Monday, January 4, 2010

Going Green Volume I.

I have tried very hard over the last couple of years to really go green. I want to let you know that this doesn't mean you need to go spend tons of money on products you see on TV or see on the shelf at your favorite stores. There are plenty of these items in your house right now. My favorite item of choice is white vinegar. It's not just for coloring eggs ladies and gentlemen.

Vinegar vinegar vinegar! Vinegar works in almost any situation. 1.) Soap Scum: Heat it up and put it into a spray bottle. Spray it on your soap scum. Let sit a minute or two and scrub with a scrub brush. This worked better for me than ANY store product yet. And I have hard water. Works best after a hot shower. 2.) Mineral Deposits: Get a rag heavily soaked in vinegar and wrap it around your shower head/faucets. Use a rubber band to help keep it on if you want. Let it sit as long as you can stand and all of the mineral deposits should be gone or at least pliable and easily removed. 3.) Use vinegar in place of rinse aid in your dishwasher. 4.) Glass cleaner: Use vinegar in place of your normal glass cleaner. The first time you do this you may notice streaking. If this happens you may need to get rid of the waxy build up that commercial glass cleaners have left behind. To do so mix together 1/2 cup white vinegar, 2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon dish soap. Shake. Spray onto mirror and let sit a moment. Wipe clean. After this initial treatment you may proceed with plain vinegar on a daily basis. 5.) Weed Killer: Pickling vinegar (9% acidic concentration or more) sprayed onto mature weeds will kill them. A lower acidity vinegar will work on tender, young weeds. This technique works best on sunny days with no rain in the forecast.

This just barely scratches the surface of all of the wonderful uses for vinegar. Check back soon for more ways to go green the easy way.

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