Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Let's Talk: Vinegar!
Vinegar is such a natural and cheap product and I use it for many things. For instance, instead of fabric softener, I pour this into my washing machine for the rinse cycle. At first I was leery and knew I didn't want to walk around smelling like deviled eggs or something. But, it works great! Once the clothes are dry, it leaves no odor behind and it really works. No static cling, just soft, clean-smelling clothes. :-) And if you have stinky clothes, just put some vinegar in with the wash to get the stench out.
I also keep a spray bottle of vinegar and water mix under my sink. It's a natural disinfectant, so I use it to clean out lunchboxes, wipe down counters, etc. My mother-in-law taught me this many, many years ago. In fact, she also makes some great cookies, but you'd never guess the secret ingredient is vinegar.
Vinegar is known to kill mold, mildew, and germs. However, it's not registered as a pesticide, so they cannot make these claims on the bottle. And, unlike most commercial antibacterial cleaners, vinegar is non-toxic!
We've been working on getting some of the chemicals out of our home over the past couple of years. Vinegar has been one change we've made. There are so many more uses for it, and someday I'll share some more.
Any natural things you do in your home you'd like to share?