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Ten everyday uses for white vinegar

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Ten everyday uses for white distilled vinegar

We all know that cleaning products are expensive, not to mention all those bottles take up a lot of space. Sometimes they don't even work. On top of that they are made with countless chemicals that are not only bad for the environment but for ourselves and our families. White distilled vinegar can actually replace most of those bottles and do a much better job. Add in the benefit of it being safe, harmless, and cheaper, and well, there's no argument left. It can be used full strength for many jobs, and either diluted or mixed for the rest.

Here are ten everyday uses for this household staple:

Clean your coffee maker. Brew 2 cups full strength then rinse

Glass cleaner. (see recipe below)

Clean your microwave. Simply pour in a bowl and heat on high for 5 minutes, then wipe off

In the canner. add 2 tablespoons to the canner for sparkling, shiny jars

Polish chrome and stainless steel. Mist on full strength and wipe off

Remove rust. Soak in full strength vinegar

Renew your paint brushes. Soak in full strength to remove paint

For the glass cleaner: 1/4 cup each of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol, 2 cups warm water, and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Shake well. (Recipe courtesy of Crunchy Betty at http://www.crunchybetty.com/battle-of-the-homemade-glass-cleaners ).

All purpose disinfecting cleaner

Soak orange or lemon peels in vinegar for 30 days. Drain. Pour into a jar or bottle to replace Lysol. Dilute 50/50 with water as a spray cleaner.

Bleach for colors

Simply use in your bleach dispenser full strength

Fabric Softener

Use in place of your liquid softener. Don't worry, the smell doesn't stay. To scent, simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Until next time, happy saving...and cleaning!

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