If you haven't jumped on the cleaning-with-vinegar bandwagon, what are you waiting for? You can clean so many surfaces in your house with this edible, non-toxic ingredient. In addition to being an effective cleanser, plain old white vinegar is cheap. Big box stores and club stores often offer deep discounts on this already inexpensive item.
You can create a totally green and non-toxic cleaning supply arsenal with just a few items, all of which can be bought in bulk for additional savings and less packaging: A large jug of white vinegar, a large bulk bag of baking soda, ecological dish soap, rags, a natural cellulose sponge, a good scrub brush, and steel wool pads. You can clean virtually anything in your house with those ingredients, and of course, water.
In order for you to get a jump start on your green spring cleaning, I've got ten ways to clean the house with vinegar, right here for you.
Disinfect the microwave: Mix one cup of water and 1/4 cup of vinegar in a microwavable bowl. Microwave the bowl of vinegar and water on high until it boils, then turn the microwave off. Leave the steaming bowl of vinegar and water in the closed microwave oven for five minutes. Open the microwave, remove the bowl, and wipe down all of the surfaces. The gunk and grease on the walls of the microwave should be easy to remove.
Use vinegar as fabric softener: During the rinse cycle, add a cup of white vinegar to your washing machine. I do this all the time to soften laundry, and to help clear up any smells that might remain in the laundry. The smell of vinegar dissipates quickly; your clothes won't smell like vinegar after they dry.
Homemade toilet cleaner: Who needs toxic bathroom cleaners when there's vinegar in the house? Squirt a ring of ecological dish soap under the rim of the toilet bowl. Then spray it with vinegar, and scrub with the toilet brush. It cleans like a charm, and your bathroom will smell like salad dressing for a while. The result of this is that when you eat salad with vinaigrette dressing, you might think of the bathroom. The effect of this smell association has yet to be studied by psychologists.
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