Why we LOVE Vinegar & Bi-Carb!

Living a healthy lifestyle includes living in a clean environment.

Unfortunately, many of the commonly used commercial cleaning products that are available are made of chemicals that can negatively impact the environment. Here’s a helpful list of ways to clean with the very modest, but very effective Vinegar & Bi-Carb Soda. And it’s environmentally friendly!

In the Kitchen

* Bi-Carb Soda can be used to clean pots and pans that have baked-on residue. To do that, sprinkle the surface generously with Bi-Carb Soda, then let it soak roughly 15 minutes in dish detergent and hot water.

* Clean and freshen the dishwasher by running a cycle using only Bi-Carb Soda. Running Vinegar through the machine on a monthly basis is another way to keep them clean and free of residue.

* There are several ways to remove tarnish and make silver shine. One method is to use a paste made of one part water and three parts Bi-Carb Soda that can be rubbed onto silver to remove tarnish. Rinse it off and use a clean cloth to dry it to a shine.

* Combine Vinegar and water in a spray bottle for use in the refrigerator. Vinegar is a green way to clean and deodorize surfaces.

* Equal parts Vinegar and Bi-Carb Soda can be combined to scrub away tough stains from coffee mugs or teacups.

* Using a paste of Bi-Carb and Vinegar on tile grout will bring the grout back to whiter than white. Handled grout brushes are available at Bunnings for about $30.00!


* Use Bi-Carb Soda to wash produce in place of plain water. Two tablespoons of distilled Vinegar mixed with one pint of water will also effectively clean and remove pesticides from fruits and veggies.

* Eggs are prone to cracking as they boil. To help keep them intact and to make the eggs easier to peel, add one tablespoon of white Vinegar for every 500mls of water.

* Help cheese last longer by wrapping it in a Vinegar-soaked cloth or paper towel to prevent mold. Place the wrapped cheese in a container that’s airtight and store in the refrigerator

In the Bathroom

* Create a thick and non-toxic scrub to clean bathroom surfaces by stirring together a quarter-cup of Bi-Carb Soda, one tablespoon of dish detergent, and Vinegar. Mix until creamy, then use.

* A half-cup of Bi-Carb Soda can be used for scrubbing toilets clean. Another option is to pour a cup of diluted white Vinegar into the toilet, allow it to soak overnight, then scrub.

* Minerals can clog up all or part of showerheads and reduce their flow. Remove this buildup by soaking the showerhead in a mixture of a half-cup Vinegar and 500mls of water for at least 15 minutes.

* Cleanse soap residue from loofahs by soaking them for 24 hours in equal parts Vinegar and water.

* Rub down sink fixtures with a paste made of Vinegar and salt to remove lime buildup (we LOVE this tip, and use it a lot!).


* Use a half-cup of Bi-Carb Soda along with liquid detergent at the beginning of the wash cycle for a brighter load of laundry.

* Sprinkle Bi-Carb Soda onto the bottom of washing baskets to subdue stinky odours.

* Socks and gym clothes (or white work shirts!) can get stained. To help these items look fresher, people should soak them in a pot of boiling water that’s had a cup of distilled white Vinegar added – just be careful with natural fabrics as they may shrink.

* Remove scuff marks and restore shine to purses and shoes by wiping them down with white Vinegar.

* Reduce static cling and prevent lint from sticking to clothing by adding a half-cup of white Vinegar to the washing machine during the wash cycle.

Other Household Uses for Vinegar and Bi-Carb Soda

* Keep carpets fresh-smelling by sprinkling Bi-Carb Soda over the surface. Vacuum after 15 minutes or longer.

* Wash floors by mopping with a half-cup of Bi-Carb Soda dissolved in a bucket of warm water, then rinse.

* For a green drain cleaner, mix equal parts Bi-Carb Soda and Vinegar, typically a half-cup to a cup, and pour it down the drain. Wait 15 minutes before pouring boiling water down the drain, but only if the pipes are made of metal and won’t melt (be careful with this as most new homes pipes are plastic).

* When candle wax hardens on furniture, it becomes difficult to remove. A cloth soaked in equal parts Vinegar and water can be used to gently remove the wax from surfaces (this is great. but so is placing a clean cotton clothe over the wax and ironing it off – amazing!).

* Neutralise stale or other unpleasant odours by using a spray bottle of white Vinegar as an air and fabric freshener. This can be used for furniture, shoes, and carpets.

* Parents with kids who get crayon marks on floors or walls can easily erase them by using a toothbrush that’s been dipped in white Vinegar.

* Use Vinegar to remove sticky residue. Apply a cloth soaked in vinegar to labels or stickers and allow it to soak on top of the sticky area for several minutes. Pouring heated vinegar over gum can also help with its removal (oily peanut butter rubbed on the gum and through hair will also melt the gum away).

* Rusted screws can be difficult to remove. Pour Vinegar over the screw and allow it to rest, which will help break down the rust. Scrub with a wire brush if you need.

* To keep cut flowers fresh, pour a mixture of 2 tablespoons of white Vinegar, up to 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 liter of water into the vase.

* Stains on carpets are unsightly and typically difficult to remove. Make a paste of Bi-Carb Soda and distilled white Vinegar, rub it into the stain, and leave it overnight. Vacuum it completely the following day.


* Clean the BBQ plates & grill grates using equal parts Bi-Carb Soda and Vinegar. Alternately, use Bi-Carb Soda on a damp brush to scrub the grates clean, then rinse; use crumpled aluminum foil sprayed with distilled vinegar to remove excess charcoal buildup.

* Kill weeds and discourage their growth by sprinkling Bi-Carb Soda or pouring Vinegar on sidewalk or driveway cracks where they’re prone to grow.

* In the winter, frost on car windshields can be a time-consuming and annoying problem. To prevent it, create a spray of three parts white distilled Vinegar to one part water and coat the windows.


* Sprinkling Bi-Carb Soda around a pet’s food bowl can help deter pests.

* A layer of Bi-Carb Soda beneath cat litter can help reduce kitty litter odours.

* People can use Bi-Carb Soda to make a toothpaste to brush their pet’s teeth.

* Spritzing dogs with white Vinegar diluted with water can help repel fleas and add shine to their coats.