Distilled white vinegar remains my ‘go to cleaner’ for many jobs. Beware of vinegar as some is made from petroleum. Food grade vinegar will contain the words ‘made from grain,’ ‘safe for pickles,’ or ‘food safe.’ Avoid using vinegar on stone or composite counters and floors as the acid in vinegar etches these surfaces.
3) Substitute vinegar for dryer sheets or fabric softener in the laundry. Vinegar softens clothes, solves static cling and freshens the washer.
4) Boil straight vinegar and wipe on water spotted glass shower doors. Repeat every 5 minutes for 30 minutes. Scrub with Mary’s scratch free White Scrubbie Pad soaked with the hot vinegar. The white spots should disappear although the etching may remain.
5) Canadian research has shown that vinegar kills more germs than bleach – take that stuff to the toxic waste dump.
6) Vinegar kills mold and mildew on most surfaces even in driveway cracks.
Borax – Ever wonder why your white clothes turn grungy after bleaching them in the laundry? Toss the bleach and use borax for the whitest of whites.
3) Kill bed bugs by sprinkling it on the mattress. Wait several hours then vacuum.
4) Make a paste with lemon juice to remove sink stains. Test a small spot first.
5) A tablespoon added with laundry detergent helps remove odors, stains and brightens clothing.
Cream of Tartar had been a staple of households for many years. It comes in handy for more than cooking.
3) Ants refuse to come out of their hole with cream of tartar poured around the rim. Cover cracks and crevices where ants enter the home to repel them.
4) Tired of ring around the collar? Dampen the collar then pour on the cream of tartar and gently rub. Let it set a good 30 minutes before laundering.
3) Heat the iron then sprinkle salt on a piece of white paper. Iron the paper to clean the bottom of the iron.
4) Salt also kills mold and weeds between the cracks of the driveway or sidewalk. Use a funnel then lightly wet it down.
5) When boiling eggs add a quarter teaspoon of salt to prevent the shells from cracking. Salt also brings the water to a higher temperature to help cook the egg whites.
6) Boil salt and water in burned pans to remove the charred remains.
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