Even if I wasn’t so environmentally conscious I would still use baking soda and vinegar for cleaning my house. They don’t make me sneeze or feel sick to my stomach, or dry out my skin when I clean with them like harsh chemical cleaners do.
Vinegar has many uses for cleaning around the house. I use plain white vinegar for:
- cleaning glass windows and mirrors
- shining tiles
- as a mild disinfectant for cutting boards
- cleaning up pet puddles
- getting rid of funky odors in the garbage disposal
- cleaning my iced tea maker
- as a fabric softener in the washing machine
I have a spray bottle of 50/50 vinegar and tap water that I use around the house for cleaning. I have heard you can also add essential oils to make it smell nice, but I kind of like the smell (except when it’s mixed with pet yuck).
Baking soda is very useful as a mild abrasive. You can use it wherever you might use Comet or a similar scouring powder. Here are some of the things I use it for (and a link to more):
- scrubbing my white kitchen sink
- cleaning my stove’s glass cooktop
- powering baked-on gunk off of pans
- sprinkling over the trash can to control odors
- freshening up carpet
One of my favorite uses for both baking soda and vinegar is something I call the volcano, like your science fair project. Only instead of a science experiment, it is a great way to clean, clear and deodorize drains. Funnel about 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by an equal amount of vinegar. Let it work for at least five minutes, then follow with hot water. I guess you can use hot tap water, but I like water heated in the teakettle. Finally, give it a cold rinse. Your drain should flow beautifully.
What’s your favorite household use for baking soda or vinegar?
This post is linked to Simple Lives Thursday.