bottle of vinegar

Do you ever feel slightly overwhelmed walking down the cleaning aisle of the supermarket?

There’s a seemingly endless number of cremes, pastes, powders, liquids, sprays and concoctions which promise to leave your home squeaky clean, germ free and fresh smelling. As they are all ‘specially formulated, you would think a chemistry degree was necessary just to get the bathtub sparkling without chemical help.

It’s all hype though. All those chemicals are not only completely unnecessary, they are harmful to you and the environment. And don’t get me started on the antibacterial products. Manufacturers would have us believe that unless everything is sanitised, sterilised and chemicalised from top to bottom, our homes could become hot beds of germs and disease. Funny thing is, the cleaner we get, the sicker we seem to get too. More chemicals means more allergies, asthma, autoimmune problems and weaker immune systems.

It’s not enough to replace commercial personal care products like shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste with natural alternatives, you need to swap those toxic cleaners for safer ones. And don’t worry, making your own stuff is cheap, quick and ridiculously easy. You probably have most, if not all of the ingredients in your pantry right now.

No 1: Vinegar

Vinegar (white distilled) is an amazingly versatile, inexpensive, wonder cleaner. It will disinfect surfaces, cut grease, freshen the air, get rid of soap scum and mineral build up, remove bad odours and inhibit the growth of mould.

  • Use it neat on cutting boards and counters
  • Add ¼ cup to laundry as a fabric softener
  • Mix 1 part vinegar to 2 parts or more water and spray mixture on mirrors, glass, floors, walls and taps. Wipe off with a cloth. Spray your shower down regularly and it will cut the cleaning time in half.