Many of you are already conviced that white vinegar is your best ally when it comes to cleaning duties. But you, well, you don’t find it really attractive. Because it doesn’t smell good. Because there are no foam. Because it is cheap (seriously?!). So here are some arguments to make you change your mind. I hope.
First of all, what is it?
It is a mixture of water and acetic alcohol, obtained by fermentation of malt (yes, the same used for making beers), beet or corn alcohol. It is indeed a natural product.
Natural and non-toxic
You can use it without limitations for you nor the planet. However, if you hapen to use bleach, do not combine them, toxic fumes might come out.
It has a lot of strings to its bow (do we say this in English?): disinfectant, deodorant, anti-limescale, fabric softener, stain remover, cleaning, weeding, …
Do to what?
So many things… Clean your bathroom (or kitchen), clean your kettle, soften your clothes, clean your mirors, remove and prevent mold… You’ll find plenty of recipes on this blog!
True, I have to admit, it doesn’t smell real good. Some people are even really sensitive to its smell. Luckily, there is a solution (there are even 2!):
- Keep your citrus peels (lemon, clementine, grapefruit,…), put them in a jar that closes with you white vinegar. Let it in for at least 2 weeks and then filter. The smell doesn’t completely go away but it is a lot better and you will have a delicious citrus smell (in addition, you reduce you waste; good trick isn’t it?).
- If you are in a hurry or if you don’t eat any citrus, you can also add to your vinegar some essential oils. Choose the ones that have useful properties for cleaning (antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral) such as lemon, pine, eucalyptus, peppermint, spike lavender, tea tree (that you can also use in your shampoo), thyme,…
Voila, I hope that you are conviced?
NB : I recall that all this is about my researches and experimentations. I am not a professional of cleaning, nor a scientist.