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Lana {iLoveMy5Kids.com} Wilson

Use vinegar to steam clean your rugs instead of harsh chemicals - especially with small children around. Simply replace the carpet cleaner solution with a vinegar water mixture. I like mine strong, so I use a 50/50 ratio. Vinegar kills 80% of bacteria and viruses and leaves your rugs clean like new with out using toxic chemicals. Add a little essential oil to the mix to create a scent that you like. And really, the vinegar smell is only temporary! (It's not that bad!)

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Vinegar uses: (1) Remove bacteria and pesticide residue from produce - Use 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water, wash produce thoroughly. (2) Clean windows and countertops - Use a 50% water and vinegar mixture to clean windows and countertops. (3) Remove shower and bathtub film - Use vinegar full strength on an old wash rag. (4) Toilet bowl stains - Use white distilled vinegar full strength with a scrubber. (5) Furniture polish - Use a 50% olive oil and vinegar mixture and polish furniture with a soft cloth. Be sure to test furniture in an inconspicuous spot first because vinegar is acidic.  (6) Clean microwave - Utilize 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in a bowl. Place in the microwave and cook until boiling. Immediately wipe interior of microwave. (7) Wash no-wax floors - Add 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water. Mop or scrub floor. (8) Clean kitchen cutting boards - Use vinegar full strength on cutting boards. (9) Wash grass stains out of fabric - Use a 1/3 cup vinegar and 2/3 cup water mixture. Apply to stain and blot. (10) Remove molds and mildew - Use a 50% water and white vinegar mixture for light mildew stains, and full strength white vinegar to kill heavier mildew and mold growth.

best window cleaning solution ever - no chemicals and no streaks! half a bucket of water, one bottle of white vinegar, half a bottle of rubbing alcohol. or if you want to bottle it to spray it - 2 c. water, 1/2 c. vinegar, 1/4 c. alcohol

CBS did a special which stated "a straight 5% solution of vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of viruses". That's really amazing! Apparently salmonella only needs a 1% solution to be killed. When vinegar is combined with table salt or hydrogen peroxide, it can inhibit the growth of certain strains of e.coli. NOTE: Do NOT mix with bleach! Toxic fumes can result. (She gives two recipes for diy vinegar cleaners.)

Soak orange peels in vinegar for two weeks in a sealed mason jar then pour the vinegar into a spray bottle. Use as a non-toxic and yummy smelling "green" cleaner. I love using vinegar to clean with but have always wondered how to make it smell better - can't wait to do this!

Add orange peels (or any citrus peel) to a quart of white vinegar in a closed container and let it set for two weeks. Combine citrus/vinegar solution half/half with water and use for cleaning. Works on floors, tile, fixtures, etc. Smells good and is tough on scum! Best of all there are no chemicals.

Use what's in your pantry to clean your carpets free of chemicals and LOW COST!

Mrs Happy Homemaker: Homemade Carpet Powder - Baking Soda Essential Oil in an old Parmesan Cheese Container. Also a reader wrote: According to a friend, if you add a cup of borax to this mixture it will kill any bugs that may be in your carpet! (fleas, etc!) Another said: I use nutmeg or clove ground with baking soda, and everyone can't find why my house smells so inviting and homey.

Cleaning your window tracks - use Q-tips and white vinegar. (I don't think mine have EVER looked that clean!)

homemade carpet powder, if you add a cup of borax to this mixture it will kill any bugs that may be in your carpet! (fleas, etc!) another pinner said: i use nutmeg or clove ground with baking soda, and everyone can't find out why my home smells so inviting and homey!

Tub Cleaner: Vinegar And Dish Soap, No Scrubbing. Heat 1/2 Cups White Vinegar In Microwave For 90 Seconds, Pour Into Spray Bottle. Add 1/2 Cups Blue Dawn Dish Soap. Shake Gently To Mix. Spray On Surface, Let It Sit 1-2 Hours. Just Wipe It Away, Then Rinse With Water. Should Also Take Soap Scum Off Shower Doors.

BEST soap scum remover!! This REALLY works well. After trying a few other Pinterest suggestions, I made this. It's odd, but it's GREAT. Make a vinegar "gel" by thickening vinegar with cornstarch. The vinegar CLINGS to what ever you spray it on...thus gives it more time to work. A little detergent cuts grease. I heated 1 cup of vinegar and 1 T corn starch in the microwave for 2 minutes. Add 2 T dish detergent and put it in a spay bottle. Spray. Wait 1hr. Wipe. Rinse.