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Cleaning With Vinegar

 

Now, more than ever, mankind is spoiled by so much technology and scientific innovations. Technology has been used to create solutions to address all kind of human needs from treating cancer, all the way down to something simple like remove the odor of pet waste when it is found in the home.

However, there are still some ‘old-fashioned’ that are still used inside many households, because, try as we might, we have found it hard to improve the results gained by these naturally found concoctions, such as baking soda, borax and our old favorite, vinegar.

Vinegar was actually discovered many years ago, probably as the result of a cask of wine that was left to ferment past the point of optimal fermentation where it still was palatable enough to drink. If wine is allowed to ferment for long periods the end product would be vinegar – this is because the sugars that ferment into alcohol when creating wine then ferment even further into acetic acid.

It is the acetic acid content that makes vinegar such a versatile household product. In addition to its application to the culinary arts, vinegar can be used for domestic cleaning and sanitation. Only certain types of vinegar are made for cleaning purposes. These are known as “Full Strength Vinegar” or “Double Strength Vinegar” – depending on the exact content of acetic acid. Vinegar with higher acetic acid percentages should not be used for cooking, but for cleaning they work like a charm.

Some of the cleaning uses for Full Strength Vinegar include:

Floors

No-Wax Surfaces – Mix around half a cup of vinegar with a half gallon of warm mop water to clean the floor of grease, grime, film and other impurities.

Carpet Stains – In a pint of water mix a tablespoon of liquid detergent and a tablespoon of vinegar, apply this to the stain with a soft towels or a brush –nothing to abrasive that could damage the fabric. Dab the stain out of the carpet, applying more of the solution as necessary. Continue to rinse out the towel or brush as you work the stain form the fabric. When the last vestiges of the stain are gone, blow dry the area and notice how the last of the marks vanish before the awesome might of “Vinagre”.

Windows Walls and Woodwork

Windows – Equal parts warm water and vinegar make an excellent solution to greasy streaky windows. Apply and dry with a soft cloth for best results.

Washing Woodwork and Painted Walls – certain jobs require the gentle side that vinegar also provides. Take a gallon of warm water, add a ¼ cup of baking soda, a ½ cup of vinegar and a cup of ammonia. This is a excellent recipe for cleaning venetian blinds, painted walls as well as finished woodwork.

Kitchen

Clean and Deodorize the Microwave – Things happen in the microwave that cause the foodstuffs to become splattered across the inside of the oven –this can turn into a cacophony of smells as the Chinese take-out mixes with the gyros and ‘yuck’. A quarter cup of vinegar in a pint of warm water makes and excellent degreaser/deodorizer.

 

Cleaning Kit Essentials For Beginners

Make All The Household Cleaners You Need With These Four Simple Ingredients

How do you manage living on your own? If you are just embarking on life away from home for the first time, you may be a little be overwhelmed, especially by the prospect of taking care of your digs. What products do you need to keep on hand? How much do cleaning products and equipment cost? In this article, we will share some tips to help you prepare for keeping your home clean and tidy without putting a significant dent in your finances. Read on to learn more.

Make Your Own Products Cheaply
If you hate the smell of the cleaning aisle, you are not alone. With thousands of choices in cleaning products all amassed in one place, the chemical smell is annoying at best and literally sickening at worst. That’s why you’ll be happy to know that you don’t need to visit the cleaning aisle. Instead, you can make all of the cleaning products you need with four very simple, affordable ingredients. They are:

  1. Baking Soda: This mild alkaline abrasive is all natural and very cheap (usually 2 boxes for a dollar). It is an effective deodorizer and a mild abrasive that can be used for gentle scrubbing power.
  2. White Vinegar: This natural acidic liquid acts as a degreaser. It is a streak free cleaning agent and a mild disinfectant and deodorizer.
  3. Dish Soap: This is a pH neutral cleaner. If you need warm, soapy water, use dish soap and warm water.
  4. Rubbing Alcohol: This is a fast-drying disinfectant that can be used to clean and sanitize surfaces and areas that hold germs and bacteria.

Use these four ingredients to make all kinds of cleaners!

  • All purpose cleaner: Mix 1 part dish soap and 20 parts water.
  • Disinfectant: Combine 50/50 rubbing alcohol and water.
  • Tub, Tile & Toilet Cleaner: Mix 50/50 vinegar and dish soap. Sprinkle soiled area with vinegar before spraying for extra abrasive power.
  • Glass Cleaner: Combine 50/50 vinegar and water.

Get The Right Equipment
You’ll also need some cleaning equipment. Start by purchasing a sturdy caddy to keep your cleaning product in. You’ll also need some spray bottles. You can either buy new ones inexpensively at a dollar store or repurpose old ones. If you do repurpose, be sure to rinse the bottles thoroughly before mixing up your cleaning products. No matter what, be sure to label your bottles once they contain products. This will help you avoid confusion.

You will also need:

  • Double sided sponges give you one soft surface and one abrasive surface.
  • Use paper towel for really dirty spills and for the toilet.
  • You will also need a toilet bowl brush.
  • Use an old toothbrush to clean tight spots.
  • Micro-fiber cloths are good for dusting.
  • Optical cloth is good for cleaning electronics.
  • Use rubber gloves if you wish.

Be sure to rinse your sponges after every use and replace them periodically. Keep them in an area with good air circulation to allow them to dry between uses. You can wash your micro fiber cloths and your optical cloth, but be sure not to use fabric softener. Wash all cleaning brushes with hot water. You can sterilize used toothbrushes by running them through the dishwasher or soaking them in rubbing alcohol.
For Your Floors
Buy a good quality bucket and mop. The micro fiber twist mop is a good choice. Get a wringer bucket to get your mop properly damp. Without a wringer, it will be too wet and will make a sloppy mess.

You will also need a good broom, but don’t think that this takes the place of a vacuum. Vacuuming can be a challenge because of the cost and the storage, but you need a vacuum get rid of dust and pet hair. Sweeping and picking up gets rid of some of it, but not all. A hand held or stick vacuum saves space. If purchasing a vacuum is too expensive, put it on your Amazon wish list and/or ask for it as a holiday or birthday present.
Save Money & The Environment
When you follow these smart tips, you can keep your place neat and clean without using dangerous, toxic chemicals. You can also save a fortune. Your total cost for all of your cleaning products (except vacuum) is about $50. Replacing your ingredients one at a time is very affordable.

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