Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Lemons

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Vinegar has always been used for cleaning windows without leaving a streak. But there are many other uses for vinegar around your home.

  • Clean out coffeemaker by running a bottle of vinegar through the water reservoir. Once the vinegar has gone through the brewing cycle-repeat the process with just water two additional times to eliminate the odor. This will help your coffee brew faster and eliminate mineral deposits from hard water.
  • To clean out clogs in drains-pour one box of baking soda into drain followed by slowly pouring vinegar. This will bubble and cause a chemical reaction that will naturally unclog your drain
  • Refrigerator- use equal parts vinegar and water to clean out spills. Funny smell-leave a cup of apple cider vinegar in refrigerator for 2 days.
  • Pour 1 ½ cups of vinegar in bottom of dishwasher before running cycle to have sparking glassware.


  • Showers/bathtubs can be cleaned of all soap residue by using a sponge soaked in vinegar. Tougher stains can be removed by sprinkling baking soda on the area and then re-scrubbing with vinegar.
  • Tough toilet stains can be removed by soaking 3 cups of vinegar in bowl for an hour.
  • Clean the shower head of mineral deposits by either unscrewing the head and soaking in vinegar or wrapping a towel soaked in vinegar adhered to head overnight.
  • Clean your shower curtain with 1 cup of vinegar added to washer.

Pets-use a solution of vinegar on a wet towel to remove a pet accident on a carpet.
Around the house-use vinegar and water solution to wipe down floor boards, remove soot from fireplace, and get rid of gnats, ants, and other insects in your home.

Baking Soda
Washer- add ½ cup of baking soda to your whites and brightly colored items to make the colors stand out. As effective as bleach on whites.
Cleanser in Kitchen-as mentioned baking soda is a great abrasive to use with a toothbrush on your sink, countertops, and refrigerator for tough jobs
Sinks and drains-a box of baking soda followed by a gallon of white distilled vinegar will unclog any shower or sink without chemicals.

Also used for grease fires, cleaning silver, removing scuff marks from floors, getting out hard to clean food from pans, and to deodorize your carpets!

Microwaves-squeeze a lemon into a small bowl of water. Drop the halves in bowl and microwave for 3 minutes. Leave in microwave for 5 minutes. Then open and clean microwave with a lemon half. All residue will come off!
Cutting boards-sprinkle coarse salt on cutting board, clean with lemon half, wipe clean with sponge. This also works on butcher board counter tops.

Copper pots-they will glisten with a lemon sprinkled with salt. A paste can be made with the juice squeezed into a bowl with the salt. Some stubborn pots will need the paste applied.
Clothing– remove stains and rust from clothing easily. Put lemon juice on rust stain and let sit with a dab of cream of tartar for 30 minutes before washing. Soak whites in ½ cup of lemon juice overnight. You can’t over bleach with lemon juice!

Additional Tips

  • Olive Oil mixed with vinegar cleans furniture in an equal parts solution.
  • Use new clean bottles for storage. Older bottles may have chemical residue and you defeat the purpose.
  • Clean grout using ½ cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup of lemon juice, and ¼ cup vinegar, and 7 cups of water all combined in a spray bottle.
  • For extra clean ovens mix 4 oz of lemon juice, 8 oz of vinegar, and 10 oz of water in a spray bottle


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