vinegar for cleaning

The Green and Affordable Alternative to Household Products

Distilled white vinegar is 5% acetic acid and 95% water. According to The Spruce, the acidic content of the solution creates “a hostile environment for microorganisms.” The result is distilled white vinegar, an unbelievably versatile solution capable of replacing the need for dozens of expensive, environmentally unfriendly household products. Here are just a few valuable tips for using everyday white vinegar to effectively clean and deodorize your home.

As a fabric softener in the washing machine

Add ½ cup distilled white vinegar to the last rinse of your wash cycle. It isn’t necessary, but if you like, you could add a few drops of a favorite essential oil, such as lavender, as well. The laundry will dry static free, feel soft to the touch and there won’t be any lingering vinegar odor either. Try this and you’ll see no fabric softener is necessary, saving money and preventing harmful chemicals from entering the water system. Note: don’t use bleach and vinegar together. They form a chemical reaction in combination.

Clean and deodorize household drains

Using equal parts baking soda and white vinegar, pour baking soda into your bathroom and kitchen sink drains, including garbage disposal. Start with about ¼ cup each. Pour baking soda into the drain first, then pour an equal amount of vinegar.  You can adjust the amounts depending on how much you need, but they should be equal. There will be an immediate fizzing reaction as a result of combining the two products. Let the solution sit in the drain for 5-10 minutes, then run hot water through for about 30 seconds, to clear. Your sinks will be clean, smell fresh, and you won’t pollute the environment with harsh chemicals.

Clean the microwave

Use a wide glass bowl filled ¾ with water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Set the micro timer long enough to boil. Turn off and leave for 10 minutes without opening the door. The steam will loosen debris and cut grease build up. All you need to do is wipe clean with a damp cloth. See for yourself, there will be no odors, no stuck-on food and no other cleaning solutions necessary.

These are only a few tips for using white vinegar to replace chemical solutions, including those claiming to be “green”. White vinegar is about as affordable an alternative to expensive and unnecessary household products as one can find. It cleans, softens, disinfects and deodorizes laundry, floors, ovens, dishwashers, mirrors, bathrooms, surfaces, drains and much more. With a little more research you’ll find even more uses for this eco-friendly solution.


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