Friday, February 26, 2010

Cool, Cool, Cool Tricks!!!

So if you have young kids you get my title, if not, go to yogabbagabba.com, fun fun stuff.  Ok, on to the cool tricks.  My dishwasher has been playing some not-so-cool tricks lately.  No matter what kind of soap I used or what setting I chose my dishes kept coming out with a soapy film all over them.  Well, lucky for me I go to church with a man who owns an appliance repair business.  So I told him all my problems and kept my fingers crossed that he wasn't going to tell me to head to Lowe's.  You will never belive what he told me to do.  You ready??  Apple cider vinegar, yep, a whole gallon of it.  Run that stinky stuff through on an empty cycle and it will clean all of the soap build up out of your pipes and hoses.  Cost me about $3 and now I have sparkly dishes again, yippee!!  Pretty cool trick don't ya think!!


As you can see in the picture I didn't use all of the vineger.  I have heard of people washing their hair with apple cider vinegar to remove styling product build up and it is supposed to leave your hair so clean and soft.  Has anyone tried this, I am just wondering how long will I smell like a pickled apple??? 

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great tip. I love cleaning things with vinegar. Does the apple cedar vinegar work better than white vinegar. I have been using the white vinegar in my bathroom sinks to dissolve mineral deposits.

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  2. I have never really used vinegar so I'm not sure if the apple cider works better or not. I just used it because that is what my repairman friend suggested. Maybe it just smells a little better.

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  3. I came across your post from tatertots and jello. Our dishwasher is doing the same thing, it sounds like. I'm very interested in this cool, cool, cool trick (yes, we watch that show...sigh). Anyway, do I just pour the vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher and do a normal wash? I really want to try this, but need a bit more info, if you don't mind. You can email me at jtomshack at gmail dot com.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. This sounds like something you could add to the calendar as something to do every so often. I'm going to give it a shot. Thanks for sharing that tip!

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  5. Jeanne-My repair man friend told me to use a whole gallon. I used the whole gallon except what you see in the picture just cause it looked like it was going to run over in the floor. Then I just turned the dishwasher on the setting I always use. I did do this while the dishwasher was empty. Depending on how bad yours is you may need to do a couple of cycles of this. I could tell a difference after the first cycle on mine. Good luck!

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  6. I'm gonna have to try this! I've used apple cider vinegar on my hair before. It makes it feel really shiny and clean. I diluted it with water though...so the smell wasn't really that bad. I read about it somewhere in a magazine. I bet you could google it and get the amount of water to dilute it with...

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  8. Thanks for the tip! Glad your dishes are all sparkly again. :)

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  9. ....YAAAA! Thanks for tip and linking to my LAME party LOL!!!

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  10. Thanks! We'll be trying this for sure!

    Have a great weekend!

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  11. I love using vinegar for "stuff"but never heard of that...my dishwasher could use some help. I am totally trying this. You have a great blog...I'll be your newest follower!

    Holly
    504 Main

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  12. You know I've done this for my washing machine when the towels were smelling funny, but never the dishwasher. Hmmm, off to put apple cider vinegar on the grocery list! Thanks!

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  13. It must be serendipity! I am having this exact problem. Thank you for sharing!!!

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  14. THANKS!!!!!!! I am soooo doing this today! thanks!!!

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  15. Vinegar is amazing stuff. We use in on our laundry when washing particularly stinky stuff. It does the same thing for your washing machine as it did for your dishwasher. Plus, it's a natural disinfectant, so you can use it instead of expensive cleaners to scrub down your kitchen and bathroom. And thanks for the chuckle with the YGG reference! ;)

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  16. Wow - that really is good to know! Thanks so much!!!

    Thanks for linking it up to my party!!!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  17. Vinegar works to strip the hair of product build-up because it's acidic. It leaves the hair soft and shiny because it closes the cuticle. Think of one strand of hair like a rope. When your hair isn't shiny, it's because your "rope" is "frayed" but when the cuticle is closed, it leaves a flat surface that reflects light better. Curly hair is hard to make shiny because the cuticle is "frayed" which helps make hair curly. That's why curly hair doesn't hold moisture as well. After rinsing the hair with vinegar, run a cold shot of water through it to shut the cuticle down even more and your hair won't smell like vinegar. When you blow dry, always point the airflow towards the ENDS of your hair to keep the cuticle closed. Flat irons make your shiny too because they close the cuticle.

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  18. How much exactly did you use?
    I have the exact same issue and it drives me insane!
    Also, this post makes miss Kroger. I moved away from mine last summer and there just isn't anything like it.

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  19. I used all but what you see left in the container in the picture. I didn't use the rest just cause it looked like it was going to overflow out of the bottom of the dishwasher. Good luck, hope it helps!

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  20. Sarah - I mop my hard wood floors with water and about a half cup of apple cider vinegar...makes my floors SO shiny and NO smears, smudges, stickiness or "foginess." Love it! Def goin to try it in the dishwasher!

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