A simple homemade cleaning recipe with vinegar can save money and protect your family from exposure to harsh chemicals. In 2007, researchers at the Food Biotechnology Department at the Instituto de la Grasa reported a study that showed vinegar having strong bactericidal activity. The vinegar used had 5% acetic acid, which is similar to vinegar that can be purchased in almost any grocery store.
Moms often cite concerns over using chemical cleaners where babies crawl across the floor. Those with allergies may be particularly sensitive to commercial products. Switching to a natural cleaning product like vinegar can be a bit scary, so armed with the facts above and the recipes below, making the transition from commercial cleaner to homemade cleaner can feel just as natural as -- well, vinegar.
There are several ways to use vinegar for everyday cleaning solutions.
Recipe # 1
1-cup white vinegar
Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in an empty spray bottle. Shake thoroughly and use to disinfect counter tops. The solution can even be used to remove tough soap scum in the bathroom. It works best if you heat the solution for about 30 seconds in the microwave, spray on the soap scum, allow to soak for a few minutes and then scrub.
Recipe # 2
1-cup baking soda
1-cup white vinegar
In situations where tough stains refuse to go away, pour a bit of baking soda on the surface and follow with straight white vinegar. The baking soda acts as a scrubbing agent to remove grease or tough residues. When the vinegar is poured onto the baking soda, a chemical reaction occurs that creates bubbles for scrubbing without the chemical overload of commercial products with bubble action. This solution can be used for laundry stains, cleaning pots and pans, and removing residue.
Recipe # 3
1-jug white vinegar
White vinegar is acidic. When faced with worrisome germs, pour straight vinegar on a sponge or surface and wipe. Straight vinegar can also be poured into the toilet bowl and used as a toilet cleaner and disinfectant. Add white vinegar to the rinse cycle when doing laundry and it acts as a fabric softener. Soak clogged shower heads, drains and objects with grime for several hours to remove mineral deposits and residue.
Won’t Vinegar Stink?
Worried your house will smell like the salad bar at the local buffet? The strong scent of white vinegar disappears as the cleaning solution dries and will leave behind no odor. An added benefit of white vinegar for cleaning is that it will not stain surfaces and grout the way that some commercial cleaners do. As long as the cleaned surface has time to dry, visitors will never know a vinegar cleanser was used instead of a commercial cleaner.
Using a homemade cleaning recipe with vinegar saves money and ensures cleaning products are always on hand. Vinegar is easy to find, cheap to by and does an excellent job as a cleanser.