The idea of cleaning with vinegar has been passed down for generations, and for good reason. It disinfects, loosens dirt and grime, and removes stains. Cleaning with vinegar is a natural, non toxic, and inexpensive way to keep your home sparkling clean. According to DavidSuzuki.org, vinegar kills about 80% of bacteria so keep that in mind when cleaning. Vinegar can eat away at natural surfaces and is not recommended for stone, granite, marble, or hardwood flooring. For more ways to clean with vinegar click here.
Store bought cleaners are often made with chemicals that harm our bodies and have negative effects on the environment. What is also concerning is that ingredients in household cleaners are usually not listed. If products require a warning label, consumers should have a right to know what is in them. This way we are at least given the opportunity to make educated decisions.
The Environmental Working Group has an easy to use database listing important information including the safety of ingredients in products. Check it out here.
Benefits of This DIY Cleaner:
- Non toxic
- Made with natural ingredients
Letting citrus peels, for example, sit in vinegar allows the antibacterial properties to be incorporated. As a result, the product is more effective, smells better, and is more exciting than plain vinegar cleaners. Choosing to use ingredients with antibacterial properties increase vinegar’s effectiveness as a disinfectant.
We recommend using:
- Citrus peels (Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit etc.)
- Pine needles
- Mint Stem
- Cinnamon Sticks
Making this infused vinegar is one of our favourite ways to extend the life of food scraps before adding them to the compost bin.
Step One: Gather your Ingredients
You will need:
- Mason Jar
- White Vinegar
- Citrus Peels, or ingredient of your choice (see above)
- Spray Bottle
Step Two: Combine Ingredients
Fill your mason jar with your chosen ingredients. Next, fill jar with vinegar until organics are completely covered. Close the lid and allow to infuse for 2-3 weeks.
Step Three: Strain & Dilute
Once infused, strain your vinegar into a spray bottle, filling it up half of the way. Fill remaining with water and screw on the lid. Store any remaining vinegar in a mason jar.
Step Four: Clean
Spray vinegar cleaner onto surface, wipe away with a cloth. For tough, stuck on grime, sprinkle baking soda on the area and generously spray with cleaner. Allow to sit for up to 15 minutes before wiping away.