Vinegar can be used to clean almost anything in your home. Not only is it a fantastic way to avoid using harsh chemicals that affect your health and the health of our environment, but it is also easy and economical! Try some of the simple, non-toxic recipes below using white distilled vinegar for a cleaner, healthier home:
- Shine chrome sink fixtures using 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon vinegar.
- Clean and deodorize drains and garbage disposals by pouring in 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup hot vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes then run hot water down the drain.
- Clean your microwave by mixing 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring the mixture to a boil inside the microwave to loosen baked-on food and vanquish odors!
- Discourage ants and other pests by spraying undiluted vinegar around doorways, windowsills, appliances, and wherever you find the critters entering your home. Win the war on fruit flies by setting out a small dish of undiluted vinegar.
- Kill germs in your bathroom, on doorknobs, or any other surface in your home by spraying undiluted vinegar and wiping clean with a damp cloth. *Never use vinegar on marble as the acid may damage the surface.
- Create your own streak-free window/mirror cleaning solution by combining 1/2 cup non-sudsy ammonia, 1 cup vinegar, and 2 tablespoons cornstarch in a gallon of water.
Start using all or some of these economically and environmentally friendly cleaning tips to reduce the waste, cost, and harsh chemicals associated with most manufactured cleaning products. And don’t stop there! In our efforts to become a more sustainable company, and through our participation in the Charlottesville Better Business Challenge, we have discovered a plethora of ways to be ecologically responsible at the work place and at home. Visit vinegartips.com to learn more about the many non-toxic uses for vinegar, and check out BetterWorldBetty.org for an extensive list of green living tips.