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Cleaning Outdoors With Vinegar

April 25, 2012

Every year during spring time, before I bring out all of my outdoor furniture, I like to give the deck a good cleaning.  Because I do not like to use harsh chemicals in or outside of my home, I turn to vinegar to help make my deck sparkle.  

Vinegar is a great cleaner, inside and outside the home.  It is even good in the garden.  Combining vinegar with baking soda can boost its cleaning power.

Vinegar is acidic which means it is a good cleaner for water stains and lime deposits. It is also a great rinsing agent because it dissolves soap scum. Spraying it in the shower, tub or even adding some to the laundry rinse cycle does wonders when it comes to getting rid of soap residue.

To clean the deck, pour on some vinegar and let it sit for about one hour in the sunlight.  Rinse with water.  Repeat if necessary. With a little scrubbing, you can clean the deck, remove resistant rust stains, keep ants away and make the soil acidic for other plants. Using a scrub brush can help get rid of those stubborn mold/mildew areas.  

Mix equal parts of water and vinegar together.  Apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar should get the job done.  Add twice as much vinegar for a stronger solution, or mix 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda toa gallon of water.

To sanitize the deck area, spray on hydrogen peroxide after cleaning with vinegar.


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