Saturday, April 2, 2011

My House Smells Like Vinegar

Good Morning! I have been busy since yesterday! Lots of web surfing....there are some great sites out there. Check out my links on the right. BTW if you don't already use Groupon, check it out. For the Wichita followers there is a special for Tanganyika, $13 for admission for 2 and you can buy 3 deals (6 admissions). They must be used by May 22nd. If this is your first visit please click on this link and I will receive credit.

Now about that vinegar......If you saw my tabs at the top, there is one for $Saving Tips. I have some info on using vinegar to clean. Well, I thought I should test some of these if I was going to share them. So far, the ones I have tried work like a charm! The All Purpose Cleaner, Toilet Bowl Cleaner and the Fabric Softener. Also I tried straight vinegar on a stained t-shirt that Spray & Wash did nothing for. The stain is now gone! However, my towels do have a slight vinegary smell to them! lol  I think I can deal with this, but I'm waiting to see if my husband notices ;) I didn't notice any other clothes smelling odd. I guess the fluffy towels just really soak it in. I think my next trial will be a vinegar & baking soda paste for carpet stains. You use an old toothbrush to work it into the carpet, let it dry & vacuum the stain away.....or so they say....I'll let you know.

If any of you have tips or recipes to share, I have tried to make those pages so that you can. Have a great day!


  1. In Russia the ladies showed me how they clean windows with vinegar... works great!

  2. My mom used to use vinegar for windows too. She grew up during the depression and was VERY frugal.

  3. Laundry Soap Recipe

    In a food processor, grate a bar of castile soap (not a soap designed to keep skin soft... you need a harsher soap for this application as it will clean better. I make my own castile soap, and can give you a recipe for it if you'd like). Set the grated soap aside and change out your grater disc to a processing blade. (No need to clean out the bowl!)

    Combine in your food processor:
    1 cup of the grated soap
    1.5 cups of borax
    1.5 cups of washing soda
    1 cup oxygen cleaner

    Process until you have a coarse textured powder. The smaller the soap pieces, the better they will dissolve in cold water.

    Use 2 tablespoons of the laundry soap per load. You CAN use more, but there's no need. I have been using this for almost 3 years now in a front loading high-efficiency washer and it does a great job, even on my 9 year old's filthy play clothes. I still use a spray stain remover, just like when I used to use store-bought laundry detergent.

    All of the ingredients can be found on the laundry aisle at the grocery store.

    If you like, you can add a little vinegar to the rinse cycle, but I don't usually find it to be necessary.

  4. For dishwasher soap, combine equal parts of borax and washing soda. Whisk thoroughly (or run it through your food processor) and use 1 tablespoon per load. You definitely need to add vinegar to the rinse cycle to avoid spots. You can put the vinegar into the cup designed to hold a rinse aid.