Synthetic or Distilled Vinegar, Is It the Same as Apple Cider Vinegar for Cleaning?

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Dear Home-Ec 101, I came across your blog via Stumbleupon... I thought you would be the right person to ask this question... In a lot of homemade cleaning products people use vinegar as a component. I get only the synthetic vinegar here in India. I do get apple cider vinegar but its far too expensive (Rs 160 per 0.5L against Rs 30 per 1L of ...

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How to Use Bleach Safely

How to Use Bleach Safely

Heather says:I received a concerning email, yesterday, that made me realize it was time to send this post out again as a reminder.This is the first in our series on household chemicals.Over the past few years, I have gotten the impression that many people are using chlorine bleach¹ in an unsafe manner. Chlorine bleach aka sodium ...

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Is Vinegar an Acceptably Safe Alternative for Chlorine Bleach when Disinfecting

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Dear Home Ec 101,Can one substitute vinegar -lots of it- for the bleach when cleaning and disinfecting? I can't be around bleach, it triggers SEVERE migraines.Signed, Pickled in PickensHeather says:There are certain times where I am reluctant to give a hard answer. In our litigious climate, I'm sure you can understand my ...

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Oxygen Bleach an Introduction

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Heather says:Welcome to the another installment of the series on Common Household Chemicals.I think I was a kid when Billy Mays first showed up on my radar. He pitched Oxyclean late into the night and I'd sit there fascinated watching the red swirl away and magically disappear. Oxyclean is just a brand name for oxygen bleach or sodium ...

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Mattress Cleaning and Other Indoor Sports

How to clean your mattress

Dear Home-Ec 101, What is the best way to clean a mattress? Dec 2008 I splurged and upgraded from a queen bed to a fabulously huge king size bedset. I'm wondering what is the best way to clean the mattress? I have a small "spot" cleaner by Hoover (I think) - and I use that to get stains/spills - thank goodness there have only been a few. But I've ...

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