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.