Living Healthy

The Power of Vinegar!

The one thing I noticed is that I get very sensitive around harsh chemicals now. So I tend to opt for things that will not irritate me when I use them. And let’s face it. Don’t you feel better when you use something that can’t kill you? I do. And this cleaner I absolutely love to put on my fries! Yummm…Of course we are talking about vinegar.As it’s always been, vinegar is great cleaner.
I use vinegar as a fabric softener with some essential oils. I love to use orange in my laundry. It gives it a nice tangy smell. It also removes yellowing and stains.
Having problem with ants, keep a spray bottle with water and vinegar and spray it on them or their ant hills. They hate the smell and will move out of town quickly. It’s also good at deterring pets to stay away from certain areas, since they don’t like the smell either. Will help unmark soiled territories by pets and deter them from going there again.
You can clean your coffee maker with vinegar. Running a cup through always helps keep it fresh and unclogged.
I also use one part vinegar and one part water to wash my windows. It gives a streak free shine the first time around.
In the winter, you can use it to keep frost from your car windows with 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water. Spraying it on the glass can keep frost away for a couple of weeks.
Since it disinfects, it’s a great tool in the bathroom, even to use on your toothbrush to your shower wall. It’s a great mildew remover.
Anyways, as you can tell, there are many many uses for vinegar and if you Google apple cider vinegar, there are even more. Doing a mix with water or baking soda can give you even more options.
But since today I am using my magical vinegar to clean my microwave, here are the instructions for doing that.
I got this recipe online. Put one part vinegar and one part water into a microwavable bowl and then put a popsicle stick, toothpick or wooden stir stick into the bowl when heating. This is to prevent overheating the bowl which could cause the glass to crack or even an explosion.
You want to heat it for about 5 to 7 minutes. But 5 usually is good and let it sit an extra 2 minutes after. You see the vinegar and steam is invading the microwave to help detach the stuck on stuff.
Wiping it down with a sponge or rag is usually light work and you can enjoy a clean microwave. Voila!
Easy as that and takes not time at all. Except waiting for the timer to go beep!

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