A Better Way: Vinegar or Comet? Go na...

A Better Way: Vinegar or Comet? Go natural

There are 13 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Sep 15, 2010, titled A Better Way: Vinegar or Comet? Go natural. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

After finishing the dishes, instead of using Comet, I spray my stainless steel sink and the faucet and nobs with vinegar, then I scour the sink.

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easier

Watsonville, CA

#1 Sep 15, 2010
For prewash, in order to save water and avoid expending any personal energy, I let the dogs lick everything.
ignorance is bliss

Santa Cruz, CA

#2 Sep 15, 2010
Those products are for 2 different purposes. Each household product has its own use. Most common brand name products are the EXACT same chemical (or a mixture) as the generic. Maybe a different perfume.

Your stainless steel sink does not NEED bleaching nor scouring with an abrasive. It DOES need to be cleaned and dried after use to keep it nice looking. The vinegar acts more like a window cleaner, along with the residual dish soap to shine it up and remove greasy residue.

Scouring powder with bleach (Comet) helps remove stains and marks my white enameled-iron sink.

Better yet Bon Ami has no bleach and liquid bleach (Chlorox) has been even more effective than scouring powder.
Jack

Alamo, CA

#3 Sep 15, 2010
I use vinegar for counter tops, floors, sink, windows, kitchen, bath, you name it. Dilute with water. I put vinegar in a spray bottle with a few drops of any essential oil (geranium is nice) for general wipe ups, clean ups. I have stopped buying most other cleaning products. Vinegar and water is great for hardwood floors, too.
Mr Clean

Chesapeake, VA

#4 Sep 15, 2010
I just us dish soap diluted in a spray bottle and it works just fine. My wife likes to use vinegar but the house always smells like pickles when she's done.
What the

Oklahoma City, OK

#5 Sep 15, 2010
I'll stick with Comet thank you. Not really interested in having my home smell like my grannies douche bag...
Reality Check

San Jose, CA

#6 Sep 15, 2010
ignorance is bliss wrote:
Those products are for 2 different purposes. Each household product has its own use. Most common brand name products are the EXACT same chemical (or a mixture) as the generic. Maybe a different perfume.
Your stainless steel sink does not NEED bleaching nor scouring with an abrasive. It DOES need to be cleaned and dried after use to keep it nice looking. The vinegar acts more like a window cleaner, along with the residual dish soap to shine it up and remove greasy residue.
Scouring powder with bleach (Comet) helps remove stains and marks my white enameled-iron sink.
Better yet Bon Ami has no bleach and liquid bleach (Chlorox) has been even more effective than scouring powder.
Exactly. Can't see needing comet on stainless, but the 60 year old sink responds well. Will have to try the Bon Ami (it's really good for making windshields sparkle.)
Dear Bliss

Santa Cruz, CA

#7 Sep 15, 2010
ignorance is bliss wrote:
Those products are for 2 different purposes. Each household product has its own use. Most common brand name products are the EXACT same chemical (or a mixture) as the generic. Maybe a different perfume.
Your stainless steel sink does not NEED bleaching nor scouring with an abrasive. It DOES need to be cleaned and dried after use to keep it nice looking. The vinegar acts more like a window cleaner, along with the residual dish soap to shine it up and remove greasy residue.
Scouring powder with bleach (Comet) helps remove stains and marks my white enameled-iron sink.
Better yet Bon Ami has no bleach and liquid bleach (Chlorox) has been even more effective than scouring powder.
Chlorox is made from Chlorine -- Not so good for your lungs, Bliss! Try the vinegar and for scrubbing, add a little baking soda. A little scrubbing is good for removing flabby arms, too!
bikerscum

San Jose, CA

#8 Sep 15, 2010
Vinegar does wonders to make grout and stained toilets look like new! If the smell offends you, put a little of your favorite natural oil in it.
Specifics

United States

#9 Sep 15, 2010
Jack wrote:
I use vinegar for counter tops, floors, sink, windows, kitchen, bath, you name it. Dilute with water. I put vinegar in a spray bottle with a few drops of any essential oil (geranium is nice) for general wipe ups, clean ups. I have stopped buying most other cleaning products. Vinegar and water is great for hardwood floors, too.
What ratio of water to vinegar do you use? Or does it matter?
stacey

Lenexa, KS

#10 Sep 27, 2011
wear do i go to buy the essential oils
Holy Cow

United States

#11 Sep 30, 2011
What the wrote:
I'll stick with Comet thank you. Not really interested in having my home smell like my grannies douche bag...
What are you doing with your nose in your grannies douche bag? That's pretty twisted IMHO.*retch*
jakomos

Little Rock, AR

#12 Mar 13, 2013
Mr Clean wrote:
I just us dish soap diluted in a spray bottle and it works just fine. My wife likes to use vinegar but the house always smells like pickles when she's done.
do this as much for yourself as for her: buy her a couple of essential oils, maybe lavender and lemon. have her add a few drops of one or the other to her vinegar mixture. vinegar is great for cleaning without streaks and leaves no residue, but it stinks. you can still use it and it doesnt have to stink.

also: a steam mop is great for hardwood floors and uses only steam, no chemicals or cleaning agents.
jakomos

Little Rock, AR

#13 Mar 13, 2013
stacey wrote:
wear do i go to buy the essential oils
@stacey walmart, target, amazon, likely your local grocery has them as well.

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