Vinegar Is The Greener Cleaner

| 8/6/2014 9:01:00 AM

Country MoonSometimes the old staples really are the best choices for products around the house. My grandmother always had a spray bottle of vinegar that she kept for “this and that.” Then today’s “wonder” products surfaced on the market, and they are promoted to clean, shine, disinfect, remove stains and generally do everything better. The trouble is they are all chemical-based and you need a different product for each use.

With the emphasis shifting back to a greener environment, vinegar is making a comeback. Not only is it versatile and natural, it is also inexpensive. Derived from any fruit or substance containing sugar, vinegar is made in a two-step process. The first is the alcoholic fermentation that occurs when yeasts change natural sugars to alcohol. The second step is when bacteria converts the alcohol to acid. Proper bacteria and timing is the key to the whole process.

VinegarWhether it is white, apple cider or balsamic, vinegar is a natural disinfectant and has antimicrobial properties. When used as a cleaner it eliminates 99% of bacteria, kills 98% of microbes, destroys 82% of molds and makes 80% germs vanish. It is non-toxic, biodegradable and cheap.

About this time I can hear the counter-argument that bleach is also an effective germ killer. True, but unlike vinegar, bleach is bad for the planet and hard on lungs. When bleach is manufactured it releases cancer-causing dioxin and brain-damaging mercury into the air. My cousin was using bleach to scrub stains from the driveway before sealing it and some soaked through her jeans on her knees. Even though she immediately washed it off, she ended up with severe chemical burns.

So, what exactly can that bottle of vinegar do? Here’s just a partial list:

– Add 2 tablespoons to 1 pint of water to make a wash for fruits and vegetables that kills bacteria.

8/8/2014 8:37:06 AM

Lois, vinegar has been touted to be the cure all/do all liquid for decades. I can remember reading a book back in my early interest to organic gardening days that was devoted to nothing but the advantages of vinegar. That was way back in the 1970s. Now a scan of the advantages of vinegar books in Amazon will give a huge selection of books to read on the subject. The book I read oh so long ago even addressed the use of vinegar in the diets of the homestead animals. Chickens, cows, etc. were included in the wonders of vinegar consumption. I haven't tried the weed control just yet but am considering a test or two. I haven't tried the laundry thing either but have good intentions. :-) Have a great vinegar day.

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