The Cleaning Power of Vinegar

Here’s a conversation that could take place in your home today, or any day.

“Hey Mom, where’s the oil and vinegar for my salad?

“In the cabinet right next to the refrigerator where they always are.”

“Ha! The joke’s on me.”

“But don’t’ use all the vinegar…I need to scour the toilet right after dinner.”

Huh? An edible substance you also can clean a toilet with? Absolutely, not to mention laundry, wood surfaces, brick, sinks, and more.

Let’s check out just of few of the ways vinegar can help you keep a cleaner, chemical-free house and save money to boot.

  • Laundry: Adding vinegar to water in your washing machine kills odors and brightens without harsh chemicals. Plus, just a half cup of vinegar in your laundry softens your clothes without perfumes. The softening aspect of vinegar is important for another reason – it won’t destroy the flame retardants in children’s clothing that otherwise can be broken down by commercial fabric softeners.
  • Microwave: Vinegar is a great way to clean any metal or glass surface, including the inside of your microwave oven. Just combine a ½ cup each of white vinegar and water in a glass bowl and heat that mixture for 2-3 minutes. And just like that, wiping up all the gunk will be a breeze.
  • Dishes & Glasses: Not 100% happy with how your dishes and glasses look after running the dishwasher? Well, before you spend money on appliance repair or a new dishwasher, first add 1 ½ to 2 cups of distilled white vinegar to the bottom of your unit. Then wash the contents on a regular cycle using the same amount of detergent as always.
  • Careful with Your Countertops: Vinegar works great on kitchen countertops, too, but keep it away from granite, marble, or any other porous surface. With every other surface, spray it on and wipe clean with a warm, wet rag.
  • Wood Surfaces: Scratches, scuffs, and ring stains all leave a noticeable mark on wood surfaces. To make them disappear, mix equal parts of oil and vinegar (yep, just like salad dressing), shake well, and pour just a drop or two on a washcloth. Rub the cloth over the scuffs and scratches and prepare to be amazed.
  • Garden Party:  Vinegar also happens to be a natural weed killer. Then again, it also can kill plants you like. So instead of spraying it here and there, point 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, let it fly.  

Vinegar also is a natural drain cleaner.  Just mix it together with baking soda in equal amounts (about ½ cup each) and pour the solution down the drain. A half-hour or so later, flush it all with a pot of boiling water. If it doesn’t work, try again. If it still doesn’t work, you probably waited too long to try.

That’s when it’s time to call Plumbtastic Plumbing & Rooter, your local drain cleaning specialists. Count on us to be there when you need us.

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