13 Ways to Use Vinegar, Baking Soda and Lemons to Clean Your Home

1. Polish your metals with lemons


Lemons are very good to use to polish your metals.

2. Clean your computer mouse


If you have a computer mouse sometimes dirt can build-up inside it. If you have a mouse with a removable tracking ball, use a 50/50 vinegar-water solution to clean it. First, remove the ball from underneath the mouse by twisting off the cover over it. Use a cloth, dampened with the solution and wrung out, to wipe the ball clean and to remove fingerprints and dirt from the mouse itself. Then use a moistened q-tip to clean out the dirt from inside the ball chamber (let it dry a couple of hours before reinserting the ball).

3. Clean your window blinds


Cleaning your window blinds is a must to keep dust and grime away and keep them looking great. The fastest and easiest way to do this is to do one blind at a time and put it in your bathtub then use your shower head to spray away the dirt. Use a towel to blot it dry. Then get your 50/50 vinegar-water solution in a bucket, put on some disposable gloves and use a sponge to wipe away the remaining dirt that was left behind by the power wash. You can dry it with a towel or let it air dry.

4. Unclog and deodorize drains


Vinegar and baking soda solution will help to unclog and sanitize drains. It’s also gentler on your pipes than commercial drain cleaners and cost effective.

To clear clogs in sink and tub drains, just pour in 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup vinegar. When the foaming subsides, flush with hot tap water. Wait five minutes, and then flush again with cold water. Besides clearing blockages, this technique also washes away odor-causing bacteria.

5. Get rid of smoke odor


Get rid of odors like smoke, fish smell, or just an odor that you don’t know what it is by placing a bowl about three-quarters full of vinegar in the room where the scent is strongest. Use several bowls if the smell permeates your entire home. The odor should be gone in less than a day. You can also quickly dispense of the smell of fresh cigarette smoke inside a room by moistening a cloth with vinegar and waving it around.

6. Wipe away mildew


Get rid of mildew build-up on bathroom fixtures and tile, clothing, furniture, painted surfaces, plastic curtains, and more. Just use the vinegar full strength on a wet sponge. For light stains, dilute it with an equal amount of water. You can also prevent mildew from forming on the bottoms of rugs and carpeting by misting the backs with full-strength white vinegar from a spray bottle.


7. Clean chrome and stainless steel


To clean chrome and stainless steel fixtures around your home, apply a light misting of undiluted white vinegar from a recycled spray bottle. Buff with a soft cloth to bring out the brightness.

8. Shine your silver


Use vinegar to clean your silverware like: silver bracelets, rings, and even your spoons and forks that are pure silver. You can make them shine like new by soaking them in a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse them under cold water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

9. Erase ballpoint-pen marks


ink-pen-stain-removeHas your little one decorated a wall in your home with a ballpoint pen? Get rid of it with vinegar. Just dab some full-strength white vinegar on the “masterpiece” using a cloth or a sponge. Repeat until the marks are gone. Then you can go out and buy your child a sketch pad to use instead.

10. Unglue stickers, decals, and price tags


To remove a sticker or decal affixed to painted furniture or a painted wall, simply saturate the corners and sides of the sticker with full-strength white vinegar and carefully scrape it off with your nails, plastic credit card, or anything that will work. Pour more vinegar if it won’t come off easily. Let it sit for a minute or two, and then wipe with a clean cloth.

11. Clear dirt off PCs and peripherals


Most people now-a-days have a computer or some sort of other electronic gadget like a fax machine, printer and so forth. Keeping your electronics clean is a part of being an owner of those gadgets. To clean, just mix 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup water in a bucket, dampen a clean cloth in the solution and start wiping. Use a q-tip for buildups in tight spaces (like around the keys of your keyboard).

12. Clean your produce


Produce such as grapes, strawberries, blueberries, etc have many bacteria on them when you pick them up from the store. Many independent testing showed that their were bacteria that was harmful found and e-coli. Washing your produce with vinegar will eliminate the bacteria 99%. Pour a solution in a bowl of 50/50 water and vinegar, place your produce in the bowl making sure it is covered by the solution. Then pour the solution out of the bowl and rinse a few times with water.

13. Disinfect with lemons


Mix lemon juice with water 30% lemon juice and 70% water and use a rag or towel and clean your home with it.

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