Thursday, November 3, 2011

What's the scoop on Vinegar?

I know you've heard of it, Vinegar!  It's cheap, it's smelly that is true, and it can be used for a TON of different purposes.  But why does it work and is it safe for use with cloth diapers?

Here's the scoop!

Vinegar is a safe and inexpensive alternative to chemical based cleaning products.  It naturally has the opposite pH as ammonia which makes it an excellent choice for cloth diapers because it will neutralize the pH.

It's acidity is perfect for the breakdown of buildup and reside and this is why it's preferred for cleaning.  From coffee pots to dishwashers, washing machines to tile floors and counter tops, vinegar can be used to clean it all.

For household cleaning it's generally diluted with water, about equal parts, and used in a spray bottle to clean whatever you choose.

To strip or deep clean your washing machine or dishwasher it's recommended that you add at least a few cups to an empty wash cycle.  It will help dissolve and break down nasty grime and residue that might have built up over the years.

In laundry, vinegar is used to prevent and treat stains as well as a natural fabric softener.  You can add vinegar to a fabric softener ball and toss into the wash just as you would regular softener.  For stains you can spot treat with a spray bottle and scrub brush.

The effectiveness of vinegar can vary depending on your water quality and water type.  If you notice any undesirable smells in your laundry or cloth diapers please discontinue use.  It's not for everyone, but those who love it use it for nearly everything.

So how about you?  Do you use vinegar in your household?  How have you used it?

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