Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I have heard from some of you that you have missed the Thrifty Sister during our 7-week break. Thank you for your kind words and missing us! And some of you I did not respond back to, and I deeply apologize. Normally, I would say that the holi-”daze” had caught up to me, or that I was trying to get some DIY projects done. But, unfortunately, we had a family emergency during this time. For 4 of the Thrifty Sisters, we lost our Dad. Do keep an eye out for the Dad Tribute Letter that will arrive close to March 1. Why March 1? Because according to our Dad, that was the “first day of Spring”, and it was really an exciting day for him. I am going to hold my homage until closer to one of the most wonderful days of the year.
In the meantime, enjoy today’s article, which is a throwback to the original Thrifty Sisters format when Karen and I were sharing thrifty tid-bits. One of us would write the email, and the other inserted her 2 cents.
I had a couple of bottles of vinegar that was accidentally delivered to the restaurant, instead of white wine vinegar. So, last night I thought I would see how I could spend a whole gallon of vinegar in my house. After 2 pages of google searches, I decided on the following tasks. I have also given my review of each item:
- Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 1 cup H20, heat, and let steam up the microwave. Once all steamed up, it was an easy wipe to get the gunk off. This worked better than my 409 cleaner.
From Lora: Brilliant! I have done this with a damp rag soaked in vinegar/water mix, and allowed that to steam the microwave, then let it sit for a couple of minutes, then wipe clean. But I love the mix in a cup. Find directions here: https://www.thekitchn.com/clean-microwave-with-vinegar-267593
- Mix 1/2 a pot vinegar with 1/2 a pot of water to clean the coffee maker. I have done this one before, and only know this method to clean the coffee maker, so I don’t really have a comparison. It works pretty well.
From Lora: Yeap, that’s what I do, too! I learned this little trick when waitressing, but if you have burnt on coffee on the inside of your pot, pour some salt to cover the bottom, then add ice cubes and swish around until the burnt on coffee is gone. Rinse well, and make more coffee.
- 1 cup each down the kitchen drain to deodorize. This worked pretty well, but I don’t like the smell of vinegar.
From Lora: This little trick works great with clogs, as well as deodorizing: Pour baking soda into the drain, then add vinegar (just like the volcano experiments when we were kids – but no need for the red food coloring!). Allow the bubbling and fizzing mix to hang out for about 10 minutes, then pour boiling water down the drain, and finish with a hot water rinse from the faucet. Honestly, I don’t trust myself carrying a boiling pot of water anywhere – I turn on the hot faucet for about 30 seconds, and make sure that the drain is running smoothly.
- Take a bag of vinegar and tie with a rubber band to clean the lime off the shower heads. This worked great! I have never done this before.
From Lora: YES! Amazing!!! Then I follow up with a toothbrush and scrub anything that might be stuck in the shower head. Don’t forget to run a bit of water through the faucet head to help rinse anything, along with the vinegar, out of there.
- 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water to clean my window blinds. I gotta say this works better than mild soapy water, because it continues to clean despite getting dirty.
From Lora: Nice!! This mix is also great for washing windows, inside and out!
- Put vinegar in each toilet bowl. I screwed this one up by waiting only 30 minutes, and should’ve waited longer, like overnight to get rid of toilet bowl rings. But in the 30 minutes i waited, it seemed to already get a start on the toilet rings.
From Lora: Hmmmm, overnight – that’s a great idea! Because I have not had great luck with just vinegar removing toilet bowl rings, either. I figure that I might need to be more diligent about the toilet cleaning, as well. So this might be more on me, and less on the vinegar.
- I am right now trying vinegar and hot water to clean my brushes and combs. That is my own improve on these cleaning techniques.
From Lora: This works great! Add a little toothbrush scrubbing at the end of the soak, and that helps get the gunk out of the comb teeth.
So, that was my whole gallon at the house gone. I will use the other gallon to mix 2 cups vinegar to 2 gallons water for mopping the restaurant, until it is gone.
Next year when I get my vinegar incorrectly delivered to me, I will use it to put in a spray bottle and spray around doorways, windows, water pipes, foundation cracks for ants (we get a lot of ants in the forest). I will also try it out for unwanted grasses/weeds.
In conclusion, none of this was really fun. But it’s winter. And I stubbed my pinky toe cleaning the blinds, and now I am googling “how to tell if your pinkie toe is broken”.
And with that my, Thrifty Sisters, feel free to join the Thrifty Sisters Vinegar Challenge. We would love to hear what you use vinegar on. May I add that spraying vinegar in running shoes (and allowing to sun dry) is one way to reduce the athletic smell, but it also makes one smell like an Easter Egg when they go for their next run. My son learned this the hard way, one track season, when the group of guys he was running with were trying to figure out what smelled like making Easter Eggs. Oops. Mom fail. And, an update on my sister’s toe – it is not broken, although the picture she sent was awful. Just a really bad sprain, and she is trying to be nice to it. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!