5 Effective Uses of Vinegar for Non Toxic Cleaning
Whether you have toddlers, or pets, or teenagers, or just a big, active household in general, there are a lot of messes being made every minute! If you’re like me, you probably find yourself reaching for some kind of cleaner many, many times a day.
Even though there are some decent mainstream options that don’t have tons of questionable chemicals, a lot of times these are not budget-friendly for a big household. This is when making your own simple cleaners with basic ingredients is the perfect solution. (No pun intended.)
White vinegar is one of the safest and most effective “green” ingredients for cleaning. It has natural disinfecting qualities and is very inexpensive (about $3 for a gallon). The vinegar-y smell goes away once it has dried, I promise. In fact, vinegar is very good at getting rid of other odors. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to make it smell nicer if you like. A few of my favorite essential oils for cleaning are DoTerra Purify, On Guard, Peppermint, Lemon, Wild Orange, and Melaleuca.
Here are just a few everyday uses for vinegar
#1 Fabric softener and deodorizer-just fill up the softener compartment in your washer
#2 Hard water deposit remover- use on faucets, shower heads, glass shower doors, etc.
#3 Spray deodorizer/disinfectant-mix 1:1 with water in a spray bottle for glass & mirrors, pet messes, pee on the walls (is it just my boys?)…just don’t use it on granite or stone–it can cause damage to the surface over time
#4 Microwave spray cleaner-spray inside surfaces and then heat a cup of water for an easy microwave cleaning
#5 Stainless steel pot & pan spray-spray your dirty pots a minute or two before washing to make food deposits much easier to remove
I love that I can involve my kids in the cleaning tasks around the house without worrying about the chemicals they are being exposed to.
A gallon of white vinegar costs only a few dollars, so in addition to cutting down on the toxins in your home, it will save you money, too. Win, win! How else do YOU use vinegar around the house?