Vinegar: A Non-Toxic Home Cleaning Option
A mixture of white vinegar, water, and dish soap can tackle some of the dirtiest jobs in your home. Create this solution by mixing one-part vinegar to one-part dish soap. Then add water to dilute, depending on how potent you want the solution. Add to a spray bottle and VOILA, a DIY homemade vinegar cleaner.
Vinegar is a fabulous chemical free bathroom cleaner, removing soap scum from bathtubs, showers, sinks, and dirty toilets. Vinegar also makes a great alternative to drain cleaners. To do this boil a litre or so of water and pour it down the drain. After that, combine equal parts water, baking soda, and cleaning vinegar (one cup of each) and pour it down the drain. Cover the drain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Finally, flush it all down with more boiling water. Ta-da….smelly odors and clogs have been removed!
While vinegar is a fantastic cleaner and you can use in practically every room in your home, it doesn't mean that vinegar is a good cleaner for every surface! Never use vinegar to clean marble, granite, or soapstone surfaces. This is because the acid can cause natural stones to pit and lose their shine. Also avoid cleaning knives and any solid wood furniture as it can ruin the finish.
Lastly, vinegar can have a very potent smell. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and it will easily cut the odor. Enjoy and keep cleaning!