Want a few tips on how to keep one of the most important investments (your home) in top shelf condition here in Naples, FL? Well, I’m first going to test you: Who remembers this really fun game on tv in the late 70’s early 80’s called the $10,000 Pyramid? You’re smiling so you must know what I’m talking about. If you guessed all the blocks on the pyramid, you won the top cash award. They gave one word hints and the player had to guess what all those items had in common. Some were so far off the wall a psychic couldn’t have guessed it but I’m going to make this one really easy on you. Here it goes: Appliances. Garbage Disposals. Showerheads. Windows. Old Concrete. Shower Doors. Guess it yet? You got it, vinegar! Geez, like how hard was that I already gave you a good clue. So, today, it’s all about the vinegar. Cheap. Easy. Always accessible. Here’s a few tips from the website vinegartips.com. I’ve been using it for years and not just for real estate, try 2 Tabl mixed in water with a bit of your favorite sweetener in a small glass of water to keep your internal system working. This is a trick I picked up from a friend who owns a commercial window cleaning in Edmonton and she swears by it. Oh, life is great with vinegar. Clean the microwave by mixing 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl ( according to WaterSoftenerGuide.com, hard water can prevent the proper chemistry from happening). Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Baked-on food will be loosened, and odors will disappear. Wipe clean. Deodorize the garbage disposal by pouring in 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup hot white distilled vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes then run hot water down the disposal. Or, Deodorize and clean the garbage disposal with white distilled vinegar ice cubes. Make them by freezing full-strength white distilled vinegar in an ice cube tray. Run several cubes down the disposal while flushing with cold water. To clean a scummy showerhead, pour 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup white distilled vinegar into a sandwich bag and tie it around the showerhead. Let this set for an hour after the bubbling has stopped. Remove the bag and then turn on the water. Create your own window cleaning solution by combining 1/2 cup non-sudsy ammonia, 1 cup white distilled vinegar, and 2 tablespoons cornstarch in a gallon of water. Remove the wax residue left by commercial window cleaners with a solution of 2 cups water, 1 cup white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap or detergent. Before painting old concrete, clean with full-strength white distilled vinegar. Let it air dry. Spray shower doors with full-strength white distilled vinegar after you’ve squeegeed the glass, or before you step in and turn on the water. It will help release the hard water deposits so they don’t remain on the glass. For further information or any questions on Naples real estate please contact Ruth Bethem at Ruth@RuthBethem.com or direct at 239-777-7007 or toll free 877-777-7545. Check back on Wednesday for Part II. I know it’s riveting but hang in there, Wednesday will come quick enough.