Vinegar’s Sweet Side
Are you ever overwhelmed walking down the cleaning supply aisle? There are tons of products on the market, all claiming to do the best job of keeping your house clean. Back in the day, there weren’t foams, sprays, or gels to choose from. Good old-fashioned elbow grease and water were the two products on hand for the pioneers, along with one other little ingredient.
Vinegar’s preserving ability is well-known. My mouth waters thinking of the variety of pickles lining my pantry shelves. Sauces and dressings wouldn’t taste the same without a small bite of vinegar.
Here are some other uses for vinegar you might not know about or use.
- Window cleaner. Take a spray bottle (I used an old rinsed out Windex container) and add approximately a ¼ cup of white vinegar then fill to the top with water. Even with paper towels, I washed my sliding glass door, mirrors, and all the windows without a single streak.
- Floor cleaner. Add a cup or so to your bucket or sink full of water. No soap. Use to mop your hardwood, laminate, tile or linoleum. Vinegar won’t hurt your grout or your tile like other harsh cleaners, plus it kills bacteria. Ever notice small dark spots in the dips of your linoleum? Overtime, soap builds up and dirt sticks to it. Using vinegar eliminates these spots. If you have little ones or pets, you won’t have to worry about harsh chemicals where they play.
- Laundry room. Add ¼ cup vinegar to your laundry instead of bleach. It will kill odor causing bacteria, clean your washing machine, and no discoloring. I toss mine into the liquid softener dispenser.
Do you have any other uses for vinegar?
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Originally published in the Concrete Herald November 2011 edition and also featured on The Prairie Homestead Barn Hop.