The beginning of March also heralds the start of spring-cleaning frenzies. But before you reach for the bottles under the sink and start scrubbing away, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning available here: http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners. This searchable database scores over 2,000 household cleaners and was recently updated with new data in February 2015.
Did you know that U.S. government regulations allow the use of carcinogenic ingredients in products we use in our homes? Some of the cleaners you might use every day are probably loaded with toxins that are harmful to our families, pets, and the environment.
Well that doesn’t sound very good, does it? Not to worry, though, because there’s a substance you probably have in your kitchen that is non-toxic and cheap that packs a powerful punch. Can you guess what it is? If you guessed vinegar, you’re right!
Vinegar is a natural disinfectant. Simply pour some into a spray bottle, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil if you wish, and clean away. This solution is safe to use on your dinner table, baby’s high chair, doorknobs, lights switches —anything that needs sanitizing.
Vinegar can also spruce up your dishware! Simply spray a dishcloth with vinegar and rub on your plates and glasses for extra shine. Not to worry about the scent—it evaporates with the vinegar.
Another cleaning use for our trusty vinegar is in your dishwasher and washing machines. Vinegar removes scum and buildup naturally. If you see these appliances needing a little care, simply run a load with vinegar using hot water.
These are just a few of the many uses of vinegar as a cleaner in the home. If you’ve never tried it, I encourage you to give it a go. The only thing you have to lose is the nasty chemicals polluting our bodies and planet.
How else do you use vinegar in your home?