Happy Thursday, Snobs! This week I’d like to integrate the power of vinegar into a few recipes that will not only save you money, but are also a lot better for your health than commercial household cleaners.
The idea for this post came to me by request, and by a recent reminder by my amazing Aunt of how underrated and unknown the power of vinegar really is. While doing dishes during my family Christmas party, she began using vinegar to take the calcium build-up from hard water on some of my pots. Then it came to me…WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THIS. I had been using vinegar for all sorts of things but I still had much to learn.
So let’s begin!
- Stainless steel: I live in an area with extremely hard water — that means hard water build-up on everything, so it’s difficult to keep things clean. So I take a 50/50 water/vinegar mixture and spray directly on the surface. Let it sit for about a minute then wipe dry; no scrubbing required.
- Soap scum in the bathtub: This is probably one of the things I hate cleaning most; it hurts the back and it’s just too much work. I found a recipe on Pinterest that works amazing on bathtubs, and I mean miraculous. I wish I could give credit to the individual that discovered this recipe, but it has been floating around Pinterest too long to ever pin it to one person. The recipe calls for equal parts warm vinegar and equal parts Dawn dish soap. Now I have been using this recipe for about a year and have never used Dawn, so any kind of dish soap will do. Spray and let sit for a ten minutes, then wipe away. You will most likely not need to scrub, and if it dries just add some water to your cloth and wipe away the scum!
- Animal messes: Two cats and a Great Dane can add up to a significant amount of animal bodily fluids. Nothing works better on these messes than vinegar. Again, take a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water and spray or pour onto the surface to saturate the area. Wipe up and blot with a cloth. If there is a concern of strong vinegar smell, it usually goes away when it dries. If there are any other odors you are concerned about, sprinkle baking soda on the area and vacuum when dry. Good as new!
- Produce wash: I try to purchase and eat organic when I can, but in the winter time it gets too expensive. Wash pesticides and wax off of your produce with a splash of vinegar in a produce bath in your sink with lukewarm water. Let them sit for about 10 minutes then rinse; delicious!
- Glass cleaner: An impressive substitute for Windex, especially when you have little ones always putting their faces and hands on glass, or dogs that like to lick windows (yes, my dog is strange.) A 100% vinegar spray with a cloth or paper towel will get just about any glass clean, and any surface really!
- Consume it! It’s not breaking news that vinegar has great health benefits, and Apple Cider Vinegar is the one to look for. Omega Nutrition, one of many reputable brands, is unfiltered and unpasteurized with a shelf-life of five years. The acid in the vinegar is believed, and has shown in research to keep your body’s pH level at par, leading to less inflammation which leads to illness.Important Tips:
- Normally acids and bases should not be mixed, and by this I’m referring to the tub cleaner recipe. The smell is very strong and you should have a window open or a fan on while cleaning. This mixture is mild and will not burn your skin or make you choke, but always remember that rule! And never mix vinegar and bleach!
- Vinegar, although natural, is an acid and cannot be used on certain surfaces. It is not recommended for frequent use on plastics, including vinyl. However, polyester fabric and carpets are plastic and I have not yet, after frequent use, had a problem with vinegar deteriorating the fabric. I had to mention this so you can prevent any damage to your plastics!
I hope you enjoy these uses, and comment below to let me know how it worked for you!