I love making my own cleaners and have been doing so for years. I’m always reading new recipes to see if I can improve on what I’m doing or make something new. Something I have noticed when reading green cleaning recipes is a lot of recipes calling for the use of Dr. Bronner’s (castile soap) and white vinegar. These are two of my very favorite cleaning tools but you can’t mix them!
This is where some science comes in, vinegar is an acid and castile soap is a base. When they react directly they basically cancel each other out. The vinegar takes the soap back to its original oils and makes it gross and curdled.
No matter what you add with them, if you mix them together they will reaction in this way. If you have ever not rinsed vinegar out of your coffee pot before making coffee and add milk to it, that’s what this reaction looks like, gross!
Instead of mixing these great ingredients together, making them pretty much useless, use them in the ways they work best. Clean whatever it is you are cleaning with the castile soap and hot water, rinse, then spray with vinegar (diluted, if you wish), wipe away the buildup. This even works on windows!
Did you know that you couldn’t mix these two items? What are your favorite ways to properly use them? Share in the comments below and be sure to check out my cleaning recipes.