Bamboo Vinegar for Cleaning

bamboo vinegar


I have been using the bamboo vinegar that I bought at Fuji Bamboo Garden for a couple of months now. It is great stuff and I have come to love the peculiar smoky smell of the bamboo vinegar.


I have recently become aware that normal household cleaning products are not only expensive but also bad for the environment. After a bit of research on the internet I was shocked to discover that these cleaning products contain acid, alkali and other harsh chemicals that burn the skin and can poison children that inadvertently drink the cleaner. At the same time these toxic chemicals get into the water supply and pollute ground water supplies. Home makers are seeing adverts on TV of products that miraculously dissolve dirt in a twinkling of an eye and are sold on the ease and hygiene of such items.


Before the 1950s most household cleaning was done using gentler and more natural products such as vinegar, lemon and baking soda. So I decided to experiment with my bamboo vinegar as a cleaner. I diluted the bamboo vinegar 1 part vinegar to 20 parts water as the bottle instructed and filled up a spray bottle with the mixture. Very simply done.


I have been spraying my hardwood floors with bamboo vinegar and wiping them with a cloth. I have also been using the bamboo vinegar to clean the work surfaces in my tiny kitchen. In both instances the slight acidity of the bamboo vinegar has helped to dissolve the dirt and grime so I can wipe the surfaces clean easily.


Bamboo is antimicrobial thanks to the kun substance found in the plant. This means bamboo vinegar is also antimicrobial. In other words it can kill microbes that cause ill health in people. I have placed my faith in this property of bamboo vinegar and use it to clean my toilet and bathroom. So far my bathroom remains clean and I remain in good health.


Finally, I have also started using the bamboo vinegar to clean the windows leading to my narrow balcony. I spray the windows and then wipe them with a clean rag or an old newspaper. The windows let in more sunlight and sparkle afterwards.


I am very happy with the results of my bamboo vinegar cleaning experiments and I’m surprised that I still have plenty of the original liter bottle that I bought.


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