It seems everyday someone is coming out with a new cleaning product which is supposed to make our lives easier. Many of these are loaded with strong smelling chemicals and have labels with dire warnings about avoiding skin contact. You can spend a lot of money and collect a lot of bottles trying to find the best one for each cleaning job. In addition, if you have small children, you have to be careful where to store all of these products.
On the other hand, you could make use of an inexpensive item that almost everyone already has in their kitchen – vinegar. When I was growing up, my mother always used a mixture of water and white vinegar to clean windows, and they always came out sparkling clean. Of course, that became my job when I was old enough, and now that I have a home of my own, I use the same method.
Other uses for vinegar and water include washing floors and cleaning appliances. I’ve also used undiluted vinegar to keep my bathroom drains clear. Put a half cup of baking soda down the drain, and then add two cups of boiling vinegar. Adding a half to one cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine is a great substitution for commercial fabric softeners. And, a rinse of three parts water to one part vinegar after shampooing will make your hair shine. Just be sure to keep your eyes tightly closed and rinse your hair and face well afterwards.
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