Sunday, January 29, 2012

All Purpose Cleaner

If you have read some of my previous posts then you know by now how much I hate chemicals, so with that being said I'm sure you could have guessed that I hate most store bought cleaners. However I love to use vinegar on most things. Why? Because it's cheap, safe for kids and pets, and it works. It doesn't make you sick, yes it has a distinct odor but so do all the icky chemicals that are bad for your health and the environment and besides it goes away when it's dry and you can always add essential oils, some of which also have antibacterial properties (see my fav websites for more info on essential oils), I mostly use it for the kitchen and bathrooms. I highly recommend trying it!

-Heinz company spokesperson Michael Mullen references numerous studies to show that a straight 5 percent solution of vinegar—the kind you can buy in the supermarket—kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses). He noted that Heinz can’t claim on their packaging that vinegar is a disinfectant since the company has not registered it as a pesticide with the Environmental Protection Agency. However, it seems to be common knowledge in the industry that vinegar is powerfully antibacterial. Even the CBS news show “48 Hours” had a special years ago with Heloise reporting on tests from The Good Housekeeping Institute that showed this.

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