The 4 Best Ways White Vinegar Can Save You Money (in the Kitchen)

trishasaccount By trishasaccount, 8th Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/17kokz3v/
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Vinegar is one of the most versatile products created, and costs between $2 and $5 per gallon (depending on the brand or sale). Here are my top 5 favorite ways to utilize white vinegar to clean my kitchen, eliminate toxic chemicals, and pad my wallet.

1. No More Oven Cleaner

As many of you know, oven cleaner has a very toxic smell, and sometimes doesn't even clean the oven the way you would like. I would like to propose an alternative. Instead, place 1 cup of white vinegar in an open oven-safe container and set the internal temperature to a low setting for 1 hour. The fumes from the vinegar will steadily eat at the grime, making it significantly easy to remove with the scrubber side of a dish sponge.

*Note: This will work best if you clean your oven monthly.*

2. No More Vegetable Spray

Don't bother buying expensive sprays for cleaning your vegetables. All you need is a spray bottle of undiluted white vinegar. The vinegar functions to gently dissolve any pesticides that remain your vegetables.

*Tip: If you want to preserve strawberries longer in your refrigerator, soak them in a bowl of diluted (1:10 ratio) white vinegar for 1-2 minutes.*

3. No More All-Purpose Cleaner

Pretty much any basic cleaning spray that you make yourselves will begin with the following ingredients in a 16 oz. spray bottle: 1 cup water, 1/2 cup white vinegar, and 1 tbs. of dish liquid. You can add other ingredients (lemon extract, rubbing alcohol, tea tree oil, etc...) if you would like, but these are always the key components. I do highly recommend adding a few drops of an essential oil and tea tree oil for its antibacterial properties.

4. No More Dishwasher Rinse Aid

Undiluted white vinegar is terrific from removing scum, spots, and stains from glassware and dull plates. Just add it to your dishwasher cycle as you normally would any rinse aid and never go back.

So, in Summary...

As with the bathroom cleaners in my previous post , replacing kitchen cleaners with vinegar will save you upwards of $10-15 per month, or $120-180 per year.

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Cleaning Tips, Eco-Friendly, Kitchen Cleaning, Money Saving

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I'm a 32-year-old mother, teacher, nonprofit worker, partner, and all-around exhausted woman. But there's no sense in complaining when life is so much stinkin' fun.

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author avatar Retired
23rd Apr 2014 (#)

I already use vinegar for cleaning some things but I was not aware that it could be used to clean ovens or could be use in the dishwasher as an alternative to rinse aids.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

I do love the versatility that vinegar gives for so many household chores.

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