Raise your hand if you’ll be having family over at some point during the holidays.
Okay, now raise your other hand if you’re just a tiny bit worried because your house cleaning isn’t quite up to par.
Everyone? That’s what I thought!
If you’re like me you struggle between wanting your house to be spic-and-span and the many, many warning labels that come with most commercial cleaners. It’s a scary struggle because we all want our houses to be clean, but at what cost?
This week I was able to sample Four Monks cleaning vinegar and give y’all my testimony on how it worked for me. Not familiar with them? You can read all about them on their site or check out their social media pages: Facebook, Pinterest or Google +.
Four Monks™ is an all-purpose household cleaning vinegar. It’s non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and pure of heart. Four Monks is perfect for all kinds of cleaning, from freeing coffee pots of grime to disinfecting bathrooms. It can even return your gold jewelry to its original heavenly shine. Plus, Four Monks is aroma controlled, designed to be tough on dirt and gentle on your nose.
The first thing I thought was, how is this different than simply using vinegar? Vinegar products are diluted to meet a certain acidity, based on the specific product. Four Monks has 6% acidity, which is 20% stronger than traditional vinegar, but gentle on surfaces. Plus their products include odor control, so if you’re afraid of the lingering vinegar smell then this may be a little easier on your senses. (Not to mention their Citrus Mint smell, mm!)
So how did it pan out for me? I’ll show you pictures in a minute. But first, let me just say: don’t judge my bathroom. Just looking at these pictures makes me kind of want to cry– but I love y’all so I’ll share. Just seriously, don’t scroll down if you’re squeamish, because my bathroom is just a mess!
First thing I did was a little research on their website, which gives you a ton of ideas on how to use the Four Monks vinegar to clean your whole house! I decided to share my top ten favorite ways below, but they have zillions more on there.
- Clean countertops and make them smell sweet again with a cloth soaked in Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar (not recommended for use on granite, marble, or other natural stone surfaces.)
- To make the toilet bowl sparkle, pour in a cup or more of Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar and let it sit several hours or overnight. Scrub well with the toilet brush and flush.
- Rid a faucet of lime deposits by tying a plastic bag containing 1/3 to 1/2 cup of Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar around it and leaving it there for two or three hours. Wipe down with a sponge and scrub any remaining deposits with an old toothbrush.
- Remove soap buildup from faucets by scrubbing them with a solution of 1 part salt to 4 parts Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar.
- The fizzing combo of vinegar and baking soda is a great way to unclog and remove odor from a tub drain. Pour half a cup of baking soda in the drain, then follow with 2 cups hot Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar. Immediately plug the drain with a rag to keep the bubbles contained for 10 minutes. Rinse by pouring a kettle of boiling hot water down the drain.
- Freshen air in the bathroom by spraying a solution of 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 cup Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar.
- Deodorize the toilet bowl by adding 3 cups Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar to the bowl. Let sit for half an hour before flushing.
- Clean shower door tracks by filling them with Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar and letting it sit for a few hours. Pour hot water into the tracks and scrub away any remaining film with a toothbrush.
- Get rid of stubborn bathtub film by wiping it with Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar and then scouring with baking soda.
- Mix up an inexpensive tile cleaner by adding 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar, and 1 cup ammonia to a gallon of warm water.
So, are you a believer yet? Leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve had any experience cleaning with vinegar!