I hate having chemicals anywhere near my house.
OK- I realize that in 2010 that is not a very practical statement, but I do want to avoid artificial anything as much as I can. I love making my own cleaning supplies because they smell so great and are so inexpensive (there goes that cheap thing again….). My house gets cleaned using simple household staples like vinegar, baking soda, etc.
I also put apple cider vinegar into the chickens water containers. It helps keep the water from growing any undesirable stuff that I don’t even want to think about. Also, according to the old folks it helps keep the chickens healthier.
In addition, I have discovered anew that you can infuse vinegar with many wonderful things. My favorite is lemon peels.
So simple to do as well! Get a really sharp peeler and fresh, firm lemons- 3 or 4 lemons will do. Peel a thin layer off the lemon and put into a clean quart sized jar (My mother in law gives me old mayonnaise jars and these come with wonderful lids).
Fill the jar with white vinegar and store in a dark place for at least a week.
Now you can open the jar and smell the lemon!
Put about one cup of the lemon vinegar into a spray bottle and fill the bottle with water. Spray on surfaces like counter tops to clean them. I use this solution to clean my kitchen floor and everything else imaginable. I even spray it into the air to freshen the room up.
You will at first smell a lot of vinegar, something I don’t mind at all but you might. The vinegar smell quickly evaporates leaving only the lingering but subtle scent of lemons!
- AT&T Uses for vinegar
- Old Fashioned Cleaning Tips Using Everyday Ingredients (natural-products.suite101.com)
- Is vinegar an eco friendly cleaner? (greenanswers.com)
- Ah, vinegar. I love you. (enviromom.com)
- How to Make Your Own Household Cleaners (gomestic.com)
- 37 Uses For Vinegar – And Counting! (livingrichwithcoupons.com)