How To: Clean With Vinegar

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We hear this refrain a lot: we could replace all of our cleaning products with just vinegar and baking soda. It is a very green idea, and an appealing one. But we have no idea exactly where to start. Do we use it full strength, dilute it with water, and when do we mix in baking soda? Is it safe on my ceramic oven, or my stainless steel sink? We had no idea.

Luckily, Vinegar Tips does know, and they have put together a very comprehensive list of how and where to use vinegar to replace other cleaners. Below, a few of our favorite suggestions.

• Remove odors from a lunch box by placing inside a slice of bread that has been soaked in white distilled vinegar. Leave overnight.
• Remove white water rings from wood with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and vegetable oil. Rub with the grain.
• To clean and disinfect baby toys add a good-sized splash of white distilled vinegar to soapy water.
• Clean and deodorize urine on a mattress with a white distilled vinegar and water solution. Then sprinkle the area with baking soda and let dry. Brush or vacuum the residue after it is dry to the touch.
• Get rid of the tiny holes left along the hemline when you take out the hem of any garment by moistening a cloth with white distilled vinegar, placing it under the fabric and ironing.

These are just a few of the hundreds of suggestions at Vinegar Tips. Given that a bottle of vinegar and a box of baking soda is less than $2.50 at our local grocery store, it is definitely cost effective to try to integrate a few of these into our regular cleaning routine. Of course the smell of it just reminds us of fish and chips, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Have you tried vinegar as your main cleaning product? Does it work like they say it does? Any drawbacks? Does your house smell like vinegar afterward?

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