The Ultimate Cleaning Your House with Vinegar Quiz

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The Ultimate Cleaning Your House with Vinegar Quiz
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Vinegar is such a versatile substance. You know you can use it for cooking and for dressing salads, but did you know you can use it afterward to clean the mess? Vinegar can help remove grease buildup, prevent mildew, and even unclog a sink! Take our quiz and learn about the many ways you can use vinegar to clean.
Which room do the majority of people consider the most difficult to clean?
the bathroom
the kitchen
There's no question that for most people the kitchen poses more cleaning challenges than any other room. Between the grease, the flour, the spills, and the foot traffic, no other room takes so much abuse.
the den

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The first step to removing build up from a coffee maker is to do what?
Buy a new filter.
Run a cycle of water and vinegar.
Run your coffee maker as though you were making coffee, but use regular water plus 1/4 of a cup of vinegar; this will clear the build up.
Soak the coffee maker in vinegar for one hour.

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After you've run a vinegar cycle, what should you do to remove the vinegar odor from your coffee maker?
Soak the pot in water for an hour.
Run a cycle or two using just water.
You don’t want to drink vinegar scented coffee, so remember to run one or two cycles using just water to remove the odor of the vinegar.
Spray the pot with air freshener, and wipe clean.

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To remove mineral deposits that have developed inside a teakettle, what should you do?
Wipe down the pot with a sponge soaked in vinegar.
Soak the pot in a solution of salt water and vinegar for 20 minutes.
Boil water and 1/2 of a cup of vinegar in the kettle for about 15 minutes.
Tea kettles can develop mineral deposits over the years, especially if your area has hard water. To start, fill the pot with water and 1/2 of a cup of vinegar, and boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse the pot.

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To clean a teapot, what should you do?
Soak the pot in vinegar over night.
Boil a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar for a few minutes, let the water sit for an hour, and rinse the pot.
Unlike with tea kettles, to clean a tea pot you will need a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar. Boil the mixture for a few minutes, let stand for an hour, and then rinse the pot.
Wipe the inside of the pot with a rag that has been soaked in vinegar and salt.

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If you find that the drain lines on your dishwasher are clogged, what should you do?
Remove the drain lines and soak them in vinegar over night.
Run three complete cycles using soap, vinegar, and ammonia.
Run the rinse cycle using vinegar.
Vinegar is great for clearing clogged drain lines. Run the rinse cycle with an empty dishwasher, using 1/2 of a cup of vinegar. This will also deodorize the machine.

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How can vinegar help you keep your microwave clean?
Wipe down the oven with a hand towel soaked on vinegar.
Boil water and vinegar in the microwave for a few minutes, and then wipe down the oven with a sponge.
It seems impossible to keep a microwave clean, but vinegar can help. Boil a cup of water, plus 1/4 of a cup of vinegar, in the microwave for 3 minutes, let the oven cool, and then wipe down the oven with a sponge.
Pour vinegar into the microwave, set on high for 30 minutes, and then wipe down with paper towels.

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How often should you clean the vents of your oven hoods?
twice a week
twice a month
twice a year
Oven hoods will collect grease over time, and could eventually become clogged. Clean them with vinegar twice a year.

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For how long should you soak your oven hoods in vinegar to remove grease build up?
15 minutes
When you do your semi-annual oven hood cleaning, you should soak the vents for about 15 minutes in a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 3 cups water.
3 hours
over night

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How should you use vinegar to prevent mildew from building up in your fridge?
Wipe down the fridge with a sponge soaked in vinegar.
Vinegar is perfect for fighting mildew. Just wipe down the inside of the fridge with a sponge soaked in vinegar. You don't even need to wipe it off or dry it!
Keep an open bottle of vinegar in the fridge at all times.
Empty the fridge, turn it off, pour vinegar over the top shelf, and let it sit for 24 hours.

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When using a double boiler, you can prevent discoloration by doing which of these?
Soak the main pot in vinegar after each use.
Use vinegar instead of water.
Add a small amount of vinegar -- 1 teaspoon -- each time you use the boiler.
You can add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to the water you use in a double boiler, to help prevent discoloration. This method will work just as well with egg poachers.

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What is the best way to deal with a really greasy frying pan?
Throw them out.
Soak them in vinegar and salt for three days.
Simmer 1/4 of an inch of water with 1/2 of a cup of vinegar for about 10 minutes.
Let's face it: frying pans can end up looking and smelling really disgusting after a while. Rather than throw them out, fill them up with 1/4 of an inch of water and 1/2 of a cup of vinegar, and let them simmer for about 10 minutes. The oil buildup, and the smell, should clear up easily.

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The stains on aluminum pans can be removed by which of these methods?
Boil the pans in a kettle full of water and a touch of vinegar.
No one likes to see those dark stains that develop on aluminum pans. Boil the pans in a kettle that has enough water to cover up the pans, as well as 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
Boil the pans in a kettle full of vinegar.
Boil the pans in a mixture of vinegar, salt, and rubbing alcohol.

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Broiler pans collect a lot of grease. How do you remove it?
Soak the hot pan with 2 cups of vinegar and 1/2 of a cup of sugar.
The best way to remove cooked-on grease is to soak the pan while it's still hot, for an hour, using 2 cups of vinegar and 1/2 of a cup of sugar.
Rub the pan down with a vinegar-soaked sponge.
Fill the pan with vinegar, and put it in the broiler at 450 degrees for two hours.

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How do you get rid of the odor produced by the rubber seal of your garbage disposal?
Soak it in salt water with 3 teaspoons of vinegar.
Soak it in vinegar for an hour.
Over time, the rubber seal of the garbage disposal will develop a strong odor. Remove the seal, soak it in vinegar for an hour, and it should be fine.
Soak it in a mixture of bleach, vinegar, salt, sugar, and rubbing alcohol.

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Which of these solutions will help unclog a sink?
a mixture of vinegar, sugar, and vegetable oil.
a mixture of vinegar, salt, and baking soda.
Drano isn't the only solution for a clogged sink. Try a mixture of vinegar, salt, and baking soda.
a mixture of vinegar and bleach.

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If you find mineral deposits around your faucets, what should you do?
Buy a new faucet.
Pour vinegar all over the faucet.
Spray some vinegar on the deposits, let the vinegar soak in, and then use a toothbrush to remove the build up.
Spray some vinegar on the area, let it sit for about 15 minutes, and then use a toothbrush to remove the deposits.

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How often should you use vinegar to wipe your countertops?
daily
Try wiping your countertops with regular vinegar daily.
weekly
monthly

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Which type of vinegar is best for cleaning tile and grout?
rice vinegar
white wine vinegar
apple cider vinegar
If you use apple cider vinegar, your kitchen will not only be clean, it will have a pleasant smell.

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You should remove heavy buildup from wood with vinegar and what other ingredient?
sugar
salt
Vinegar and salt combine very well to remove build up from wood.
pepper

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