Sunday, April 12, 2009


Mama bought vinegar by the gallon. Vinegar has a mild acid content and is wonderful for removing stains, mineral deposits, and grease from glass surfaces.

  • Clean the microwave oven by adding 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a bowl and bring to a rolling boil so that it steams up. It will wipe out easily with a towel and smell good too.

  • Clean the refrigerator walls and shelves with a half-and-half mixture of water and vinegar.

  • Wipe the top of the refrigerator with a towel and then wipe with a cloth using full-strength vinegar to cut grime.

  • After cleaning the oven, wipe out with a wet sponge using a vinegar and water mixture.

  • Clean the counter-tops with a cloth soaked in undiluted vinegar.

  • Fill a spray bottle with undiluted vinegar to clean the cabinets (it will also deter creepy critters).

  • Use 1/2 cup of vinegar in the dishwasher rinse cycle to get dishes and glassware sparkling clean.

  • Clean the wheel on the can opener with vinegar and an old toothbrush.

  • If you spray undiluted vinegar outside doorways, window sills, and appliances it will discourage ants or other pests.

  • Get rid of fruit flies by setting out a small dish of undiluted vinegar to attract and drown them.

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