Friday, March 23, 2012

the TRUE all purpose cleaner

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You see "All purpose cleaner" on all kinds of cleaning products today. But I have to say, I've tried to use the "all purpose cleaner" on my counter tops, then use it inside the fridge, and finish on the windows... well, every time, I've found that it works great in 2 out of 3 areas. Not in ALL areas. Except for Vinegar!

Yes, distilled white vinegar is the TRUE all purpose cleaner. I remember the first time I saw vinegar in action... My mother cleans houses and businesses for a living and while we were growing up, we went with her and helped. My duties were ALWAYS emptying the trash cans and dusting. From time to time, she would ask me to do odd jobs like mopping a floor or clean the bathrooms. I look back now and realise she was teaching me how to clean EVERY area of the house. She used vinegar for cleaning coffee pots, stainless steel sinks, and windows. I always thought it was odd, because, vinegar was for dying Easter eggs... little did I know then, it's capable of so much more.

Vinegar in the Kitchen (cleaning!)

Coffee Pots - To eliminate unpleasant lime deposits that can build up and clog the inside heating element of your automatic drip coffee maker, once a month fill the reservoir with distilled white vinegar and run through the brew cycle. Rinse thoroughly with two cycles of water

Garbage Disposal - To keep your garbage disposal clean and fresh smelling, make some vinegar ice cubes. Mix one cup of white vinegar in enough water to fill an ice tray, freeze the mixture, and then grind the cubes through the disposal. Flush with cold water. 

Pots and Pans - Soak the insides of food-stained pots and pans in full-strength white vinegar for 30 minutes. Then rinse in hot, soapy water

Dishwasher - Cut the soapy film on your cloudy glassware by placing a cup of white vinegar on the bottom rack of your dishwasher, run for five minutes, then run through the full cycle. This will also reduce soap buildup on the inner workings. I use vinegar as my rinse aid as well.

Drain Clogs - To help prevent grease buildup and to keep your drains fresh smelling, pour a handful of baking soda down the drain pipe. Add one-half cup of white vinegar. Cover the drain tightly for a few minutes, then flush with cold water. 

Cooking Odors -  Just boil a tablespoon of white vinegar in a cup of water to eliminate those unpleasant fishy cooking smells. Rub some white vinegar on your fingers before and after slicing onions to eliminate the lingering after-aroma. To absorb stale, smoky odors, a bowl of white vinegar  placed in an out-of-the-way corner of any room works wonders, too.

Shine things up - To make your chrome fixtures, appliances, and counter tops gleam, rub away the streaks and smears with a cloth soaked in white vinegar.

Check back today for more tips on how to use vinegar in the Bathroom, Laundry Room, and other living spaces in your home!

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