Vinegar: A Safe and Efficient Green Cleaner
Commercial cleaning products are some of the most toxic stuff that we keep around
Most regular store-bought cleaners contain a load of chemicals and substances that are not only unhealthy for you and your family to breath and come into contact with, but that also have a bad impact on Earth’s soil and waterways.
While we know it’s important to keep viruses and bacteria at bay, it’s also very important not to fill our home environment with toxic chemicals.
Home Chemical Facts
The EPA reports that:
- Levels of air pollution inside the homes can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels.
- Phosphates are still present in some cleaning detergent. Phosphates that end up in the waterways cause algae to bloom which deplete oxygen and kill fish.
- Some furniture polishes contain phenol, a toxic crystalline acid compound that was used by the Nazis to execute prisoners during WWII.
What Is White Distilled Vinegar?
If you want to take action to get rid of all the harsh chemicals cleaners that you have under the counter, but you are not sure where to begin, vinegar is the perfect ally to make the switch easy.
White distilled vinegar is a mild acid derived from the fermentation of dilute alcoholic liquids; it can be used to safely clean the house and the things in it. Vinegar can disinfect, dissolve soap scums, clean glass, and even be used as fabric softener.
What Can You Clean With Vinegar?
- Prevent mold in the shower by spraying daily a diluted vinegar solution. Be careful on tile walls, because vinegar is acid and can etch the tiles or grout.
- Combat odors by using a fine-mist spray of vinegar mixed with several drops of your favorite essential oil.
- Clean windows and mirrors with a mix of equal parts of water and vinegar. Dry with crumpled newspaper or a dry cloth. Your glass will be gleaming ad streakless.
- Remove water marks from furniture rubbing a mixture of vinegar and olive oil in equal parts. Rub with the grain and polish.
- Clean your stove-top baked-on grease with a paste of baking soda, white vinegar, and a bit of water. Coat range for five minutes before scrubbing off.
- Clean your garbage disposal by running it with vinegar cubes. Make the vinegar cubes by filling an ice tray with one cup of vinegar and filling it with water until full, place it in the freezer, when frozen run the garbage disposal with the vinegar cubes inside, then let cold water run for a minute. This will keep you garbage disposal clean and odorless.
More Ways to Use Distilled Vinegar Around the House
- Deodorize the kitchen drain by pouring a cup of vinegar down the drain once a week, let stand for ten minutes, then run some cold water.
- Keep a spray bottle with diluted vinegar in the bathroom to quickly wipe down sinks, mirrors, and sanitize faucets and toilets.
- In your laundry, add 1/4 cup of white vinegar during the last rinse cycle; it removes yellowing, acts as fabric softener, and inhibits growth of mold and mildew.
- Sanitize children's toys with diluted vinegar, especially after a play date.
- To unclog drains, pour 1/3 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/3 cup of vinegar. The chemical reaction can break down clogs. Rinse with a pot full of boiling water.
Cleaning Properties of White Distilled Vinegar
- Wood and glass cleaner
- Stain remover
- Tarnish remover
- Hard water deposit remover
- Greasy build up remover
- Mold Inhibitor
Did you know you could use vinegar as a cleaner?
Other Safe and Efficient Natural Cleaners
Non-toxic cleaners really work: they clean better, they smell better, and they can save you money. Below are some other safe and natural products that can be used as cleaners.
- Lemon Juice
- Baking soda
- Club soda
- Olive oil
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
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© 2012 Robie Benve