We all want a clean home don’t we?! 🏠 We’re all trying to keep our loved ones healthy and keep any yucky viruses and bacteria at bay. 🦠
But did you know that most common household cleaners contain many TOXIC chemicals that could be harming your family long term?! ☠️
A scary fact: studies have shown that the chemical compounds often found in household cleaners can cause elevated risk of:
Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity
And even cancer
Ugh - cleaning supplies are supposed to be ridding your home of bad stuff, not adding to it – much less potentially making you sick! 😳
What’s worse, the labels on most cleaning products don’t even tell you about most of the really nasty stuff that’s inside them, as the government only requires companies to list “chemicals of known concern” on their labels which is quite suspect. 🤔
However, there is one magical and NATURAL cleaning product that you probably already have in your home: VINEGAR!!
Here are some of the benefits of using vinegar to clean. It:
Is truly non-toxic
Acts as a mild disinfectant
Is safe to use around pets and children
Leaves no harmful residue
Can be used as a multipurpose cleaner
Is cheaper than other household cleaners
Vinegar is made by fermenting a product like wine, apple juice, grain, barley, or rice, and then allowing the natural bacteria in the solution to “eat” the alcohol that was created in the process. Thus, vinegar’s acidity is what makes it such a good cleaner 🧹 Because vinegar is so acidic, it can counteract some icky build ups such as soap scum, brines left by hard water, and glue left behind by stickers. It is also great for giving windows and mirrors, no-wax floors, and wood paneling or cabinets an extra-clean shine! ✨
BE CAREFUL, though, because vinegar that is too concentrated can stain delicate fabrics, and there are other surfaces where vinegar can do more harm than good. Using it on natural stone 💎 like granite or marble can scratch it.
To help you out, here’s a list of what you CAN clean with vinegar:
1. Windows 🪟
➡️ Instead of spending money on window cleaners, make your own! Try mixing 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water and dispense it with a spray bottle. Squirt on, then wipe off with a dry cloth.
2. Dishwashers 🍽
➡️ We recommend placing a large glass measuring cup filled with two cups of vinegar on the top rack, then running the machine as usual – no detergent, no heat dry! This will deep-clean your appliance.
3. Towels 🧻
➡️ When towels start to feel stiff, toss them into your washing machine with ½ cup of white vinegar – and no detergent. This will help remove detergent residue and minerals that are making them feel scratchy.
4. Carpet 🪑
➡️ Battle carpet stains, like wine, by mixing one tablespoon of hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Use a clean white cloth or sponge to apply a little bit at a time, blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears.
5. Supermarket produce 🍎
➡️ Vinegar may help remove bacteria and pesticide residues from fruits and veggies. Mix three parts water to one part white vinegar and dispense in a spray bottle. Then rinse with water.
6. Stubborn glue and grease ✂️
➡️ If you’re having trouble getting that annoying sticky label residue off of a product or if you accidentally glue something together, try using vinegar as a solvent to dissolve many common adhesives. Vinegar is also good at cutting grease!
See, vinegar does so much more than make yummy salad dressing and pickles! 🥗🥒
Keep a plastic gallon of white vinegar under your sink to help you conquer all your cleaning goals - and rest assured that there are no harmful effects for your family! 💪