I've been using a lot of old-fashioned things for unusual uses lately. Like vinegar - for example - is great for cleaning out drains when you mix it with bi-carb soda. That bubbling effect is fantastic! I love how it fills the whole sink and looks like something that'll take over everything; and yet it disappears down the drain and won't harm the environment. My plumber has even told me that vinegar and bi-carb are the only things you should be putting down your drains as they don't eat away your pipes.
Vinegar is also great for washing floors. Well, okay, not just washing your floors. Use the Handy Andy, but once that's done, get a hot bucket of water, throw in some vinegar and give your floor another going over with it. This makes sure your floor is easier to tidy up when you drop something that might stick - like cheese. And believe me, I've tried it and it works! It's great.
I also throw vinegar into my laundry instead of softener; as I'm allergic to ordinary clothes softener. That stuff just makes my skin itch like no tomorrow; so I asked Mum what Grandma used to use and she told me vinegar. And once I began using it about 5 years ago, I didn't stop. Then, when my washing machine began to grind and I had to get the maintenance guy out to fix it (to put in what he called 'goop' to keep me from having to replace the gearbox), took the whole tub out and was amazed there was no build-up. He said my machine was nice and shiny and asked what softener I used - if any - and I said vinegar. He grinned and said that I was the first young person to figure out that washing machines aren't built to take all the build-up from the softeners. And you know, my clothes are as soft as anyone else's, and they don't stink of anything like apples; just nice and clean.
And I use Earth Choice washing liquid... great stuff that. But be sure to read the instructions and not just throw it all onto your clothes. The stuff can't come in direct contact with your clothes or you'll end up with white spots all over them. I've seen somebody borrow some of it off me, not read the back of the container and wreck her housemate's washing - and his clothes weren't cheap.
The best thing I've found lately is to throw in a quarter cup of Bi-Carb Soda into my wash to make my laundry liquid work harder. And it works! I've done it a few times and there's no build-up and it works well with the vinegar too. The best thing is that there's no smell to Bi-Carb Soda; and it soaks up bad smells too.
In my last post, I told you that one of my drink containers made my milk taste like garlic. Now, through washing up and using the same scourers on other things as well, the strong herb got into the container and permeated into the milk. It was the most disgusting thing I had ever tasted and made me want to puke! I told a friend about it last night; and she had read it in my post. She advised me to get some Bi-Carb of Soda and fill the container up with it - dry - and leave it overnight. Then, toss it out and rinse out the container in the morning. So, once we finished our conversation, I did just that. And this morning, I took it out of the cupboard, tossed out the Bi-Carb and took a smell after washing it out - and the smell was gone! Brilliant stuff this Bi-Carb! I also have a box of it in my fridge; hiding away in the back of it somewhere to absorb the smells of anything that's gone off or mouldy.