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Home Toxicity - Pros And Cons Of Using Vinegar As A Natural Cleaner


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One of the many comments I get whenever I do a “Green Clean" show is that people are very happy using Vinegar and Salt or Lemon. Yes, these things are almost natural to a certain extent, as they do not pollute the environment. Provided that they are in their natural form.

But is Vinegar safe? Perhaps it might be safe for us, but we have to remember one thing about Vinegar: It is an acid. When combined with baking soda (a base), it makes for a great cleaner on pots that have caked-on burned nastiness. The only problem with Vinegar is that it is not necessarily a good thing for all plant life. Also, Baking Soda mixed with Vinegar will produce a gas (which can be harmless to a certain degree. )

Almost every living thing has a certain acid-base balance. We can refer to this as pH levels. If you take something that is of a higher pH level, it most likely will break up some proteins and more. The only problem is that it makes its way back to the earth as an acid.

Another thing to consider is that when you put vinegar on your skin, you're already introduce a change in your skin's acid chemistry. Should this get into your bloodstream, it can do some wonders for purifying, but it can also work against you in the digestive tract. People experience things like heartburn or other uncomfortable scenarios with a different acid mix.

So vinegar, although it is great as a household cleaner, still can be an inconvenience for health reasons. For one thing, Vinegar has an ugly smell and it's advisable that you don't take a huge whiff of it!

Secondly, the pH balance. Our skin and blood is not the same pH balance as of vinegar. In the long run, Vinegar may end up becoming a carcinogen if mixed with the wrong chemical elements.

There is an alternative, which is called Basic H2 in a series of cleaning products called GET CLEAN. The beautiful thing about this is that it is pH balanced for the human body and unlike Vinegar, is Organic, has living vegetable enzymes to do the hard work and is Non-Toxic. And unlike Vinegar, it biodegrades quickly and will not harm a water's ecosystem. In fact, it helps it by becoming plant food.

Vinegar, on the other hand, is an acid and will mix with other things that may not be good for the body and for plant life.

Vinegar and Salt can have their place for sure, but please do keep this in mind: It is still in its natural state an acid.

Rodney is an active holistic health practioner and an entrepreneur. Visit his website at:


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