SPRING CLEANING: cleaning with vinegar

so, now that i have shown you how to wrap your hair (or your husbands...) in a scarf, are you ready to clean?

i love cleaning supplies. i love it when they smell good. i love pretty packaging. and i really love when they work well. if a product can do all those things for me, or at least smell good and work, then i am a happy lady.

growing up i used to do all types of off jobs to earn money... baby-sitting, sewing, and even some house cleaning for friends of family and neighbors. one family that i cleaned for had bad allergies to some cleaning supplies, which meant the bedroom only got cleaned with water - no cleaning supplies at all. i used to scrub away with only a bucket of water and some rags, thinking it would never work, and that it would never be clean, and that it would take me hours... but it did work, and with a little elbow grease the room felt fresh after i was through.  although none of us in my home are allergic to any supplies that we know of, i do try to use detergents that won't cause any harm to little people or animals.

i love using vinegar to clean. it works great, is a natural deodorizer, and i don't need to worry about chloe getting hold of it. also, it is pretty cheap.... it cost a whole lot less than window cleaner, and is more versitile. here are some of the ways you can use it:

on windows: put it in a spray bottle and dilute it with water at a 1:1 ratio. then, get this, use old newspaper to wipe clean. it will work. i promise, and it is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than using paper-towels. recycle your newspaper when your done.

in your microwave: i am sure you have heard of this, but if you haven't, here it is - dilute your vinegar with water at a 1:1 ratio and place it in a microwave safe bowl. then nuke it for two or three minutes. wipe your microwave clean afterwards. your microwave will look and smell fresh.

in your bathroom: use the same solution you made for your windows and use it regularly to clean your tub, shower, toilet, sink... it will wipe and be shiny, it naturally kills mold and mildew, and it doesn't leave any residue. for any tough stains you can soak a sponge in the solution and sprinkle some baking soda with it, let it sit a few minutes and then scrub with some ferocity - it'll come clean.

as a room deordorizer: i do this sometimes when i cook as my open floor plan house seems to fill up with cooked food aroma whenever i cook. this can be a great thing, but not if i have burnt something, or just don't want to be smelling whatever i cooked the night before while i am making breakfast the next morning. oh yeah, it gets rid of bacon smell too. leave a dish of vinegar out - it will get rid of smells. it is safer than having a candle out burning (although i do that too), but it also actually kills the smell rather than just masking it. 

carpet cleaner: get rid of spots and stains without using expensive detergents. make a paste from vinegar and baking soda and apply it to the stain with a small scrub brush, or toothbrush. allow it to dry and vacuum it up. some tough stains may take more than one go around, but this works great.. and you don't need to worry about your toddler touching the carpet cleaner. this also works on furniture.

some concerns that many people have when cleaning with vinegar is that things will take on a vinegar smell. maybe while you are using it, but when you wipe it off it is very unlikely that the smell with persist. the smell also dissipates quickly.

i have also heard people say that it is not an anti-bacterial. well, it is. vinegar is acidic and naturally kills bacteria!

now, my question is, when are they going to make some over-priced biodegradable vinegar wipes that i can buy at target?

just kidding... but really now? not such a bad idea huh?

oh, and here is a photo of my little one who i don't need to worry about eating my cleaning supplies, eating her breakfast thismorning:



do you use vinegar to clean? how do you use it? any good cleaning tips or tricks? leave them in the comments.

i want to hear them!





  

1 comments:

  1. I`ve never used vinegar to clean, but now I`ll have to try it. Just kidding, I don`t clean ;) But I really should, and now I can`t really make the excuse of not having the right products, now can I!

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