Green Cleaning with Vinegar
Vinegar’s magic ingredient is acetic acid, which is about 5 percent of the finished product. Vinegar has been around for about 2,500 years, making it one of the oldest products in use by humans. There are many different types of vinegar out there, all produced by the oxidization of alcohol into acetic acid. White vinegar is the most useful and the most versatile by far.
White vinegar has dozens of household uses, and the best part is that it’s green. You can avoid using toxic or harsh cleaning chemicals around your pets and children, as well as save money. Not to mention that vinegar is cheap and doesn’t irritate allergies. Chances are, vinegar may be your answer to household cleaning. Here are ten uses for vinegar.
1. Clean and deodorize the garbage disposal by mixing equal parts vinegar and baking soda and putting it down the drain. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes fizzing, then flush out the drain with warm water for a clean and stink free sink.
2. If your glassware is cloudy from the dishwasher, wrap the glasses in paper towels soaked in vinegar and let them sit. The cloudy deposits will rinse right off.
3. There’s no need to use bleach on tile grout when you can let vinegar soak on it and then scrub with a toothbrush.
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4. Bring scuffed or dirty DVDs back to life by wiping them down with some vinegar on a soft cloth.
5. Spraying vinegar on deodorant-stained shirts before washing can remove the discoloration. It’s also great for fighting mustard, tomato sauce, or ketchup stains.
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6. Remove stickers from your car, mirrors, picture frames, etc. Remove it by spraying the decal with white vinegar to saturate the area, and the sticker will peel off in a few hours.
7. For a clean oven, combine vinegar and baking soda, then scrub.
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8. To remove bumper stickers from car chrome, paint on vinegar and let it soak in. Next, scrape off the stickers.
9. Rid your refrigerator and freezer of bad odors by cleaning the insides with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water, then wiping dry.
10. The steam from a boiling a bowl of vinegar and water will loosen caked-on food and get rid of odors in the microwave.
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