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50 Ways to clean with vinegar

Updated on March 14, 2014

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50 Ways to clean with vinegar

Vinegar is used in many cleaning solutions because its a mild disinfectant and is made naturally. Vinegar is made by fermenting wine, malt, apples, grapes or cane. it is fermented until alcohol is passed and an acetic acid is made, this acid is good for removing grease and soap.

Vinegar can have a strong scent so if you don’t like the smell of vinegar try soaking sprigs of lavender, rosemary or other fragrant herbs. This will not eliminate the smell completely but will to help reduce the odor.

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In the kitchen

Vinegar can be used in general cleaning around the kitchen. Spray on counters , in and on cupboards, around and in the sink, in the fridge and on ceramics. As well as in your dish water and dishwashing machine.

The dishwasher

Try adding baking soda into the soap dispenser and vinegar in the rinse aid. This washes the dishes but the may occasionally need a scrub with baking soda or salt.

Add just vinegar to the rinse aid to make your glass ware shine.

Stained coffee pots, tea kettles and mugs are easily cleaned with hot vinegar. Simply fill your machines with half water half white vinegar and boil, this will pull all the lime stains off, then rinse thoroughly or wash in hot water. For mugs simply fill cups half way with boiling water and vinegar let sit rinse then wash as normal.

Burnt saucepans

Cover burnt layer with vinegar and layer with cooking salt. Leave this over night, then boil, set to cool and wash.

Glass: Vinegar works wonders on glass; for windows simple put in a spray bottle dilute with water if you want. For best result use a news paper to clean with. This can be used on all windows and mirrors, also for glass ware and vases.

For stained bottles, vases and glassware clean thoroughly with hot soapy water then make a swill with vinegar and salt or sand. Swirl to loosen grim scrub gently if needed. Wash again adding some vinegar to your wash water.

In the bathroom

Keep ceramic tiles clean by frequently wiping with a damp cloth and vinegar. Do the same for toiles and ceramic sinks.

For stains inside the toilet pour a cup of vinegar in the bowl and let it sit over night (this is also fine for septic tanks as it does not break down the natural microbes which ensure the proper break down of sewage). Use toilet brush to clean away grime. For badly stained bowls scour with baking soda then use vinegar regularly to clean the bowl.

Badly stained bath tubs

Use a fine steel wool with baking soda then rinse with vinegar the foaming with help remove built up grime.

In the laundry

Soap can build up in washing machine and can be broken down using vinegar.

For front loaders fill the machine with water then add four liters of vinegar let machine run its full cycle.

For top loader machines do the same only use two liters of vinegar instead. This should only be done when needed, a little vinegar for each cycle will help reduce soap residue build up.

Clothes and linen

Sweat stained collars-make a paste with baking soda and vinegar. rub on collar and let sit for a while before washing.

Smelly socks-soak over night in equal parts water and vinegar, then wash as normal

Urine smell-in clothes or linens can be removed by soaking in vinegar or lemon juice, then washing as normal and hung up to dry; in the sun is best.

Wine- Soak in cold water with one tablespoon vinegar

Work clothes- One tablespoon vinegar to one bucket of warm water, one tablespoon salt and 2 tablespoons of cloudy ammonia. Soak over night then wash as usual.

Around the house

General bad smells

In all rooms can vinegar be used to eliminate nasty odours. A quick and silly solution can be to simple wet and ring out a small towel with vinegar and swing it around your head as you walk through the rooms of your home. This absorbs bad smells despite how silly you look it works. If you have adores that linger try putting a small container filled with vinegar in a corner or a hidden spot this too with help absorb smells.

Creosote around woodstoves and fireplaces

Equal parts water and vinegar, if staines are tough use straight vinegar.

Painted walls

Use vinegar or cloudy ammonia on a damp cloth. Use a warmed cloth with vinegar on Vinyl wall paper.

Plastic piano keys

Use warm water with a few drops of vinegar, FOR PLASTIC S KEYS ONLY, use a damp cloth don’t let water drip between keys.

Stains on the rug

First dilute with water, remove access liquid. Then sponge with equal parts of water and vinegar soak up access liquid and wash with rug shampoo.

Urine and vomit on the floor

Clean up access and immediately soak with vinegar. Blot up access and sponge with 1 tablespoon borax to one liter of water, then shampoo.

A neat old trick for cleaning pewter

Use cabbage leaves wet with vinegar rub in salt and gently scrub your item. that’s it!

Clean untreated brick inside and out with vinegar. For cement use one cup vinegar to 3 tablespoons of salt and enough water to cover area.

Personal care


Soak in vinegar for 10-15 minutes; Or use a solution of half water, half vinegar for overnight soaking.


White vinegar or apple cider vinegar, it can be massaged through the scalp up to 3 times a week, leave for a few minutes then rinse.

Apple cider vinegar

For brass and copper bowls

Make a paste with:

Apple cider vinegar and baking soda

Rub it over the piece using a half a lemon to rub mixture on with; a tooth brush or soft steel

wool can help with tarnished spots. Rinse dry and then coat with petroleum jelly to help from tarinshing too quickly.

Steam iron

Use half water half apple cider vinegar in iron. turn on and steam for two minutes. turn iron off leave for one hour then dump out water.


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    • BNadyn profile image


      4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Lots of useful tips for cleaning with vinegar here! I've been using it around my house for awhile now but some of these I didn't know so happy to read this. I'm going to try adding some lavender like you suggested because the vinegar smell can be pretty strong.

    • North Wind profile image

      North Wind 

      4 years ago from The World (for now)

      Wow! I knew that There were a lot of uses for vinegar but I did not realize that there was that much! I use vinegar to wash windows and mop white tiles. I find that when the tiles are mopped with another solution like regular disinfectant there is an after smell that does not smell right. Vinegar cleans it and makes the tiles shine. Another hubber, Hyphenbird alerted me to the fact that you can regularly wash your hair with vinegar and that it works well. I tried that but I could not live with the slight vinegary smell.


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