If you have been around my blog for a little while, you know our family switched to natural cleaning products over 5 years ago. With the urging from my husband Oncologist, we started looking into the household chemicals we were using to clean. It was quite shocking really! The more I looked, the more frightened I became. Being pregnant with our first child and my husband battling a blood disease at the time made me even more nervous. So many of the cleaning products I grew up using were full of unsafe and harmful ingredients. It is truly amazing that we accept the fact that just because something is on the shelf and sold for an intended purpose it is suppose to be safe. That really isn’t the truth!
Once we had made the decision to no longer use conventional cleaners and start our chemical-free cleaning journey, we had to find natural cleaning solutions. I wanted something that really worked, not just to make the surface look pretty but actually clean. (Remember I am the germ conscious one of the family.) I had been reading about alternative solutions and vinegar kept coming up. If it were truly that easy why would we have all these cleaners in the first place, I kept thinking. The more I read, the more I realized that it really was that easy!
What Makes Vinegar Special
Vinegar is actually a perfect solution for green cleaning! It is truly versatile, best of all it is non-toxic and safe to be used around my entire family! Studies have shown that vinegar kills 99 percent of surface bacteria, 80 percent of germs, and 82 percent of molds on a counter. Pretty powerful stuff, right?
Vinegar is a natural bi-product of vegetables, fruits, and grains. It’s both edible and biodegradable and has a basically unlimited shelf life. Vinegar is acidic based so it is a perfect natural cleaning solution. When an acid is applied to grease, it breaks it down quickly making it a perfect household cleaner. Vinegar is also environmentally friendly, because it is biodegradable and won’t harm the environment in any way. making it a perfect healthy cleaning solution.
I found out about a new vinegar that is specifically formulated for cleaning purposes so off to Walmart I headed to look for the new Heinz Cleaning Vinegar. Thinking about it being a “Cleaning” vinegar, I headed off to the cleaning aisle to find it. They had never heard about it, so being a little disappointed I started to finish my other shopping. When I came upon the regular cooking vinegar aisle I was so excited to find it! I guess I should have looked here first! I was excited to grab a gallon and give it a try. The Heinz Cleaning Vinegar is made with a higher acidic strength over the average vinegar found on your store shelves.
You can check out my entire shopping experience in my Natural Cleaning Solutions with #HeinzVinegar Google+ album. My cleaning products of choice at home consist of vinegar, baking soda, lemons, coarse salt, essential oils and Castile soap. We headed home with my new Heinz Cleaning Vinegar to tackle a big mess, my oven!
True Natural Cleaning Power
I purchased a Full-Circle set of cleaning spray bottles a while ago. Although special spray bottles are not needed, these are super handy as they have a juicer insert built into them. Austin loves to help me juice the lemons when we make our cleaners so I cut up the lemons and he went to work on juicing.
Then I added straight Heinz Cleaning Vinegar to the bottle. In many cleaning cases you can do a 50/50 ratio to water but I
wanted needed full strength to tackle my mess! This is a picture of the inside of my oven. To say it is a mess would be an under statement. I don’t like cleaning out my oven but truthfully it has only been this bad once before, and I even shared photos then too! Either way, I knew that with baking soda and vinegar it wouldn’t be a difficult job.
I sprinkled the baking soda lightly but generously around to coat the surface. Then I took my solution I made with the juice from two lemons and my Heinz Cleaning Vinegar and sprayed away. You don’t want to wash away the baking soda but you need to wet it enough that it becomes pasty and bubbles. Allow it to sit at least 15-20 minutes. When you return to wipe it away, the baking soda is pasty but it shouldn’t require a lot of elbow grease. Most of it will lift right off.
After wiping my second batch away, this is what I was left with! Although it didn’t completely lift every single spot, the others will just require a little scrubbing with a half a lemon and coarse salt and should come right up since they have already been worked on with the baking soda and vinegar. What would have required toxic oven cleaner previously could easily be tackled with two common household ingredients for a fraction of the cost, baking soda and Heinz Cleaning Vinegar.
I had previously shared many ways to use vinegar while cleaning in a “Green Cleaning“ series I did back in the spring. Be sure you check out some other amazing ways vinegar can be used around your house!
Why not give it a try? Vinegar is a perfect natural cleaning solution that is easy on your budget and the environment!
Have you ever tried to clean with vinegar? Feel free to share your green cleaning tips!
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