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6 Homemade Cleaning Supplies Using White Vinegar

Updated on November 7, 2017
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Did you know that white vinegar has been around for years? Or that they have found traces of it in Egyptian urns that date about 3,000 BC. White vinegar has many uses but in this article, the purpose is cleaning. White vinegar has the ability to dissolve mineral deposits from coffee makers to glass and to any smooth surface. The good thing about it is that it leaves little residue and has a pleasant odor. Some of the ways you can use it is to unclog drains, polishing the silver and remove wallpaper. I love these using these homemade cleaners because they help the environment, easy to make and don't have toxins or chemicals in them. They work great on my surfaces.

In this article, I list 6 different homemade cleaning recipes. The good thing about white vinegar is that it is cheap and is in most households.


1. DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

Give this a good shake before using. It is good on most surfaces especially on counters and tubs. Before using on wood surfaces, test first. This cleaner leaves my counters clean and don't leave any mess behind.


1/2 cup white vinegar

2 cups water

20 drops of lavender essential oil (or your favorite scent)


In a spray bottle, mix 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar, 2 cups of water and 20 drops of your favorite essential oil. I use lavender which is my favorite. Shake the bottle and clean.


2. DIY Glass Cleaner

After using this glass cleaner, my mirrors are streak free and I can see.


1 cup white vinegar

1 cup water


In a spray bottle, mix 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water. Shake and spray on windows or mirrors.


3. DIY Furniture Polish


1 part white vinegar

3 part olive oil


Pour white vinegar and oil in a jar, seal tight and shake to mix before each use. Apply to furniture by using a rag. Before using, test on a small area of wood.

4. DIY Clean Toilet Bowl:


2 cups white vinegar

toilet brush


Pour vinegar in toilet bowl and let stand for about 5 minutes before brushing then flush. If you have hard water then stand for about an hour. Brush the toilet bowl then brush.

5. DIY Floor Cleaner:


1/4 cup of white vinegar

1 pail of warm water


Put 1/4 cup of white vinegar in the bucket of warm water. Sweep the floor first. If the smell is too strong, open the windows or the door.

6. DIY All purpose scrubber (for tile, tubs and sinks)


1/2 cup castile soap

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup of vinegar


Place all three ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake and the clean.

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These DIY cleaners are better than commercial cleaners because they save you money and the most important reason is that with DIY cleaners, you take out the chemicals and toxins that are bad for you. These DIY cleaners are equal to the commercial cleaners in the cleaning department.


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    • Lisa Jane39 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Jane 

      22 months ago from Washington

      Thanks. No, I didn't know you could use it as a rinse. Now I will have to try it.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      22 months ago from Canada

      Hello Lisa Jane, thanks for these cleaning ideas using vinegar. I use it all the time for cleaning, and love it, but did you know it also works really well as a mouth wash? I dilute it with water in a cup (about half and half) and rinse with it after (or during) brushing my teeth. It works really well, not sure now how I ever got along without it!

    • Lisa Jane39 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Jane 

      2 years ago from Washington

      Thank you.

    • jo miller profile image

      Jo Miller 

      2 years ago from Tennessee

      I'm a big fan of white vinegar for cleaning and use it often. Good information here.

    • Lisa Jane39 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Jane 

      2 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for that comment. I only use those in my house for cleaning. I don't like to use chemicals when I clean if I can help it.

    • Guckenberger profile image

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      2 years ago from Maryland, United States of America

      This is super helpful honey! I do a lot of cleaning in my life, and I like things like vinegar and olive oil because they are edible, so I feel much safer using such cleaners around food!!! Great article.

    • Lisa Jane39 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Jane 

      2 years ago from Washington

      Thanks. Can you let me know what you think of the recipes after you try them?

    • CatherineGiordano profile image

      Catherine Giordano 

      2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I like that your recipes for DIY green cleaning supplies are easy to make and relatively inexpensive. I'm going to try some of them. It is a real turnoff when I see a complicated recipe and the ingredients cost more than buying it ready-made.


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