Monday, July 16, 2012

Another Use for Vinegar

It's no secret that I love vinegar.  We use it all over our house as a safe alternative to traditional cleaning products.  You can go here to see some of the ways we use it.  Our house may or may not remind you of eating crabs, but whatever!

This is a new trick that I recently learned, though.  Mix equal parts of dish detergent and HOT vinegar.  I heated mine in the microwave for 2 minutes before pouring it in the spray bottle.  This mixture can be used to clean the bath tub, and it works really well to get the water spots off!  I spray a thick layer on the tub and walls, then let it soak for an hour or two.  It does an amazing job on the grout in the tub, so I figured I would try it on the tile floor as well.  Success!!

This mixture can also be poured into the washing machine, along with a regular amount of laundry detergent, to wash the shower curtain liners.  I don't know about you, but I HATE scrubbing them, and they never get clean anyway.  This was a no-scrub way to get the liner completely clean, and the only work I put into it was taking the curtain down and hanging it back up.  I'm sure the spray would work well as a scrubbing method too, but I like that I didn't even have to do that!  :)

The only thing I would share is that when you make your 1:1 mixture of the hot vinegar and dish soap, just make enough for what you need.  You can technically save it for another job later, but I really don't think that it works as well when the vinegar is room temperature.  I have no answer as to why, but the hot vinegar definitely seemed to work better. To give you an idea of how much you might need, I can spray two tubs and the surrounding tub walls using 1/2 cup of dish soap and 1/2 cup of vinegar.  It's the perfect amount!  I used 1 cup of each to scrub three bathroom tile floors, but there was some extra.

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