Many years ago I came across a wonderful book that I have found to be very useful in my everyday life. It is called the Vinegar Book and is packed with great information on all the benefits of vinegar. I use vinegar for many things and after reading this book, you will too! Here is a link for a copy from Amazon.com/The Vinegar Book.
I am such a thrifty girl and always looking for ways to spend less and get more value from a dollar. I used to buy a lot of different cleaning products and I always hated those trips to store, because they seemed to add up so quickly.
Today I will share a few of my money-saving tips in that area of our budget that will be ones you might consider to save a few $$ and get amazing results.
Distilled White Vinegar is such amazing stuff. I used to only use it for a few things, like run it through the coffee maker to clean it. But now I buy it by the gallons and use it everyday, all the time.
Did you know that Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and kills 99.9% of germs? That’s right! I have always had breathing problems when I used too much bleach to clean and disinfect areas of my home. I realized that vinegar accomplished the same thing, and was safer and cheaper.
Keep a spray bottle of full strength white vinegar out on the kitchen counter all the times. All surfaces in the kitchen will always be free of germs and sanitary. Use it on all your bathroom surfaces as well, no more need to buy those bleach wipes that cost you dollars! If you have children and pets in the home, you can be sure they are not going to be bothered with lingering chemicals anywhere it is used.
When you want to clean any glass, mirrors etc. Full strength vinegar will leave you with a sparkling clear shine. I have found another neat trick on glass. Use a couple of coffee filters when you clean your glass and mirrors, they are cheaper than paper towels and leave no lint behind.
Vinegar has a pungent odor, and to some people, their immediate reaction is an unpleasant one. But unlike chemicals and bleach, it dissipates quickly and helps to remove bad odors from a room. Spraying it throughout the air in any room will leave it smelling fresh and clean. I love fish and we cook it a lot during a week. Spraying vinegar throughout the home will grab those odors and eliminate them. It is a natural deodorizer.
Use vinegar to wipe down the surfaces of your refrigerator when you clean it. If you spray it and let it soak on any surface that has spilled on grime it will soak it loose and it will swipe right off. Because it has no chemicals it is safe for all surfaces where food it stored.
Here’s a helpful tip! We all hate to have to deal with the glue left behind from those sticky labels. Spray vinegar on the area and let it soak for a while. Some of the stubborn ones will need more than one application but will eventually break down and come off with a paper towel.
I really don’t know how it breaks through glues but let me tell you it does. One day while dealing with a project that required me to remove a glued area around wood framework on a piece of furniture, a door on a cabinet. I needed to remove old wood glue without harming the piece and causing it to splinter or break. I turned to my vinegar book because I thought I had remembered reading something about such things, and found the reference.
I sprayed the framework with vinegar and let it set. By the way vinegar is safe for wood surfaces too. It will not affect the finish at all. I had to spray the surface several times, but within about 30 minutes, the vinegar had broken down the old wood glue and I was able to ease the piece apart safely with no damage. I was so impressed with its power to do such a thing, and so was my carpenter husband, who has used wood glue his whole life.
Use 1/4 cup of vinegar in your rinse cycle of the wash to remove odors and soften your laundry. It will replace the need for fabric softeners, which are only silicone and build up on your clothing over time. That silicone build up is the reason your towels don’t dry like they used to. Silicone buildup on your clothing also prevents your cottons from breathing.
There are different types of vinegar mentioned in the The Vinegar Book, with many uses from cleaning to medicinal. Grab a copy of this amazing little book, highlight areas you want to refer back to. It is packed with information that will amaze you too.
Do you have any super thrifty household tips? I am always looking for the best way to keep a clean house and save $$.