I always use the old baking soda I take out of the fridge or freezer and put it down the disposal. I add vinegar to make it bubble up and get to every part inside. This keeps it smelling clean and fresh. When I turn it on to rinse, I add a cup or two of ice cubes and let it run until the cubes are gone. I understand this keeps the blades sharp.
By xintexas from San Antonio, TX
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Baking Soda And Vinegar For Tile Grout
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How do I clean a drain with baking soda and vinegar?
I use this method all the time. I use 1/2 cup baking soda to 2 cups of vinegar. Soda in drain, then vinegar. I leave it sit about 1/2 hour, then run hot water through it for a few seconds. If that doesn't work, I use the plunger for a few squeezes, then use a table spoon of salt in the drain, then above vinegar and baking soda, hot water, plunger. Unless the clog is the worst ever this always works. Only once after bacon fat got poured down the drain did it not work and the sink needed snaked. Never did that again! PS. We do this every few weeks proactively and knock on wood. The kitchen and bath (sink and tub) and stationary tub drains are always clear!
Pghgirl has shared the best method, probably close to the way most of us clean our drains and it does work.
One of the biggest problems is that it needs to be done every 4-6 weeks and not many remember to do this. Some people put it on their calendar as one of their monthly chores.
A big problem also is what people let go down their drains - drains in the kitchen as well as in the bathrooms collect all kinds of stuff.
I replaced my kitchen and bathroom drain stoppers with small wire strainers and I no longer have problems with any of them. I just keep an old fashion rubber stopper should I have to use the sink to hold water. These are available at most big box stores and online.
Will baking soda mixed with vinegar scratch a stainless steel sink, if used for cleaning?
I doubt it, I've used a huge lot of Ajax (with bleach) to clean mine and never had a problem. Test a small corner of the sink with the baking soda and vinegar to see, but I don't see it causing a problem.
I would use a non scratch pad that you can buy at any grocery store along with your mixture of baking soda and vinegar. I use the non scratch pads all the time for cleaning item that I don't want sratched.
Mix your baking soda with water. Mixing it with vinegar neutralizes it; it is just a waste. The point of a stainless steel sink is that is tough; you don`t have to worry about scratching them with normal household products.
Last month, Connie from Paintsville, KY, posted a tip about cleaning a toilet with baking soda and red wine vinegar. Several TF readers asked for more specifics (how much of each product do you use?), but I never saw Connie's answer. Does anyone know?
Thanks very much for your help.
By Caseye from Plano, TX
I would just put in the baking soda, and then add the vinegar carefully...because it will fizz like crazy when it hits the baking soda, and you don't want a smelly, fizzy mess on your floor. :-)
Why not just experiment yourself?
Can you use vinegar or baking soda to clean stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops?
I used to clean houses. for greasy granite use 409 or mean green first use a lot of water to clean residue. dry off. then mix a 1/4 cup vinegar and water to fill spray bottle. spray countertops wipe clean with lint free paper towel, like the blue kind you buy for automobiles.
Stainless steel trick clean steel with vinegar mixture above wipe clean with blue paper towels, then spray liquid gold on steel, wipe off only towards the grain on the steel, wipe off fridges like this start from top to bottom long even handed stroke. Sometimes it takes some practice with the liquid gold to get a even stroke down the appliances. Not recommended for the top of stove this is dangerous with liquid gold but you can use vinegar and water.
I was wondering if anyone has used this mix of baking soda and vinegar for surfaces other than floors? For example, has anyone cleaned walls (painted drywall), wood, appliances?
By Karen from Luthersburg, PA
A natural solution for clearing a drain is using vinegar, baking soda, and boiling water. While effective on moderate drain clogs, you must make sure all of the baking soda is flushed from your drain or it can create an even worse clog when it dries and becomes hard.
These inexpensive household items may take care of the problem. This is a page about using baking soda and vinegar on carpet. Old carpet stains can be difficult to remove.
This is a page about cleaning your tub with vinegar and baking soda. Instead of using expensive and sometimes harsh chemicals try this method of cleaning your bathtub.
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