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There are so many uses around your house for vinegar.  If you replace some of your expensive cleaners with vinegar, you can save yourself some money.    You can clean your appliances, clothes, and many other household items with a few ounces of vinegar.

Clean your appliances with vinegar

If the inside of your dishwasher is starting to look disgusting, you can clean it without a lot of scrubbing if you have a bottle of vinegar in the cabinet.  Pour three cups of vinegar into a bowl and place the bowl right side up on the bottom rack of the dishwasher.  Do not replace any other dishes in the machine, but run it through the wash and rinse cycles.  Make sure to shut it off before the drying cycle begins.  The normal action of the dishwasher will splash the vinegar all over the inside of the appliance, cleaning as it goes. 

Hard water will clog up your coffeepot.  To clean the pot, fill it with water, add one-fourth cup vinegar and run it through the usual cycle.  At the end of the cycle, fill the pot with clean water and run it through again.  Now the pot will make a fresh cup of coffee. 
If you have hard water, your stream vents in your iron can also get clogged.  When you are ironing clothes and start to notice spots that were not there before, try this remedy.  Pour equal amounts of distilled water and vinegar into your ironís reservoir.  Turn the iron on and make it stream and spray until the reservoir is empty.  Your iron will be good as new. 

Other uses in the kitchen

The best cleaner and deodorizer you could possibly want is vinegar.  This mild acid will clean and shine nearly everything in the house.  Mix one-cup vinegar and five cups water to clean windows or eyeglasses.  Use it full strength to kill stale food odors in kitchen containers.  Dilute it with water and boil it on the stove to get rid of unpleasant cooking smells.  Moisten a paper towel with vinegar and lay it over faucets to remove mineral deposits.  If you dampen a cloth with vinegar and wipe down walls, you can prevent grease buildup.  This works great for wiping greasy stove tops too.  If you add one fourth cup vinegar to one gallon warm water to clean and shine linoleum or no-wax vinyl floors.  These are just a few of the potential uses for vinegar in the kitchen.

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