Can vinegar really clean as well as the products we buy at the store?

white vinegar

The answer of course is yes, not only does it clean just as well and maybe even better in some cases but Acetic acid (a.k.a. white vinegar) is one of the best disinfectants. Plain white vinegar can even tackle salmonella, E. coli and other bacteria that can cause pneumonia, meningitis, wounds or surgical site infections.

How does it work?

The acid in vinegar crosses the bacteria’s cell membrane, prompting a release of protons, which causes the cell to die.

What about the smell? 

Sometimes the smell of vinegar can be strong while you are using the cleaning product however it’s not harmful like inhaling some other store bought chemical cleaners and the smell will evaporate within a few minutes.

How do I make a cleaner using vinegar? 

Add 1 part vinegar and 4 parts water to a spray bottle, add a few drops of any essential oils and you’ve made an all in one cleaner.

all natural cleaner

What can I clean with using vinegar?

 

Here are just a couple ways:

  1. Clean your bathtub
  2. Clean your floors and counter tops
  3. Fill your dishwasher rinse agent dispenser with white vinegar.
  4. Soak sweat-stained white clothing in about 1/4 cup of white vinegar and enough water to cover the stain. Leave overnight. Wash with eco-friendly laundry soap.
  5. Soak rusty tools in a pail of white vinegar and brush to clean.

Click here for a great article on 95 ways you never thought to use vinegar.

 

Live longer, healthier and happier

Alicia

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