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Household Hints From the Vinegar Institute:*

Floors

 

  • No-wax floorsTo wash no-wax floors, add ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water.
  • Carpet stain removalA mixture of 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent and 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar in a pint of lukewarm water will remove non-oily stains from carpets. Apply it to the stain with a soft brush or towel and rub gently. Rinse with a towel moistened with clean water and blot dry. Repeat this procedure until the stain is gone. Then dry quickly, using a fan or hair dryer. This should be done as soon as the stain is discovered

 

Windows and Walls

 

  • Streakless windowsSimply wash with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth. This solution will make your windows gleam and will not leave the usual film or streaks on the glass.
  • Washing woodwork:  You can ease the job of washing painted walls, woodwork and Venetian blinds by using a mixture of 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup white distilled or cider vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda with 1 gallon of warm water. Wipe this solution over walls or blinds with a sponge or cloth and rinse with clear water. Dirt and grime comes off easily and the solution will not dull the painted finish or leave streaks.
  • Water or alcohol marks on wood:Stubborn rings resulting from wet glasses being placed on wood furniture may be removed by rubbing with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and olive oil. Rub with the grain and polish for the best results.

 

Kitchen

 

  • Garbage disposal cleaner: Garbage disposals may be kept clean and odor free with vinegar cubes. Vinegar cubes are made by filling an ice tray with a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar and enough water to fill the ice tray and then freezing it. Run the mixture through the disposal, and then flush it with cold water for a minute or so.
  • Coffee maker cleaner (automatic):  White distilled vinegar can help to dissolve mineral deposits that collect in automatic drip coffee makers from hard water. Fill the reservoir with white distilled vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly with water when the cycle is finished. (Be sure to check the owner’s manual for specific instructions.)
  • Clean the microwave: Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.
  • Deodorize the kitchen drain:Pour a cup of white distilled vinegar down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.
  • Clean the refrigerator: Wash with a solution of equal parts water and white distilled vinegar.
  • Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards: Wipe with full strength white distilled vinegar.
  • Brass polish: Brass, copper and pewter will shine if cleaned with the following mixture. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of white distilled vinegar and stir in flour until it becomes a paste. Apply paste to the metals and let it stand for about 15 minutes. Rinse with clean warm water and polish until dry.
  • Ant deterrent: Ant invasions can sometimes be deterred by washing counter tops, cabinets and floors with white distilled vinegar.
  • Getting Rid of Fruit Flies/Gnats in Your Kitchen:  Place a bowl filled with ½ quart water, 2 Tbsp. sugar, 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar and a couple of drops of dish soap to attract the fruit flies.  Always eliminate the source of attraction, i.e., ripened produce.
  • Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances Apply vinegar with a soft cloth to remove streaks from stainless steel appliances.  Try in an inconspicuous place first.
  • Cleaner Dishes and Glasses:  Pour 1 ½ cup to 2 cups white distilled vinegar in the bottom of dishwasher, along with regular dishwasher soap.  Wash full cycle. 
  • Remove Refrigerator Smells Place 1 cup apple cider vinegar in a glass and set in refrigerator.  Within 2 days, any smell is gone!

 

Bathroom

 

  • Bathtub film:Bathtub film can be removed by wiping with white distilled vinegar and then with soda. Rinse clean with water.
  • Shower doors: Rub down shower doors with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar to remove soap residue.
  • Toilet bowl cleaner: Stubborn stains can be removed from the toilet by spraying them with white distilled vinegar and brushing vigorously. The bowl may be deodorized by adding 3 cups of white distilled vinegar. Allow it to remain for a half hour, then flush.
  • Unclog the showerhead: Corrosion may be removed from showerheads or faucets by soaking them in white distilled vinegar overnight. This may be easily accomplished by saturating a terry cloth towel in vinegar and wrapping it around the showerhead or faucet.

 

 

 

 

 

*The uses and tips above came from a variety of sources. 

DCBB is not endorsing these tips/helpful hints. 

 

 

 

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