Vinegar is almost the only cleaner you would ever really need, and it is very cheap compared to brand name cleaners from the store. Research has proven that vinegar does clean as well as many anti-bacterial cleaners, but clorox and lysol will still kill a few things that vinegar doesn't. Overall, I think we really over use chemical cleaners, and should save them for specific uses. If you are cooking with raw chicken, eggs, or the flu is running through your household, I might still say use the stronger cleaner, but only in specific cases. I keep some lysol on hand for times like this.
So, if you want to start using vinegar to clean with, but dislike the smell, here is a strategy to combat that. I totally forgot an entire bag of lemons in the back of the refrigerator. They were extremely ripe, but instead of just tossing them, I decided to make more cleaner. It is so simple. All you need is a citrus, whether it is a lemon, lime, or orange, or just the peels, a bottle of white vinegar, and a glass jar. (You can also use herbs if you prefer; I have a rosemary one aging right now.)
No, you aren't going to see a step-by-step because I didn't think to take the photos, but it is so easy.
All I did was cut the lemons into slices and stuff them into the jar. Then, I poured white vinegar into the jar, making sure to completely cover the lemon slices. I tried to remember to shake it every few days, and I kept it in a dark, cool area. After 2 weeks, I opened the jar, and the vinegar smell was completely gone!
I transferred the lemon vinegar to a spray bottle, and decided to pour more vinegar over the lemons and do it again. You can also use lemon peels, leftover squeezed lemons, oranges, limes, or grapefruit.
I love using this cleaner, knowing that it is not full of chemicals that would be dangerous to my family or my animals. Plus, I think the jar is beautiful, and it looks lovely on my countertop. I also purchased these tiny spray bottles to keep in my car or purse for cleaning shopping cart or basket handles, and even restaurant table tops that don't look very clean.