Vinegar…the all purpose cleaner with no toxins


Wondering why Triangle Green Homes is featuring vinegar?

Because it’s so versatile. Can’t beat the price and uses. If you can get beyond the unique aroma, vinegar has no VOCs, no lasting odor and easy to use.  Cleaning products are some of the most toxic elements found in your home. Consider trying some of the old fashioned remedies.

Did you know that you can clean your coffee maker with vinegar?  Or clean clogged drains with a vinegar mixtures?  My favorite is cleaning vinyl floors with a cup of white vinegar added to a bucket of water. Sure beats paying for the manufacturer’s recommended product!

Try cleaning your car and home windows with a vinegar solution and substitute crumpled newsprint instead of paper towels.  No streaks and you’re reusing your newspapers!

Natural cleaning products are great for the budget, are less toxic than most commercial products and help keep your indoor air clean.

Contribute your favorite cleaning product recipes!

Recipes

Remove mineral deposits from coffee makers with white distilled vinegar. Fill the water reservoir with 1 cup or more of white distilled vinegar and run it through a whole cycle. Run it once or twice more with plain water to rinse clean. (Check the owners’ manual first.)

Drain Cleaner: For light drain cleaning, mix 1/2 cup salt in 4 liters water, heat (but not to a boil) and pour down the drain. For stronger cleaning, pour about 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then 1/2 cup vinegar. The resulting chemical reaction can break fatty acids down into soap and glycerine, allowing the clog to wash down the drain. After 15 minutes, pour in boiling water to clear residue. Caution: only use this method with metal plumbing. Plastic pipes can melt if excess boiling water is used. Also, do not use this method after trying a commercial drain opener–the vinegar can react with the drain opener to create dangerous fumes.

Window Cleaner: Mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with 1 liter (qt) warm water. Use crumpled newspaper or cotton cloth to clean. Don’t clean windows if the sun is on them, or if they are warm, or streaks will show on drying. The All-Purpose Cleaner (above) also works well on windows. Be sure to follow the recipe, because using too strong a solution of vinegar will etch the glass and eventually cloud it.

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EcoBroker, Realtor, Environmentalist and tireless advocate for green housing. Helping clients find a high performance home or make their current home more energy efficient, environmentally friendly and improve the indoor air quality.
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