I have come to the conclusion that Vinegar and Baking Soda are truly super heroes. I love to save a buck (or $100) so I looked into some cleaning remedies using these two household ingredients. Cheap ingredients too!
One of my favorite uses, was killing weeds. Our driveway gets those little sprouts along the cracks and I think they look atrocious! I poured some straight white vinegar on them, and they were dead within days! I also tried this in our garden, pouring vinegar over our mulch, and I have spent much less time weeding our garden!
Another use I was unaware of, is to remove rust. Vinegar takes the rust right off, and it polishes chrome as well! Adding Vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine will cut down on the amount of lint in your clothes. I have also had great luck using vinegar as a stain remover: mustard, coffee, jelly, and those nasty yellow stains on my husband’s white shirts. Just lightly rub the stained areas with pure vinegar then wash as usual.
In the kitchen, I use vinegar to deodorize the kitchen sink, and to clean the dishwasher. For the dishwasher put about a cup of vinegar through the whole cycle without any dishes. You can also put it in the “spot remover” area to get rid of hard water spots on your glasses. To unclog and freshen a sink drain, add a handful of baking soda followed by about a cup of vinegar into the drain. Wait a minute then rinse with hot water.
For tough bathroom soap scum wipe with vinegar then scrub with a sponge dipped in baking soda. And one of the coolest ideas? Rinse your hair after shampooing with half vinegar and warm water. It removes shampoo buildup and brings out natural highlights!