There are many reasons these days to choose natural methods for various cleaning projects you have around the house. Whether it has to do with the environment, your budget or safety, making your own natural home cleaners is a great idea.
The tough, chemical cleaners that you buy at the store can be quite expensive. They also are bad for the earth when they make their way down the drain. Not only are they bad for the earth, they are not that great for you to breathe either, and many of them are toxic if your children or pets get into them. Natural cleaners can solve all of these problems.
One of the best natural solutions to removing dirt is vinegar cleaning. This agent has properties that can remove dirt and grime and mask odors. It is often used alone, mixed with water or full strength or combined with other natural ingredients such as baking soda or salt.
Vinegar can be used as a regular household cleaner. It can be poured into a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water and then sprayed on the surface to be washed. Wait just a minute and then wipe, rub or scrub the surface, depending on the situation.
The kitchen is an excellent place for using a vinegar cleaning solution. Vinegar simply belongs in the kitchen and, as it is a food item, it poses no danger if it should get in your food or on counters or other areas that may come into contact with food. It is great for sanitizing and clearing the drain in the sink, too.
In the bathroom it is effective for cleaning without giving off harsh or harmful fumes. It can be effective on mold and mildew. You can try using a solution of half water half vinegar. If that doesn’t work completely try using straight vinegar.
Vinegar cleaning solutions aren’t only good for making your house look good; they can also be used on certain objects. For example, vinegar does an excellent job of cleaning silver. Simply mix vinegar with baking soda and soak the silver item for a few hours. Remove and rinse in cold water. Then rub dry with a cloth for a shining luster.
Vinegar has the same effect on brass and copper. You can use a similar solution of vinegar and baking soda or try vinegar and salt. Treat in the same way as silver for a like-new shine.
You can use vinegar in your home as a safe and natural all purpose cleaner or combine it with other ingredients for a cleaning solution for precious metals and other materials. With the low cost, safety and environmental friendliness of vinegar cleaning this old time recipe for a clean house seems to be more commonly used than it has in years.