The Latest Wonder Substances: Vinegar & Baking Soda

Does your family spend a lot on dozens of different home- and person-cleaning products? Mine does, but I’ll bet we could save a lot of money (and recover lots of storage space) just be switching to vinegar and baking soda for many of our cleaning needs.

Of course, I’m being sarcastic when I call vinegar and baking soda "new", but it seems like this kind of thing is rediscovered every 6-12 months on the Interwebs. You can read more about vinegar and baking soda at your local public library, where you can check out a couple of books by well-known parenting know-it-all Vicki Lansky (and I’m not being sarcastic here) about vinegar and baking soda:

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If you’ve got more initiative, try gathering your own long lists of various, fabulous, versatile, fun etc uses of different simple household items. Go ahead and Google!

Now, I do know that vinegar is good for many cleaning purposes, especially for periodically cleaning the gunk out of coffee machines or taking old wallpaper off; and baking soda works a treat on getting tough baked on messes off pots and pans, as well as being a great tooth paste powder when you run out of Ipana or whatever brand you use. I’ve requested those two books from my own local public library, and hope to discover even more great ways to use vinegar and bakind soda!

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