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Great Ways of Cleaning with Vinegar

Updated on November 6, 2014

Cleaning with Vinegar

Vinegar can be considered a miracle cleaner. There are dozens of ways to use vinegar to clean and deodorize your house. A few of the best ways to clean with vinegar are discussed below. You can use original white vinegar or purchase the cleaning vinegar which is pictured here. Vinegar can turn a tough job that takes a lot of time and energy into an easy set it and forget it kind of job that requires little to no effort at all.

removing foul odors in a car with vinegar
removing foul odors in a car with vinegar | Source

Deodorize Your Car

Vinegar absorbs odors trapped in fabrics making it a great solution to lingering pet or smoke smells in cars. Even if you use air fresheners or spray scents the bad odors will still return and vinegar will trap them and make them disappear for good. To do this, all you need is a plastic cup and vinegar. Place a few inches of vinegar in the cup and leave it in your cars cup holder overnight. The next morning you will get into your car and it will smell like vinegar. To fix this just drive with your windows down for a bit and then install your favorite air freshener or spray an air freshener like Febreeze or Airwick.

Paper towel soaked in vinegar.
Paper towel soaked in vinegar. | Source
Paper towel wrapped around back of fixture.
Paper towel wrapped around back of fixture. | Source

Clean and Shine Sink Fixtures

Sink fixtures have a lot of nooks and cranies that are tough to clean without a lot of elbow grease and a few dozen q-tips. To make sink fixtures sparkle like new without any hard work, start with a bowl with vinegar and a paper towel or two. Soak the paper towel(s) in the vinegar for about 30 seconds. Simply take the vinegar soaked paper towels and wrap them around the bottom of the fixture. Let them sit for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on how much time you have to wait. When your vinegar has done the tough work for you throw them away then wash the surfaces with a sponge or rag and warm water. Hard water stains and gunk rinses away easily. To prevent new water stains rub the faucet with wax paper!

cleaning toilets with vinegar
cleaning toilets with vinegar | Source

Deodorize and Clean Toilets

A natural and mess free way to clean a toilet, yes please! Pour 1 to 2 cups of vinegar into your toilet bowl at night and allow it to sit. The next morning brush with a toilet bowl brush and flush. It's that simple! This will remove stains, odors and make your toilet look extra clean. The vinegar also helps loosen and prevent clogs. Vinegar is also easier on plumbing and septic tanks than the harsh chemicals in some toilet cleaners. The smell is also less offense and harmful than using bleach in your toilet bowl. Always use proper cautions when cleaning in a small area like a bathroom and be sure to keep doors and if you have them windows open. Turning on a bathroom fan is also a good idea.

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Remove Tough Carpet Stains

Pour equal parts warm water and vinegar into a clean spray bottle and saturate the carpet stain. Heat up a steam clothing iron and cover the now damp spot with a white cloth. Press the iron onto the white cloth and press the steam button, holding for about 5 seconds before lifting and allowing the area to cool. You will start to see the stain magically lift into the white cloth. This works great on new and old stains. However, it does not work well on blue ink stains.

more cleaning with vinegar
more cleaning with vinegar | Source

No Scrub Microwave Cleaning

Vinegar works wonders on microwaves. Pop a bowl of a half a cup of vinegar into your microwave and heat for 3 minutes. When the 3 minutes are up carefully remove the bowl with pot holders. Take a damp sponge or cloth and easily wipe away the once stuck on food and grease. Don't forget to pull out the glass plate and wipe it down or rinse it off. It will take some maneuvering but wipe down the inside ceiling too, it's often forgotten and can lead to fowl odors in your microwave.

Here are some more ways to use vinegar in your home.

  • Boil vinegar and pour it on glass shower doors to help remove hard water stains
  • Spray vinegar onto carpet stains left by pets, lightly scrub then sprinkle with baking soda. Gently scrub the mixture, allow to try before vacuuming.
  • Wipe down counters, cabinets and floors with a mixture of warm water and vinegar to deter ant invasions. Great for kitchens.
  • Soak gunked up paint brushes in hot vinegar for 30 minutes to make them like new.
  • Run an equal amount of vinegar and water through your irons steam setting to clear out built up residue.

What are your favorite uses for vinegar? Do you already use some of the methods above? Be sure to leave a comment telling all your vinegar tips and tricks below!


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      Kay Mitchell 4 years ago from California

      I like the way you think Insane Mundane! Thanks for reading.

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      Yeah, I've been doing that for the last year or so, as well. Not only does it save money, what I like about it the best is that it isn't a chemical-based cleaner. I can't stand those chemical cleaners, as I get enough toxins from my beer and cigarettes; ha!

      I've used it for those things you mentioned here, except I never tried it in my car. I also use it for those tough-to-clean frying pans after you've been frying marinated meat, etc. I just let it soak in there for a few, and it loosens it up and it comes clean without all the scrubbing.

      Hey, maybe you should get your own product line.

      Call it DiyDiva Citrus Cleaner; just add a citrus fragrance of your choice to some vinegar and smack a pretty label on it... LOL!

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      Kay Mitchell 4 years ago from California

      the cleaning strength is AMAZING and has seriously changed my life.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Great ideas diydiva. Your pictures nicely emphasize your ideas. I do have to admit I've never heard of cleaning vinegar but will keep an eye out for it.

      I've used vinegar and newspaper to clean windows. It leaves them sparkling with no streaks.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Kay Mitchell 4 years ago from California

      your welcome randomcreative. Yes, believe it or not I didn't use vinegar until about a year ago. It's pretty much the only cleaning product I buy now and the giant container shown is only a few dollars!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I definitely need to start using vinegar more for household cleaning! Thanks for all of the great suggestions.