DISTILLED WHITE VINEGAR! Between you and I, never heard of this crazy sounding vinegar, but this stuff by itself or mixed with some baking soda is some sort of cleaning miracle. Yes, I also said BAKING SODA!
- Bring one cup distilled vinegar and four tablespoons baking soda to a boil in teapots and coffee pots to rid them of mineral deposits.
- Distilled white vinegar and baking soda will easily remove cooking oil from the stovetop
- Dampen a cloth with distilled white vinegar and sprinkle with baking soda, and then use it to clean fiberglass tubs and showers. Rinse well and rub dry for a spotless shine.
- For a clean oven, combine distilled white vinegar and baking soda, then scrub with a scour pad.
- Clean and deodorize your toilet bowl by pouring distilled white vinegar into it. Let stand for five minutes, then flush. Spray stubborn stains with distilled white vinegar, then scrub vigorously.
- Clean windows with a cloth dipped in a solution of one part distilled white vinegar and 10 parts warm water.
- To clean drip coffeemakers, fill the reservoir with distilled white vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly by brewing two cycles with water before using.
- Rid your refrigerator and freezer of bad odors by cleaning the insides with a solution of equal parts distilled white vinegar and water, then wiping dry.
- To prevent mildew, wipe down surfaces with distilled white vinegar.
- Use a sponge dampened with vinegar to clean shower curtains.
- Dishwasher – To help keep the drain line clean and sweet smelling, add ½ cup distilled white vinegar to the rinse cycle.
- Oven – Dampen a cleaning rag in distilled white vinegar and water and wipe out the interior. This will prevent grease buildup.
- Showerhead – To unclog, soak in diluted white vinegar overnight, or put distilled white vinegar in a plastic bag, tie it around the showerhead, and leave on overnight.
- Toilet bowl – Clean and deodorize by pouring undiluted white vinegar into it. Let stand for 5 minutes, then flush. Spray stubborn stains with vinegar, then scrub vigorously.
- AND if you can’t find the time to do these tactics… call a house cleaning service near you!
Floors, Walls, and Furnishings:
- Carpets – To bring out the color in rugs and carpets, brush them with a mixture of 1 cup white vinegar and 1 gallon water.
- Wood paneling – To clean, mix 1 ounce olive oil with 2 ounces white vinegar and 1 quart warm water. Dampen a soft cloth with this and wipe the paneling; then wipe with a dry soft cloth.
- Furniture – Clean discolored or dirty wood with a mixture of equal amounts of turpentine, white vinegar, and mineral oil. Shake well before and during use. Apply with a soft cloth and rub vigorously.
Stains, Spills, and Yucky Deposits:
- Coffee on carpet – Blot up excess coffee, then rub the stain with a solution of white vinegar, detergent, and water.
- Ball-point ink – Saturate with hairspray, allow to dry, then brush lightly with a solution of half distilled white vinegar, half water.
- Windows, mirrors, glasses – Add 2 tablespoons white vinegar to 8 ounces water and put in a spray bottle. Spray lightly and wipe with old crumpled newspapers. Keep away from the edges of mirrors as moisture will spoil the silver on the back.
- Hair dye stains on clothing – Wash in detergent with white vinegar added, then bleach with hydrogen peroxide and relaunder.