Earlier this week, I grabbed my gallon jug of distilled white vinegar and went to work on a couple of things in my kitchen.
First, I noticed my rinse dispenser was empty in my dishwasher, so I filled it with DWV. Then I poured a cup of vinegar in a bowl, added a few slices of lemon, and put it in the microwave. I turned it on high for 90 seconds and then let it sit for 5 minutes or so.
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I ran two more cycles with clear tap water before declaring the coffee maker clean. Phew. And I filled the cats' bowl with the second pot of water (after all, the little vinegar residue will help keep fleas away). I used the third pot to wash some pans that were in the sink.
Cleaning out the microwave was a breeze after the steamy, lemony vinegar did its job. I just wiped it down with my Norwex Envirocloth. Again, not wanting to waste anything, I dumped the vinegar and lemons into the garbage disposal and freshened it and the air. Ahh, the invigorating scent of lemon.
Capping the bottle of vinegar, I set it by the basement steps to be carried back to the laundry room. After all, I had to do laundry later in the week, and I never do laundry without my DWV!
A couple of days after finally cleaning the coffee maker, it quit. Quit. Done. My husband says vinegar killed it. I think he's teasing. I mean, really. Vinegar wouldn't do that. Perhaps it just died from the shock of being clean.
Keeping it green with vinegar,