Household white vinegar is a must-have, just like bicarbonate of soda, for eco-friendly use around the house. Household white vinegar can be used in so many different ways. It is a natural product that de-scales, disinfects, cleans and leaves a shine.
Worth knowing about household white vinegar
Whether it’s called white distilled vinegar, spirit vinegar or household vinegar, white vinegar is made industrially from the alcoholic fermentation and acetification of beetroot or maize. It is colourless, non-toxic and can be used instead of any detergent or degreaser.
Household white vinegar can be used to make home-made natural fabric conditioner or as a disinfectant instead of bleach.
It couldn’t be easier to make your own, natural, eco-friendly fabric conditioner with household white vinegar.
Pour the water and white vinegar into a container. Add 20 drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil. Mix well until even. Pour into a clean dry bottle. Fill the fabric conditioner compartment of your washing machine before each wash.
To disinfect dustbins, the cat’s litter box, toilets, etc., replace bleach with your own disinfectant made of white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.
Mix together 100ml white vinegar and 3 tablespoons of powdered bicarbonate of soda in ½ litre water. Don’t worry, the mixture should bubble - it’s a normal reaction. Pour your white vinegar-based disinfectant onto the surface to be disinfected. Leave overnight, then rinse.
If you want clean white tile joints in your shower or around your bathtub, here’s what to do:
- 100 ml white vinegar
- 3 to 4 tablespoons powdered bicarbonate of soda
- Paper towels or cloths
Mix together 100ml white vinegar and 3 to tablespoons of powdered bicarbonate of soda. Generously pour onto dirty joints and place rolls of paper towel or cloth on the dampened joints. Leave overnight. Next morning, your joints are clean!
- Never use white vinegar with bleach. The vapours are toxic.
- Household white vinegar can also be used as dishwasher rinse aid.
- White vinegar fabric conditioner is also a natural cleaner for your washing machine.
Now you know all there is to know about the merits and the uses of household white vinegar, so away with all those toxic, chemical products!