Sick and tired of using synthetic chemical cleaners? Here’s the good news: you can throw some of those bottles and spray-cans away – you probably have basic cleaners right on your kitchen shelves! So, if you’re ready for clean air (and to save some money), we’re bringing you fabulous natural cleaning tips. This week, we’re looking at vinegar.
You can use undiluted white vinegar to dissolve hard water deposits, soap scum and dirt from smooth surfaces. When you dilute white vinegar, it’s gentle enough to clean surfaces like hardwood flooring. Here are more of vinegar’s great qualities:
- White vinegar is colourless, so it doesn’t stain any grout, surface or material.
- It absorbs odours instead of masking them, and the vinegar smell disappears once it dries
- Add 1 cup of undiluted white vinegar to your laundry rinse cycle instead of commercial fabric softener. The vinegar softens your clothes without leaving any odour or chemicals to affect sensitive skin
Just mix together 1 cup of water 1 cup of white vinegar together in a spray-bottle – how easy is that?
- Kitchen: clean counter tops with the spray – also counter tops, tiles and the back splash areas.
- Bathroom: use vinegar spray cleaner to clean counter tops, the outside of the toilet and basin, and for floors.
- Stubborn soap scum in the shower? Heat the solution and spray your shower walls. Allow to stand for about 15 minutes, then scrub and rinse for a sparkling clean shower.
While vinegar and lemon juice are great cleaning aids, they can damage onyx, marble, or limestone. Avoid using them on such surfaces. Also, when using vinegar or lemon juice on the correct surfaces, such as glass, porcelain, linoleum or tiles, remember to wipe them off thoroughly.
Next week we will be looking at apple cider vinegar (ACV) and it’s health benefits.