Rachel here with a few tips to help you clean your home without using toxic cleaners and save yourself some money in the process.
A few years ago I made the switch to more natural cleaning products. I tried just about everything — store bought “green” cleaners, homemade cleaning recipes — what I finally settled on, and have been using now for over ten years is good old vinegar.
Vinegar does a great job of cleaning and I love that I don’t have to worry about any questionable ingredients.
Four Monks™ Cleaning Vinegar is my go-to for pretty much any cleaning task in my home. I love that I can use it for so many different jobs.
I switched cleaners because I wanted to get rid of chemicals in my home but there was another side-effect that I wasn’t counting on.
Using vinegar to clean has saved me so much money!
There’s only one downside to cleaning with vinegar for me: My husband isn’t crazy about the smell. Personally, I love the smell of vinegar but it isn’t his favorite.
Fortunately, Four Monks has a few great solutions for that.
Aroma Controlled Cleaning Vinegar – This is a great option if you are sensitive to the smell of vinegar (or live with someone who is). This has a much milder smell but keeps all the great qualities I love about cleaning with vinegar.
Citrus Mint Cleaning Vinegar – I love the smell of anything citrus while I am cleaning. The Citrus Mint Cleaning Vinegar from Four Monks is so refreshing and, while not as mild as the Aroma Controlled Cleaning Vinegar, definitely isn’t as strong as cleaning with regular vinegar. I love the light scent and it made my whole house smell amazing.
Want some tips for cleaning your house with Vinegar? We have some ideas for every room in your house!
In the Kitchen:
- Spray Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar on counter tops.
- Deodorize sink by filling it with warm water, pouring a bit of Spray Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar in, soaking for ten minutes then draining the water. The sink and disposal will smell nice and fresh afterwards.
- Use Spray Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar straight on glass (windows, oven door, etc.) and wipe clean with a paper towel or a piece of newspaper — this is an old trick Grandma used to use but it really works!
- Soak a toothbrush in Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar then use it to clean your kitchen facet, can opener, blender blades, etc.
- Freshen up your dishwasher by running an empty load with 1/2 cup of Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar.
In the Bathroom
- Spray Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar on your counters.
- Spray your toilet, inside and out, with Four Monks™ Cleaning Vinegar. Let it sit for about 5 minutes than wipe clean.
- Use Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar on your bathroom mirrors. Wipe clean with a paper towel or piece of newspaper.
- Spray your door knob with Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar then wipe clean. The door knob can have so many germs on it so be sure and clean it often.
- Have lime buildup? Make a a paste made of 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar and scrub clean.
- Remove shower head buildup by combining 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar into a sandwich bag. Tie it around the shower head and let this set for an hour after the bubbling has stopped. Remove the bag and then turn on the water.
In the Laundry
- Wash stinky workout clothes with Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar followed by half a cup of baking soda.
- Soak new garments in a few cups of Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar for 10-15 minutes before washing to prevent the colors from running.
- Add 1/2 cup Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar to the rinse cycle to brighten colors.
- Freshen up laundry you left in the washing machine too long by pouring a few cups of Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar in the machine and washing the clothes in hot water. Then run a normal cycle with detergent to rinse the clothes.
In the Bedroom
- Freshen sheets by soaking them in Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar before washing with baking soda.
- Freshen the air by spraying a solution of 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 cup Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar.
- Wipe flat surfaces, door knobs, baseboards, etc. with Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar.
I use vinegar for 99% of the cleaning jobs in my home and I love that I know exactly what is in my cleaning products.
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored and Rachel received sample items for review.
Written by 5 Minutes for Mom contributor Rachel Lister, blogger at Busy Mommy Media.