Cleaning With Vinegar

My journey towards green living began back in 2008 when my sister declared her college major. She was pursuing a degree in Environmental Science and upon that declaration I was constantly bombarded with emails and texts related to making my life more green. In the beginning I baulked at her efforts. Then, slowly but surely, I began to embrace them. This whole green living thing makes a lot of sense. Especially once you have children!

When I was preparing for the birth of my little ones I did a clean sweep of our house. My goal was to move out chemicals, toxic cleaners, and the like. I wanted to make things safer and more natural. With little hands and feet transferring everything into their mouths I didn’t want to take any chances.

As I began to research how to make my home a healthier environment I discovered vinegar. “Vinegar is a weak form of acetic acid that forms through the fermentation of sugars and starches” (source). It is non-toxic and the perfect solution for an every day, child-safe cleaner.

There are countless ways you can implement vinegar around your home. Just Google “vinegar as a cleaner” and you’ll find a plethora of recipes and uses.  Here are a few of my most used combinations … all featuring fabulous vinegar!


  • 1/4 cup vinegar + 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Dissolve in 4 quarts of water
  • Portion into spray bottle and label


  • 1/2 cup vinegar + 1 teaspoon tea tree oil + 1 cup water
  • Pour into spray bottle and label
  • For treatment, squirt vinegar mold treatment onto affected area and let rest for 1 hour
  • Scrub affected area with bristly brush and repeat if needed


  • 1 cup vinegar + 1 cup water
  • Pour into spray bottle and label
  • For treatment, spray in stain and let sit
  • Scrub with sponge dipped in warm soapy water


  • Add 1/4 cup vinegar into fabric softener portion of washing machine

This is just the beginning of how you can use vinegar as a cleaning agent around your home. You can order a 3 pack of spray bottles for only $1.45 and vinegar is super cheap at roughly $3/gallon. Don’t be overwhelmed by all the options and variations you’ll find out there, just pick a few cleaning recipes, mix them up, and get cleaning! Plus, you don’t have to worry about handing your little ones a spray bottle and rag. It’s a win-win!

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (


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