It’s very hard to talk about topics that are going to be shocking and potentially upset people. It’s even harder when it involves admitting you are wrong. This post is one of those posts.
Admitting that you’ve changed your path is difficult, just like when I talked about how We don’t eat coconut oil, some of you were very upset with me…. I want to state up front, I never lied to you. I never intentionally lead you wrongly when it comes to coconut oil or vinegar. It’s natural for us to all evolve in our thinking and I hope you can appreciate my honesty.
For many people the idea of jumping onto the healthy/natural/crunchy bandwagon is intimidating, for me upsetting my crunchy-partners-in-crime is even worse.
I have been using White Distilled Vinegar to clean my home for nearly 10 years. It was one of the first natural-living transitions I made …. and over the past 3 years I’ve shared my recipes and tips with all of you for using vinegar in your household cleaning as well.
My reasons for abandoning Vinegar as a cleaning solution have NOTHING to do with it’s effectiveness. Because I’m the first to admit that Vinegar is an AWESOME cleaner and it works great — and that’s why I used it for so long and also why it’s taken so long for me to come clean with all of you that I’ve stopped using it in my home.
There are 2 reasons Why I don’t use Vinegar to Clean:
- I don’t buy GMOs. You know those $2 gallon jugs of Distilled White Vinegar you’re buying? That vinegar is mostly made from GMO corn. Most of you will agree that you stay away from cheap food because it’s processed garbage, cheap Distilled White Vinegar is the same thing.Every time you buy a $2 jug of Distilled White Vinegar you are supporting GMOs, conventional farming and Monsanto.
More importantly you are voting against natural products and organic farmers.
Avoiding GMOs isn’t something that ends at my fork. My protest against GMOs is made with my WALLET. We get to voice our opinions and cast our votes of support with every single dollar we spend.I’m not paying for GMOs to clean my house with.
Of course you can avoid GMOs in your distilled white vinegar by choosing organic — however……more on that in reason #2
- I’m not rich. One of the most appealing aspect of cleaning with Distilled White Vinegar is that it’s really inexpensive. You can spend just pennies for cleaning supplies when you are paying $2 a gallon. However when you are voting with your wallet, and choosing GMO-Free, organic distilled white vinegar the cost rises significantly.A gallon jug of Organic Distilled White Vinegar will cost you $28.
I don’t know about you but using 1 to 2 gallons of vinegar a month at $28 each is a little more than my budget can handle.
So much for vinegar being an natural & affordable cleaning option, right?
I know each and every one of us is at a different point in our health and natural living journey, all of you are not ready, willing or able to completely ditch $2 a gallon Distilled White Vinegar right this very minute… However, I do encourage you to learn from the mistakes I’ve made and embrace my passion for looking at the big picture.
We are the change.
Our money-votes are the single most effective way to advocate change.
Change is happening! Keep up the good work friends!
What do I use instead of Vinegar?
It was very hard to find a suitable cleaner to replace vinegar. My criteria included GMO free, natural/non-toxic, works great and must be more affordable than organic distilled white vinegar.
Branch Basics – In March 2015, purchased a Branch Basics $55 Medium Starter Kit. To be completely transparent and honest, NO Branch Basics didn’t send me free products to review, I did not receive any discount, I purchased the kit and have used it for the past 8 months in my own home.
At the time that I’m writing this it’s November 2015 and I still have roughly 1/4 of the concentrate left. I anticipate this one kit lasting me roughly a year for my main, daily spray cleaner that replaced distilled white vinegar for kitchen, bathroom, windows and general all purpose cleaning spray.
$55 spent for 1 year of cleaning works out to be less than $5 a month. That’s affordable for me.
Branch Basics does have a generous refer a friend program, when you purchase through my link you will get 25% off your first order. Click HERE for 25% off which makes Branch Basics even more affordable for you!
Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner Concentrate – I’ve recently started using Young Living Essential Oils and products. And I’m a little obsessed to be honest with you. As a part of my first Essential Rewards Kit I received in September, I got 2 bottles of Thieves Household Cleaner Concentrate (in addition to other Thieves goodies)
I’m not some crazy fanatic, who’s trying building a YL empire… PLUH-EASE I don’t have time for all that jazz and it’s not something that feel authentic for me and my voice here on HSITK. I’m just being honest with you about what I use in my home. I only signed up as a customer with them so that I can purchase products at wholesale prices (which saves me roughly 20% plus gets me tons of free stuff and I really love me some free stuff!).
Initially, I wasn’t interested in their extra products, only their essential oils but since I heard such great things about their Thieves products and their disinfecting capabilities I couldn’t resist trying them out.
I’ve been using the Thieves Household Cleaner Spray for areas where I want extra sanitizing – like on our butcher block wood cutting board after cutting chicken. Or (again being honest) when I want something that smells extra yummy, I really enjoy the Thieves Essential Oil scent. If we had colds/flu/sickness in our home, I’d also use Thieves Household Cleaner to banish germs (I also use YL Thieves Hand Sanitizer when in public areas).
I can’t speak to how long a bottle lasts me or from a pure budget perspective since I’ve only used 2 cap full to make 2 spray bottles so far 🙂 but I’m sure that one 14.4 ounce bottle of concentrate ($22) will last me a very long time.
One last cleaning tip before you go…
I’ve used both Branch Basics and Thieves Household Cleaner to clean my tile & hardwood floors with my Refillable Spray Mop – I’ve had mine for well over 5 years and I love it.
If you don’t have one of these STOP what you are doing and get one HERE. You can use virtually any cleaner in it and the reusable pads are machine washable.
Oh – and yes there are other great products available – Please comment on this post to let me know what cleaning products work for you in place of vinegar, too! We are all in this together 🙂
NOTE: this is not a sponsored post. It is not endorsed by or affiliated in any way with any of the brands pictured/mentioned. However there are links included in this post which will provide me with a small % or other referral fee for my recommendation – these links are no different than stores like walmart/target/costco getting a percentage of your sale in exchange for their advertising and/or operating costs. I, personally, would rather my friend make a couple bucks on my purchases instead of a large corporation… you too?