Vinegar as Antiseptic: Floor Wash with Herbs

Numerous studies cited by Michael Mullen of the Heinz Company have shown that a 5% solution of vinegar (straight out of the store-bought bottle) kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses). And, unlike most commercial antibacterial cleaners, vinegar is non-toxic!

This terrific floor wash formula combines the germ-fighting power of vinegar with sweet-smelling herbs for clean floors that canít be beat. Perfect for ridding the house of the stale smell of winter.

Floor Cleaner with Fragrant Herbs

1/8 cup liquid soap or detergent
1/4 to 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar or lemon juice
1/2 cup fragrant herb tea (peppermint is great as it adds antibacterial qualities)

Combine ingredients in a pail or bucket. Swirl the water around until it is sudsy. Proceed as normal.

Shelf Life: Discard unused formula

Adapted from Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond (Three Rivers Press, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by Annie Berthold-Bond. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Adapted from Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond (Three Rivers Press, 1999).

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Amy Ingalls
Amy Ingalls1 years ago


Kathy Saunders
Kathy S.1 years ago

I'm going to try that drain cleaning method right now! Thanks

Denise Morley
Denise Morley1 years ago


Cyryl W.
Cyryl W.1 years ago

that was great, thx

Patsy O.
Patsy Olive1 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Manuela C.
Manuela C.1 years ago

I usually clean the floor adding 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar plus 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid in a bucket of warm water, but I like the plus of the herbal tea, gonna try it!

Liling O.2 years ago

Well we have never ever doubt the countless benefits of vinegar
I've always been a "au-naturel" and try not to rely on chemical-infused detergents or toiletries..... Try to use environmental friendly products and the lovely animals will thank us for preserving their natural habitats!

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Bon L.
Bon L.4 years ago

Thanks for the info.