Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston


Tips on cleaning with vinegar

There has been a loss in our household income during the past two years, so I became very frugal. It hasn’t hurt at all, and I’ve discovered a few ways to save by using inexpensive products to clean my home.

It is amazing how many ways we can use vinegar around the house, and it is probably the least expensive of cleaning products. There was a time when I had a granddaughter burn food in the bottom of a stainless-steel skillet. I don’t know why I thought of this, but I put regular Dawn dish detergent in the skillet to cover the bottom and added enough vinegar to cover the burn.

I then heated up the mixture to boiling, took it off the stove and let it sit all night. The next day the burnt part had started to lift, so I heated it again. By the next day, the burnt food came out in a solid form! I couldn’t believe it and I don’t know how the idea came to me, but it works on any type of cookware. Sometimes it just makes it easier to clean up instead of wasting your time scrubbing!

There are many articles on the internet that tell about natural weed killers. One of them caught my eye. Dish soap alone cannot kill weeds but it can help. Environmentally-conscious home gardeners often turn to dish soap to reduce toxins in the soil and water. Along with vinegar and salt, dish soap can kill weeds.

Add one cup of salt and one tablespoon of antibacterial dish soap to a gallon of vinegar and mix thoroughly. Use a funnel to put the solution into a spray bottle. For best result, use vinegar that has a high level of acetic acid, between 10 to 20 percent. Protect your hands and eyes – vinegar can sting – and spray the plants on a hot and dry day.

Repeated applications may be necessary on stubborn weeds. The dish soap works like a binder in allowing the vinegar and salt to stick to the leaves.

Using Dawn to bathe a pet is also very useful, as it kills fleas and ticks. You must lather the animal and then let the soap stay on a while. Wash it off with a regular shampoo and rinse with water until all the soap is gone. During the last part, use one-part vinegar to two-parts warm water and do not rinse it off. It will leave your pet’s coat shiny and pest-free.

A friend told me many years ago that she always rinsed her hair with a mixture of vinegar and water. Her hair was always so shiny and looked very healthy, so I started using it.

P.S. – Please send me your ideas. I would love to hear about the ways you may have learned to conserve money and time!

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