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14 Ways to Save Money on Cleaning Supplies

Stacks of cash and coins and a piggy bankVinegar is one of those kitchen products that has many other uses. Here are ways you can save money by using plain white vinegar instead of buying expensive cleaning products.

  1. Clean windows using vinegar in a spray bottle and newspapers.
  2. Use vinegar to kill unwanted grass between bricks and in crevices.
  3. Relieve itching by dabbing it on bug bites.
  4. Remove winter road salt residue on car carpeting by spraying with a mixture of equal parts white distilled vinegar and water, then blot with a soft towel.
  5. Soothe sunburned skin by placing vinegar on a cotton ball and dabbing it on the sunburn.
  6. Clean food stains from pots and pans by soaking them in vinegar for 30 minutes, then rinsing in hot, soapy water.
  7. Clean rust from tools by soaking in white vinegar overnight.
  8. Remove the hazy film that builds up on the inside of car windows by spraying with white distilled vinegar.
  9. Freshen and clean the garbage disposal by pouring in one cup of vinegar, let it sit for several minutes and flushing.
  10. Preserve cut flowers and liven droopy ones by adding 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar to a quart of water in a vase.
  11. Clean soap scum in washing machine hoses and dishwashers by running a cycle with a cup of white vinegar.
  12. Clean a steam iron’s mineral deposits by filling it with white vinegar and steam ironing a rag, then repeat ironing with water to rinse the tank.
  13. Clean a coffee maker with vinegar by filling the water reservoir with 1 cup or more vinegar and run it through a whole cycle. Run it once or twice more with plain water to rinse clean. (Check the owners’ manual first.)
  14. Get rid of calcium deposits on faucets by soaking a cloth or paper towel in white distilled vinegar and wrapping the area tightly. Let this sit for a couple of hours or overnight.
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