Today I want to talk about a healthy home and my favorite way to achieve that is by keeping a CLEAN home.
Before I had babies I used every chemical known to man to clean my house….even if the fumes made me sick and left me with no voice for days. It was the price I was willing to pay to have a clean home. It wasn’t until I was given a book about uses for vinegar and all the great things this smelly liquid could do…for a lot of different things, but the one that stuck out to me the most was the way I could use it as a cheap and SAFE disinfectant in my home.
I was sold. I hate the smell of vinegar but really the smell goes away quickly and if you have a candle or warmers going you will never even smell it. The benefits are amazing.
“Vinegar can be used as a safer bleach alternative for some applications, like cleaning. It is also biodegradable. However, vinegar is not a registered disinfectant and does not kill dangerous bacteria like staphylococcus.” SOURCE
There are many things you can clean in your home with vinegar so I will link them here for you.
I personally use a mixture of 50% water 50% white vinegar in a spray bottle to clean. I use it to clean all my counters (kitchen & bathrooms), wash my windows, spray down all appliances with this mixture. I also use straight vinegar as a rinse agent in my dishwasher. It’s a great all purpose cleaner. If you clean your house often you will rarely need anything stronger. The only other cleaning staple I have is the Mr. Clean eraser. Mainly for my stove and any cooking messes. When you use a more natural product like vinegar and water you can have your kiddos help clean too.
I use to mop my floors with the same mixture of water and vinegar and it kept them very clean but I got a Shark Steam Mop one year at a Black Friday sale and I have been steaming my floors with just water ever since. Love that steam mop…so much so my Mom gave me her’s when my first one died. (Thanks Mom!)
So, if you feel “off” or sick after cleaning your house like I used to, why not try something safer? If you do try it or you already use vinegar as a household cleaner, please leave me a comment and let me know how you use it!
Below is the exact vinegar I use (purchased at Sam’s Club) and the old spray bottle I use to mix my water & vinegar in.