Top 5 uses for vinegar when cleaning your home

Reduce the amount of chemicals in your and save some pennies by keeping inexpensive white distilled vinegar in your cleaning closet.

1. Use it neat as an all-purpose, deodorizing and naturally anti-bacterial cleaner.

Pour into a spray bottle to use on work surfaces, chopping boards and sinks.

To wash no-wax floors, add ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water.

2. Add baking soda for maximum cleaning power.

Sprinkle baking soda on tough grimy spots before spraying with vinegar and wiping with a cloth. The fizzing of the soda reacting with the vinegar helps soften the dirt.

Pour ½ cup of baking soda down a clogged drain, then add 1 cup of white vinegar – close the plughole and leave for 5 minutes, then turn on the hot tap for 30 seconds to clear the drain. Stubborn blockages may need more than one application, but it works!

3. A streak-less cleaner for glasses, windows and mirrors

Pour ½-1 cup white vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher to banish white streaks from your glasses.

Window cleaning with vinegar will make your windows gleam and will not leave the usual film or streaks on the glass. Mix equal parts of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth.

4. Clean the microwave

Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup of water for 3 minutes in the microwave. Will loosen cooked-on food and deodorize.

5. Kill weeds
Many municipalities – including Fernie – have now banned the use of cosmetic pesticides in backyards and gardens. To stop weeds growing, spray white distilled vinegar full strength on tops of weeds. Reapply on any new growth until plants have starved.

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