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Simple Natural Cleaning Solutions with #HeinzVinegar #CBias

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.

I had a few really baked on areas that were not quite ready to give up yet so I repeated the process again.

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!

 

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and HEINZ #CBias #SocialFabric.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

31 thoughts on “Simple Natural Cleaning Solutions with #HeinzVinegar #CBias

  1. A great natural way to clean my oven! I’m recently trying to minimize the use of store bought detergents at home and to replace them with more natural solutions. Cleaning the oven was my biggest problem till now there wasn’t a strong enough cleaning solution to clean it well. Your recipe came exactly on time and worked quite efficiently. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. I’m going to do this – I didn’t notice how much lemons you put in the bottle – an entire bag?

    Thanks!

    1. I usually put the juice from 1-2 lemons at most. That is up to you but I love the smell of lemons and it helps to hide some of the vinegar smell 🙂

    1. It would work on any oven surface, just be sure that the baking soda doesn’t collect in the vents and you should be fine. It works really well!

  3. Found this on pinterest and i really want to clean my oven today as it needs it really bad . I just dont feel like going out and buying white vinegar . Will apple cider vinegar do the job today ?

    1. Hi Brooke, I haven’t tried it but I would imagine it would still work fine. You just need the reaction from the acid in the vinegar to make it work. Let me know when you give it a try!

  4. I didn’t think this would even work in the oven because things are so baked on! Oven cleaners are enough to make my eyeballs melt with all the fumes. My friend was telling me about Castile soap the other day. Another great tool to put in my arsenal! I hope your husband is better.

    1. Thank-you Christine! My husband’s fight is better than it was 5 years ago, although it will never go away, we now have a better grip on handling it. And I haven’t used conventional oven cleaner in over 10 years! You will be shocked how well this works!

  5. What an amazing, natural cleaner vinegar is! I tried cleaning my oven once when I was first married with one of those chemical based and haven’t tried again – it was so gross! This gives me hope that I can do it without passing out from chemical inhalation!

  6. That’s great that it works so well on an oven. All the commercial oven cleaners aggravate my asthma, and it was always a huge process to get a mask and gloves to clean the oven, so frankly, I just didn’t. Now I have a way to do it that will be much safer.

  7. Wow! I can’t believe that it worked that well. I knew you could use those ingredients but have not seen photos that show how well it works. Thanks for sharing! This is so much cheaper than cleaners.

  8. I am in love with using vinegar and baking soda to clean! Thank you for another great idea. My oven could definitely use this so I will be trying it!

  9. I really do love cleaning with vinegar, it’s always done miracles for me in my kitchen. Next time I’m out I’m going to pick a jug of this up. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I have been making and using vinegar-based natural cleansers for years. I did hear about this new “cleaning vinegar” recently. Do you know what makes it specific for cleaning? I assume it is stronger than standard vinegar?

  11. I just used some vinegar on some hard water build up on my fridge Ice making machine. WOW, it was amazingly fast at eating that stuff up! It was great. I’m also trying it out to see if I can get rid of the ants lurking all over my front doorstep! 🙂 I love vinegar!

  12. I can’t believe lemon juice and vinegar can clean an oven! That’s amazing! This is especially great for pregnant women who can’t use chemical oven cleaner even if they wanted to.

    Pinned & shared.

    1. Yes, pretty amazing right? Vinegar is such an amazing solution to use for almost all household cleaning tasks.

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