Thick and Dusty Blinds? How to Clean Them!

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There are many kinds of window coverings. Certain things in the home get neglected when it comes to cleaning. Often it is because you notice the are dirty at times when you would not necessarily be in cleaning mode. How many rooms to you have blinds in? How often to you clean the blinds? Once a year or so long ago you don't remember? How about never? Well, do not feel bad or embarrassed. You will not be alone in any of the categories you have chosen.

Aside from the clean and aesthetic value, one of the biggest problems with not staying on top of some of these neglected duties is DUST. Dust is problematic as it can play havoc on the many allergy sufferers. Dust allergies can make it difficult to breath and dust can trigger asthma symptoms. Symptoms like coughing, wheezing, a shortness of breath and tightness in the chest. There is no area that dust will not settle and invade.

The cleaning tip we are sharing comes from the 'Keep Home Simple' blog. It uses the most basic ingredients, water and distilled white vinegar. The power of white vinegar in the cleaning world seems to be one you will most often see when you are looking for more natural cleaning solutions.

So have you ever just wondered what is white vinegar? How is it made? Vinegar can be made from any fruit or material that contains sugar. The process of making vinegar has two biological processes. Fermentation and Acetobacter.

Both of these processes and both the result of the action of yeast and acetobacter that are harmless microorganisms turning sugars (carbohydrates) into acetic acid. Many foods we eat have some type of bacteria in their production like wine, chocolate, yogurt, pickles and cheese. First is fermentation and occurs when yeasts work to change a natural sugar to alcohol. This is done under controlled conditions.

Second is the process of a group of bacteria called acetobacter converting the alcohol portion into acid form. This acetic, or acid fermentation forms vinegar.

There are different types of vinegar. The strength of vinegar is measured in percentage of acetic acid present. All vinegar in North America is at least 4% and no higher than 7% acid content.

The reason vinegar is used for cleaning is because the acid cuts through the grease and grime on the surfaces you are cleaning PLUS it is safe to use because of its composition. Vinegar works to inhibit the growth of mold and bacteria.

To see how to clean your blinds, please visit the 'Keep Home Simple' website below.

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