me, as well as full strength vinegar. I've used vinegar at home for several different chores for many years. It's great as a weed killer--but it also kills grass, so be careful!!!
Since the birth of our son I have been using vinegar and baking soda to clean our kitchen and bathrooms. Our friends are surprised when they find out I don't use any harsh or toxic chemicals because our home is really clean, and our family is rarely ever sick. This is a great way to save money and care for your family's health. For anyone interested in learning more, this is a great place to look http://eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm
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