Ditch the commercial cleaners for nontoxic, inexpensive and versatile white vinegar
Many homeowners strive for a healthier home — whether that means choosing ecofriendly materials for a remodel or greener products for everyday life. For me, finding healthier, more effective and budget-friendly cleaning alternatives is at the top of my list. Fortunately, effective nontoxic options have been around for centuries. Many of these cleaners, including vinegar, are already in your closet.
Vinegar is one of the most versatile and effective household cleaners. At pennies per ounce, it's also one of the most inexpensive cleaners on the market. Simply mix 1 cup of water and ¼ cup distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. This basic mixture can be used for most cleaning chores, with additional natural elements added to tackle tougher jobs.
Not too fond of the smell? Don't worry, the smell dissipates as the vinegar dries.
Kitchen. The kitchen is another room that sees the full benefits of vinegar — the basic mix can clean virtually every surface in this room.
Laundry. Use vinegar to soften and lift stains from clothes in the laundry room.