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Fabuloso Is A Latino Staple But Switching Out The Cleaner With Vinegar Helps The Planet

Growing up in a Latino household often means that you are very familiar with some kind of hardcore cleaning routine, and this time of year is no exception. In fact, according to a 2010 study by Garcia Research, 40 percent of Latinos reported the holidays as their peak season for cleaning. The study also investigated the housekeeping lessons shared between generations, revealing that cleaning is widely considered a rite of passage in Latino families, a ritual taught to jovenes by their madres y abuelas. Be that as it may, when you’re a kid, nothing te da pereza quite as much as the scent of Fabuloso rousing you awake on an early Saturday morning.

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Still, those scents have come to define many Latinos’ memories of youth and childhood, and it’s true that these characteristic products often carry over into our cleaning routines as adults. It’s no secret that Fabuloso is especially beloved, with Latino creators crafting things like Fabuloso-scented candles to keep its fragrant spirit alive. 

But perhaps your abuelita wasn’t a major proponent for Fabuloso or Jabon Zote? Maybe you were taught how to blend natural products to make your home positively reluciente? Or maybe you grew up with all the traditional favorites, but you’re curious about a more natural, low-waste approach to keeping your home clean?

No matter which category you fall into, there is one household item that covers all the cleaning bases—something you probably have in your pantry right now. Whether you want to switch up your cleaning routine or learn new uses for your favorite natural product, we’ve got you covered.

Vinegar comes in many shapes and sizes, all of which offer their own unique variety of benefits. And even if you hate the taste of this highly acidic liquid, there is no denying its impressive range of magical uses.

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While vinegar isn’t a super common staple in a Latin American kitchen—often replaced by the acidic properties of various citrus fruits (especially limes)—it’s a relatively typical component of certain salsas and adobos. But beyond its culinary uses, vinegar has serious cleaning superpowers that are totally safe, nontoxic, inexpensive, and sustainable.

Distilled White Vinegar

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All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

In a spray bottle, combine 1 cup of distilled white vinegar with 3 cups of water and use on literally everything. You can use this solution to achieve streak-free windows, perfectly clean stovetops, showers, and tile floors. If you don’t love its astringent smell, let the vinegar sit in a jar with your favorite herbs, like thyme, rosemary, lavender, or eucalyptus (lemon or lime peels would also be an amazing addition), then strain and mix with water.

Microwave Cleaner

The microwave is truly a gift from the heavens—how else would you heat up your Cup o Noodles at the end of an especially spendy month? We all know how asqueroso the microwave can get, but vinegar is the perfect solution. To get rid of any weird smells or cooked on food, combine ¼ cup of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave on high until the mixture comes to a boil and steam forms on the window. Let the window cool slightly, then wipe away any residue.

Sink Drain Cleaner

La cocina can be one of the grossest parts of your home—a 2012 study proved that kitchen sinks may harbor more bacteria than the darkest corners of the bathroom, and although vinegar and lemon can clean some bacteria, they aren’t capable of killing the most harmful. Still, if a strange smell is emanating from your sink drain, pouring 1 cup of distilled white vinegar down the drain once a week, letting it sit for 30 minutes, then rinsing with cold water can help keep the bowels of your sink super fresh.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Fabric Softener/Laundry Detergent

This one’s pretty simple: add ½ cup – 2 cups of apple cider vinegar (depending on what it is you’re washing) during the last rinse cycle, to remove any potentially-irritating soap residue and leave your clothes in a perfectly comfortable and anti-microbial state.

Hair Rinse and Conditioner Alternative

Apple cider vinegar is packed with nutrients that support healthy skin and hair, including B vitamins, vitamin C and potassium. And for those who experience conditions like dandruff, apple cider vinegar can offer relief due to its antimicrobial properties. It is also anti-inflammatory, which means that it can guard against the inflammation response that often leads to a dry, flaky scalp. All you have to do is mix 2-4 tbsp of raw apple cider vinegar with 16 oz of water in a spray bottle. Spray your hair from the scalp to the ends after your typical shampoo routine, and voila—super soft, shiny, and healthy hair.

READ: There’s A New Latina Candle Collection Inspired By Smells From Your Childhood

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New York Times Square New Years Eve Celebration Canceled

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New York Times Square New Years Eve Celebration Canceled

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For the first time in 114 years, the Times Square New Years Eve party has been canceled. The famous New Year’s Eve gathering is a major part of the New Year’s Eve celebration with people cramming into Times Square to watch the ball drop to mark the new year. This year, everything about the celebration is changing because of Covid.

New Year’s Eve in Times Square has been canceled.

The in-person celebration with crowds packing into the intersection to watch the ball drop is going virtual. Like the Emmys earlier this month, and countless other events, the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration is all virtual. The decision to cancel the in-person part of the Times Square Ball Drop is, well, Covid, of course.

“One thing that will never change is the ticking of time and the arrival of a New Year at midnight on December 31st,” Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, said in a statement. “But this year there will be significantly new and enhanced virtual, visual and digital offerings to complement whatever limited live entertainment or experiences – still in development — will take place in Times Square. And because any opportunity to be live in Times Square will be pre-determined and extremely limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be the opportunity to participate virtually wherever you are.”

We still don’t have a lot of details about the virtual aspect of New Year’s Eve, we are all waiting.

According to a statement, the organizers realize that Covid has been the dominating force of 2020. The celebration always includes aspects of the major events from the previous year into the experience. The socially distanced handful of honorees and lack of an audience is a clear representation of the still real Covid crisis.

Some people are really upset about the decision to cancel the celebration.

It is one of those iconic moments so many people dream of doing. It is a once-in-a-lifetime moment for so many. The Times Square Ball Drop is something that most Americans recognize thanks to the dominant role the ball drop played on New Year’s Eve growing up. It is basically tradition to have the NYE party playing on the TV.

New Yorkers are confused about why anyone would want to do that.

New Yorkers avoid Times Square at all costs. It isn’t a convenient or super enjoyable part of town. It is packed with tourists who don’t know where they are going and NYE is about the worst it gets for Times Square. Now, the ball drop is impressive and something so many people consider an iconic moment in the holiday celebration.

“We will miss everyone this year but we will bring our celebration to you, whether you want to turn off and turn away from the bad news of 2020, or turn to the new year with a sense of hope, renewal and resolution, you’ll be able to join us virtually like never before as part of the Times Square 2021 celebration,” Jeff Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment, said in a statement.

But, mainly, people just want 2020 to be over.

This year has been a hard year for so many. People have lost their jobs and their loved ones as the virus runs through the U.S. Covid-19 is still a real threat to people, especially the vulnerable population.

READ: Nearly 9,000 Unaccompanied Child Migrants Have Been Expelled From the U.S. Under Trump’s COVID-19 Restrictions

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This Laundry Detergent Cap Hack Will Blow Your Mind

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This Laundry Detergent Cap Hack Will Blow Your Mind

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Moms have blessed us with an amazing laundry fact that has apparently been around forever. Turns out that plastic lid cup that comes with your washing detergent is so much than for measuring liquid.

A little known fact was shared in the private Facebook group Mums Who Clean and the tip-off has reeled in millions of comments and views.

While all of us probably use the lids of our detergent bottles for measuring out the soup it turns out you’re meant to put the plastic lid or cup into the wash with your load. That way all of the detergent soap can be rinsed from it. This means that not only do your clothes get the exact amount of detergent it needs but it also means that this method will keep you from getting that messy soap up in your cup.

When the load is finished you scoop out the squeaky clean cup and use it for next time!

Don’t forget to be careful!

This hack doesn’t apply to all caps. Some brands will specify that the cup can’t be added i to your wash. According to news.com.au “There could be a risk of damaging parts and components, within the bowl itself, in relation to the agitator…It could get caught or trapped under the agitator or damage the fins of the agitator. Also it could damage the plastic cup you put in, resulting in bits of plastic going through your clothes.”

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