Saturday, December 19, 2009

Ode To: Vinegar and Baking Soda

Ah, Vinegar and Baking Soda. I really do love you two. You have been cleaning households across the world for generations and are still as good as ever! Yet you are often overlooked as go-to cleaners these days. But not by me. No, no, Vinegar and Baking Soda, you two are my favorites! You are not only effective, but very, very affordable! My Frugal part loves you for that, especially!

Did you know that Vinegar is a disinfectant? A straight 5% solution of vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of viruses! So after preparing food in my kitchen, especially chicken, I like to give my counter tops a good spray down with some Vinegar solution.

But that's not all that Vinegar can do. Oh no! Not by far! It's powers are seemingly endless. You can...

-add a cup to your laundry rinse cycle for extra clean, soft clothes (it's a natural fabric softner).

-break down uric acid on baby clothes and cloth diapers by adding a cup to the rinse cycle.

-make an all purpose cleaner by mixing with water and keeping most hard surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom shiny and clean.

-remove the deposits that clog up your metal shower heads. Combine 1/2 cup white vinegar and one quart water submerge the shower head boil 15 minutes.

But let's not forget Vinegars little brother, Baking Soda! He also works hard to help you keep your house clean and smelling nice. I always have an opened box in my fridge to reduce odors and keep my food tasting fresh! But he has other uses, too! Like...

-mix him with washing soda and soap for awesome homemade laundry detergent (I will post a recipe soon!).

-sprinkle him into the bottom of your garbage can to contain stinky garbage odors.

-creating a silver cleaner by mixing 3 parts baking soda with one part water and making a paste you can use to rub on your silver.

-sprinkling a few tablespoons in with your kitty litter to prevent odors from spreading through your house.

-add with water to create a surface scrub for deep cleaning!

But Vinegar and Baking Soda can also hang out! But like any set of siblings, they can have their issues.

For household purposes, you can sprinkle 1/4 cup of Baking Soda into a clogged drain, add 1 cup of Vinegar, and cover the drain with a drain plug to clear out your clogs! Be sure to leave the cover on the drain for at least 15 minutes while these two beat up that clog and clear it out for you! Rinse with hot water and repeat if needed.

Of course you can also have some educational fun and create a homemade volcano! Teach your kids about Carbon Dioxide while having fun and being creative! Follow the simple directions here.

Seriously, though, if you want to have a green household, one of the easiest things to do is to replace your cleaners containing harmful chemicals with Eco-friendly cleaners or natural cleaners you probably already have in your home- like my friends Vinegar and Baking Soda!

So Ode to you, Vinegar and Baking Soda, for keeping our homes clean and smelling fresh for generations!


Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

Thanks. I am always using these in he garbage disposal!

Mel said...

Following you from MBC. I love using vinegar to wash my fruits and veggies too.:) I have some Grapefruit Seed Extract to use with it but haven't tried it yet....supposed to be a great cleanser, though....


I really want to start using these as cleaners but hate the smell of vinegar... any suggestions?

Shelli said...

I had every intentions to make some homemade cleaners with these two ingredients...I went to Smart & Final, bought two giant bottles of Vinegar and 5 boxes of Baking Soda......haven't done a thing with them since. So thanks for this Ode! It's given me a swift kick in the behind to get them out and put them to use!!!

A. O'Hara said...

Great post, lots of great info thank you!

To JJinJersey above, it really shouldn't have a strong smell as you use it and should dissipate (vineger is great for getting rid of odors!) but you can add essential oil to your vinegar water mix.