Vinegar: The Wonder Cleaner

Wouldn't you just love to have a true all-in-one green cleaning solution? Are you tired of reading the labels of half a dozen or more different products to get through all of your cleaning around the house? I know I was. That's when I started researching vinegar. It took me a few weeks and I'd like to share the effective cleaning powers of vinegar with you now.

Using vinegar against microbes is nothing new. Hippocrates prescribed it in 400 BC. for coughs and colds The Egyptians used it in 3000 BC. It has been found in recorded history as far back as 5000 BC. when the Babylonians used it to preserve food.

Why Vinegar Works

It is vinegar's acetic acid, with a pH of about 5, that makes it work so well. According to the Vinegar Institute, The strength of vinegar is measured by the percent of acetic acid present in the product. All vinegar sold in the United States at the retail level should be at least 4% acetic acid; typically, white distilled vinegar has between 4% and 7% acetic acid. The higher the concentration of acetic acid in the vinegar, the more effective it is against the microbes.

You can invest a lot of money in cleaning supplies with pretty packaging and tag lines that catch your eye but what you really need is a cleaner that works. If you have ten different cleaners that you use for your own residential cleaning, it probably cost you at least $40-$50; a gallon of distilled white vinegar will cost you approximately $6. So, besides being inexpensive, why vinegar? Vinegar is easy to use and versatile, biodegradable, non-toxic in food handling areas, safe around children and pets, it is safe on most surfaces* including stainless steel, and it is gentle on the environment. Vinegar also kills most mold, bacteria and viruses.

We have a few awesome green cleaning recipes that you can make for your house cleaning needs. Click here for our vinegar recipes.

Once you have these recipes, we've compiled a list of ways to use them (along with some MORE recipes!) Click cleaning with vinegar for helpful tips on how to use vinegar around the house.

Fun Facts About Vinegar

Did You Know?

  • Four Thieves Vinegar- During the bubonic plague, which peaked in Europe in the 1300's and killed millions, legend has it that a group of thieves robbed the bodies of the victims with complete protection from infection. The thieves are said to have used a preparation of vinegar and infused garlic to prevent from getting sick.
  • Worlds Oldest Condiment- Traces of vinegar have been found in Babylonian urns dated back to 5000 BC. It was used in pickling.
  • Bubble Bombs For Kids! With vinegar, baking soda, a zip lock bag and a paper towel you can make a cool science experiment for kids. Put a cup of vinegar into the plastic bag and zip halfway closed. In the paper towel, pour 1 1/2 Tbsp. baking soda. Fold paper towel, place in plastic bag and zip closed quickly. Shake and throw!
  • Melt Pearls? It is said that Cleopatra bet that she could consume the wealth of an entire nation in one meal. During a dinner with Marc Antony, she dropped a priceless pearl earring into a goblet of wine vinegar. The pearl dissolved. When she swallowed it down, Marc Antony conceded defeat.

* Do NOT use vinegar on natural stone!