Are you planing to clean the house? You can do almost anything with white vinegar and baking soda!
Follow our easy cleaning tips and tricks, save money on household cleaning products and keep your house free from those hazardous chemicals.
Nature is able to provide us with all the ingredients we need for anything, even for a household cleaning.
These two substances, in particular, are excellent allies in the house: the white vinegar and baking soda.
White vinegar is a great disinfectant, it can be used as anti-scale, it has good degreasing and disinfectant properties and it is very suitable for neutralizing odors.
White Vinegar and Baking Soda for Housecleaning: Vinegar
Use white vinegar against limescale and mold.
Warm up a little bit the white vinegar and apply it with the help of a soft cloth on the taps and the steel sinks, the annoying deposits of limestone will be gone.
When used in “partnership” with baking soda works great for unblocking the kitchen sink. So the next time you have a clogged kitchen sink, you don’t have to resort to calling a plumber or pouring a bottle of hazardous chemicals down the drain, pour a cup of vinegar and rinse with boiling water. The discharge, if it is not too clogged, will be released with the help of the water that it is not stagnant.
Even when the kitchen sink is not clogged, you can use this method as regular maintenance to keep your sink drains flowing as smoothly as possible.
A paste made from baking soda and water can help in the elimination of mold from the shower and the ‘black’ spaces between the tiles.
Use white vinegar to remove deposits.
It is a great ally in the kitchen to clean burnt pots and scorched pans (boil a little bit of white vinegar with water, then scrub with a wire scrub and the scorched spots will be gone in no time) as well as for degreasing the dishes (add a few drops of white vinegar in your normal dish washing liquid).
Use white vinegar to clean the furniture, the windows and the floor.
A little bit of white vinegar diluted with warm water it’s an excellent cleaning agent for furniture. Simply dampen a clean cloth in the solution and wipe the surface. It’s great for cleaning windows and mirrors: prepare a mixture of vinegar, warm distilled water and a bit’of Marseille soap flakes (where to buy) and put it in a spray container. Spray on the glass and wipe with newspaper sheets. Even the floors in the house will shine if you wash them with a solution of vinegar diluted in water where you’ll add a few drops of lemon.
Use white vinegar in your laundry.
But that’s not all. White vinegar is great for removing stains from clothes and as a substitute for laundry softener.
You need to dilute it with water at a ratio of 1 to 3; 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water.
It can be successfully used to remove the limestone from the pipes of the washing machine and from the reservoir of the steam iron!
For the washing machine, just run it empty, with white vinegar and water to 90 °C; for the steam iron, however, put some white vinegar, or equal parts of vinegar and water in the water reservoir until it is one-third full. Turn it on (medium-high heat setting) and let it steam for about 5-10 minutes so that all the vinegar evaporates.
White Vinegar and Baking Soda for Housecleaning: Baking Soda
The other natural ally of housecleaning is baking soda. Known for its anti-bacterial and sanitizing properties.
Use baking soda to clean furniture, floors and sanitary ware.
Simply dilute the baking soda in water to clean furniture, floors and sanitary ware. Absorbent like this, also can be used to absorb bad odors from the refrigerator, garbage pail, from your hands when you’ll come into contact with foods like garlic or onion.
Use baking soda for sofas and clothes.
You can use it to sanitize the mattress and the clothing before putting them away for the summer and eliminates the smell of sweat from sportswear and stains from sneakers when rubbed with steel wool. Spread some soda over the sofas if you want to refresh them. After 20 minutes clean everything carefully with a vacuum cleaner.
For stubborn stains, cover the place with a layer of soda, leave for an hour and then rinse with water and vinegar.
Here is great homemade laundry detergent recipe base on baking soda.
Use baking soda against insects.
It is perfect as a repellent for ants, centipedes and cockroaches. To get rid of the moths, you can keep a bowl with soda in the drawers, held far from sweaters. It can help against mosquitoes too. Place it in a bowl on the table outdoors in the summer evenings, rub your arms and the mosquitoes will stay away.
Use baking soda in the garden.
It’s useful for keeping the cut flowers longer alive, it can be used for cleaning the leaves of the plants so that they can ‘breathe easily’. If it is mixed with water (2 tablespoons in a liter) it serves as disinfestante for weeds of the driveway and terrace, as well as for the annual cleaning of terracotta pots. Even fungi that threaten vegetables or plants in the balcony can be removed with a mixture made from 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of olive oil emulsified with1 cup water. It should be sprayed on the plants for 20 days.
These two products vinegar and baking soda, natural and economic, allow us to free ourselves from the bondage of the many bottles of detergents that marketing has made us believe they were necessary and “specific” to each task, and are often expensive and almost always toxic.
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