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There are days that going into the tub or shower looks like a scene out of a bad horror movie. The stains hanging on the curtains, walls, tiles, and tub appear as if they were carefully placed like someone’s lab experiment gone awry. And, if your life is anything like mine, you‚re tempted to just give up and get whole new fixtures.

The good news is that there are items in your home right now that can help, and that also don”t break the bank. The primary solution to most issues is vinegar. It has a mild acidity that cuts through a lot of scum and lime with a little soaking. It also battles hard water deposits effectively, while deodorizing too! It doesn”t damage grout like some cleansers either. For those of you who don”t like the smell ‚ have no fear. Once vinegar dries, the odor dissipates.

The basic measure for vinegar to water for a cleansing solution to tackle kitchen and bathroom issues is one to one. If you know you’re tackling a tough stain or layers of goo, heat the blend on the stove top or microwave then spray on and wait a good 15 minutes.

The combination of heat and vinegar helps get under those stubborn spots and remove them. Note, however, that if you‚re dealing with some long-term build up, you may have to repeat the process several times to obtain significant results.

By the way, plain white vinegar without dilution helps clean out your showerhead too. Just remove it, and let it sit in vinegar for 8 hours. Rinse, and watch the results. You‚ll feel as if your water pressure’s improved at least 25 percent.

For areas that seem to need more scrubbing, look to baking soda as a friend and helpmate. It’s gentle but effective. Sprinkle it on a sponge even as you might with a cleansing powder and then get to work. If you find that’s not good enough, dampen a bit and paint it on, letting it set for a half hour then scrub.

Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge to tackle grimy bathtub rings, scour vanities, or remove food deposits from the kitchen sink. For tougher grime, make a paste of baking soda ( I use Arm and Hammer of course. And water, apply to the tub or sink, and allow to stand for 10 to 20 minutes. Dirt, soap scum and deposits soften and are easier to remove.

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