Vinegar: The Cheapest, Toxin-Free, All-Purpose Cleaning Product

Going organic in the cleaning department may scare some of us because, let’s face it, organic cleaning products are seriously expensive, doubling even tripling the prices of regular ones. But do not despair! There is a very cheap product that you can use in many areas of your house: vinegar.

Glass and mirror: Fill a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar. Spray the area and wipe with a cloth. You can also add some castile soap to the mixture if you like.

Dishwasher: Fill the soap dispenser with ½ cup vinegar and run an empty cycle to disinfect the dishwasher. You can also swap the toxic rinse aid with vinegar.

Floors: Add 1/4 or ½ cup vinegar to a bucket of warm water to clean floors (except wood and marble).

Drains: Unclog a drain pouring ½ cup vinegar and ½ cup baking soda down the drain then rinse with water.

Bathroom: Fill a plastic bag with vinegar and tie the bag around the shower head. Leave overnight and then rinse with water to remove mineral deposits. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and spray on shower walls to prevent mildew or remove soap residue.

Toilet: Fill a spray bottle with vinegar, spray the inside of the toilet, and scrub with a toilet brush.

Jars and containers: Fill jars and containers with bad odor with warm water and vinegar, let it sit for a few hours, then rinse with water to remove the odor.

Carpet spills: First, use a cloth to remove the liquid from the carpet. Then spray the area with a mixture of ½ water and ½ vinegar. Let the carpet soak the mixture for a few minutes and then blot the area with a fresh cloth.

Carpet stains: Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar, 1 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap, and 1 cup warm water, and pour the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture over the stain, covering it completely for a few minutes. Then blot the area with a cloth.

Kitchen surfaces: Spray vinegar over kitchen counters and appliance surfaces and wipe with a clean cloth.

Wooden cutting board: Wipe with vinegar to disinfect the cutting board.

Washing machine: Remove soap residue from your washing machine by running an empty cycle with one cup vinegar.  

BONUS: Click here to see an earlier post on how to clean silver jewelry organically using vinegar and a few other household ingredients.