• 5 Uses of Vinegar as a Cheap and Baby-friendly Cleaner

    Clean without the harsh chemicals!

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    It’s one of a parent’s top priorities to keep his or her child safe, most especially when that child is still an infant. This is why we're always looking for the safest, most natural products to use. For this reason, we turn your attention to white vinegar as an inexpensive and all-natural alternative to harsh chemical cleaners. 

    What makes vinegar a qualified cleaner? It’s what’s in it. Vinegar has acetic which, as a fun fact, is what also gives it its sour taste. Acetic acid can kill bacteria by breaking down fat and protein. Because it’s natural, vinegar is a great choice for cleaning out baby’s things such as: 

    1. Baby bottles
    Clean out your baby’s bottles and its paraphernalia with a vinegar mixture. Soak them in 1 part warm water and 1 part vinegar for 20 minutes. Scrub them with a brush afterwards. If you boil your bottles to sterilize, do it after the vinegar soak to rid them of the vinegar smell. 

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    2. Toys
    Babies, especially those in the teething stage, like to put toys in their mouths either to soothe their painful gums or to explore texture and feel. You could spray your baby’s toys with a mixture of one part water and one part vinegar to clean them. Wipe them down with a cloth afterwards. Bath toys need a soaking to avoid mold and bacteria growth. 

    3. Clothes
    Stains are cumbersome, and with a baby around, they become unavoidable. From food stains to pee stains, vinegar can help. Vinegar stops stains from setting and reduces ammonia odors so it’s perfect for cloth diapers. It can also break down the protein in fruit and vegetable stains. Plus, it makes for a great fabric softener. Try it on your towels sometime. And, don’t worry about the smell. If you’ve rinsed out well enough, it will be gone once the clothes dry. 

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    4. Fruit and veggies
    A food magazine tested out the best way to clean fruits and veggies and, lo and behold, vinegar came out on top by removing 98% of bacteria on their test fruit, besting plain water and scrubbing. They used a mixture of 3/4 water with 1/4 vinegar in a spray bottle to coat the surface of the fruit. Then, they rinsed the fruit with cold water. Isn’t that such an easy, inexpensive and safe way to ensure the safety of your family?

    5. Floors 
    Got a baby who’s just learning how to crawl? Make sure your floor is clean before letting him loose using diluted vinegar. Don’t, however, use it on granite, marble, stone and hardwood floors and surfaces as the acid in vinegar can damage them.  


    Sources:
    Feb. 2, 2012. "Q: Does vinegar really kill household germs?" abc.net.au
    Undated. "How to Clean Baby Bottles". newkidscenter.com
    Nov. 9, 2012. "The New Mama's Guide to Battling Thrush in Bottle-Fed Babies". whattoexpect.com
    Undated. "Baby Laundry 101". marthastewart.com
    June 25, 2014. "6 Things You Should Never Clean With Vinegar". goodhousekeeping.com
    Sept. 20, 2007. "What Does It Take to Clean Fresh Food?". npr.org

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