Having a clean home is not just aesthetic but also essential. A neat and clean house is comfortable, welcoming and a pleasure to be in. However, dust, grime, messes and spills tend to find their way into every home–and while it is easy to grab a bottle of the latest cleaning spray at hand and wipe it away, it is not the most environmentally friendly thing to do.
For one thing, most cleaning agents are loaded with chemicals which are not at all eco-friendly. So, here is the solution to this dilemma of cleaning up easily and with agents that are safe and green. The best part is that most of them would be found right there on your kitchen shelf, so roll up those sleeves and get started on making your own eco-friendly household cleaners. Here, learn how to use good, old vinegar to get out those stains easily and effectively.
Cleaning with Vinegar
Vinegar is, by far, one of the best cleaning agents and an effective disinfectant and deodorizer. It would be a good idea, however, to first test it on a small surface before beginning to clean. Here are some ways in which you could use diluted vinegar to clean, sanitize and deodorize.
• Mix equal parts of non-fruit vinegar and water and use it to wipe clean glass, bathroom taps and showerheads and kitchen stovetops and countertops.
• Use diluted vinegar to mop floors. Not only would it make them sparkle, it would also, keep away ants.
• Use it to give your toddler’s high chair a good clean. It would simply wipe away all the grime and don’t worry about its strong odor, it just evaporates!
• You can even, use diluted vinegar mixture to wipe clean wooden furniture and surfaces.
• Pure vinegar can be used in the toilet bowl, simply by flushing the toilet and then pouring pure vinegar around the inner rim. Scrub with the toilet brush and voila, you have a sparkling toilet bowl, chemical-free.
• Vinegar, aside from being a cleaning agent, can also be used to soften fabric. This is very useful for sensitive skin and all you need to do is add half a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
Warnings About Vinegar
• Always test the diluted vinegar spray on a small, hidden surface of the object or area that you would be cleaning to see if it reacts or not.
• Never use vinegar to clean marble, since it is acidic and would erode it.