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Eco friendly ways to use vinegar

Distilled white vinegar also called Acetic Acid is flexible and safe for the environment. It can disinfect, deodorize and cut grease on many objects. Continue reading for ideas on how to use it all around the home.

The white vinegar that you buy in the grocery store is a mild solution with only a 5% concentration of acetic acid. Still at 5% it can kill almost 80% of germs. There are stores that carry vinegar with a higher concentration % of acetic acid. Read the labels before buying.

Here are some ideas to use vinegar in the home.

Dishwasher for sparkling dishes

Fill a cup with vinegar and put the cup in between your dishes just before you start rinsing. Becareful the steam is hot. This will help rise dishes and have them sparkling. Do not put vinegar in the dispenser because the vinegar is strong enough to melt the rubber gasket.

Whites will get whiter

Soak sweat-stained white clothing in about 60 millilitres of white vinegar and enough water to cover the stain. Leave overnight. Wash with eco-friendly laundry soap.

Rusty tools look like new

Soak rusty tools in a pail of white vinegar for 3 hours and scrub with a brush to completely clean. Rinse completely in water. Dry immediately with towel and use a hair dryer for tight spaces and cracks.

Get rid of hard water stains

To remove hard water deposits on your tub/glass shower doors, heat 250 millilitres of white vinegar in a pot. Spray onto surface. Let sit 15 minutes and wipe clean.White vinegar is also called Acetic acid and it can disinfect, deodorize and cut grease


A quick window cleaner

Fill a bottle with half vinegar and half water. You can spray on windows and wipe, or you can use a sponge to "wet" the window glass. You can use a squeegee to wipe clean. Make sure the squeege blade is wet before hand otherwise it will skp on the window and you will have parts of your window dry and parts still wet


If your blinds are washable like plastics, metal or woods and NOT fabric, you can mix 3 litres of water with 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup of amonia. Wipe your blinds clean and rinse with clear water.

Cleaning Automatic coffee makers

Making coffee day in and day out, after a while your machine will have a build up of minerals and oil. To clean this out, fill your coffee maker with vinegar (just like you make coffee). Let the coffee maker run (the machine does not know you put vinegar instead of water). Empty your carafe. Rinse the carafe properly. Refill your coffee maker with water this time and let it run again. Empty your carafe and rinse. you can run a rinse cycle twice if it makes you feel better.

If you want to be more eco friendly and use less chemicals, these are great ideas to try around your house.