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Your best friend in the home….Vinegar

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I will never forget how this simple kitchen staple saved me while living in the balmy climate of Southern China. During the middle of a particularly warm and HUMID summer I happily left my apartment in Shenzhen for a two week vacation. Upon returning I was horrified to see that my entire apartment and all of my possessions inside were covered in a delicate blanket of green mold. Being from Kansas I hadn’t realized that the subtropical area in which I was living meant that I should have kept the A/C running to keep fresh, dry air circulating throughout the apartment. At first, I’ll admit that I panicked (a lot)! However, I soon calmed down and Googled. What I found was that vinegar is a safe alternative to bleach. While it is effective at killing mold spores, it doesn’t discolor fabric. Instead of throwing everything in the dumpster, I set to work cleaning every surface with vinegar and washing every item of clothing and upholstery I owned in a diluted solution. If you ever find yourself in the same situation, don’t worry! Remember...VINEGAR!! Check out these fantastic tips for how you can incorporate this natural, affordable liquid into your cleaning regimen. You may never buy another cleaning solution again.

  1. Clogged shower head? Fill a plastic bag with vinegar and attach it to the head. Let the head soak in vinegar overnight then remove and rinse with water for a few seconds.

  2. Remove film from glass shower doors by saturating a sponge with vinegar then wiping the door clean.

  3. Keep your kitchen and bathroom drains from smelling...funky. Pour a cup of white vinegar down drains once a week. Let sit 30 minutes then rinse with cool water.

  4. I hate looking out of dirty windows. To get a sparkling clean view, mix equal parts vinegar and water. Wipe onto dirty windows and squeegee clean.

  5. Tough carpet stains? Mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar with ¼ cup of salt or baking soda. Rub into the stain and let sit. Vacuum the next day.

Check out these great sites for other uses of vinegar around the house:

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