Washington Family Magazine : April 2016
washingtonFAMILY.com April 2016 11 vinegar-water solution for shining. BATHTUB/SHOWER: For the bathtub or shower, try this great solution for soap scum. Fill a spray bottle with half dishwashing liquid and half white vinegar. Be sure to choose a dish liquid with degreasing action. Shake the bottle gently, and then spray liberally on surfaces to be cleaned. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then scrub and rinse well. TOILET: Pour one cup white vinegar into the toilet bowl. Wait a few minutes, scrub with the toilet brush, and then flush. Wipe down the rest of the toilet with your vinegar/water solution. SHOWER HEADS: To loosen deposits on shower heads, fill a small plastic bag with one half cup baking soda and one half cup vinegar. Use a rubber band to attach the solution-filled bag to the shower head, so that the nozzle is immersed. Wait about 15 to 30 minutes, and then remove the bag. Scrub with an old toothbrush if needed to dislodge any stubborn deposits, and then run the water. GROUT: Make a thick paste by mixing baking soda and water. Apply it to your grout, let it sit for fifteen minutes, and then scrub clean with an old toothbrush. SHOWER DOOR TRACKS: Fill any dirty tracks with undiluted white vinegar and let sit about half an hour. Then scrub with an old toothbrush and rinse clean. SHOWER CURTAIN: To take mildew off of the shower curtain liner, wash the liner in your washing machine on the gentle cycle with cold water using your regular detergent plus one cup of baking soda. Throw a bath towel in with the load to keep the plastic from sticking together. After washing, allow the curtain to air-dry. By using these simple and nontoxic cleaning solutions, you will save not only money, but also the environment—and possibly your health. Tiffany Doerr Guerzon is a freelance writer and the mother of three children. Read more of her writing at www.TDGuerzon.com.