My husband has been away over in NZ for a week and upon coming home apart from the flu he brought back the latest issue of Handyman. Well this almost makes up for coming back with the flu but I do have to say, if you haven't seen the latest issue (wait we brought this a week ago in June) then your really should pick one up, not so much for the Handyman issue itself but for the little magazine that came with it entitled - how to Clean just about Everything.
It is full of of tips and information to do with cleaning. I have used (and still do) many of them for years but if you want to use less product in the way of chemicals and want to have a handy reference book then I think this is wonderful.
On the very first page is a little piece about cleaning glasses with vinegar. Now vinegar is something you can use in many ways and being non-toxic it is also used as a base to make up many other cleaning recipes. It is of course 100% pure, distilled white vinegar can also be used as an effective non-toxic, all-natural cleaning solution the uses are rather wide from, removing odors from rooms, cleaning fixtures in your bathrooms and kitchen, removing stains and spills from carpets to cleaning windows, and much more. Vinegar is of course a weak form of acetic acid which is probably why it works so well.Saying this I have to point out that When US researchers pitted commercial cleaning products against alternatives like vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, they found that neat vinegar killed a range of household pathogens but over all, vinegar did slightly better than bicarb soda although neither killed as well as commercial products. So it is not the be all and end all in spite of its comeback but as I want non toxic then along with good old fashioned soap and hot water, vinegar does have a place in my home.
The doesn't just talk about vinegar though as there are articles on methods for cleaning, De cluttering,the A to Z of everyday cleaning, stain removal, pets, outdoor furniture,and even a section on cleaning crisis's.
I think it is a wonderful resource to keep a hold of.
I use a variety of things for making my homemade cleansers other than just vinegar such as lemon juice, borax, cornflour, bicarb soda, essential oils,hydrogen peroxide and of course liquid soap/velvet soap. I used to use a lot of Sunshine soap but haven't seen this in years. I also use soda water for stain removals.
Well that is my excitement rush for today, sad that a little thing like this can suddenly mean so so much but I have to say that I have long been a disbeliever when it comes to the hogwash we are fed by the advertising companies. If you believe the ad hype, you can't keep a clean house without loading your shopping trolley with a different cleaner for each surface, floor and sink in the house. Hogwash! Simple recipes using products from your pantry make effective household cleaning solutions with the added benefit of being more environmentally friendly than those commercial alternatives.
I'm not saying there is no place for the commercial variety of cleaners but rather that we don't have to resort to just these types of products to clean our homes all of the time. Besides I know that my wallet is under a big enough strain as it is.
Some how I think I have slipped off my train of thought so adieu for now.