Why Vinegar is One of the Best Natural Cleaning Products to Have at Home

vinegar cleaningVinegar, one of the oldest condiments known to man, is more than just a wonderful taste enhancer. It is also one of the best cleaning products (and it’s natural too!)  to have at home.

Here are 14 great ways in which vinegar can be used as a natural cleaner –

  1. Half a cup of white vinegar and a gallon of warm water make an unbeatable combination for cleaning floors, particularly no-wax floors.
  2. Even the most persistent stains will yield to the combined cleaning effect of vinegar, liquid dish soap and warm water.
  3. In order to polish and shine dull silver, copper, and brass, coat them with a paste of wheat flour in a solution containing a teaspoon of common salt dissolved in vinegar. Let the coating stay for fifteen minutes, and then wash off with warm water. Polish with a cotton cloth or a soft Turkish towel.
  4. Pen marks on walls and furniture can be removed by daubing the stained areas with vinegar and wiping with a soft cloth.
  5. A solution of equal quantities of olive oil and vinegar mixed in warm water cleans wooden panels of sticky dirt and stains.
  6. For cleaning stained and streaked glassware, a dilute solution of vinegar with water will do a great job.
  7. White vinegar and warm water will return your Venetian blinds to their pristine clean state.
  8. Oil stains, water stains, and finger prints on enamel, wood, and plastic are removed with minimum effort by rubbing the unclean spots with white vinegar.
  9. Equal quantities of vinegar and boiled linseed oil mixed together form a potent mix to clean leather upholstery.
  10. Plagued by hard-to-remove antiperspirant stains on your clothes? Add a little white vinegar to the laundry detergent before washing.
  11. Scorch marks on fabric, vintage lace, and shower curtains can be cleaned of the marks and stains with white vinegar.
  12. Baking soda poured down a clogged drain, followed by a cupful of white vinegar will clear and deodorize blocked drains. Nifty and efficient and saves you the cost of calling home a plumber.
  13. Rid your home of strong smells such as cigarette smoke or fresh paint by placing a bowl of white vinegar in the rooms. The smells will be neutralized in a day.
  14. Pet owners can give their cats and dogs chemical-free tick and flea protection with vinegar. You can clean your pets’ ears with a solution of vinegar and water. Avoid dabbing vinegar on open cuts and lacerations.

clean it upAs you can see, vinegar, water and a soft cloth form a very useful triumvirate that enables you to keep your house clean in a chemical-free manner. Vinegar is not only one of the best cleaning products but also one of the least expensive. This said, there are certain things you don’t want to clean with vinegar.

Egg stains coagulate on coming in contact with vinegar and become that much harder to remove. Aluminum and cast iron surfaces are oxidized by vinegar’s chemical action. Waxed floors lose their sheen when treated with vinegar. Porous stones like marble should not be cleaned with acidic vinegar.

Natural Dish Soap – Safe and Eco-Friendly

green-mom2Natural dish soap is gaining in popularity by the day and for some very good reasons. Let us take a look at the benefits of natural dish soap.

Dish soaps contain a number of chemicals that do a great job of cutting through the grease and cleaning dishes and utensils. Unfortunately, many of these chemicals are harmful, some more so than others.

If your dish washing soap contains any of the following chemicals, you may want to swap it for another that is made from natural ingredients.

  • Cocamide DEA – Added to generate foam in dish soap. Recognized as an immune system toxin.
  • Cocamidopropyl betaine – Synthetic surfactant. It causes allergic dermatitis.
  • Ethanol – A solvent. Facilitates penetration of other chemicals into the skin.
  • Limonene – Artificial scent. Causes respiratory problems. Potential carcinogen.
  • Parabens – Preservatives. Linked to breast cancer.

Developmental toxicity, reproductive toxicity, skin, lung, and throat irritation, carcinogenic effects, weakening of the central nervous system are just some of the harmful effects associated with synthetic dish soap.

Natural dish soap contains plant-based ingredients and is therefore almost totally safe to use. Minor skin irritation is the only possible drawback that one can associate with dish soap that is free of petroleum-based ingredients.

Green-Soap-UnscentedOrganic dish soaps contain ingredients such as aloe, sunflower petals, wild horsemint, olive oil, and cinnamon.

6 powerful reasons for switching  to natural detergents

  • Contact with natural detergents is generally safe for the skin.
  • Organic dish washers are free of proven toxic chemicals including phosphates and chlorine.
  • The absence of synthetic dyes and perfumes makes them safe for use by all, including those with allergies.
  • Natural detergents do not pollute streams, lakes, and rivers.
  • Organic dish soap does its job – it cleans, removes stains, and brightens.
  • Available for standard and high efficiency machines.

Dishwashing liquids and soaps do not always list all the ingredients being used, and often couch the harmful chemicals in vague terms. Even some so-called natural dishwashing soaps contain chemicals in proportions deemed toxic by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Organic dish soaps can be purchased from health food stores, retail chains, and from online shops.