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The Many Wonders of Vinegar

Did you know that vinegar can wipe out tarnish, soap scum, and mineral deposits?  Distilled white vinegar actually inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, and some bacteria, like E. coli and salmonella.

Use vinegar to clean the following:

Sink drains.  Clean drains by pouring vinegar down them. After 30 minutes, flush with cold water.
Floors. Add ¼ cup vinegar to a bucket of warm water to clean almost any type of floor except marble (vinegar can scratch it) or wood (vinegar can strip it).
Glassware.  For spotless hand-washed glasses, add 1 cup vinegar to the rinse water.
Moldy walls.  Spray vinegar on the affected areas. After about 15 minutes, rinse and let dry thoroughly.
Steam iron.  To get rid of mineral deposits, fill the iron with equal parts vinegar and water.  Press the steam button. Turn off, let cool, empty, and rinse.
Windows.  Mix ¼ cup vinegar, 2 cups water, and a squirt of liquid Castile soap in a spray bottle. Spritz windows and wipe with a sheet of newspaper.

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