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Vinegar - A Staple for Green Cleaning
by Felicia Williams
Housecleaning has never been more environmentally friendly. Imagine drinking the cleaning solvent used to clean the house. How environmentally friendly is that?
Common household white vinegar is versatile and has more uses than just making salad dressing. It can be used for cleaning a variety of household items. For folks who believe in green living, white vinegar is a must-have in the pantry closet.
White vinegar is a mild acid, which serves to dissolve things like dirt, hard water deposits and soap scum. Because it's a mild acid, it is still gentle enough to use in common household cleaning. One of the most often heard reasons for not using vinegar for cleaning is the fear of smelling like vinegar. The vinegar smell dissipates once it dries. Therefore, the fear is unfounded. After all, the smell is no worse than straight bleach or some of the other toxic cleaning solvents like ammonia.
Equipped with two spray bottles (one with straight undiluted vinegar and the other with a 50/50 solution of vinegar and distilled water), a person can work wonders cleaning and shining her home naturally. Which vinegar spray bottle to use will vary depending on how tough the cleaning job.
Here are a few practical uses for white vinegar:
General Household Cleaning:
Vinegar in the Laundry
Vinegar for the Kitchen:
Vinegar in the Bathroom:
Now that you know how to use white vinegar, check out all of the great natural household cleaning uses for hydrogen peroxide
About the Author: Felicia Williams is a wife, mother and grandmother who likes to write about a host of topics.
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Last Modified: 24 March 2020
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