Now, more than ever, mankind is spoiled by so much technology and scientific innovations. Technology has been used to create solutions to address all kind of human needs from treating cancer, all the way down to something simple like remove the odor of pet waste when it is found in the home.
However, there are still some ‘old-fashioned’ that are still used inside many households, because, try as we might, we have found it hard to improve the results gained by these naturally found concoctions, such as baking soda, borax and our old favorite, vinegar.
Vinegar was actually discovered many years ago, probably as the result of a cask of wine that was left to ferment past the point of optimal fermentation where it still was palatable enough to drink. If wine is allowed to ferment for long periods the end product would be vinegar – this is because the sugars that ferment into alcohol when creating wine then ferment even further into acetic acid.
It is the acetic acid content that makes vinegar such a versatile household product. In addition to its application to the culinary arts, vinegar can be used for domestic cleaning and sanitation. Only certain types of vinegar are made for cleaning purposes. These are known as “Full Strength Vinegar” or “Double Strength Vinegar” – depending on the exact content of acetic acid. Vinegar with higher acetic acid percentages should not be used for cooking, but for cleaning they work like a charm.
Some of the cleaning uses for Full Strength Vinegar include:
No-Wax Surfaces – Mix around half a cup of vinegar with a half gallon of warm mop water to clean the floor of grease, grime, film and other impurities.
Carpet Stains – In a pint of water mix a tablespoon of liquid detergent and a tablespoon of vinegar, apply this to the stain with a soft towels or a brush –nothing to abrasive that could damage the fabric. Dab the stain out of the carpet, applying more of the solution as necessary. Continue to rinse out the towel or brush as you work the stain form the fabric. When the last vestiges of the stain are gone, blow dry the area and notice how the last of the marks vanish before the awesome might of “Vinagre”.
Windows Walls and Woodwork
Windows – Equal parts warm water and vinegar make an excellent solution to greasy streaky windows. Apply and dry with a soft cloth for best results.
Washing Woodwork and Painted Walls – certain jobs require the gentle side that vinegar also provides. Take a gallon of warm water, add a ¼ cup of baking soda, a ½ cup of vinegar and a cup of ammonia. This is a excellent recipe for cleaning venetian blinds, painted walls as well as finished woodwork.
Clean and Deodorize the Microwave – Things happen in the microwave that cause the foodstuffs to become splattered across the inside of the oven –this can turn into a cacophony of smells as the Chinese take-out mixes with the gyros and ‘yuck’. A quarter cup of vinegar in a pint of warm water makes and excellent degreaser/deodorizer.