Want to do Some Green Cleaning Around the House? Use What You Have (Vinegar & Baking Soda).
Let’s face it household cleaners are expensive. Plus, when you look at the ingredients closely you will see all sorts of questionable additives. After all, these products need a poison control number on the back for a reason. You can find out more about those nasty toxins here.
So what if I tell you that you can use everyday products you likely have in your cupboard to clean your house for pennies compared to the expensive cleaners? There are a number of products that can be used for most of your cleaning needs, but for now we will focus on the many uses of two: Distilled White Vinegar and Baking Soda. Part of the beauty of these 2 eco-friendly products is it doesn’t matter if you use a name brand or generic brand; either type will do the job.
Distilled White Vinegar’s Green Cleaning Power!
When you buy Distilled White Vinegar, you will want to buy it by the gallon because it can be used for so many green cleaning tasks like:
- Odor remover
- Fabric softener
- Toilet and bathroom cleaner
- Produce pesticide remover
- Clearing a plugged drain
- Removing hard water deposits
- Preserve fresh flowers
- Window cleaner
- Garbage disposal refresher
- An ingredient in several all-purpose eco-friendly cleaners
An added benefit to having vinegar in the house at all times is fresh salad dressing can be easily made and adding it to fries for that “fair fry” experience.
Please make sure that the vinegar you use has its ingredients listed from grains. If the vinegar bottle does not show that it comes from grains, it could be derived from petroleum or natural gas. The FDA reports on its website that most of the distilled spirits or ethyl alcohol used in the production of vinegar comes from natural gas or petroleum.
Baking Soda’s Green Cleaning Power!
Baking soda is so much more versatile than an ingredient in your favorite cookie recipe. Start by looking for the giant bag of soda you can buy in the pool section of stores because that little box for your pantry won’t last very long. Here are some of the things baking soda can help with around the house:
- Odor remover
- Oven cleaner
- Clearing a clogged or slow drain
- Toilet cleaner
- Countertop stain remover
- Bug bite remedy
- Cleaning dirt and residue off produce
- Grout brightener
- Remove marker stains from wood furniture and any job that needs abrasive action
These are great eco-friendly products that you can use around your home and know you aren’t breaking the bank while cleaning in a nontoxic way.