I just wanted to share something that has gotten me very excited:
Using vinegar as a cleaner!
I’ve heard of it before, but it wasn’t until I read Jane’s post that I realized how much I could do with a little vinegar, a little water, and a spray bottle.
She lists out many of the different things you can clean with either a mix of vinegar and water, or full-strength vinegar, and I’ve tried lots of them today. I’ve been so satisfied with the results that I just couldn’t bear to keep it to myself.
I bought a couple of heavy-duty spray bottles and filled one with equal parts vinegar and water, and another with just vinegar (and very clearly labeled them!). Then, I started with my kitchen. I sprayed full-strength vinegar on my filthy gas range and let it sit for a few minutes. Meanwhile, I cleaned all my countertops, my table, my windowsills, my windows, Jack’s highchair, my microwave, and my fireplace mantel with vinegar/water. I went back to my range and scrubbed it with a sponge, then took the vinegar/water bottle, sprayed it again, and wiped everything off. I even got some black and gray marks off my walls with it.
The results are amazing. My house doesn’t smell like vinegar (I kept my windows open while I cleaned just in case, because, you know, it’s 85 degrees here today) and neither do my hands. My windows aren’t as clear as they’d be with Windex or some other kind of glass cleaner, but honestly, Jack smudges them so much anyway, I’m not a huge stickler for crystal clear windows. I am in love with vinegar.
I feel very blessed to have learned about this, especially considering where we are financially. The Lord will definitely provide what we need, but as I’ve committed to truly budgeting our money, I’ve realized that I must spend the least amount possible on cleaning supplies (and most household supplies, for that matter). I didn’t want to go with some cheap, toxic brand, and yet I knew I couldn’t afford the truly natural, healthy cleaners, either. Now, I’ve found a way to clean that’s both non-toxic and very, very inexpensive!
I wanted to be sure to share this (and Jane’s very informative post) with you all, especially if you find yourself in the same (or similar) financial situation as us.
And because I’m in such a happy mood about all of this, here’s a happy photo from our time at the park today 🙂
It was pretty bright out, so he had a hard time looking straight at me, but he loved the swing! What a great day!