Where To Use Vinegar vs. Baking Soda?

Where To Use Vinegar vs. Baking Soda?

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Cambria Bold
Dec 9, 2009

Q: Vinegar vs. baking soda: I'm a bit confused about which to use where. I just know that baking soda is more abrasive, and vinegar is better for glass. Other than that, what is better for which surface? Vinegar is acidic, baking soda is basic, so I'm sure that someone who knows a bit of chemistry could explain how each one works!

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Editor: We've written a few posts on cleaning with vinegar and baking soda. Personally we use vinegar in the same way we might use a spray or other liquid cleaner: on mirrors, to wash our floors, to wipe down counters. Baking soda is great when a little elbow grease is required — cleaning the stove, for example. But you can also use it as a natural substitute for various personal grooming habits or to freshen your carpet. Check out these posts for more information on what works best where!

1001 Uses for White Distilled Vinegar
Top 10 Ways to Clean with Vinegar
The Perfect Sink Cleaning Tip?
Hot Tip: Soften Sheets with Baking Soda

Readers, tell us your favorite uses for vinegar and baking soda!

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