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Vinegar: The Great White Wonder . . . and Aprons!

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Oct. 9th, 2008 | 08:38 am
posted by: pepperedmoth in frugalgreen

Just for the record, I am not posting to stroke my own ego, but rather to prove that this CAN be an active community and other people CAN post. So . . . post, people, post!

Onto the fun.

Tip of the day: Vinegar. Vinegar cleans everything, is cheap, and is environmentally friendly- thus making it a prime candidate for discussion here! Look, vinegar: doesn't this remind YOU of Bob Dylan? (Come on, someone, get the reference . . .)




When I scrub out the compost bucket (as I did yesterday) I rinse it in the sink, then fill it with very hot water and a generous splash of white vinegar. After it soaks for an hour or so, the bucket is smell-free.

We have very hard water. When my teapot fills with scale, I fill it with . . . vinegar. Wait overnight, and the scale is gone. By the same token, I dilute apple cider vinegar in water and rinse my hair with it in order to remove the chemical buildup that comes with our water.

The shower curtain liner. My house-cleaning pet peeve is GROSS, soap-scum stained, YUCKY shower curtain liners. Just throwing them in the wash doesn't work; the soap scum stays. Have I mentioned GROSS? But an extra rinse cycle with a cup of white vinegar removes the scum and makes them come out sparkly. Sweet.


Really, there's not much in my house that I can't clean with vinegar, baking soda, or kosher salt (salt cleans black residue off pans like nobody's business).

Now, for the second half of our post today (oh, dear, what will I post tomorrow?) I bring you: HOME SEWING!

I am a domestic girl, and also rather crafty. For some time I had been craving after an apron to wear while bustling around the kitchen. I am messy and if I even look at flour, or a tomato, it is suddenly all over my clothes. Now, home sewing is sometimes frugal, sometimes green . . . and sometimes not. In this case, I already owned the fabric, and I didn't have to buy a pattern; I already owned one from this fabulous book. Highly recommended.

I also have the coolest sewing machine known to man.



My husband-to-be found this beautiful machine in pieces, in a thrift store, for twenty bucks. He then bought some red oak (this wasn't frugal, but it was for my Christmas present), and built the table to fit the machine, which he carefully cleaned, oiled, and put back together. It is a Minnesota Model A from 1910. Yes, that is a treadle (green!). I do all my sewing on this sweet beast. It only goes forward. No backwards, no zig-zag, but the presser foot and the stitch length are both adjustable and it works beautifully, after almost a hundred years.



I use it quite often, for various projects that do not require zig-zag or anything fancy. All of our curtains come from this machine, for example (and are also made out of discarded bedsheets- frugal! green!). And two days ago, I made this with it!



I am so proud! I bought the fabric while traveling in Samoa (not green, but paid for by my university, so rather frugal) for the equivalent of $8. The brown binding is grosgain ribbon left over from another project. The red binding I had to buy new (from Wal-Mart. Shame! Frugal, but not green. I am not perfect). Look! It has pockets! I can put things in them! It is cute! I made it on a treadle sewing machine from 1910 that only goes forward!


So, uh, that's the news from Lake Woebegone. Be well, do good work, and keep in touch. And by keep in touch, I mean- POST!

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ME ME ME ME ME

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from: isabella_
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
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OH I have Kosher salt...any particular way you clean your pans with it? You mean the bottoms right...I have copper ones, will it still work?

And I also HATE HATE the scum on shower liners...GROSS!!

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Biston Betularia

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from: pepperedmoth
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
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Nope, I meant the inside (like when you burn something to the pan), but I bet you could try with the bottom. I just throw some salt on and scrub with a damp green scrubby.

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Today

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from: caramia
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
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Oh vinegar, how do I love thee....LOTS.
Vinegar works as both a disinfectant and fabric softener in the laundry. I use it on my cloth diapers. I also rinse my floors with it (diluted) after washing them with dish soap (plant based, biodegradable and phosphate free)and water.

Vinegar and tea tree oil have the same antibacterial properties but vinegar costs less, but tea tree oil smells awesome. So I use vinegar on the big jobs like laundry and floors and I use TTO (a couple drops in a couple cups of water mixed iin a spray bottle)on smaller jobs like counter tops.

Yourf sewing machine is gorgeous. The stand is even more beautiful. Isn`t it AWESOME having a handy s|o (Mine is a carpenter)

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Biston Betularia

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from: pepperedmoth
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
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You use cloth diapers? You rock. Thanks for the tea tree oil tip- it's so expensive that I don't use it much, but a few drops would be more affordable and really make a difference.

Hey, mine is a carpenter, too! :-)

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jymdyer

Pedal Power

from: jymdyer
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
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=v= My main cleaning challenge is bicycle chain grease. I use a commercial product for that (Ecover stain remover), but I should see how well vinegar works.

I had a roommate with one of those sewing machines, minus the actual sewing machine. We tried to hook the foot treadle up with blenders and such, but it wasn't the best match. We had better luck with a bicycle setup (which again means a little grease). Here's the setup, from a 1977 book that's sadly out of print:

http://www.amazon.com/Pedal-Power-James-C-McCullagh/dp/0878571787

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Re: Pedal Power

from: caramia
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
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Lemon juice makes a much better degreaser than vinegar. Just my $0.02.

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Biston Betularia

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from: pepperedmoth
date: Oct. 10th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
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Totally concur on that one. That's what I add to my dishes, when I have it.

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from: _kommando_
date: Oct. 17th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
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oh, if only appliances today were made to last 100 years!
another thing i use vinegar for? cleaning the bath tub! i put a little bit of very, very hot water in the tub, put in lots of vinegar and let it sit (and steam up the bathroom) and then when i go to wipe out the tub and shower, the soap scum just wipes right away. i have to admit though, some spots i use a biodegradable, green spray. but vinegar gets most of it done!

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