Vinegar has been around for centuries, and was used for everything in times gone by.
Today we tend to see it on the condiment table of your favorite fast food outlet! No longer used the way it once was.
But through research I discovered its many uses!
Did you know that thieves in Europe would pour vinegar on themselves to "hopefully" protect themselves from the Black Plague while robbing the dead?
It was used to preserve food on long sea voyages, and to clean the decks of ships.
It was used as a deodorizer during the seventeenth century.
It had been found to be one of the first recorded medicines.
It was used to dress wounds on battlefields.
But now a days, people don't have the time.. it is easier to buy cleaners, deodorizers and medicines, rather than make our own, and most of us wouldn't even know what to mix together to make any of these cleaners and medicines.Credit: morguefile.com
Cleaning with Vinegar
But vinegar is a great all purpose household cleaner. It is cheap in comparison to other cleaners, and is better for our health and skin while using it as such. Plus it is good for our environment.
With "green" products becoming popular, it is a good time to take a good look at the many uses of vinegar, from cleaning the house, car, garage, to conditioning your hair. How many cleaners would you have to buy to do all of that? Some people will say "natural cleaners do not do the job as well, or take too long" The difference is, that you need to leave a natural cleaner on the mess a bit longer, but it will work just as well as some of those expensive commercial cleaners.
When I clean with a vinegar based cleaner, and I am cleaning a couple of surfaces, such as the bathroom, I will spray it on the tub, and let it sit, while cleaning the sink, by the time I get to the tub, it has loosened the grime and cleans easily. You just have to allow it the time to work.
Here are 5 great examples of some money saving vinegar cleaning tips for laundry:
Cleaning with Vinegar on Laundry day
1. If you want to brighten your colors, just add one cup of white distilled vinegar (you can get it in big containers in your grocery store) to the wash cycle instead of using that expensive "all color bleach"
Get Rid of Musty Smelling Clothes with Vinegar
3. If you left your wet clothes in the washer for too long, and they get that musty and mildew smell, wash the clothes again, but add one cup of white distilled vinegar to the rinse cycle and you will get rid of any smells, that sometimes detergent alone will not get out and will leave your washing machine smelling nice.
4. If you have any clothes that have "yellowed" such as white t-shirts etc, then soak them overnight in 12 parts of warm water to 1 part of white distilled vinegar, then wash them the following day. They will look much brighter.
5. If you have lingering cigarette smoke on your good clothes, such as suits that need to be dry cleaned, then try this first. Add one cup of white distilled vinegar to a bathtub filled with the hot water.
Put your suit on a hanger and hang on the shower rail, above the steam from the tub, and close the door. In a few hours the smell should be gone. Save yourself a dry cleaning bill.
I know we don't always have the time to do any of the above tips, but if we can change our way of thinking, and try to use as many natural cleaners as possible, it will save on your pocket book, as well as helping with "going green" Even just trying a couple of the above tips will help.
Play your part in "going green" It will make a difference!
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