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It would have been at least a little bit funny if she hadn't been so upset when she called me.


My mother's dog had tracked mud across her plush, ivory carpet. So... she reached for a bottle of vinegar to treat the stains. Unfortunately, it wasn't distilled white vinegar. So she was left with colored stains from the colored vinegar. Learn from Mom's mistake: use only clear, distilled white vinegar for your cleaning.


Here are some more tips for green cleaning with vinegar.

  • DIY toilet bowl cleaner: Use pure vinegar to get rid of rings.
  • DIY window cleaner: Mix vinegar and water at a 1:4 ratio.
  • DIY all purpose and mildew cleaner: Mix vinegar and water at a 1:1 ratio. Never use vinegar on granite, marble, or other poreous surfaces.
  • DIY fabric softener: Add 1/2 cup to the rinse cycle.

By the way, if you're not wild about the smell of vinegar, fear not. The smell disappears as the vinegar dries, so your home won't be left smelling like a pickle.



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