Baking Soda & Vinegar

When you hear baking soda and vinegar most of us automatically think of our 3rd grade science projects.  The oozing erupting volcanoes, which if you were cool enough you added red food coloring to, to make it look like “real” lava!  But low and behold all of these years later baking soda and vinegar come in for the win in DIY home repair hacks!  Who knew these two ingredients could be so magical!

So your garbage disposal smells like something may have crawled in and died.  Or perhaps it’s just last week’s meatloaf that still seems to be lingering in the depths of your kitchen disposal. A quick and easy fix is to first dump 1-2 cups of ice into the disposal and turn it on. It’s a horrible racket but the ice will help to dislodge any gunk or leftover food in the small hard to reach crevices.  Next dump in ½ cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar.  This is the grown up version of that 3rd grade volcano!  Once it’s done doing it’s lava thing run hot water to flush it out.  Next cut up a citrus fruit or simply use the rinds and dump into the disposal.  Turn it on let it chop up the fruit/rind and you will have one amazing smelling kitchen!

Ok so what about those musty smelling front loading washer’s!  Nobody likes the smell of musty anything let alone coming from where they wash their clothes.  First things first leave the door a open to help air out the enclosed space in between loads. Next take a equal parts solution of vinegar and water and clean the rubber seal around your washer’s door.  Turn on the hottest washing cycle available and dump a cup of baking soda into the drum.  Next pour 1 cup of distilled white vinegar into the detergent dispenser and let the cycle run through.  You will have one fresh smelling extra clean washer with no chemicals used!

Do you have hard water?  The kind that leaves lime stains in your sinks and tub basins?  There is a quick fix to those,  you guessed it, vinegar!  Soak paper towels in white vinegar and place paper towel over the lime stained area’s.  Let soak.  When you remove towels the lime stains will have disintegrated!  Vinegar can discolor brass and colored fixtures so be careful!

Stainless steel sinks and those unsightly rust spots!  Mix vinegar and baking soda into a paste like mixture.  Rub the mixture into the rust stained spots in your sink.  Let sit for about 5-10 minutes.  Next use a little elbow grease and a scrub pad and scrub those rust spots away.  If they are stubborn apply another round of the baking soda mixture leaving it on a bit longer.  Scrub and rinse with hot water and you are rust free!!!

These are just a few of house repairs that can be fixed with baking soda and vinegar.  Another nice thing about these ingredients is that they are natural cleaning products and thus do not have toxic chemicals that can be dangerous to children! Most of us have them in our kitchen anyway! And we thought their only use was to make cool volcanos!!