More and more people every around the world are turning to natural household cleaning products as a solution to turn away from toxic chemical cleaners. But what many may not know is that vinegar also has a lot of uses even outside of being a kitchen ingredient.
There’s nothing like fresh spring weather to make you crave a clean house. But there are a couple of things that really bug me about traditional cleaners – the wheeze-inducing fumes of chemicals like ammonia and bleach, for one thing. Then, of course, there’s the cost.
The thing is, there’s a cheaper cleaner sitting right in your pantry – white vinegar. It doesn’t cost much, and it’s also non-toxic. There are a million and one things you can do with vinegar that don’t just involve making salad dressing. As a cleaner, it’s unbeatable and, no, your house won’t smell like pickles – the smell dissipates within a few minutes, unlike traditional ammonia based cleaners.
Here are 12 ways you can use vinegar to help make your home cleaner – and greener – this spring and beyond. And in the same vein, check out our article on 10 recipes for natural household cleaners.
1. Scour your sink, tub and floors: Blend a quarter cup of baking soda, a tablespoon of liquid soap and enough vinegar to make it a bit creamy and you’ve got a great substitute for chemical scrub cleaners.
2. Clean your counters: Pour white vinegar undiluted on a cloth and freshen up your counters.