Replacing harsh chemical cleaners and herbicides with cheap vinegar is not only good for the environment including your children and pets but it also saves you money! The Environmental Protection Agency recently suggested using “green” janitorial products to reduce pollution in schools.
Around the House
Remove Wallpaper: 2:1 vinegar and water applied to wallpaper will loosen the glue. Spray on, let soak for two minutes.
Air Freshener: make a mixture of half vinegar, half water in a bowl, set out on the counter to eliminate bad cooking odors and cigarette smoke or put the same mixture into a spray bottle and mist the air. It takes bad smells away and the vinegar aroma dissipates quickly.
Remote Control and PC: mix equal parts with water and wipe to clean and disinfect.
Water Rings on Tables: apply equal parts of vinegar and olive oil to a water-stained table wiping in the direction of the grain, then polish with a dry cloth.
Laminate Floor Cleaner: this works better than any professional product for this purpose! 1 cup to 1 quart of water. Great for vinyl floors also.
Drain Cleaner: pour ½ cup of baking soda down your drain or garbage disposal followed by one cup of vinegar. This will fizz as it attacks grease and grime, let it sit for a few minutes, follow up with more vinegar, then rinse with hot water.
Tub and Tile Cleaner: use baking soda and vinegar to scour soap scum and hard water stains off your sink, tub and shower doors, then rinse.
Glass Cleaner: mix ¼ cup of vinegar with one cup of water and use to clean windows and mirrors.
Carpet Stain Remover: create mixture of 1:1 with water, apply to pet stains, then steam clean or blot up. No more odors.
Pet Cage: use full strength or diluted to sanitize and clean.
Fabric Softener: adding a cup to the rinse cycle replaces fabric softener, neutralizes odors and as an added benefit helps keep your washer free from calcium build-up.
Pots and Pans: boil vinegar in pots and pans to loosen burnt on food and shine pots.
Weed Killer: spray or pour undiluted onto broad leafed weeds or use as a grass killer.
Car and Windshield: use as glass and chrome cleaner and carpet deodorizer.
Shine Dishes: give glass and china a final rinse in vinegar for a beautiful shine.
Age Spot Removal: mix vinegar with onion juice 1:1, apply daily until spots disappear.
Skin Softener: rinsing hands with vinegar will leave them soft and odor-less.
Food Odor Remedy and Athlete’s Foot: washing feet with vinegar to prevent foot odor and Athlete’s Food has been done since biblical times.
Head Lice: Remove head lice by rinsing hair with a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water, preferably leaving it on the hair for ten minutes, covering hair with plastic wrap, then rinse. Repeat vinegar-rinse several times combing with a lice comb. Vinegar loosens the glue that holds the nits to the hair.
Bee Stings and Mosquito Bites: Apply to sting or bite to act as an antiseptic relieving pain, swelling and itch.