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Make kitchen cabinets sparkle with a simple mix of vinegar and water.

Make a homemade spray cleaner for the kitchen and bathroom. 1 part white vinegar, 4 parts water, 10-20 drops of essential oil (optional), and 1 tsp of organic dish soap. This does wonders on counter tops, high chair trays, baseboards, walls, appliances, floors, and everywhere else things can be dumped, spilled or tracked.

Rid a faucet of lime deposits by tying a plastic bag containing 1/3 to 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar around it and leaving it there for two or three hours. Wipe down with a sponge and scrub any remaining deposits with an old toothbrush.

Remove the smell of spoiled food from a refrigerator by first rinsing the area with soap and water. Spray surfaces with undiluted white distilled vinegar and wipe down with a damp cloth or sponge. Fill several containers with baking soda and place inside. Close the door and leave for a few days.

Remove mineral deposits from coffee makers with white distilled vinegar. Fill the water reservoir with 1 cup or more of white distilled vinegar and run it through a whole cycle. Run it once or twice more with plain water to rinse clean. (Check the owners’ manual for counter indications.)

Bath

Make a homemade spray cleaner for the kitchen and bathroom. 1 part white vinegar, 4 parts water, 10-20 drops of essential oil (optional), and 1 tsp of organic dish soap. This does wonders on counter tops, high chair trays, baseboards, walls, appliances, floors, and everywhere else things can be dumped, spilled or tracked.

Rid a faucet of lime deposits by tying a plastic bag containing 1/3 to 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar around it and leaving it there for two or three hours. Wipe down with a sponge and scrub any remaining deposits with an old toothbrush.

Remove soap buildup from faucets by scrubbing them with a solution of 1 part salt to 4 parts white distilled vinegar.

The fizzing combo of vinegar and baking soda is a great way to unclog and remove odor from a tub drain. Pour half a cup of baking soda in the drain, then follow with a mixture of one cup white vinegar and one cup of hot water. Immediately plug the drain with a rag to keep the bubbles contained for 10 minutes. Rinse by pouring a kettle of boiling hot water down the drain.

Spray shower doors with full-strength white distilled vinegar after you’ve squeegeed the glass, or before you step in and turn on the water. It will help release the hard water deposits so they don’t remain on the glass.

Laundry

Get rid of the tiny holes left along the hemline when you take out the hem of any garment by moistening a cloth with white distilled vinegar, placing it under the fabric and ironing.

Get cleaner laundry! Add about 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar to the last rinse. The acid in white distilled vinegar is too mild to harm fabrics, yet strong enough to dissolve the alkalies in soaps and detergents. Besides removing soap, white distilled vinegar prevents yellowing, acts as a fabric softener and static cling reducer.

Forgot that you left wet laundry in the machine and it now smells moldy? Pour a few cups of white distilled vinegar in the machine and wash the clothes in hot water. Then run a normal cycle with detergent to remove the odor.

Get water and salt stains off shoes and boots by wiping them down with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and water.

Keep the steam iron clean and in good working order by getting rid of mineral deposits in steam vents and spray nozzles. Fill the water chamber with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and distilled water. Set it in an upright position and let it steam for about 5 minutes. When the iron is cool, rinse the tank with water, refill and shake water through the vents onto an old cloth. Test before using.

Pets

Clean up pet accidents by first blotting up the area and then adding a white distilled vinegar-and-water solution. Blot until it is almost dry. Then sprinkle baking soda over the area and let it dry. Vacuum up the residue the next day.

Remove pet odors. After cleaning, cover the area with baking soda. Let it stand overnight. The next day vacuum up the baking soda and wash the area with white distilled vinegar. Rinse and let dry.

Remove cat litter odor by pouring ½ inch of white distilled vinegar in the empty litter box. Let it stand for 20 minutes, swish it around, then rinse with cold water.

Keep the birdbath clean by scrubbing it often with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Rinse well.

Get rid of the deposits and water lines that form in aquariums and fish bowls by wiping them down with white distilled vinegar and following with a good rinse. For stubborn deposits, soak for several hours or overnight.

Around the House

Easily clean your mini blinds by wearing pair of white cotton gloves dipped in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and warm tap water. Then run your fingers across both sides of each blind to remove dust and build-up.

Remove ugly film in narrow-necked glass jars, flower vases, and bottles by letting undiluted white distilled vinegar sit in them for a few hours. Add a little rice or sand and shake vigorously to loosen stubborn stains. Repeat if necessary.

Erase ballpoint pen marks. Dab a sponge or cloth into white distilled vinegar and blot on the stained area. Repeat until marks are gone.

Remove grimy fingerprints and stains on your piano keys by dipping a soft cloth into a solution of 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 2 cups water, wring out and gently wipe off each key. Follow up with a dry cloth to remove any moisture from the keys.

Slow hardening of plaster by adding a couple tablespoons of white vinegar to your plaster mix. It will slow down the hardening process to give you the extra time you need to get it all smoothed out.

Kitchen

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Make kitchen cabinets sparkle with a simple mix of vinegar and water.

Make a homemade spray cleaner for the kitchen and bathroom. 1 part white vinegar, 4 parts water, 10-20 drops of essential oil (optional), and 1 tsp of organic dish soap. This does wonders on counter tops, high chair trays, baseboards, walls, appliances, floors, and everywhere else things can be dumped, spilled or tracked.

Rid a faucet of lime deposits by tying a plastic bag containing 1/3 to 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar around it and leaving it there for two or three hours. Wipe down with a sponge and scrub any remaining deposits with an old toothbrush.

Remove the smell of spoiled food from a refrigerator by first rinsing the area with soap and water. Spray surfaces with undiluted white distilled vinegar and wipe down with a damp cloth or sponge. Fill several containers with baking soda and place inside. Close the door and leave for a few days.

Remove mineral deposits from coffee makers with white distilled vinegar. Fill the water reservoir with 1 cup or more of white distilled vinegar and run it through a whole cycle. Run it once or twice more with plain water to rinse clean. (Check the owners’ manual for counter indications.)

Bath

Make a homemade spray cleaner for the kitchen and bathroom. 1 part white vinegar, 4 parts water, 10-20 drops of essential oil (optional), and 1 tsp of organic dish soap. This does wonders on counter tops, high chair trays, baseboards, walls, appliances, floors, and everywhere else things can be dumped, spilled or tracked.

Rid a faucet of lime deposits by tying a plastic bag containing 1/3 to 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar around it and leaving it there for two or three hours. Wipe down with a sponge and scrub any remaining deposits with an old toothbrush.

Remove soap buildup from faucets by scrubbing them with a solution of 1 part salt to 4 parts white distilled vinegar.

The fizzing combo of vinegar and baking soda is a great way to unclog and remove odor from a tub drain. Pour half a cup of baking soda in the drain, then follow with a mixture of one cup white vinegar and one cup of hot water. Immediately plug the drain with a rag to keep the bubbles contained for 10 minutes. Rinse by pouring a kettle of boiling hot water down the drain.

Spray shower doors with full-strength white distilled vinegar after you’ve squeegeed the glass, or before you step in and turn on the water. It will help release the hard water deposits so they don’t remain on the glass.

Laundry

Get rid of the tiny holes left along the hemline when you take out the hem of any garment by moistening a cloth with white distilled vinegar, placing it under the fabric and ironing.

Get cleaner laundry! Add about 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar to the last rinse. The acid in white distilled vinegar is too mild to harm fabrics, yet strong enough to dissolve the alkalies in soaps and detergents. Besides removing soap, white distilled vinegar prevents yellowing, acts as a fabric softener and static cling reducer.

Forgot that you left wet laundry in the machine and it now smells moldy? Pour a few cups of white distilled vinegar in the machine and wash the clothes in hot water. Then run a normal cycle with detergent to remove the odor.

Get water and salt stains off shoes and boots by wiping them down with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and water.

Keep the steam iron clean and in good working order by getting rid of mineral deposits in steam vents and spray nozzles. Fill the water chamber with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and distilled water. Set it in an upright position and let it steam for about 5 minutes. When the iron is cool, rinse the tank with water, refill and shake water through the vents onto an old cloth. Test before using.

Pets

Clean up pet accidents by first blotting up the area and then adding a white distilled vinegar-and-water solution. Blot until it is almost dry. Then sprinkle baking soda over the area and let it dry. Vacuum up the residue the next day.

Remove pet odors. After cleaning, cover the area with baking soda. Let it stand overnight. The next day vacuum up the baking soda and wash the area with white distilled vinegar. Rinse and let dry.

Remove cat litter odor by pouring ½ inch of white distilled vinegar in the empty litter box. Let it stand for 20 minutes, swish it around, then rinse with cold water.

Keep the birdbath clean by scrubbing it often with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Rinse well.

Get rid of the deposits and water lines that form in aquariums and fish bowls by wiping them down with white distilled vinegar and following with a good rinse. For stubborn deposits, soak for several hours or overnight.

Around the House

Easily clean your mini blinds by wearing pair of white cotton gloves dipped in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and warm tap water. Then run your fingers across both sides of each blind to remove dust and build-up.

Remove ugly film in narrow-necked glass jars, flower vases, and bottles by letting undiluted white distilled vinegar sit in them for a few hours. Add a little rice or sand and shake vigorously to loosen stubborn stains. Repeat if necessary.

Erase ballpoint pen marks. Dab a sponge or cloth into white distilled vinegar and blot on the stained area. Repeat until marks are gone.

Remove grimy fingerprints and stains on your piano keys by dipping a soft cloth into a solution of 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 2 cups water, wring out and gently wipe off each key. Follow up with a dry cloth to remove any moisture from the keys.

Slow hardening of plaster by adding a couple tablespoons of white vinegar to your plaster mix. It will slow down the hardening process to give you the extra time you need to get it all smoothed out.

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