Protect Your Health While Cleaning Your Home More Sustainably with Vinegar Solutions
Save the environment while saving a little money by making your own Do-It-Yourself cleaners to take care of your home. Some brand-name cleaners may contain poisonous ingredients that can increase the risk of cancer, diabetes, asthma, allergies and other chronic diseases. Instead, some simple ingredients you may already have in your pantry can be used to make cleaning products that are much kinder to the environment, your health and even save you a few dollars. Try some of these tips for easy and natural cleaning products made with vinegar (an inexpensive product) that are better for you and the earth.
Instead of buying fabric softener that could contain dangerous additives, try a half cup of white vinegar with a load of laundry. You should also always wash new clothes with vinegar before wearing them to help dissolve and wash away the toxic chemicals that may have been sprayed onto the fabric during the production process.
Vinegar works wonders in the kitchen too. A cup of water mixed with a quarter cup of vinegar boiled in a microwave will loosen hard splattered food and deodorize. A similar solution of equal parts water and vinegar will clean your refrigerator and stainless steel appliances too. Pour a cup of distilled vinegar down your kitchen drain once a week to prevent clogs (add baking soda to de-clog slow drains.)
With a scrub made of white distilled vinegar and baking soda, rinse clean your tub and toilet bowl to remove stains and deodorize the areas.
For carpet stains, mix one teaspoon of liquid detergent and one teaspoon of white distilled vinegar into a pint of lukewarm water. Apply the mixture to non-oil stains and rub gently before rinsing and blotting dry.
Windows and Walls
Vinegar and warm water will also help remove streaks from windows, making them shine without the usual film. For walls, the same solution will remove dirt and grime easily and doesn’t dull the painted finish.
For more DIY cleaning tips and tricks, read this article. And always remember, treat your body well by using only the best, organic ingredients used in products like Edye’s Naturals.