One of the questions I’m asked a lot in person (and online via email) is the type of cleaners I use. Quite a few of my friends are looking for gentle products to clean their homes. Since they know I’m not a fan of using harsh chemicals they will come to me for advice. Some of them are a bit surprised when I tell them my favorite cleaner is distilled white vinegar.
The only thing I don’t like about vinegar is the smell, but that dissipates shortly after the surface is dry so I can live with the area smelling like pickles since it’s such an effective cleaner.
White vinegar is a weak acid that contains about 5 percent acetic acid. Because of this it can be extremely effective for removing calcium deposits, water deposits from glass, tarnish from certain metals like brass and copper, and stains from sinks.
I’ve found that white vinegar is an extremely effective way to clean our floors. Over the years, I’ve noticed that it leaves our floors much cleaner (for longer) than any other “fancy product” that I could purchase. In fact, I’ve been using white vinegar as my “cleaner solution” with my Hoover Twin Tank Steam mop with much success. I also use vinegar to clean my windows!
While I occasionally use apple cider vinegar for my natural vegetable washes when it comes to cleaning around the home I always reach for distilled white vinegar.