19 June 2012
Green Cleaning in Focus: White Vinegar
By: Laura Trotta (BEng (Environmental), MSc (Environmental Chemistry))
In the third instalment of our green cleaning in focus feature, we take a detailed look at one of the more popular green cleaning products, white vinegar.
White vinegar is weak acetic acid that is produced commercially through a fermentation process (note white vinegar produced by diluting acetic acid is labelled imitation vinegar). It is widely available, economical and safe to use around the home.
White vinegar is an amazingly versatile cleaning agent. Its acidity makes it effective for killing most moulds and bacteria and it is fantastic for removing stains from a wide range of surfaces. In fact, white vinegar alone can replace just about every commercial home cleaning product!
Due to its mild acidity, we recommend testing white vinegar on surfaces you wish to clean (especially grout and stone) prior to use as if used in too strong concentrations it can damage some surfaces.
To help get you started on discovering this wonder product, here are a few of our favourite cleaning uses for white vinegar.
Click here for information on other green cleaning products to use in your home.
About the Author: Laura Trotta is an eco mum, environmental engineer and founder of Sustainababy. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering, Masters of Science in environmental chemistry and worked for over eleven years as an environmental professional prior to starting her business. Green has always been a way of life for Laura, rather than the latest trend. She lives in regional South Australia with her husband Paul, son Matthew and second child due in June 2012.