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10 Surprising Uses for White Vinegar
Natural Weed Killer
Vinegar is strong enough to kill weeds, as well as plants you actually like, so instead of spraying
it recklessly around your yard or garden, try painting it directly on the leaves of whatever plant
you're trying to get rid of. Of course, if you're attacking weeds that sprout up from cracks in your
asphalt, fire at will.
For best results, use white vinegar on a day of dry, sunny weather; vinegar needs some time in the sun to work its deadly magic on weeds.
Vinegar and Pet Care
Dogs and cats can often be bothered by itchy, scaly ears, especially if you have a dog with floppy ears like a retriever.
Dilute white vinegar in a 1-to-4 ratio (1 tablespoon vinegar to 4 tablespoons water, for example), and let it soak into a clean rag. Then use the rag to wipe out the inside of your pet's ears.
And if your pet gets sprayed by a skunk, vinegar is an easier acid to use than ketchup for getting rid of the smell, since ketchup itself doesn't rinse off all that easily.
Finally, if unwanted cats are creeping around your yard, spray or pour vinegar onto their favorite litter box; felines can't stand the stuff!
Vinegar in the Dishwasher
There are at least two great uses for vinegar in your automatic dishwasher. First, it can be used as a cheap, effective rinsing agent to get your glasses, plates, and other dishes sparkling clean.
Second, it can help to clean the dishwasher itself: Once a year or so (more if you have hard water), pour a cup of white vinegar into an empty dishwasher, then run it for a short cycle to get rid of the lime and soap build-up that can prevent your dishwasher from working at peak efficiency.
Vinegar and Car Care
Still sporting a bumper sticker you'd rather not display any longer? Remove it with a few squirts of undiluted white vinegar. You may need to reapply the vinegar a few times to completely loosen the bumper sticker.
Additionally, vinegar can be used as a glass cleaner and deodorizer in your car; you can even add it to your windshield wiper reservoir to keep your glass shiny if your car's owner's manual suggests it. Vinegar is acidic enough to ruin some motor parts, so don't add it to your windshield-washer fluid if your owner's manual advises against it.
You can also wipe down your windows with diluted vinegar in winter to keep them frost-free.
Vinegar and Cut Flowers
There are all kinds of theories about ways to extend the life of cut flowers. Some folks swear by a copper penny, and others add lemon-lime soda or an aspirin. Try adding a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water, plus a dash of sugar.
Most of the preparations seem to focus on one biocide (vinegar, bleach, copper), plus one source of sugar as a food supply.
Vinegar and Cleaning Tiles
Most people reach for the bleach when confronted with grungy or discolored tile, grout, and caulk. But white vinegar is not only effective at cleaning and whitening tiles and grout, but it's also safer than chlorine bleach (especially for households on a septic tank, where bleach should never enter). Just spray full-strength vinegar on grout and caulk in the shower or kitchen, let it soak in for at least an hour, then scrub it off with a brush.
Vinegar and the Laundry
Vinegar has so many laundry-related uses that it's often stored right next to the detergent in green laundry rooms.
For removing stains like mustard, ketchup, tomato sauce, grass, and underarm deodorants, spray a little white vinegar onto the stain before laundering. Soaking whites in vinegar will help bring back their whiteness.
And just like in your dishwasher, vinegar helps to break down detergent when added to the rinse cycle, making clothes fresher, more colorful—and it gets rid of funky towel mildew. One cup should be plenty; add less when using a front-loading washing machine
Never add vinegar to chlorine bleach; it will create noxious chlorine gas, a potentially deadly compound.
Kitchen Cleaning With Vinegar
Clean your coffee maker out with diluted vinegar every month or so. (Remember to run fresh water through it before making coffee.)
White vinegar and salt can clean stainless-steel cookware and sterling silver, and undiluted vinegar disinfects cutting boards, especially those made of wood. And for cleaning microwaves, just pour a little vinegar into a bowl of water and microwave it for a few minutes—you can then easily wipe out grunge from the inside of your microwave.
Finally, if your sink is clogged or smelly, try pouring 1/4 cup of baking soda down the sink, then add 1 cup of vinegar and cover the drain tightly. The reaction between these two compounds can power out clogs. You may need two or more applications for tough clogs.
Hard-Water Stains and Vinegar
If your toilet bowl, bathtub, or sink has lime deposits from hard water, soak or spray vinegar onto the grit. It should loosen the deposits enough to remove them easily.
And for any appliance or fixture that's not working right because of hard water—especially irons, showerheads, and faucets—soak or spray white vinegar and let the deposits crumble away.
House Cleaning With Vinegar
Vinegar is one of the world's best all-purpose green cleaners with dozens of cleaning uses. Diluted white vinegar on a soft, lint-free cloth is excellent for cleaning windows, hardwood floors, carpet stains, fireplace bricks and irons, computer screens, devices, shower curtains, upholstery, mattresses, wood furniture (when combined with olive oil), and glassware. If it's in your house, you can probably clean it with vinegar.
Do not use vinegar on marble or other stone surfaces. The acid in vinegar (and lemon and wine) can permanently damage these surfaces, so keep vinegar away from these stones.
Remember the slogan: Duz does everything? If you have Dawn, vinegar, and baking soda, you may find that they do everything. If you want a copy of this information, press the button for a PDF copy.
20 Frugal Uses For Dawn Dish Soap That Will Simplify Your Life
By Vanessa Beaty www.diyncrafts.com
If you use Dawn dishwashing liquid, did you know that there is more that you can do with
than just wash dishes. There are literally 30 ways that you can use Dawn and replace some
of the other cleaning products in your house.
1. Homemade Ant Repellent
Dawn dish soap is great for keeping pesky ants away. Just mix it with mouthwash and hydrogen peroxide and store in a spray bottle. Mix it up and generously spray your ant infested cabinets, counters or floors. Leave the spray on for about 15 minutes and then wipe it away, taking the ants with it. Plus, this will deter any new ants from coming in.
2. Effective Homemade Carpet Stain Remover
I’ve actually been using this recipe for carpet stain remover for quite some time. It’s really effective on everything from Kool-Aid spills to pet mishaps and even removes odors. You just mix hydrogen peroxide with original blue formula Dawn dish soap. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and use it to spray away those nasty carpet stains. It’s just as safe as it is effective and won’t bleach or otherwise discolor your carpet.
3. Easy DIY Floor Grout Cleaner
Dawn can also be used to clean up that nasty looking grout on your floors. Grout tends to pick up dirt, dust and even grease in the kitchen and it can be really hard to get that grout clean with just regular mopping. Vinegar that you heat up in the microwave along with just a bit of Dawn dish soap will perfectly clean that grout and without any hard scrubbing on your part.
4. Homemade Dawn Dish Soap Jewelry Cleaner
Dawn is harsh on grease but believe it or not, it’s really gentle on jewelry. It makes a wonderful no soak jewelry cleaner. You just mix seven parts hot water with one part ammonia or Mr. Clean and just a small squirt of your Dawn dish soap. Just dip an old toothbrush in this mixture and gently scrub your jewelry until it looks brand new again.
5. Easy DIY Grill Cleaner
Dawn is specially formulated to cut grease, which makes it perfect for cleaning your barbecue grill. You don’t even have to do much to get that grill clean. Just fill a bucket or sink with hot water and a bit of Dawn and then soak the racks from your grill for about 10 minutes or so. You can also use Dawn to clean the inside and outside of your grill to get all of that grease and debris off.
6. Homemade Window Cleaner
You can clean your windows like a pro with just a bit of Dawn original blue dishwashing liquid and a squeegee. You just mix your Dawn with a bit of warm water and then use a sponge to remove all of the dirt and buildup from your windows. Then take a squeegee – which you can get at the Dollar Store for a couple of dollars or less – and remove all of the soap and dirt and your windows will sparkle.
7. DIY Dishwasher Detergent
Okay, so Dawn is a dishwashing liquid, right? Why not use it to make your own dishwasher detergent? You just drop a tiny bit into the detergent compartment of your dishwasher – don’t get too much or you’ll overload your kitchen with suds – and then add some baking soda to the inside of the dishwasher. You don’t even have to rinse your dishes before you add them to the dishwasher. The combination of Dawn and baking soda will remove even the crustiest food debris.
8. Homemade Eyeglass Cleaner and Defogger
Not only will Dawn dish soap perfectly clean your glasses, it will help to keep them from fogging up in the future. I don’t know about you, but I always have trouble keeping my glasses from getting all foggy. You can use Dawn with rubbing alcohol to clean those glasses and this even works on sunglasses. Just mix the two ingredients with water and use a microfiber cloth to remove dirt and defog.
9. Driveway Stain Cleaner
If you have grease or oil stains on your concrete driveway, you can use Dawn dishwashing liquid to clean it off. Just squirt the dish soap directly onto the stain and then use a brush to scrub until the grease or oil begins to come up. Then just rinse the soap suds and the stain away.
10. Homemade Dish Soap Ice Pack
You can use blue Dawn dishwashing liquid to make a wonderful ice pack that is perfect for when you pull a muscle, overextend yourself or even when you get a bit sunburned. Just fill a zippable sandwich bag about half full of dish soap and then place it in the freezer for a couple of hours until it freezes. The dish soap won’t completely freeze so this is a great ice pack for using around elbows, knees and other areas where you need something flexible.
11. DIY Weed Killer
You can also use Dawn dish soap as a really effective and really inexpensive weed killer. Plus, none of the ingredients in this DIY weed killer are toxic so this is a much safer alternative than those chemical weed killers that you find in home improvement stores. You just mix Dawn with salt and vinegar and spray it on the weeds that you want to eradicate.
12. DIY Multipurpose Cleaner
Mix a gallon of water with just a bit of Dawn, vinegar and baking soda and you get a wonderful multipurpose cleaner that is perfect for any room in the house. You can clean bathrooms, kitchens or anywhere and if you want to make this a disinfecting multipurpose cleaner, you just have to add about a quarter of a cup of rubbing alcohol. This is literally the only cleaner you need in the house!
13. Homemade Paint/Grease Remover for Hands
Paint, grease and other things that you get all over your hands when you work can be difficult to remove. You can mix up a very economical and effective hand cleaner with just a bit of Dawn dish soap and something that has a scrubbing property like salt, cornmeal or grits. Just add enough water to make it paste like and scrub that paint or grease away quickly and easily.
14. Pet-Friendly Flea Killing Bath
Dawn is perfectly safe for pets – they use it to clean up animals affected by oil spills all the time. Not only will it clean and make your pet smell wonderful, it also helps to remove and deter fleas. Note that you should probably use regular Dawn – not anything that has a bleach additive. Just add a bit to the bath and scrub those fleas away.
15. Poison Ivy Treatment
You can use Dawn dish soap mixed with vinegar to kill poison ivy but if you’ve already been affected then killing the weed won’t help with the itching. You can also use Dawn to help dry up poison ivy and cure the itch. Poison ivy has urushiol, which is an oily substance. Dawn is specially formulated to kill oil and grease so it is very effective in helping you to cure that poison ivy rash and end that eternal itching.
16. Cheap and Effective Laundry Pre-Treat Solution
Instad of buying expensive pre-treating products for your laundry, just use a little Dawn. You just have to squirt a drop on the stain and then rub to remove it. Dawn works just as well as anything you can buy that is marketed as a laundry stain remover and it’s a lot cheaper. Plus, if you already have some in the house, then you’re never worrying about not getting those stains out when you do laundry.
17. Non-Toxic Garden Bug Killer
You don’t have to use toxic chemicals in your garden to kill your bugs. Actually, if you’re worried about bugs in the vegetable garden, it’s never a safe idea to use chemicals on plants that produce food so Dawn is a much safer alternative. While this won’t kill every pest in your garden, it is very effective on spider mites, aphids and many others that tend to feed on our veggies.
18. Cheap and Effective Sidewalk De-Icer
Ice is no fun, especially if you’re trying to walk on it. If you’ve been hit with an ice storm unexpectedly, you may not have any sidewalk salt to remove that ice. You can use Dawn instead. For icy steps, just mix a teaspoon of Dawn dish soap with a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol and a half gallon of warm water. Pour this over your steps and sidewalks and they won’t refreeze, even when temperatures dip to below zero!
19. DIY Tub and Shower Cleaner
Just a few ingredients, that you probably have on hand right now, will give you the most effective tub and shower cleaner you’ve ever tried. You don’t have to have handfuls of cleaning products to keep your home clean. Dawn dish soap along with a bit of vinegar will clean soap scum and other stains without any scrubbing. Imagine cleaning the ring out of your bathtub without having to scrub it!
20. Safe and Effective Toilet Unclogger
Instead of heading to the hardware store for Draino or something else equally as expensive and chemical based, you can easily unclog your toilets – and some sink drains – with Dawn dishwashing liquid. The properties of Dawn allow it to break down oils and other materials so it is very effective in removing those clogs. Just add warm water with a few squirts of Dawn and plunge or flush that clog away forever.
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18 Cleaning Problems You Can Solve With Baking Soda
By Lauren Piro and Lauren Smith McDonough
Sure, it's an essential for grandma's amazing chocolate chip cookies, but baking soda also
has the power to freshen and clean seemingly countless spots in your home. It's a super-
effective (but gentle) abrasive and is a great natural deodorizer, so it's helpful in all sorts
of cleaning emergencies.
1. Remove stains from plastic food containers
Leftovers have a way of leaving their mark. To freshen your containers, wipe with a clean sponge sprinkled with baking soda. Or erase tough stains by soaking in a solution of four tablespoons of baking soda and a quart of warm water.
2. Refresh a foul-smelling fridge
Never worry that last night's salmon will leave your fridge smelling, well, fishy for months to come again. Baking soda will absorb strong food odors so they don't linger or change the taste of neighboring foods.
3. Clean store-bought fruits and veggies
Mixed with water, baking soda can remove dirt and that waxy coating that comes on produce from the supermarket.
4. Scrub down kitchen surfaces
Nearly every dirty spot in your kitchen can benefit from a baking soda treatment. Combine it with water to clean countertops, stainless steel sinks, microwaves, range hoods and cooking utensils.
5. Deep-clean extra greasy dishes and pans
Give baked-on food the one-two punch by dialing up your dish soap with a sprinkle of baking soda..
6. Revive stale-smelling sponges
Soak these kitchen staples in baking soda and water to freshen them up so you can use them a little longer. But remember, you should still toss your sponges every two to three weeks, depending on use.
7. Deodorize musty upholstery
Banish smells from the soft, cushy places around your house by sprinkling surfaces with baking soda, letting it sit for 15 minutes, then vacuuming it up. You can also use this method to freshen up your mattress between cleanings.
8. De-stink pet beds
The same goes for Spot's favorite place to sleep! Sprinkle, wait 15 minutes and vacuum.
9. Banish mildew from bathrooms
Scrub your tub, tile, sink and shower curtain with a damp sponge and baking soda. Rinse to reveal gleaming surfaces.
10. Brighten dingy laundry
Both whites and colors will come out of the washing machine brighter if you add a cup of baking soda to your load. Combined with liquid detergent, it helps balance the pH levels to get clothes cleaner.
11. De-clog a drain
Clear a stubborn drain by pouring a 1/2 cup of baking soda down it, followed by a 1/2 cup of vinegar. Cover with a wet cloth to contain the science fair-like effects (remember DIY volcanoes?). Wait five minutes, then flush with hot water.
12. Eliminate garbage can odors
Place some baking soda in the bottom of your can to fight trash stink.
13. Clean up a garage oil spill
Got an offending spot on your concrete? Pour on a little baking soda and scrub with a wet brush to make it disappear.
14. Scrub a messy grill
Combat a summer's worth of cookout grime by sprinkling some baking soda on your grill-cleaning brush before you scrub away.
15. Wipe down dirty patio furniture
Before you pull out your lawn chairs for the season, give them a wipe-down with baking soda and water. And before you put them away at the end of summer, place baking soda underneath the cushions or inside their storage bags to keep them fresh.
16. Fight linen closet smells
Just like in the fridge, an open box of baking soda placed near your sheets and towels can fight musty smells.
17. Buff out white water rings
If someone forgot their coaster and left a water ring on your coffee table, combine one part white non-gel toothpaste with one part baking soda. Dampen a cloth with water, add the mixture and rub with the grain to buff out the ring. Then take a dry cloth and wipe off. Use another soft cloth for a final shine and finish by polishing as you normally would.
18. Brighten dull jewelry
When your sterling silver stops shining, get rid of tarnish by making a paste (three parts baking soda to one part water). Apply it with a lint-free cloth (not a paper towel, which can scratch) and rinse.