Does the Combination of Vinegar and Baking Soda Make a Good Cleaning Solution?

You’ve probably noticed that there have been a lot of advertisements lately, claiming that a combination of vinegar and baking soda produces an effective, all purpose cleanser. The question is; is it a reliable claim? I mean, I think just about all of us has used one or both of these substances individually for a number of reasons including household chores. It kind of makes sense that they’d work together as well right? The answer is actually no because when baking soda and vinegar are mixed together, they end up neutralizing each other. Here’s a little information about both ingredients before we get into the details.
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How to Reduce Dust – You’ll Love these Simple Dusting Tips

Wouldn’t it be great if we could simply shout out “Dust Be Gone” and it magically disappeared? Well, unfortunately that’s not an ability any of us has. We all have dust in our homes, but it’s important to deal with it and for more than appearance reasons. Did you know that household dust contains toxic chemicals? That’s right, chemicals like phthalates, detergent compounds, pesticides and many others have been detected in household dust. Obviously, the best way to protect yourself and avoid an accumulation of dust is to get rid of it before it gets out of hand and re-circulates into the air. Sorry to say, it’s going to take more than a traditional feather duster to reduce dust in your home (they just move it around). Instead, try these easy dust reducing tips:
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Oil Based Stains

Some of the toughest stains to remove are oil based. The good news is that these hard to remove stains can be removed using dish detergent; one of the best and least expensive stain removers out there. Just gently rub a bit of dish soap into the oil stain before washing the item in the hottest water the fabric can safely take.