Thursday, January 3, 2013

Never underestimate the power of vinegar

Vinegar is the new duct tape. You can use it anywhere for anything! I use vinegar to cook, clean the bathroom, disinfect, wipe down countertops, degunk the garbage disposal, etc. Not to mention, it is super cheap!
Once you quit being a brand snob and train your nose/brain to think the vinegar smell is a disinfectant, it'll be one of the best money saving experiences of your life. I'll just paraphrase some things I've read about household cleaning products. Do not quote me. Google it for the "facts". Everything on the Internet is true, right? Ha! Household cleaners do not have to put what's in their products on the label, only the active ingredients and "other ingredients" which are not listed. So, who knows what those actually are. Don't get me wrong, there is always a bottle of knock-off Clorox under the sink because, let's face it, somethings just need to be Cloroxed occasionally.
I actually just got that bottle out from under the sink... Holy smokes! There is even a warning that "this product is toxic to fish & aquatic organisms". Also, don't mix it with any other cleaners or it'll release hazardous gases. FYI.
Now I remember why I don't Clorox wash my baby boy's toys. I hand wash them with his bottle wash soap, throw them in the dishwasher, or surface clean them with my vinegar mixture.
In addition, families spend upwards of $700 on cleaning products a year. From dish washing liquid to laundry detergent to all-purpose cleaners, they really add up. This is precisely the reason why I am making my way into the green, homemade world of cleaning products.
To go green cheaply, mix one part water to one part vinegar in a clean, unused spray bottle. Use anywhere.
You're welcome.

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