Month: July 2015
Uses of White Vinegar and Baking Soda
One of the easiest ways to keep your house clean and healthy at the same time is using less chemical-based solutions to clean anything in your house. People have been using a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to clean glass materials such as windows, but those household staples can actually do more cleaning. Vinegar is acidic and generally effective to get rid of stain, grime, and even bacteria in the kitchen. On the other hand, baking soda can neutralize acid and add a little bit of abrasive property. When both substances are mixed, they create foam which can be used to clean many things, not only windows. You don’t have to purchase ready-made cleaning solutions that possibly contain harmful chemicals to do your regular cleaning chore. Some good uses of vinegar and baking soda are as follows.
• Kitchen Appliance Cleaning
Kitchen appliance, such as oven, can be oily after some uses. Many commercially-available cleaning agents promise and can remove the oil residues from the oven indeed, but they may contain chemicals which possibly contaminate every food you put into the oven next time. Instead of using those chemical-based cleaning solutions, a mixture of white vinegar, baking soda, and water can do the job well.
To do the cleaning, mix three cups of each substance mentioned, and dip a clean cloth into the mixture. Rub the cloth on the inner side of the oven or any oily part you can see including the outer side, and let it sit for about 15 minutes. After that, use another clean wet cloth to wipe the remaining solution.
• Getting Rid of Dirt from Floor Grout
A mix of white vinegar and baking soda is so powerful that you can use it to get rid of dirt from floor grout. Before you use any of those substances, it is best to clean the dirt and dust from the floor first; you can use a broom or vacuum cleaner to do it. To start cleaning, pour baking soda on the grout lines. Next, pour a sufficient (not generous) amount of vinegar so it mixes with the baking soda. As those two substances react, you will see some bubbles forming and taking out the stubborn dirt from the grout lines. To complete the cleaning, let the bubbles settle for several minutes and then wash them with warm water. If necessary, use a cleaning brush for more powerful tile and grout cleaning.
• Cleaning a Clogged Drain
If you have any clogged drain in the kitchen or bathroom, baking soda and vinegar cleaning solution is worth trying. As previously mentioned, a mix of those two substances creates bubbles. In a drain, these bubbles will put pressure and possibly drive the clogs out. Before you start, make sure that the drain is dry or at least has only a small excess of water. Mix a half cup of each vinegar and baking soda, and pour the mixture into the drain. While you are waiting for the clog to come out, boil water in a large pan. As the water boils, pour all of it into the drain as well.