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Vinegar as Antiseptic: Floor Wash with Herbs

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

Read more: Home, Non-Toxic Cleaning

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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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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10:41PM PST on Dec 1, 2013

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

7:57PM PST on Nov 30, 2013


1:51PM PST on Nov 29, 2013

that was great, thx

11:31AM PST on Nov 29, 2013

Thanks for the info.

1:39AM PST on Nov 29, 2013

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!

6:24AM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

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!

12:39AM PST on Jan 31, 2013

Thank you :)

5:54AM PDT on Apr 11, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:43PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Thanks for the info.

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