How to stream­line house­hold clean­ing

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly -

Travel down the clean­ing aisle of a neigh­bor­hood store and you will be met with prod­uct af­ter prod­uct de­signed for spe­cial­ized clean­ing. There are sprays for win­dows, cleansers for elec­tron­ics, car­pet-clean­ing foams, and scour­ing so­lu­tions for tubs and show­ers. Al­though many of these are ef­fec­tive, the av­er­age per­son can rely on just one clean­ing aid for a wide va­ri­ety of tasks: vine­gar.

Vine­gar is a ver­sa­tile prod­uct that can be used in ev­ery­thing from cook­ing to pick­ling to pre­serv­ing foods to house­hold clean­ing. Vine­gar is made by two dis­tinct bi­o­log­i­cal pro­cesses, of­fers The Vine­gar In­sti­tute. Via fer­men­ta­tion, yeast will first change the nat­u­ral sug­ars in the vine­gar-to-be ma­te­rial so­lu­tion into al­co­hol. The sec­ond process in­volves a group of bac­te­ria called “ace­to­bac­ter,” which con­vert the al­co­hol into an acid.

Vine­gar can be made from any fruit or nat­u­ral ma­te­rial con­tain­ing sugar. For the pur­pose of gen­er­al­ized clean­ing, white vine­gar is the most com­mon type used and is typ­i­cally made from corn.Uti­liz­ing vine­gar around the house is quite sim­ple, and can be used in var­i­ous ways around the house.

Re­move lime buildup. Vine­gar is good for clean­ing faucets and show­er­heads. Make a paste of one tea­spoon of vine­gar and two ta­ble­spoons of salt. Ap­ply to sink fix­tures and rub with a cloth. Fill a plas­tic bag­gie with vine­gar and at­tach to the show­er­head with a rub­ber band. Let sit a few hours to overnight and then rinse away the min­eral de­posits.

Brighten laun­dry. Add 1⁄2 cup white vine­gar to the wash cy­cle. It will help loosen stains and brighten cloth­ing. An added ben­e­fit is the acid will re­duce static cling. Dis­in­fect cut­ting boards. Give cut­ting boards an ex­tra clean­ing by spray­ing them with straight vine­gar, then rins­ing to clean.

Clean the dis­posal. Make sure food residue doesn’t clog garbage dis­pos­als and lead to odor. Mix vine­gar and bak­ing soda in the drain and al­low the bub­bling ac­tion to re­move built-up residue. Use a scrub brush for ex­tra scour­ing.

Get streak-free win­dows. Mix a 50-50 so­lu­tion of vine­gar and wa­ter in a spray bot­tle. Use to clean win­dows and other glass sur­faces. Wipe away with a mi­crofiber clean­ing cloth so no lint is left be­hind.

Erad­i­cate pet odor. Pour a lit­tle bit of vine­gar into an empty lit­ter box. Let stand for around 20 min­utes, then rinse with cold wa­ter. Vine­gar also can be used to blot up pet stains on the car­pet. Just test color-fast­ness in an in­con­spic­u­ous area first.

Ban­ish wa­ter stains. Fix wa­ter stains and rings on wood fur­ni­ture by mix­ing equal parts vine­gar and olive oil. Use a soft clean­ing cloth mov­ing in the di­rec­tion of the wood grain. Pol­ish us­ing a clean cloth.

Vine­gar can be used all around the house — these were just a few of the dozens of ways to rely on vine­gar. Just steer clear of us­ing it on nat­u­ral stone and mar­ble, as the acid could cause dam­age.

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