White Vinegar: The best rinse aid ever

I really wish I could’ve made the word “ever” look like ever” because white vinegar really is that good at, basically everything. I’ve been reading a bunch of different articles online about how baking soda and vinegar are pretty much the answer to every cleaning question you will ever have for the rest of your life. Case in point:

Here are some pictures of what my dishes looked like before using vinegar in the dishwasher and after we started using it. I took pictures with the flash and without the flash to highlight the residue that used to be on our dishes after coming out of the wash.

Amazing no? I know I was impressed the first time I pulled the dishes out after using it. Now vinegar as become a staple to our dishwasher. I pour quite a bit into the rinse aid compartment and check on it every week or so to see if it needs to be refilled. The best part about this is how much cheaper it is than buying a rinse aid. It costs a lot more for 1 bottle of Jet Dry (which only lasts a few washes) than it does for a bottle of white vinegar that will last for months! Also, white vinegar is a lot greener (greener? more green?) earth friendly than any commercial rinse aid which is nothing but artificial chemicals. So if you’re looking for a cheap way to get your dishes truly clean and spot-free look no further than the white vinegar bottle that is already sitting on your shelf!

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30 Day, 20 Minute Cleaning Schedule

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Yes I’m back. Sorry about the week long hiatus I took there. I was pretty much dead to the world last week from Wednesday evening until Sunday night with the worst sore throat I can ever remember having. It nearly killed me, it did. The only things that kept me alive were sugar-free popsicles, lots of them. I mean 5 bags of popsicles consumed over 4 days (we bought them Thursday) with each bag containing 12 twin pops (the ones with the two sticks in them). That’s 60 popsicles people!! And I bought the sugar-free ones because I knew I was going to eat tons of them and I didn’t want to gain 300 pounds from my self-prescribed popsicle binge. Even though I was feeling much better by Sunday I still came home, ate another popsicle and went promptly to sleep for the next few days after that. It wasn’t until yesterday evening that I finally felt completely well enough to start picking all the things that I dropped like a ton of bricks the week before. So, this is me picking my blog back up. Read the rest of this entry »


Cleaning: Uses for Dryer Sheets

I couldn’t decide whether or not to classify this as “saving” or “cleaning” but since I haven’t had a Cleaning post lately, I figured to call this a cleaning.  Just like baking soda and vinegar, there are a lot of other uses for dryer sheets besides what they do in the dryer (post about the many uses for baking soda and vinegar coming….eventually). Here are a list of the things I actually use dryer sheets for.

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