Monday, March 18, 2013

New Video: How to Make Viva Vinegar All-Purpose Spray Cleaner

Ingredients & materials for Viva Vinegar

I've gotten tons of requests for YouTube videos. Finally, I've found a local friend who is eager and knowledgeable enough to help make this happen. Yay! I present to you the video for Viva Vinegar; directed and edited by my awesome friend Lynsey Ford, starring me and vinegar.

Here are some before and after shots of surfaces Viva Vinegar cleans easily.

You can clean so many things with vinegar!

I usually use Viva Vinegar to clean my bathroom surfaces like toilet (not the bowl), sink faucet and rim (not the basin), shower walls, and rim around tub. Let the cleaner sit on the surface wet for 10 minutes before wiping if you're concerned about killing germs. Today, I was surprised to see that it also cleaned glass shelves and the mirror without leaving reside or streaks. I just had to make sure use newspaper instead of a cloth, but this same as with club soda- my usual go-to glass cleaner.

Viva Vinegar is great at cleaning up grime from counter tops, dining tables, coffee table, plastic appliances, and more. While it can also clean up stove top spills, it can't do heavy duty cleaning that usually requires scouring with a scrub like baking soda or Bon Ami powder (as the photo illustrates). Also never use it on marble or other natural stone, as the acids will damage the surface.

As a bonus, Viva Vinegar is totally safe. In fact, it's made from things that are actually beneficial to your health (there are wonderful aromatherapy benefits from the eucalyptus essential oil). Can't say the same thing for Fantastik all-purpose cleaner and many other popular conventional cleaners available in stores.

Also, I don't want to give the impression that I invented this recipe. It's a total grandma thing that has been used for ages.

Have you cleaned with vinegar? What's your favorite essential oil to add to it? 

If you've haven't, try Viva Vinegar out on a few things and see how fantastic it is for yourself! It's totally safe, inexpensive, and takes less than 5 minutes to make, so you haven't got much to lose. 

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  1. You are too cute!!

    I use water and vinegar only but will try using eucalyptus oil

    What would you recommend for getting rid of molds in bathrooms? I tried being as green as possible with it but had no luck. So, I used a product that would be considered a no-no but it got the job done.

    1. Thanks Maggi!

      I've used plain vinegar and water too. In my experience the natural dish detergent helps make this a better cleaner and the essential oil makes it more pleasant to use and boosts the germ killing strength, but it's totally optional.

      Lotsa natural options for killing mold. Here's one idea from my blog

  2. Thanks will look into that

    FYI the link doesn't work and I would love to follow your blog can't find the follow button

    1. Sorry Maggi. I don't yet know how to make links active in my comments field so you gotta cut and paste the link into your browser.

      I don't have a follow button but I'd love to have you subscribe to my posts via email or your choice of RSS reader. (Warning: Google Reader is closing soon.) Use the third and fourth widget on the right sidebar to do this.

      Otherwise, you can just follow me on Twitter or like my Facebook page. My blog posts always autofeed to both places.

      Thanks for commenting and caring about my blog Maggi!

  3. Lol,love your personality! I clean with vinegar and usually add lavender essential oil to mine. I've never added soap tho, so I'll have to try that.

    1. Thanks Stepha! I had fun making this video. My friend ALF was really good at making me feel comfortable in front of the camera. The dish soap takes it to a whole new level. Enjoy :-)



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