I cook with my household cleaner. Sometimes I grab it from under the sink and pour it right onto the food I am preparing. Before you dismiss me as crazy, you should know that my household cleaner is all natural and non-toxic white vinegar. I always keep some white vinegar in a spray bottle and it is the first thing I go for when I have a mess to clean up.
I have been told by more than one person that I am obsessed with vinegar. But the truth is that I am obsessed with keeping my house as non-toxic as I can. When my oldest child started to crawl I realized that it might not be wise to spray harsh chemicals all over the floor his hands were touching on a daily basis. Then I started to reconsider many of my cleaning choices. I ended up choosing a cleaning agent that many of our grandmothers used: white vinegar.
I discovered that the list of ways to use white vinegar as a household cleaner was seemingly endless. Adding some vinegar to the final rinse when washing cloth diapers strips them of soap residue. Putting 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water into a carpet cleaner not only cleans the carpet but also leaves it feeling softer. It can also clean mirrors, tile floors, and counter-tops. Here are some common ways I clean with white vinegar.
I recently stopped by Walmart to buy some of the new Heinz Cleaning Vinegar so that I could try it out. Heinz Cleaning Vinegar is more concentrated than regular white vinegar and is a non-toxic and eco-friendly cleaning product. It is sold right in the same section as the standard food vinegar. Look at all the vinegar I found at Walmart! The Heinz Cleaning Vinegar was easy to spot with its bright green label. You can see my whole shopping experience here.
I bought some of the Heinz Cleaning Vinegar and took it home to fill up my spray bottles. I keep three spray bottles loaded with vinegar: one in the kitchen, one in the bathroom, and one in the laundry area. It is a quick and easy way to be ready to clean with vinegar. I advise that you use a food grade funnel to pour the vinegar into the spray bottle so that you don’t waste any and spill it everywhere.
Now here comes the fun part – the part where I clean! For the purposes of this review I cleaned my floor and a bathroom mirror. I drew a toothpaste smiley face on the mirror and sprayed it with undiluted Heinz Cleaning Vinegar and then wiped it clean.
In my opinion, the most important thing I clean with vinegar is my floor. My kids walk on, lay on, and unfortunately eat off of my floor. I do not want anything toxic anywhere near the floor. Vinegar is safe for the kiddos to walk on and even eat. What is also wonderful is the fact that it cleans the floor so well. The Heinz Cleaning Vinegar cut right through the dirt and grime on my kitchen floor. All I do is spray the floor with my vinegar-filled spray bottle as I go along with either my mop or on my hands and knees with a towel.
One cleaning trip that I love is to sprinkle baking soda on difficult areas such as soap scum and hard water spots and then spray the areas with vinegar. The reaction is immediate and it cuts through tough spots better than any other cleaner I have tried. The best part? No caustic fumes!
I am setting an example for my children and they already understand the reasons for choosing natural products. I feel good about the fact that they are not being exposed to unnecessary chemical residues at home. Cleaning with vinegar is a safe choice for families and it also leaves your house squeaky clean. What could be better?
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