Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Homemade Cleaning Products - Vinegar

After I had my first child, having cleaning products that were not full of chemicals became important to me.  That's when I first started testing different recipes in my research.  After my second child, saving money became a huge bonus with these homemade products.

Vinegar, water, baking soda and borax are the main products I use throughout my home, so I just keep a supply on hand and buy in bulk.

Here is a list of ways I use vinegar around my home.  Feel free to comment with how a cleaning method worked for you.

Vinegar Window Cleaner
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 gallon warm water (16 cups)
    Just mix and scrub. When washing windows, using newspaper is best :)

Dishes and Your Dishwasher
  • To help with odours from your dishwasher, add 1/2 cup of vinegar.

For Floors:
  • For Brick and Stone Floors: Vinegar. Mix 1 cup white vinegar into 1 gallon water. Scrub the floor with a brush and the vinegar solution. Rinse with clean water.
All Purpose Cleaner (this goes in my spray bottle for the kitchen)
  • Water and vinegar make a good all purpose cleaner. From washing windows to washing counters, sinks, toilets, etc. I've seen many different ratios of water to vinegar and have tried some, but there were some that I didn't feel was powerful enough, so I added more vinegar to it. A good ratio to start is ¼ cup of vinegar to 1 cup of water. You might not be used to the smell at first (the vinegar), but after using it a while you get used to it just as you do any cleaning product.  **Do not use vinegar on plastics on your applicances.  Over time it may cause them to yellow.**
Laundry
  • Fill a downy ball with vinegar to the 'fill" line for a fabric softner.  (Thanks so my SIL for reminding me to add this to the list.)
  • Add some vinegar to your wash to help with smells in the laundry.  Works great for urine smell in the kids clothes while potty training!

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