Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Handy Vinegar Cleaning Tips from Roberta

Check out these new ideas using vinegar - all sent from Happy Slob reader, Roberta from Nebraska. As you guys know, I LOVE vinegar for cleaning! Roberta sent so many fabulous ideas in that I'll share them with you over the next week or so - so stock up on a big bottle of plain white vinegar and try some of these uses:

Since I do in home daycare, the state inspects my house and all cleaners must be put up...out of reach. Since then I have started using vinegar for everything. It works great! Try it!

  • Use in laundry to cut soap.
  • Get rid of lint in clothes. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
  • Prevent lint from clinging to clothes: Add one cup vinegar to each wash load.
  • Keep bright colors from running. Immerse clothes in full strength vinegar for 10 minutes before washing.
  • Freshen up the washing machine. Clean the hoses and unclog soap scum.Once a month pour one cup of vinegar into the washing machine and run the machine through a normal cycle, without clothes.
  • Brighten fabric colors. Add a 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.
  • Take grease off suede. Dip a toothbrush in vinegar and gently brush over grease spot.
  • Remove tough stains. Gently rub on fruit, jam, mustard, coffee, tea stains. Then wash as usual.
  • Get smoke smell out of clothes by adding a cup of vinegar to a bath tub of hot water. Hang clothes above the steam.

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