Cleaning the Coffee Pot with Vinegar

I learned this cleaning trick from both my Aunt Joyce and my mother-in-law Robin. I always rinse my coffee pot thoroughly, but once a month I treat it to a white distilled vinegar bath. I fill up the pot with vinegar, pour it into the coffee maker, and run it through in place of the coffee. The hot vinegar removes stains, residue, and unsavory flavors. After it “brews”, I pour it out and run 3 cycles of water through it. Though I love vinegar, I do not want my coffee to taste like it! ***Sometimes I still have to take … Read more…

Can You Really Use Vinegar as Fabric Softener?

I love soft clothes. Pulling a soft towel or blanket out of the dryer turns the chore into a chance to snuggle up. Unfortunately, fabric softener is expensive and full of strange chemicals. So I have been researching and experimenting with better options. Here is what I have found: Vinegar continues to be amazing. Tons of people online talk about adding ½ cup of distilled white vinegar to their rinse cycle. I tried this with my fabric dispenser balls, which release the vinegar during the rinse cycle for me. The vinegar neutralized odors, reduced static, disinfected, and softened clothes. Pretty … Read more…

Using Vinegar in Your Dishwasher

  Last year I had a problem. Hard water stains. My dishwasher left them on my glasses and silverware. I tried a different detergent, which helped, but I still had the problem. So what is a gal to do? Ask Facebook. My wonderful cousin Briana shared her trick of adding 1/4-1/2 cup distilled white vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher. Another simple solution brought to me by vinegar. I am no longer embarrassed of my clean dishes. If that isn’t wonderful enough, I recently learned that it keeps the dishwasher cleaner too! I like it when I can kill two chores with … Read more…

Cleaning Up Your Dog’s Messes (Grr) with Vinegar

I dream of getting our carpets cleaned. More accurately ripped out. Carpet does not fare well in Phoenix. The dust finds its way in and wears down the carpet. Vacuuming only seems to scratch the surface of the problem. This is why tile is very popular here. Recently I thought I had found an incredible deal for getting our carpets cleaned. I called and they confirmed. I had almost $150 of birthday money, and by golly, I wanted clean carpets. Well, the carpet guys came and after assessing everything it turned out that instead of being able to get our … Read more…

Washing Windows with Vinegar

I hate cleaning windows. There, I said it! It is sweaty work. Plus, it requires me to climb behind bushes. This is only an issue because I am afraid of scorpions and snakes taking me by surprise. However, it needs done if I want to see out my windows . . . My prediction is that in 2020 they will invent self-cleaning windows. Sadly, I probably won’t be able to afford them, so I might as well get used to washing windows. There are different ways to clean windows depending on the size of your window. For small windows, combine … Read more…

Cleaning Floors with Vinegar

{Ode to Vinegar} I use vinegar to clean my pores, I use vinegar to clean my floors, I’ll use vinegar forever more.  I couldn’t resist. It all rhymed so well! 😉 Cleaning tile and linoleum floors with vinegar was the very first way I ever employed vinegar at home. My grandma Florence cleaned her floors this way. She always kept an immaculate home. When I found out that she mopped this way, I knew it must work well. The vinegar gets up any grim and dirt, disinfects, and leaves the floors shiny. Distilled white vinegar works the best. I try and … Read more…

Cleaning Stovetop Drip Pans

I rarely clean my drip pans. Instead, almost daily, I wipe them down to keep my stovetop clean; however, a couple times a year I take out my drip pans and soak them overnight in distilled white vinegar. The next morning it is easy to scrub off any hardened residue. I love easy when it comes to scrubbing! Plus, the magical vinegar leaves them so shiny! It always deters me from cooking on them for a couple hours so I can just admire their beauty. Sigh. However, sometimes, I need something a little stronger to get them clean. I have … Read more…

Cleaning Showers and Sinks with Vinegar

Did you know that vinegar has antibacterial properties? Naturally. According to Life Gaiam, it is a better choice than high-powered disinfectants that can create respiratory problems in us and even aid the growth of superbugs. Undiluted white vinegar, the kind you buy at the grocery store, kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of viruses! You can replace disinfectant wipes and sprays with undiluted white vinegar in a spray bottle. It is easy, natural, and cheap! (http://life.gaiam.com/article/why-disinfectants-and-antibacterials-are-overkill-5-health-safe-alternatives) In addition to disinfecting, I love how distilled white vinegar leaves surfaces shiny and scum-free! There are different ways you can … Read more…

{Love} Letter to Vinegar

Vinegar, You are amazing. Every week I learn new things about you! Your uses are endless. Your variety is the spice of my life. To think, I once believed you were just a smelly liquid—but oh, you are so much more. You leave my surfaces shiny and clean! You clean my shower my sink my drip pans my floors my windows my dog’s messes my clothes my coffee pot my dishwasher even my pores! Who needs all those fancy pantsy, smelly chemical cleaners when I have you? You are welcome in my home any day. Love, Nathana P.S. I will … Read more…

In with the New, Out with the Old . . . Cleaning Products?

  I have A LOT of cleaning products (this isn’t even all of them). I like a clean house, but lately I have been counting the cost of the products I use: They are pricey They are smelly They make my dog hyperventilate They have a long list of chemicals I am not sure I should inhale . . . A few months ago, I took some small steps toward safer cleaning products: I use vinegar and water to clean floors, drip pans, and the coffee pot I use a mixture of dawn/vinegar to clean sinks and showers I bought … Read more…