This is Day 17 of the 31 Days to Green Clean series.
It wasn’t until a reader alerted me in the comments on my popular Homemade Disinfecting Wipes post, and I did a little researching of my own, that I realized I’ve been making a pretty big green cleaning mistake.
I have seen many green cleaning recipes on blogs that are making this same mistake. I’m actually kind of surprised that I didn’t know about the before, especially with how often this combination is suggested for green and homemade cleaning.
But, here’s the problem, because vinegar and castile soap are both super multi-functional and great all around cleaners for your home, you would think that they would be even better together. Right?!
The issue is that castile soap is a base and vinegar is an acid, and when you mix them together they basically cancel each other out, and the vinegar causes the soap to “unsaponify”, and it gets all curdled and clumpy – definitely not something you want to be cleaning with. (This is not true for all acids and bases, such as baking soda and vinegar, or dish soap and vinegar, but has to do with the properties of the soap.)
Well, I feel a little bit silly, except for the fact that I’m not the only one who has been recommending this combination. And honestly, because I was usually mixing the vinegar and castile soap with something else too, I didn’t get this exact reaction right away, so I didn’t realize it was doing this.
So, still use your vinegar and castile soap for cleaning, just don’t use them together! Lesson learned.
So, I’ll be updating my disinfecting wipes post next week, and I’ll also make changes to any other recipes I’ve posted that included this combination. Sorry for the confusion, and misinformation!
Here’s the post where I found about this, and she also shared the great idea of cleaning with the castile soap and then rinsing with vinegar water, and also answers tons of great questions in the comments.
Go here to read all the posts in the 31 Days to Green Clean series.
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