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15 Ways To Use White Vinegar


I have to say this is incredible stuff. I actually have tried some of these things and they do work. I suggest when you go to the store next get a big bottle of this stuff and keep it in the kitchen for some of these purposes. Already got some – Use it.

1. Add Sparkle to Glasses – Drinking glasses looking cloudy? Rinse in one part vinegar to three parts warm water.

2. Freshen Dishcloths – Place cloths in a container and cover with water and a half a cup on vinegar. Soak for a few hours, then thoroughly rinse before using.

3. Spruce Up a Lunch Box – To banish the aromas of meals past, add a few drops of vinegar to a piece of bread and leave it in the lunchbox overnight. In the morning it should smell as good as new.

4. Rid Surfaces of Mould – Dilute vinegar with equal parts of water and spray onto walls, tiles or floors. Wait a minute, then wipe off with a clean cloth.


5. Brighten Laundry – Add a capful of vinegar to your washing and clothes will come out looking brighter and fresher.

6. Banish Cooking Smells – Add a few spoonfuls of vinegar to a pot of water and let it simmer on the stove to remove any cooking smells in the kitchen.

7. Rescue Boiled Eggs – If an egg starts to crack while its being boiled, adding a little vinegar to the water will stop the egg white seeping out.

8. Revive Chopping Boards – Wipe over wooden chopping boards which white vinegar to clean and disinfect them between uses.

9. Oust Deodorant Marks – Spray deodorant stains on shirts with vinegar before putting them into the washing machine.

10. Survive Sticky Situations – To remove stickers from plastic or glass surfaces, or from walls, simply dab the sticker with vinegar until its completely wet and then scrape off. If there is any residue left behind from the sticker, apply vinegar again, wait a minute, then wipe off.

11. Keep Flowers Blooming – Add 2 tbsp vinegar to a container, fill with water and add flowers to help keep cut blooms looking fresh for longer.

12. Remove Stains From Mugs – Tackle stubborn coffee and tea stains by scrubbing the stain with equal parts vinegar and baking soda. Rinse well with warm water.

13. Clean a Drain – Mix vinegar with equal parts bi-carb soda, wait till it starts fizzing then pour it down the drain. Follow with warm water.

14. Descale A Kettle – To get rid of lime deposits in a kettle, fill it with water and 2 tbsp of vinegar and bring to the boil. Pour out the vinegar water and rinse throughly with cold water.

15. Work wonders On Windows – Spray dirty windows with a mixture of 2 tbsp vinegar and 4 L warm water. Wipe with a squeegee or lint free cloth for a sparkling shine

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Another Handy Tool For The Care Of Garments

I often receive information via email which is totally useless rubbish, but there are times when the stuff I get is great information for my readers and myself of course. When I get the good info, I like to pass this on.
Most of us know what these symbols mean but there are a few of us who don’t. This is a great chart to hang on the wall of the laundry for those who are not sure how certain garments should be cleaned.

Clothing care symbols.

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Choose Healthier Laundry Detergent! – Go Green

What Is In Your Laundry Powder??

When you are in the Laundry detergent aisle at the supermarket, you are confronted with so many choices, it is so overwhelming. It is a marketers dream there is so many colors, sizes,bottles, packages, all advocating that they are the best, make your clothes the cleanest and smell better than any other.

This in itself should make you a little suspicious and frustrated, about what they are really selling. What ingredients are in those boxes? You can be sure that if it advocates that it is going to give you the whitest, brightest, wash it has ingredients in that box that is probably not that healthy for you. Remember the marketers spend millions on finding the colors for the packaging that attracts you, the customer, the most. Do you the customer prefer plastic bottles, cardboard, or plastic type bags. Do you prefer certain fragrances, color of the powder or liquid. Do you prefer powder or liquid etc, it goes on and on.

In my opinion and I am sure the opinion of a lot of people the detergents we wash with that contain ingredients such as enzymes, could be the cause of many health problems like: skin rashes, allergies, lung problems, scalp irritations, eczema, dermatitis not to mention what it does to our waterways.

A TerraChoice survey of 5,000 household products in the USA and Canada found more than 95 percent were guilty of “Greenwashing” – making false, vague or unproven claims. For example phosphates receive negative publicity so they replace it with another chemical that is equally toxic but of course not as well-known.

Many countries and New Zealand is a fine example of this they have an environmental choice tick (www.enviro-choice.org.nz) which informs you that the product has been assessed for “All Round” greenness. When you purchase these products you know that potentially harmful ingredients are excluded, the manufacturing facility is energy-efficient and the waste is disposed of responsibly.

To be a smarter and a more informed shopper this is what you need to observe when purchasing your laundry detergent. Who knows that rash, or that sneezing or swollen eyes may disappear with better choices.

1. Look for and independent certification on the packaging: A recognized environmental institution giving the product a tick of approval.

2. Check the packaging: Determine if the container is recyclable. Is the ingredient derived from safe sources.

3. Does it have a strong fragrance: If this is the case the chances are it could be causing your allergies and not come from natural healthy sources.

4. Is the box a large box or a in a concentrated form: Often large boxes contain “filler” ingredients and require a large amount each wash. High concentrated detergent may be a better choice as it requires only a small amount for each wash.

5. Check that it is free from nasties if you cannot find a seal of approval on the container.: The example of this is Optical brighteners, enzymes (some times describes as biological) , propylene glycol, sodium tripolyphosphate.

benzisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone. These have been shown to cause skin irritation, intensify allergies, and disrupt ecosystems in waterways.

6. Check for alternatives to detergent powders: Google is a good thing for this. Apparently there such a thing as “Soap Nuts’ which is a fruit of the sapindus mukorossi tree and supposed to have incredible cleaning abilities. Laundry Ball is another alternative and lasts a year. Just pop into each wash.

SOURCE : good.net.nz/greenwashing

So when you are next in the laundry detergent aisle, check it out for a healthier choice.

Because if you don’t do different nothing will change

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Tips From The Laundry Room

Powder to You Clothes.
* You can get rid of a grease spot on fabric without cleaning the entire garment. Just sprinkle a little baking powder or talcum powder on the spot. Shake or brush the powder off after the grease has been absorbed.

Blood: Cut to the cleanup
* If you get a paper cut or small cut at work and end up with blood on your blouse, moisten the spot immediately with your own saliva. Then blot it with a clean cloth or paper napkin. That will prevent the stain from setting and you can wash it when you get home. Saliva contains digestive enzymes that break down protein and it is the protein that makes it hard to remove.

A-Salt that Bloodstain
* Blood stains need to be treated straight away. Another way to prevent staining is to soak a bloodstain in a solution of 1 cup of water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Lipstick on your collar
* To rid lipstick stain on fabric, coat the problem area with hair spray. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, then carefully wi-pe off the excess spray and the lipstick. Follow up by laundering.

Sweat Stain
* Perspiration stains are tough, so tenderize them. Before you wash that sweat-stained shirt, dampen the stains and sprinkle meat tenderizer on them. Wash as usual.

Ink Stain
* Leaky pen in your pocket? check your hairspray if it contains alcohol use it. Alcohol acts as a solvent on ink. Apply it full force to the ink stain before laundering.

Juice Stain
* A Juice stain that is not treated immediately can be tough to get out. Try White vinegar. Pretreat the area and let it sit for 15 minutes then rub in a little laundry detergent before tossing it in with the rest of the wash.


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Families Who Save Together


This is a small article that I found on the Oprah site which I think is short but Sweet. It is just a few things to think about that could save you quite few dollars in a year.
These are easy to put into practice.

By Erin E. White
Rethink Your Laundry
Most American families of four spend nearly $4,000 per year on their wardrobe, and while some families can certainly cut back on their clothing budget, Jeff says you can also save a lot of money by changing the way you launder your clothes.

Get a clothesline. Dryers cost a lot to run, but a basic clothesline and some clothing pins are quite inexpensive, Jeff says. You’ll not only save money on your gas or electric bill by using a clothesline, but you’ll also prevent your clothes from shrinking and keep them looking and smelling fresh.

Only wash when necessary. Some clothes, like jeans or sweaters worn over long-sleeved shirts, don’t have to be washed after each wear, Jeff says.

Use cold water. Jeff says cold water not only costs less to use, but it’s also gentler on most fabrics.

Zip it up. If you don’t zip up jeans and jackets before you wash and dry them, Jeff says you can cause costly snags and tears to your clothes


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