Just can’t get enough…vinegar

Less is better when it comes to cleaning.

No, I am not talking about cleaning less frequently (though I have been known to do that).


 I’m talking about the least toxic chemicals we can use to get the job done. I’ve been a big supporter of this theory because I’m allergic to most smells and I’m cheap.


The Penn State Extension Holiday Program featured Lyn Garling talking about this very subject and it’s worth paying attention. 

For years I’ve been using baking soda and vinegar to keep my sink drains clean. Whenever it starts to drain slowly, I pour in some baking soda, dump a little vinegar (it fizzes like Alka Seltzer) and then let it set a few minutes. Then I rinse with hot water. Works like a charm.


Rather than cleanser I clean burnt pots with a baking soda paste. And that’s all I ever use in the oven. I bought oven cleaner once and thought it stank and it was scary. Not that I use the oven much but when I do make a mess, I put some baking soda paste on it. Yeah, you might have to use some elbow grease, but you pay to go to the gym don’t you? What’s the difference?


We have one of those water conservation heads so we don’t get much water output to start with. Add to that some soap scum and you could get a better shower by waiting for the ice to drip off your roof. I had been reading about cleaning the shower head with vinegar so I finally gave it a shot. I put vinegar in a plastic bag and secured it over the shower head and left it go for a few hours. When I came back I just had to rinse and it was good as new.


We have tips for other natural cleaners and here’s a whole list of uses for vinegar.  Don’t take my word for it; try it. What’s the worst thing that can happen? You’ll smell like a salad. When you compare that to the benefits of not using chemicals, you are way ahead.

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