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DIY Cleaning with Vinegar November 4, 2008

Filed under: Eco-Friendly Living,Healthy Living — Rachel @ 2:38 pm
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Tonight is my local Holistic Moms Network’s monthly meeting.  It’s about making your own cleaning products with cheap, non-toxic ingredients like white vinegar, baking soda and essential oils.  I’m looking forward to it!  I’ve experimented with mixing my own a bit and had great results.  Now, I’m ready to learn more.

It’s really quite easy to make cleaning products at home.  And, nothing beats the savings.  A big 32 oz bottle of white distilled vinegar costs little more than a dollar at the supermarket (all-purpose cleaners are about 4 times as much), plus you’ll dilute the vinegar for most cleaning purposes!  Stock up on a few spray bottles… mix, label and go.

All-purpose/Countertop/Mildew Cleaner:  Mix vinegar and water 1:1 in a spray bottle.

Window/Glass Cleaner:  Mix vinegar and water 1:4 in a spray bottle.

Toilet Bowl/Shower Door Cleaner: Use straight vinegar to banish rings and scum.

Fabric Softener: Use 1/2 cup in the rinse cycle.

Don’t use apple cider vinegar, which can stain.  White distilled vinegar is the way to go.  Now, yes, vinegar does have a strong aroma during use.  But, unlike conventional cleaners, it is NOT a toxic aroma and it dissipates quickly and completely after cleaning.  In fact, vinegar is a mild deodorizer, so it’ll remove many unpleasant smells while you clean!

For more uses for vinegar in the home, see VinegarTips.com.

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