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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Holy Wow! Vinegar can do THAT?! {Tips}

Do you ever start a project and then get pulled away by one thing or another (homework help, burning dinner, or children falling out of trees?).  Yeah, I'm sure no one ever has this problem{enter sarcasm here}! Well, of course that happened to me the other night.  By the time I came back to my painting project - what did I find?  My VERY favorite paintbrush completely encased in dried latex paint.  I had (what felt like) miles of cabinets yet to paint, a sleeping toddler, an opportunity to paint... yet my favorite brush was in no condition to do so.

Somewhere in the depths of my brain I seemed to remember hearing that vinegar could clean dried out paintbrushes.  Knowing that I didn't have much to lose I dropped it into a glass full of my cleaning solution (1/2 vinegar, 1/2 water).  I came back in about a half and hour and Lo and Behold {yes! I was pretty sure I could hear angels singing!} the paint was softening.  A little work on it under some running water and the brush was good as new!

I can only imagine how well this would've worked if I had used 100% vinegar.  I looked around on line and found that many places suggest you actually heat the vinegar a bit and let the brush soak for hours.

photo via: www.tastyexploration.com
I have long been a proponent of cleaning with vinegar ever since I learned that vinegar kills 99% of bacteria, 82% of mold, and 80% of viruses.  We all know it's environmentally healthier and is SO much cheaper than buying all sorts of glass cleaners, anti-bacterial sprays, etc.

Here are some other tricks you do with Vingear:
  • Remove mold and mildew in showers and tubs by scrubbing with vinegar
  • Remove stains from linoleum by pouring vinegar on and leaving for 10-15 minutes
  • Clean toilets and disinfect cutting boards
  • Get rid of lime and calcium build up on fixtures by soaking in vinegar for a few hours and then scrubbing with a toothbrush.
  • Deodorize your garbage disposal, microwave, and fridge.

Anyway, I was so excited I had to share!  Have a great week!
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10 comments:

  1. Wow - I love you Heather. Great post, Lori

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  2. That is SO good to know!! Love your blog!
    babblingsandmore.blogspot.com
    ~Brooke

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  3. About to start a huge painting project here - thank you!

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  4. Wow.. thanks for sharing this. I always knew that vinegar can be used for cleaning but I never thought of using it for paint brushes. This is a must try for me!Pinning it as well.

    -Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.om/

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  5. this is a great post! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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    i featured you!!!

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  7. Isn't vinegar amazing? I use it for so many things around the house! I'll have to add this one to my list. :)

    www.bluejeansncoffeebeans.blogspot.com

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  8. Vinegar is awesome. It has so many uses. Thanks for linking up to the Frugal Tuesday Tip. Would you mind adding my button or linking back to my site? Hope to see you next week.

    http://learningthefrugallife.blogspot.com

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