Cleaning with Vinegar

Tuesday , 10, July 2012 2 Comments

I try to use natural cleaners to clean my house because I don’t want to expose my kids to all the chemicals in a conventional cleaner.  I usually use store bought natural cleaning sprays but I also keep a bottle of half vinegar and half water under my sink to use as a cleaner.  I didn’t like using the vinegar and water solution very much because I just didn’t feel like it cleaned very well.  This past weekend, I made a solution of equal parts vinegar and water and added some Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds and some drops of lavender oil.  I love this cleaning solution!  I deep cleaned my whole kitchen (plus the floors but minus the oven) with this solution and it cut the grease and worked wonderfully.  When I got to some hard to scrub spots, I added either some baking soda or used a Mr. Clean magic eraser.  I really love this cleaning solution and I think adding Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds made all the difference.  If you decide to make this, be sure to put enough Sal Suds in the solution so that it’ll cut the grease.  I think I have finally been converted to using vinegar for general cleaning.  I think this solution cleans much better than any store bought cleaner!  Next time I make the solution, I will add some tea tree oil for disinfectant purposes.

Do you have any natural cleaning tips you would like to share with us?  See other ways you can use vinegar in a previous post by Rachel.

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  • Stephanie says:

    I totally love Bronner’s and Sal’s Suds. My main cleaning ingredients are vinegar, baking soda, essential oils and a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

    My essential oil of choice is doTERRA OnGuard. It is an oil blend that not only smells divine, it actually inhibits the growth of the flu virus by 90% even when diluted drastically. I add a few drops to my spray bottle. It smells great, kills bacteria and viruses and I don’t have to worry about toxicity. In fact, it’s so safe, I give the spray bottle to my kids and they can clean the bathrooms, spray the shower, etc. Tea Tree oil is great, too, but it doesn’t smell nearly as good as OnGuard.

    I have a friend who keeps a small spray bottle in her car filled with water and OnGuard. When she picks her kids up from school, she does a quick mist in the car. Keeps the germs down. I think that’s brilliant!

  • Chan says:

    Thanks for the tip Stephanie! I will have to check out doTERRA OnGuard. Great ideas on letting the kids “play” and also the quick mist in the car before picking the kids up from school.

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