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Cleaning Lady "Cleaning with Vinegar"No, I’m not suggesting that you hire the neighbor kid and grossly under pay him to vacuum and dust.

Did you know that you can clean a ton of things in your house with vinegar?

Whether it’s the kitchen, bathroom, window blinds, or floor, vinegar is a wonder potion. It’s also super cheap, one gallon can clean so much.

Here are a bunch of ways to clean with vinegar:

  • Make your own scouring cleanser by combining 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent. Add just enough white distilled vinegar to give it a thick but creamy texture.
  • Clean and deodorize a drain by pouring in 1 cup baking soda, then one cup hot white distilled vinegar. Let this sit for 5 minutes or so, then run hot water down the drain.
  • To clean a grease-splattered oven door window, saturate it with full-strength white distilled vinegar. Keep the door open for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping with a sponge.
  • Easily clean your mini blinds by wearing pair of white cotton gloves. Dip gloved fingers into a solution of equal parts white vinegar and warm tap water, and run your fingers across both sides of each blind.
  • To clean tarnished brass, copper, and pewter, use a paste with equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and table salt. However, never use vinegar on marble. The acid can damage the surface.
  • Discourage ants by spraying undiluted white distilled vinegar outside doorways and windowsills, around appliances and wherever you find the pests coming in.
  • Wipe grease off exhaust fan grids, the inside of your oven, or anywhere grease gathers with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar.
  • Get rid of calcium deposits on faucets by soaking a cloth or paper towel in white distilled vinegar and wrapping the area tightly. Let this sit for a couple of hours or overnight.
  • Clean grout by letting full-strength white distilled vinegar sit on it for a few minutes and scrubbing it with an old toothbrush.
  • Apply full-strength white distilled vinegar directly to tough linoleum stains. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping it up. If that doesn’t work, apply white distilled vinegar again and then sprinkle some baking soda over the white distilled vinegar. Scrub the area with a brush or sponge. Rinse clean with water.
  • For an economical and environmentally friendly floor cleaner, mix a solution of 3 drops dishwashing liquid to 1/3 part white distilled vinegar, 1/3 part alcohol, and 1/3 part water. Spray sparingly and mop for a fast clean-up.

What are your favorite home made cleaning solutions? Send me an email with your ideas, be sure to include something like “my favorite cleaning ideas” in the subject line,  your name of course, and your best email address so I can reply. If I share your idea, I just might reward you with something nice!