People across the world spend tons of money on cleaning and beauty products that they use daily. Most of these products are filled with dangerous toxic chemicals that are terrible for human skin.
No matter how much we’re careful of using cleaning products (wearing gloves, face masks, etc.) some of it will be either inhaled or left on our skin during or after cleaning. Beauty products are automatically added on the skin so there’s no escaping the entirety of its chemicals.
If you have children in your household, you need to be especially careful and restrain from using products that have tons of chemicals in them. Children are more vulnerable to these chemicals compared to adults.
Chemical-based everyday products are shampoos, cleaning products, plastics, lotions, air fresheners, disinfecting sprays, conventional deodorants, toothpaste, soaps, beauty products, laundry detergents, and more. All of these items contain toxic chemicals like ammonia, triclosan, phthalates, parabens, and others.
Natural Household Cleaners
As alternatives to the chemically based cleaners and beauty products, companies started investing money into natural household cleaners. With more and more products being released each day and people understanding the dangers of toxic chemical products, the natural product market has been on the rise. The rise is expected to be worth 7.8 billion dollars by 2025.
Even though these products are the perfect alternative to toxic chemical products, they are pretty expensive. Instead of buying these products from multi-million-dollar companies, you can try and make some of them yourself. There are many DIY tutorials online which can guide you in creating the perfect natural product for whatever reason (cleaning, beauty, etc.).
All you’ll need is a couple of ingredients and you will be able to keep your body and house clean for minimal money. Some of the important ingredients for these DIY products are:
Beauty/Personal Care Products:
- Essential oils
- Apple cider vinegar
- Coconut oil
- Shea butter
- Baking soda
- Liquid Castile soap
One of the best natural miracle ingredients for cleaning is white vinegar. Even though many people dislike its smell, it is an amazing ingredient and it’s a necessity for every kitchen and household.
Comprised of acetic acid (5-10%) and water (90-95%), white vinegar has a very clean, crisp, and strong taste. Acetic acid is created as a result of a fermentation process where a gigantic number of microorganisms eat and process alcohol (ethanol).
They release tart as a product which is a liquid with a strong taste/smell that we know as vinegar. Anything that contains alcohol can be used to make vinegar. You can either use hard apple cider, wine, beer, and Vodka-Esque spirit to make vinegar.
Uses for Laundry
Most of your laundry related problems can be fixed by using white vinegar. These are just some ways that white vinegar can help improve the quality of washing your laundry:
- Getting rid of odors – whether its armpit sweat smells or another unpleasant smell, the white vinegar can help destroy the bacteria causing this smell. For towels, just add 2 cups of white vinegar to the washer to a normal cycle.
- For clothes, only half to one cup of vinegar is enough during the rinse cycle. If other odors are hard to get rid of, presoak the items with white vinegar mixed with cold water and leave them for twenty minutes before adding them to the laundry.
- Removing Stains – spray the area that is stained with white vinegar and leave it 10-15 minutes before adding the item to the laundry. If you have a harder stain, mix baking soda with vinegar and add the paste to the stained area.
- Fabric Softener – Vinegar is easily broken down with detergent. Because of this, you can use it as a fabric softener for your clothes and towels by just adding half a cup of vinegar to the dispenser in the machine.
- Preserve White Laundry – add one cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle to stop color bleeding. If some of your white laundries look discolored, 1 ½ cup of vinegar is enough for the wash cycle to take care of your items.
- Protects Color – After several washes, dark-colored clothes can become lighter due to the residue of soap sticking to the fibers. Add one cup or ½ cup of white vinegar to the final rinse cycle to prevent the whitening of dark-colored clothes.
There are many more benefits that can be said about using white vinegar with your laundry other than the above mentioned.
Proper Usage of White Vinegar
Using white vinegar properly is also important so that you won’t destroy your clothes or your laundry machine so make sure you follow these guidelines:
- Using white vinegar and detergent together is okay as long as they don’t mix. Make sure to add the vinegar after the detergent is out (rinse cycle).
- Delicate fabrics can be stained by a too concentrated vinegar.
- Use vinegar in small quantities and only when it’s needed because there are reports that it can clog pipes and hoses, resulting in damaging your washing machine.
- Strong acid can eat up some sort of materials so make sure your washing machine can withstand the vinegar.
- Depending on what you’re aiming for, vinegar should be added at different times in the wash cycle. For brightening your clothes, add it to the bleach dispenser. For removing odors, add it to the washing basin during the rinse cycle. For softening your clothes, add it to the softening dispenser.
Additional Usages of White Vinegar
Other than as a cleanser of laundry, you can also use white vinegar for cleaning other things around the house. It is a perfect ingredient for cleaning a dirty microwave, fridge, trashcan, bathroom/shower, dishes/cups, carpet stains, blinds, and many other items around the house that require cleaning.
It can clean out stains on your clothes or carpet made from wine, gum, pet urine, deodorant, ring stains on wooden furniture, and more. Most importantly, it almost eliminates the nasty smell made from anything.
You can also use white vinegar reusable cleaning wipes, cleaning your yoga mats, remove bad breath and whiten your teeth, keep car windows frost-free, and stop the itching from mosquito bites and insect stings.
Also, it can be used to liven up droopy flowers by mixing 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of sugar to a quart of water and adding the mixture into a vase.
There are many other usages for the distilled white vinegar for household activities so don’t be discouraged in using it.