How to clean using salt, baking soda, or vinegar.
Solutions to clean problems and stains using salt, baking soda, and vinegar.
A while back I wrote an article on uses for baking soda, salt, ammonia, and vinegar titled: How to Clean and Unclog with Salt, Vinegar, Ammonia and Baking Soda. Since that article was so well recieved and because I have discoverd some more wonderful uses for salt, baking soda, and vinegar I have decided to write another. Here are some more household uses for Salt, Vinegar, and baking soda;
Keep your outdoor sidewalks and porch stairs safe during winter - Baking soda can help to melt snow and ice if you are out of other commercial melters and de-icers. To use baking soda instead of salt all season long get a bucket of sand and keep it in your garage then sprinkle the baking soda and the sand together on the icy spots of your sidewalks and porch stairs. This mixture will not damage your concrete like salt will. You will just need to give you sidewalk and stairs a good strong hosing come spring.
Soothe Your Sore Aching Feet - Ever since I learned this trick for soothing sore feet I now bring baking soda with me on vacations when I am walking around more than normal and my feet get really sore. When you find your feet more sore than normal mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with about a quart of warm (not hot) water. Soak your feet for about 20 minutes to a half hour. The bonus is that your feet will smell a lot better too.
Get rid of moth ball smell on clothes - Baking soda is great for getting out all kinds of odor on clothing, including moth ball odor. Use baking soda in the washer. Place your detergent in and let your washer fill up like normal, once the washer is all filled up or nearly filled up before the agitation starts add 1/4 cup of baking soda to the wash water. 1 wash should do the trick, if not just repeat it once and add an extra rinse cycle.
Wash baby clothes - Instead of spending a lot of money on special detergent for baby clothes do this instead use 1/4 baby wash and 1/4 cup baking soda to clean baby’s clothes. Be sure to add both after the water has filled up in the washer and just before it agitates. Also to get out stains in baby clothes dip an old toothbrush in water and then in baking soda and scrub away at the stains. Then wash as described above.
Vinegar & Baking Soda
Get mildew off of shower curtains and liners - Put your washer on the gentle cycle and place your curtain and liner (unless manufacturer’s instructions say otherwise) in the washer. Remove the curtain and liner from the shower area, then give the mildewed area a quick brushing with a wet old toothbrush or scrub brush just to loosen everything up, don't worry about scrubbing it all off, just a quick brushing. Let the washer fill up then add 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar to the washer and let them do their thing. When they are done washing hang them back up by the tub and let them air dry. Be sure to lay a couple of towels down to catch drips.
Give Your Bathtub a Good Scrubbing or Soaking - If your tub is not too dirty you can just dip a scrub brush in some vinegar and give it a good scrubbing then rinse with cold water. If your tub is really dirty or stained then plug up the tub and start filling it with hot water, as the water is coming in add 3 cups of white vinegar to the water, fill the tub up to the point where the staining ends, being careful not to over fill. Let the tub sit like this for about 5 hours. Then scrub the tub with a scrub brush. Then rinse with cold water. If some stubborn stains remain scrub them off with the same scrub brush sprinkled with Cleanser.
Vinegar and Salt
Keep your toothbrush holder clean and germ free - Once a week when you are cleaning your bathroom pull your toothbrush hold apart if it comes apart and soak in a large mixing bowl full of hot water and 1/4 cup of vinegar. Let it soak for about 20 minutes, then wipe off any stains with a clean paper towel or cloth, and rinse with cold water. Dry thoroughly and put it back together and place the toothbrushes back in.
If your toothbrush holder does not come apart, pull out the toothbrushes and pour a tablespoon of salt inside of one of the holes then fill it about 1/3 of the way up with hot water. Cover the holes up the best you can with one hand putting pressure on them to not allow any water to escape and give it a good shake. Look inside and see if you need to shake it up a bit more. Then pour out the water and salt and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Then wipe around each hole with a Q-Tip that was dipped in vinegar. Place it upside down in your kitchen strainer and allow it to dry thoroughly before placing the toothbrushes back inside.
Put your fireplace out using salt - When you decide it is time to put out the fire sprinkle some salt over the flames. The salt will cause the fire to die out faster. I also makes the fireplace easier to clean later, Ashes can be hard to sweep up because they flutter around, the salt will help to make the ashes heavier and all will sweep up easier.
Remove water marks from wood - That rude guest did not use a coaster and now your wood coffee table has a water mark, no big deal, just take a bit of salt and add just enough water to make a paste and rub the water marked area with a clean rag or paper towel. Then you wipe away the salt making sure to get it all off. After it is completely dry then you might want to polish the entire table as you usually would. Not required for removing the water mark, but since you are thinking of the table anyways you might as well polish it too.