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6 Household Chemicals to Replace with Vinegar

In our homestead family, we battle skin allergies, skin sensitivities, and airborne allergies. Because of this, we have started eliminating more and more chemicals from our lives. Several years ago, at the very beginning of our dreams and aspirations of moving from a cookie-cutter home in the suburbs to a homestead in the county, we watched a documentary called “Chemerical”. We were shocked and terrified with the statistics that were revealed and convinced that we needed to begin replacing all of the chemicals in our lives with natural and/or homemade products that were safe.

If you have not see the documentary “Chemerical,” it is an absolute must. It reveals the extent of toxic chemicals in our homes, our body products, and in the very air we breathe in our own homes. The topic is presented in a very entertaining way and actually follows one family through the process of discovering the poisons in their home, eliminating chemicals from their life, and replacing them with natural and homemade alternatives. The documentary was then followed up with a book of natural product recipes.

Anyway...my point of this article is to share 6 household products that OUR family has replaced with vinegar. Vinegar is safe, cheap, and available in every supermarket or big box grocery store.

Laundry

Our family has completely eliminated the use of fabric softener. Using vinegar is a perfect replacement because it softens clothes and reduces static. After the clothes have dried in the dryer or on the clothesline, you cannot smell any residual scent of vinegar. If you would like scented fabric softener, add 5 drops of essential oil to the fabric softener cup after pouring in the vinegar.

Fabric Softener

Bathroom

I use vinegar in the bathroom to replace many horrible chemicals. I use it in the toilet, in the sink, on the counters, in the shower and tubs, and on the floors. Sometimes, when the sinks, showers, and tubs are extra grimy (because I have kids and a hard working husband who gets dirty and greasy) I invite Vinegar's best friend, Baking Soda, to the cleaning party. They work very well together. Sprinkle on the baking soda, pour on some vinegar, and scrub away with a cleaning cloth or a scrub brush. Voila! Sparkling clean! (You know our great-grandmothers had this all figured out 100 years ago. We have just chosen to ignore them or forget...like obstinate teenagers.)

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Floor Cleaner (great on all hard floors)

Bathtub/ Shower cleaner

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 gallon warm water
  • Sprinkle baking soda (as needed for extra scrubbing power)

Around the House

One thing I really enjoy about these next 2 chemical replacements are their versatility. I really hate lots of bottles of cleaners. Marketing groups across the globe have really convinced us that we need a different cleaner for every single item to be cleaned. Raise your hand if the cupboard under your kitchen sink is so filled with chemical bottles that you couldn't possibly fit another spray bottle under there! I've been there too! But, I'm tired of it. These next 2 natural cleaning recipes can really be used an any hard surface. The first recipe is also great on glass surfaces like windows, mirrors, and IKEA furniture (you know...the fake wood stuff). But, the second recipe has more vinegar in it, which makes it better for fighting nasty germs. Oh, and these 2 recipes also utilize Vinegar's other friends.

Glass Cleaner

All Purpose Cleaner

So, there you have it!

6 household chemicals you can immediately eliminate from your home and replace with a natural, non-toxic, inexpensive options for cleaning your home. I guarantee you will be proud to make your home safer, while still making it clean.

Stay tuned for more awesome tips to creating a more natural, sustainable and healthy life for you and your family.

Take care and may God continue to bless you every single day,

Sarah

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10 comments

    • Kevin
      Kevin 11 March, 2017 at 06:52 Reply

      Glad you enjoyed it. We will be coming out with new tips and posts every week. Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog to receive all of our posts via email.

    • Kevin
      Kevin 11 March, 2017 at 06:51 Reply

      We’ve never tried the peroxide trick so we will have to try that! Thanks for the tip! Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog to receive all of our posts via email.

  1. Holly Bunker 7 March, 2017 at 20:38 Reply

    Ever since I had a baby, I have been more concerned about cleaning chemicals! I had not thought of replacing the fabric softener! That’s awesome! Glad I found you on the Turn it Up Link Up Party Today.

    • Kevin
      Kevin 11 March, 2017 at 06:50 Reply

      Thanks Holly! We are glad you found us too. Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog to receive all of our posts via email. We promise never to spam. You will just receive a short email letting you know we have a new post to read.

  2. mummascribbles 11 March, 2017 at 14:38 Reply

    I had no idea that you can use vinegar for all of that. I’m not sure I’m ready to switch to washing clothes in it but bathrooms and the like me, it’s worth a go. We do use so many chemical based products that we could cut down on. Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • Kevin
      Kevin 11 March, 2017 at 21:42 Reply

      Even if you just switch a few things, it certainly can’t hurt. We didn’t make the change overnight either, but as you gain confidence in using less chemicals it becomes easier and easier! Don’t forget to subscribe to get our blogs via email and also subscribe to us on YouTube!

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