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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
We all know vinegar and baking soda are good cleaners. I was cleaning my kitchen drains, you put the baking soda in and then vinegar to let it bubble up and freshen the drains. Well I have a tile counter top and the grout gets stained and crumbs are hard to get out too. I put a thin layer of baking soda down and then put some vinegar on it. I let it bubble up and then gave a light wash with the mixture. After rinsing, I saw how clean the grout was and the tiles sparkled.
When you have baked on or cooked on grime you are fighting with on your pots and pans and bakeware, try this:
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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.
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.
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.
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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Here is a great site that I use
care2.com will tell you how to use natural things for everything, including baking soda and vinegar. But I will say that I use baking soda in place of cleanser/scrub .make a paste with water. If something wet spills on your carpet put a lot of baking soda on it and it will pull up the liquid from the carpet. White vinegar is good in place of fabric softener. And it's a deodorizer and disinfectant. Then you can also use them together. To clean drains,etc. pour down some b.soda and then some vinegar. It bubbles and foams away and cleans inside of drains. There are so many ways to use them you will be surprised. You can even use them on yourself.Good luck. (08/28/2006)
This might be more than you wanted but also good info to have.
All Purpose Cleaner
Mix one quart of hot water with 1/4 cup sudsy ammonia, 1/4 cup white vinegar and one tablespoon of baking soda
Brass and Copper Cleaner
Mix salt and either lemon juice or hot vinegar
Sprinkle cornstarch on dry carpet and vacuum after five minutes.
Mix 1/2 cup of pure liquid dish washing soap and two cups of boiling water; let it cool and then whip to jelly. Rub carpet gently with mix and dampened sponge. Then rinse with cloth and one quart of water with one cup of white vinegar. Wipe carpet dry with a clean cloth.
Mildew: Rub strong soap and salt on spots; place in sunlight while keeping spots moist.
Rust: Soak with sour milk or lemon juice and rub with salt; dry in sun and wash.
Scorches: Boil the article in one cup of soap and two quarts of milk.
Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar into the drain. Cover the drain until fizzing stops and then flush with boiling water.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put a non-aluminum pan with 1/4 cup of ammonia and water in the oven, with door closed, overnight. Scrub clean with baking soda in the morning.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Apply a paste of lemon juice and Borax. Let this stand for two hours.
Tooth Cleaner Phosphate-Free
Use baking soda with lemon juice and mint extract.
Tub and Tile Cleaner
Scrub with baking soda, washing soda or Borax.