Natural cleaning solutions for the home are becoming increasingly popular. In most mainstream household cleaners, the presence of chemicals and harmful ingredients is turning families away from the potentially toxic, and toward the search for an effective natural alternative.
Fortunately, many natural cleaners can actually be made with items that are already in the home. One of the most used, most raved about, and best working natural cleaner for kitchen and bathrooms is actually vinegar. Not just for cooking, vinegar is an incredibly inexpensive solution that should have a place in just about every room of the home.
Cleaning With Vinegar And Water Solution
A simple vinegar and water mixture is one of the most popular and well-known solutions for cleaning. For the bathroom, it can effectively remove soap scum from the shower and, when mixed with a small amount of borax, can even get rid of that glaringly obvious ring around the tub. When sprayed on fixtures, it cuts through hard water stains and leaves them sparkling like new.
In the kitchen, vinegar and water is your answer to the day-long “soak” of greasy stuck-on dishes. Add a few drops of your favorite dish soap to the mixture, spray on dishes, and grease has finally met its match.
What Makes Vinegar a Good Cleaner?
Vinegar is naturally acidic, so it has the ability to cut through even the worst buildup. The acidity effectively eats away at soap scum, gets rid of hard water stains, and can even help to remove glue residue left behind from stickers or other adhesives. However, vinegar does not contain disinfectant, and won’t work to kill dangerous bacteria. Turn your cleaner into a disinfectant simply adding 2-3 ml of pure lemon essential oil. In addition to killing bacteria you will also leave a nice lemony scent throughout the house.
Not just for the kitchen and bathroom, it is also commonly used as a safer alternative to bleach or stain lifters in the laundry. When used alone, indicator stains like that from red wine will naturally lighten when exposed to an acid like vinegar, essentially making the stain disappear. For other types of stains, vinegar mixed with baking soda will create a bubbly paste that can be placed on stubborn areas. As the paste bubbles, it lifts the stain from fabric allowing it to be easily washed away.
What Can You Clean with Vinegar?
Vinegar can be used to clean just about anything in the home. Your dishes, laundry, bathroom fixtures, countertops, and even carpet stains can all be treated with vinegar’s powerful acidity. Vinegar is edible and completely human-safe, so it may even be sprayed on fruits and vegetables where dirt or residue are found as well.
What to Avoid When Using Vinegar
Although vinegar can be used on almost any surface in the home, there are still a few areas where you may want to refrain from using this natural cleaner. For those with granite or marble countertops, such an acidic cleanser can damage the natural stone. When crossed with egg, vinegar acts as a thickener, and could make a once simple wipe-up a bit more difficult.
If you are looking for a safer natural alternative to harsh cleaners and detergents commonly used around the home, vinegar is a great versatile option already found in most household pantries.
While vinegar is highly effective at cleaning, it doesn’t leave much of a scent behind. Once all the cleaning is done, you will want to fill your home with fresh natural smelling aromas. An Organic Aromas nebulizing diffuser is the perfect answer and with a few drops of your favorite essential oils, your home will smell just as fresh as it looks.