How many cleaning
products do you own? Take a look under your sink and you may be
surprised at the accumulation. It seems there is a different product
for everything; one to clean sinks, another to clean toilets, one
for granite, one for floors, another for stovetops, one for windows,
another for wood surfaces, and the list goes on, cluttering your
cabinets and robbing you of space.
But how many
cleaning products do you really need? Chemical makers and big business
would have you believe you need many. But for frugalities and environmentalists
alike, the answer is simple: just one. White vinegar is the all-in-one
cleaner that is not only inexpensive, but it’s powerful. It’s
all you need. People often use bleach for disinfecting, however,
while bleach does kill bacteria and viruses, it doesn’t kill
mold. Enter white vinegar, the mold-killer. Get over the smell now!
Yes, vinegar has a distinct odor but it dissipates quickly. With
white vinegar, you can clean your entire house with just one product
and you also eliminate and prevent mold. Although there are innumerable
health benefits from vinegar, this blog is focusing on its benefits
as a frugal cleaning agent.
Facts about vinegar:
- It kills
germs and viruses. White vinegar is known to kill 99 percent of
bacteria, 82 percent of mold, 80 percent of germs and viruses.
inexpensive. White vinegar costs around $1 for a liter, which
is $2–$3 less than a bottle of household cleaner.
- It lasts
a long time. The shelf life of vinegar is almost indefinite, according
to The Vinegar Institute‘s
research studies. Because of vinegar’s acid nature it is self-preserving
and does not need refrigeration. White Vinegar will remain virtually
unchanged over an extended period of time.
natural and environmentally safe. Vinegar is a natural organic
bi-product of fruits, vegetables and grains. It is therefore edible
and biodegradable. It is ‘The
Perfect Household Cleaner‘™ for your family because it
is very safe for the environment, for family members, especially
those with asthma, and around young children. It doesn’t contain
harmful toxic chemicals, so if in the course of normal household
cleaning you ‘pour it down the drain’ its impact on municipal
sewer and water treatment systems is just like any food product.
Get your squirt
bottles ready. To use vinegar as your all-purpose cleaning product
of choice, simply pour full-strength white vinegar into a trigger
spray bottle and you are ready to tackle most soiled surfaces around
your house. Spray and then wipe clean with a lint-free cloth or
paper towel. There is no need to rinse. It will not leave a residue.
Some surfaces you may want to dilute with water. The stronger the
dilution of vinegar, the stronger the cleaning power. Leave the
vinegar trigger-spray bottle under your sink or in your cleaning
bucket so it is ready to clean when you are.