Slow Home: Cleaning with Vinegar

Slow Home: Cleaning with Vinegar

OK. Let me get this out in the open before we move ahead…

The next few Monday shows are about cleaning your home BUT BEFORE YOU GO AWAY BECAUSE THAT SOUNDS INSANELY BORING I want you to know that the info we’re going to share is actually interesting and relevant and designed to help you:

    • save money
    • use fewer toxic chemicals in your home
    • simplify your cleaning routine
    • minimise waste
  • keep the same level of cleanliness as commercial cleaners

I know, I know. Not everyone wants to spend ten minutes a week listening to people talk about cleaning. But the fact is each and everyone of us needs to clean in some capacity, so why not make it simple and sustainable? In fact, if I could encourage anyone to make one change towards a more sustainable lifestyle, this would be it.

To kick things off, today Ben and I talk about the hero of green cleaning – boring old white vinegar. Without doubt it’s what we use the most of when it comes to cleaning our house, and we talk about how we use it to clean the:

    • kitchen tiles
    • bench tops
    • cupboard doors, handles and interiors
    • fridge – inside and out
    • stovetop
    • oven
    • microwave – inside and out
    • pantry shelves
    • mirrors
    • shower glass
    • bathroom tiles
    • vanity top and cupboards
    • wooden floors
  • tile floors

We discuss whether it actually cleans as well as the commercial products, if it’s as hygienic as bleach, and whether we’ve noticed any difference since adopting green cleaning a few years ago. We also talk about the practicalities – how to use it, what equipment you need, and if there are any downsides.

As always, this Monday show ends with a simple action we’d love you to try for the next seven days. This week try using white vinegar to clean your kitchen bench tops and bathroom vanity and see if there is any noticeable difference in the outcome. It doesn’t have to be better than your regular cleaner, but I’d love to know if it’s the same. Feel free to let us know in the comments. In the meantime though, have a great week!


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10 Responses to Slow Home: Cleaning with Vinegar

  1. No, this is not boring….this is the kind of thing I love, especially if I am a little behind in my cleaning like I am this week. I am sure after listening to this I will have a renewed motivation to get caught up. I feel intense satisfaction when my home is clean. Please don’t think we are not interested in subjects like this. I can’t be the only one who feels this is right up my alley.

  2. Love this! And love when you dive into long-form interviews. That’s the stuff of great podcasts!

  3. I always come across information about cleaning with white vinegar and still haven’t try to do it. But now I think I’ll actually do it! Thanks :)

  4. Most of the time I use just a microfibre cloth and water. Use vinegar to clean the toilet and hard floors, but everything else is just water, cloth and elbow grease.

  5. Hi Brooke,

    I’ve been researching natural ways to clean everyday things in the home and your post has been a great help thank you. Essential oils are also very good and can be added to a bucket of water to give it that extra cleaning power.

  6. More than a month later your podcast, I finally tried it! Cleaning with vinegar. I used the apple cider vinegar as I had some left over in my cupboard that I don’t use anymore. The outcome is excellent, and the smell didn’t even linger that much. With 13 month old boy who still loves to try everything and anything with his tongue, I’m so happy that I don’t need toxic chemicals!
    Thanks for your podcast and I love green cleaning topic. Please feel free to have reminder series every now and then, I’ll always love it!

  7. I really enjoyed reading an article that did not give vinegar all the glory and gave us an alternative. Vinegar, as you stated, has its uses and jobs that it is very good at but it is not master of the universe. The whole Castile vinegar stuff is gross in my opinion and while I am glad it works for some it just does not do it for me. We use Castile and water with tea tree oil most of the time for dirt and grim and vinegar with a lot of lavender oil to sanitize Castile and baking soda make a nice scrub for toilets.