Saturday, August 15, 2009

White Vinegar: God's Gift To Everything

Maybe the economy is hurting your pockets when it comes to cleaning supplies. Maybe you just want to go green. Maybe you have kids and pets and can't risk them eating cleaners. For that reason, God invented white vinegar. This is the most amazing stuff in the world because you can use it for EVERYTHING. Anyway, I thought I'd share some of my favorite vinegar uses with you:

Put 1 cup white vinegar in the rinse cycle when washing cloth diapers, underwear or bras. It kills candida yeast associated with thrush and vaginal yeast infections. Personally, I think it does a better job than bleach and it's gentle on clothes and doesn't destroy them like bleach will do to diapers. I've lost many a pre-folds thanks to that chemical bastard, bleach.

Floor Cleaner
Mix 1 part vinegar to 1 part water to make a great floor cleaner. Safe for hard wood floors too so long as you dry it asap. I use it on my wood laminate floors (read faux wood floor). You can also use it on linoleum floors. I don't know about ceramic but I don't see why not. It cleans and brightens while killing crap.

Bug Spray
Yeah, apparently you can use it as a bug spray. Works directly on bugs and to prevent them. It works ok on light bug issues but for serious bug problems, I advise something else. We used this when we moved in to ward off ants. Some people say you can do a 1 to 1 mix, I just go for the full on vinegar. But yeah, do either a 1 to 1 water/vinegar or a full vinegar solution in a spray bottle and spray on bugs or in areas where they tend to go. Also, if you clean floors with this mixture, it works good too. But you need to do this daily if it's serious. We turned out to have a serious bug problem when it heated up and had to result to a bug bomb.

Glass Cleaner
Mix 1 part vinegar to 1 part water mix and spray like you would glass cleaner.

Super Cleaner
Mix 1 part vinegar to 1 part cream of tartar powder. You can get that stuff in the herb/spice section. It creates a paste. This stuff is good for cleaning stove tops, grimey pots and pans, and basically anything that is a total a-hole when it comes to cleaning. For best results, apply the paste to your surface and let sit 5 - 10 minutes then scrub off. You'd be surprised what this can accomplish.

Weed Killer
Mix 1 cup water, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 4 tbs salt. Put it in a spray bottle and apply ONLY on weeds. If you don't weed first, make sure you soak the leaves. Otherwise, spray on roots of weeded weeds, or trim exposing the stem and spray on the stem. This stuff will kill flowers, grass, and plants so it is important you only spray the weed. Not to mention the vinegar will keep bugs at bay.

Vinegar is like a magic solution from God to kill bad stuff, make stuff you like look pretty and its awesome. If you don't have a gallon tub of it in your house, you should invest in one. You can get a gallon of it for under $5 at almost any grocery store and it's one of those household must-have items.

1 comment:

Lori said...

I'm going to use your floor cleaning recommendations on our hardwoods this week. If addie will take a long enough of a nap, that is.