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Spring Cleaning Series: Wait - Vinegar isn't just for dying Easter eggs?

04.08.10 Spring Cleaning Series: Wait - Vinegar isn't just for dying Easter eggs?

Have I been living under a rock??? How on earth did I get to be thirty-something without knowing that you can use vinegar for just about anything? So ashamed.

I thought vinegar was for one thing - dying Easter eggs. I had NO CLUE you can use it to unclog drains, clean chrome, absorb odors like smoke and onion, clean the dreaded toilet bowl, clear corrosion from a shower head, act as a fabric softener, clean up pet stains (hallelujah) and even fix those annoying yellow anti-perspirant stains! But wait…there’s more. Apparently, vinegar can also extend the life of flowers, take the sting out of sunburn (really?), kill weeds and dandelions, take salt stains off of shoes, loosen rusty bolts and keep your windshield frost-free in the winter. And that's only a few of the tips I found on the Heinz Web site. Who knew? (besides everyone reading this blog!) 

So after I spent a good hour on Heinz, Care2.com and WholeLiving reading tips and recipes for DIY cleaning products, I set out to make a few of my own.

First up we have...Dina’s Special Window Cleaner

I decided to start with this one because lately I've been noticing a ton of residue from my current cleaner.  I found the following recipe in a post on Care2.com written by Annie B. Bond...

    Make a great all-purpose window cleaner by combining 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent, and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake to blend and spray on your windows!

So, was it easy?  Does it work?  Extremely easy. In fact, the hardest part was actually finding the spray container to mix it in. The rest took all of 60 seconds.  Even happier to say it wiped away all of the little finger prints and disgusting dog lick marks as good if not better than glass cleaner. No streaks, no residue. Just clean.

But I have one question for all of you vinegar regulars out there – what about that smell everyone talks about? I could barely smell the vinegar and what I could was gone in seconds. I was expecting to have to open the windows and doors and - well - nothing. Did I do something wrong??

Next up: Can vinegar and baking soda really tackle my clogged drain?? We’ll find out over the weekend. Wish me luck.

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