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Kiss Toxic Cleaning Agents Goodbye, Try Vinegar Instead

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Use vinegar as a rinsing agent in your dishwasher or as a cleansing spray for your kitchen sink, toilet bowls, windows, and shower curtains. Unclog drains by pouring baking soda followed by 1/2 cup vinegar into them. This multi-use kitchen find also serves as a natural fabric softener. Use a cup of vinegar to clean your carpet or washing machine. Spray it to kill weeds in the garden.

Let’s get back to basics. It’s cheaper, safer, and takes up less space in your cabinets. It’s called vinegar and I use it for many things around my home.

When changing my lifestyle to include more natural things (and less chemicals), it lead me to give vinegar a try for everything from cleaning to laundry.

10 Uses Of Vinegar

Let’s go over a few of my favorite ways to use vinegar in and around my home.

1. Dishwasher

Fill a cup of white vinegar and place on the bottom rack of your dishwasher once a month to keep the inside of your dishwasher sparkly clean. I also like to add vinegar as a rinsing agent in my dishwasher to help my dishes come out looking great.

2. Kitchen Sink

With a stainless steel sink, vinegar works great for keeping it nice and shiny. Spray on and wipe clean or let it sit overnight wrapped in a paper towel and see the difference. Works great on chrome faucets as well.

3. Drains

For slow running drains, add baking soda down the drain. Then add a half cup of vinegar and cover the drain tightly for a few minutes. Rinse well with water.

4. Shower Curtains

Spray vinegar on your shower curtains to clean away mildew, soapy film, and grime. This also works well in the shower and sinks.

5. Toilet Bowl

Not my favorite job but someone has to do it. Pour one cup of vinegar in the toilet bowl and let it sit for five minutes to remove ring, flush.

6. Window Cleaner

Spray your windows with vinegar and wipe away streaks and film using a soft cloth.

7. Fabric Softener

Yes, you read that right. My friends thought I was crazy for adding vinegar in place of fabric softener until they tried it! Works great and doesn’t make our clothes stink.

8. Washing Machine

Help freshen up your washing machine by running your washer with one cup of vinegar. Do this once a month to get rid of soap residue.

9. Carpet Cleaner

Use one cup of vinegar per gallon of water to clean your carpet. I like to make a mixture in our carpet cleaning machine and clean away! Use undiluted vinegar to clean up pet accidents too.

10. Weed Killer

Spray directly on the plant and on the ground so the roots soak up the vinegar. It’s best to do this on a sunny day, when no rain is in the forecast. Watering or rain will wash away the vinegar. This also works on grass or other plants you wish to get rid of.

Bonus Tip!

Combine one part vinegar with three parts water in a spray bottle to clean fresh fruits and veggies. Rinse well with plain water when done.

Along with vinegar, I use baking soda and essential oils to keep my home clean the all-natural way. Making my own cleaners saves me time, space and money. Just a few (non-toxic) things under the sink to clean everything instead of a different (toxic) cleaner for everything.

Katrina Anotado
Star Expert

Hi, I'm Katrina. I believe that the foods we eat and the products we use have a major impact on our health. I attended school at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I studied with some of the world's top health and wellness experts including Dr. David Katz, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Geneen Roth. While at school, I was introduced to the amazing benefits of essential oils. Now, sharing essential oils along with other lifestyle changes is what I love to do! The end result is to do your best and not strive for perfection.

Katrina Anotado
Star Expert

Hi, I'm Katrina. I believe that the foods we eat and the products we use have a major impact on our health. I attended school at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I studied with some of the world's top health and wellness experts including Dr. David Katz, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Geneen Roth. While at school, I was introduced to the amazing benefits of essential oils. Now, sharing essential oils along with other lifestyle changes is what I love to do! The end result is to do your best and not strive for perfection.

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