However, there is still yet a cheaper alternative that is kind to the environment and delivers the required results; and that is to use the products our great grandmothers used. Domestic cleaning was done using items like vinegar, salt, soap, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and borax. Baking soda and vinegar are two of the most popular ingredients used in a majority of recipes for homemade cleaners.
Using vinegar for a wide range of cleaning
As we all know vinegar is acidic and this is why it is such a good cleaners, because it eats up the dirt and grime; and an added benefit is that it also kills off bacteria. There are a variety of recipes readily available online that use vinegar as an ingredient to make household cleaners that can be used throughout the home. Vinegar can be used on its own or combined with other ingredients for cleaning ovens, various kitchen and bathroom surfaces, windows, metal, floors and many other surfaces and areas within the home. Vinegar can also be used to get rid of pet odours and other smells or simply used as a disinfectant by using it undiluted to wipe down door handles, light switches etc. Due to its acidic nature, care should be taken not to use vinegar in its undiluted form, so here is a quick recipe for a multi-purpose cleaner: -
2 tablespoons of vinegar 1 teaspoon of borax 1/2 a teaspoon of washing soda 1/2 a teaspoon of liquid soap 2 cups hot water
In a spray bottle; add the vinegar, borax, soda and liquid soap and then carefully add the hot water and gently shake until all the in ingredients are dissolved.