Friday, October 28, 2011
Vinegar, especially white vinegar, is the most amazing substance, with more uses than I'll likely ever have the chance to try in my lifetime. I use vinegar as a multi-purpose cleaning agent -- in the kitchen, in the bathroom, even on wood laminate floors. I've discovered some outdoor uses for it, as well. White vinegar is great for washing windows and, when sprayed on weeds, is just as effective as herbicides. White vinegar is such a simple product, yet it is rather miraculous -- and so inexpensive. I wonder how much money I save each year by replacing expensive, toxic cleaning agents with my inexpensive, green-cleaning methods. I started the quest to use environmentally-friendly products in lieu of the more toxic alternatives back in the 1990s and I've not looked back. I have an overflowing file of clippings and pamphlets about cleaning with such everyday products as white vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and salt. I also make my own powder laundry detergent, which costs me pennies and drastically reduces containers and packaging. There are so many simple things we can do to positively affect the health and well-being of our planet and ourselves. I'm sold on green cleaning as one of those simple, yet effective things.