How to use a common household item for effective, non-toxic option to clean green.
Many conventional cleaning products contain petroleum-based and have serious health and environmental implications. Instead of choosing chemical based cleaning products, there are plenty of natural products and methods without the toxic side effects to clean green.
Vinegar is an age old household product, used in salad dressings, pickling and pie crusts. Beyond the kitchen, vinegar has many uses around the house.
Vinegar is a liquid that consists of anywhere from 5-20% acetic acid, and water. Some vinegars also contain trace chemicals for flavouring. Basic white (distilled) vinegar is roughly 5% acetic acid and inhibits several common food borne pathogens. Yup, you read that right. vinegar kills pathogens- bacteria and microorganisms!
Among the bacteria you may find in your kitchen, vinegar of 6% acetic acid or higher can ward off:
- Clostridium botulinum (Botulism)
- Escherichia coli
- Mycobacteria (Tuberculousis)
To green your clean, follow these easy recipes:
Mix 1/4c of white vinegar into 1 gallon bucket of warm water. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oils for scent, and mop away!
Measure out 1/2c baking soda and stir in 2 tablespoons of water, and mix until you get a spreadable paste. Adjust ratios as needed. Spread the paste over the walls of your oven, and rub it in well. Let this rest overnight. The next day, put vinegar in a spray bottle and spray everywhere you see baking soda. Wipe the foaming cleanser off with a damp cloth, and rinse until it is clean.
Add 1 part vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle, shake to mix.
Fruit and Veggie Wash
Add 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water to a small spray bottle. In a clean colander, spray the produce, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, and use.
Handy Tip: as vinegar is very acidic, be careful what you put it on and always dilute! Avoid porous counter tops, such as marble. Spot test first.