White Vinegar: Laundry, Dishes, Total Bathroom

Vinegar and Baking Soda

Before we get to the Bathroom, let’s briefly review laundry and dishwashing (full text and other info in Laundry category):

Laundry: We’ve talked before about using white vinegar to soften your laundry, by simply adding it to your softener dispenser. (And 50/50 baking soda to soap, saves money by extending your natural laundry soap.)

A NEW LAUNDRY TIP will prevent those dreaded little dots of lint on your clothes! Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup of vinegar to your your tub of clothes (once tub is full of water).

Dishwasher – I’ve also shared that I fill my dishwasher dispenser (the one designated for “spot free” type products) with white vinegar. I keep on hand in a squeeze tip bottle (recycled hair color bottle works great) and add to my dishwasher in place of “spot free” type products every 3-4 wash cycles – works beautifully!

Now – Bathrooms!

Make your own air freshener and sparkle everything, from icky showerheads to really icky bathtubs, or shower door rails, even the toilet! It’s so cool, so easy, and so effective!

Bathroom:

Air Freshener for bathroom – Find some very cute cosmetic type sprayers, then mix and pour into a sprayer container for each of your bathrooms, or kitchen and nursery, etc.: 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar, to each cup of pure water. You can add your favorite essential oils (I use peppermint and lavender together), 3- 5 drops per cup, shake and it will emusify (make up a quart or more so you have refills available).

General Cleaning – To remove grime, mildew, and scum and germs from the tub, tile, shower curtain or door, wipe with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Rinse with water.

Bathtub Really Icky? Kill the germs and get rid of stubborn bathtub film and whatnot stuff that accumulates, by spraying (saturating) entire tub with white distilled vinegar and then scouring with baking soda – I find if you wait about 30 minutes inbetween the vinegar and the baking soda it works really well! PS Scrubber – Sometimes I use a toilet brush, however you can also soak a friendly scrubby sponge or loofah overnight in a strong white distilled vinegar and water solution to remove dirt and slime. Last step after rinsing if you need extra gumption, pour hydrogen peroxide into your sprayer, or use a sponge, and saturate tub, let sit 30 minutes and rinse. AND when you are through don’t forget to rinse your loofah, scrubber, etc., several times with cold water and let air dry (in the sun if possible).

Shower door tracks gunky? Try filling them with white distilled vinegar, let sit for a few hours. (Lay down an old towel to catch moisture.) Pour hot water into the tracks and wash and scrub away the scum with a toothbrush.

Sparkle those scummy showerhead, pour 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup white distilled vinegar into a quart size sip clok or plastic bag and tie it around the showerhead so the head is completely covered.. Let this set for an hour. Once bubbling has ceased, remove the bag and then turn on the water.

Shower doorsBefore you shower, spray with full-strength white distilled vinegar. It will help release the hard water deposits so they don’t remain on the glass.

Toilet Bowl Sparkle! Pour in 1/4 cup of white vinegar, let sit overnight. Scrub well with the toilet brush and flush.

Bathroom Floors: Shine your no-wax vinyl or linoleum floor (ONLY, DO NOT USE FOR NATURAL STONE)  by cleaning it with a solution of one cup white distilled vinegar for every gallon of water.

Next segment will be on Kitchens and General Use around the house – standby!! Very fun stuff!

Natural Laundry Soap & Laundry Softener

First, I didn’t wake up New Year’s Day thinking about laundry, but having clean clothes is a great way to begin the new year, doncha think? More to come about 2010, but for now…here’s the magic of how to turn dirty laundry into pHresh laundry, and (at some level) really enjoy it!!

It doesn’t matter at my house whether the clothes belong to my baby grandaughter or her 13 year old uncle (my son), everyone’s clothes are treated to the same clean, natural, pHresh, soft treatments!

Over the years I’ve perfected my laundry soap and softening to a fine art, LOL, well at the very least, soft clean clothes without static cling, colors which remain bright, and whites that are white without bleach!

Maraline’s Laundry Genie’s

My Laundry is Clean, my colors bright, my whites, white!

I use a 50/50 ratio (1/2 cup equivelant of each)  natural liquid laundry soap (your choice) and baking soda, with the following exceptions:

  1. Towels – 2/3 cup Baking Soda*, 1/3 cup equivalent natural laundry soap, plus 1/2 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide
  2. Fine fabrics – Baking Soda Only
  3. Whites – I add hydrogen peroxide* instead of bleach

My Laundry is Soft, Fresh & Lovely

I use white vinegar* (least expensive) as by base  fabric softener, I add  it to my dispenser (if you don’t have a dispenser, you may add to your dispensing ball). Optional of course, but when I have them, I use essential drops for that hint of scent. NOTE: If you love your softener, you can still use it, try 1/2 of what you normally use and fill the rest with white vinegar – keeps everything nice and clean in your washer as well!

  • Pour the vinegar* into a one quart squeeze bottle (or not), add essential oil drops (your choice, I use lemon, orange, lavender, and a variety of others, sometimes mixing many), until you can smell the heavenly scent through the vinegar.
  • Alternatively, soak a sponge in the vinegar/essential oil solution and squeeze back into the vinegar solution (which means you keep this in a covered tupperware container versus a squeeze bottle), and then toss damp sponge into the dryer for each load.

Maraline’s bonus hint for dishes – White vinegar works incredibly well in your dishwasher as a water softener and my glassware is spotfree.

Laundry Essentials – *Baking Soda, Vinegar, and Hydrogen Peroxide can be bought for pennies at the big box stores like Sams, Costco, sometimes Walmart, etc.

So clean laundry for the new year? Absolutely! Enjoy and take those saved dollars and replace all those lost socks, LOL!