Liquid gold: You may call me VINEGAR!
When you find an easy, accessible and inexpensive household product that does so much, it’s hard not to sing its praises! Today, I am raving about white VINEGAR and how it's changed my life!!
Now as a child, I hated being asked to wash windows, because all we had was watered down vinegar with newspaper, and at the time, my only thought was 'This stuff stinks. Why can't we buy the blue stuff my friends’ use?'.
I have a feeling my sisters are going to read this and say, ‘We could have told you how great it was if you had just been listening!’ hahaha
Ok, ok...Now I get it, this stuff rocks!!
Let’s learn a little more about VINEGAR before we use it all about house:
Vinegar is a liquid consisting of about 5–20% acetic acid (CH3COOH), water, and other trace chemicals, which may include flavorings. The acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria. Historically it has had a great variety of industrial, medical, and domestic uses. (this has been paraphrased from Wikipedia. To read more follow this link - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinegar)
My house is hooked up to city water, and while it has less scale residue than hard well water can cause, I still get buildup in visible areas. One place that absolutely drives me nuts, is the upper edge of my stainless sink in the kitchen where I constantly battle with dried water rings. These are the kind that you can’t just wipe up, or scrub with your dishcloth of soap and water to remove.
The first thought I had was to go buy stainless steel polish to really buff up the shine. Although after some research, and reading other reviews, I was worried that some of those options might be more abrasive to the finish of my new steel. I knew it was time to find an alternative, so I did a quick search online, and found the solution (don’t mind the pun)
For the area that I was looking to deal with (the kitchen sink), using an undiluted concentration of vinegar for 5 or 10 minutes did the trick. I simply soaked a paper towel and placed it over the trouble spots. Once it had the time to soak, all it needed was a wipe to see the ring-free shine!! After that I was hooked, and started searching the house for other places that needed a direct hit from my new friend.
And there were. Namely in the bathrooms, which I felt deserved a little TLC anyhow. The edge in the bathroom shower was in much need of help. I actually thought the finish had been worn off on the shower ledge, because no matter how much I soaked it in cleaner, or scrubbed it with my toughest sponge, there seemed to be no change. So, I took my VINEGAR to the bathroom, and I was amazed...again! (ok, it clearly doesn’t take much to amaze this gal, but I’m ok with that 😉 It had even removed a hair dye stain that I had been looking at with despise for a couple years – YAY!
If you are looking for a more calm solution for around the house, let’s say for glass and mirror cleaning, use a 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water solution, poured into a spray bottle, spray, wipe and done!
I’m including a great link to Readers Digest as an incredible source for many uses of Vinegar around the house - from carpet stain cleanup, removing candle wax to purging bugs from your pantry....Freaking Amazing!!
The next thing I’m going to try is unclogging and deodorizing the drains, so wish me luck and please comment your wonderful VINEGAR tips below if you have some to share...