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The cleaning power of vinegar


Published: May 13, 2013

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Few people understand the full cleaning power of white distilled vinegar.  Vinegar can be very effective around the house for killing most mold, bacteria and germs due to its level of acidity.

With chrome sink fixtures, lime buildup can be an issue, especially in The Bahamas.  Use an inexpensive paste made of two tablespoons of salt and one teaspoon white distilled vinegar to help restore the fixtures to a shining condition.

Your kitchen can also benefit from this very common cleaning solution.  A soaked cloth in diluted white distilled vinegar can leave your kitchen countertops looking clean and smelling sweet once again.

I have sometimes walked into homes where drains had begun to smell due to lack of use.   Clean and deodorize your drains by pouring in one cup baking soda, then one cup hot white distilled vinegar. Let this sit for five minutes or so then run hot water down the drain.

Garbage disposals can also give your home an unpleasant scent if not treated properly.  Deodorize the garbage disposal by pouring in 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup hot white distilled vinegar.  Let sit for five minutes, then run hot water down the disposal.   You can also deodorize and clean the garbage disposal with white distilled vinegar ice cubes. Make them by freezing full-strength white distilled vinegar in an ice cube tray. Run several cubes down the disposal while flushing with cold water.

When selling your home, make sure your refrigerator is uncluttered, clean and void of foul odors. A buyer will most likely open and inspect this very important kitchen appliance while touring your home. Clean the shelves and walls of the refrigerator with a half-and-half solution of water and white distilled vinegar.

Cut the grime on the top of the refrigerator with a paper towel or cloth and full-strength white distilled vinegar.

How about those annoying tiny fruit flies over your bananas and around your kitchen? Get rid of fruit flies by setting out a small dish of undiluted white distilled vinegar close to the source.

If you are on a budget the above tips are easy and inexpensive ways to bring the best of your house before the next potential buyer arrives.

• Carmen Massoni is president of Bahama Islands Realty and has 18 years of experience in the real estate profession in The Bahamas. She has been the recipient of many international awards recognizing her as a top producer amongst her peers. If you have any questions or need real estate advice, call 322-7770 or email Carmen@BahamaIslandsRealty.com.



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