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Home cleaning solutions - with more uses of distilled white vinegar, lemons, baking soda

Updated on November 24, 2011

More Ideas On The Use's Of Vinegar

Vinegar is a wonderful easy solution to many problems around the home but it is also useful for more then just environmentally friendly cleaning.

Having been using vinegar in my home as a cheaper option to chemical cleaners, I am always on the look out for other ways to use this great safe option. The following are some great ideas and uses for vinegar that I didn’t include in a previous post. Hope you find them useful.

1. Pest Control

A useful tip for vinegar, especially during the spring and summer months, is a form of pest control. By spraying undiluted white distilled Vinegar outside your doors and windows and other appliance you will create a natural barrier against ants and other small insects.

2. Control Weeds

To kill weeds and grass growing though your concrete walkway or drive, spray with undiluted white Vinegar.

3. Clean And Sanitize Hands

Remove the smell of onion and the stain of berries from your hands by rubbing them with white distilled Vinegar. Vinegar is also consider a disinfectant so you are also removing any germs and the like a the same time.

4. Soothe insects bites

Have no sting gone in the medicine cabinet? Use White distilled Vinegar dabbed onto a cotton ball for a natural remedy to insect bites and stings

5. Dental Care

Stop Bad breath and whiten teeth by brushing a couple of times a week with white distilled Vinegar

6. Nail polish

Interesting fact, if you use a cotton ball dipped with white distilled Vinegar and wipes it over your fingernails before applying nail polish; your colour will last longer, with less chipping.

7. Washing The Car

Washing your car? Throw in some white distilled vinegar into the bucket of a crisp extra shine

8. Extend The Life Of Your Flowers

Prolong the life of your flowers in vases. Add Two teaspoons of Vinegar and three teaspoons of sugar per quart of warm water

7. Deodorize

Deodorize a room, by placing a small bowl of vinegar in the corner of the room, great for smoke filled rooms or helping clear paint fumes quicker.

8. Oven Cleaning

After cleaning out your oven, wipe with a clean cloth dipped in a mix of equal parts white distilled Vinegar and water. This will help prevent grease build up, making it easier to clean next time.

9. Hair Care

Dandruff? Not a problem Vinegar will help with this too. After shampooing your hair like normal. Rinse it with Vinegar and rinse out with 2 cups of warm water.

10. Cat Repellent    

To keep a cat of window sills, or from any other surfacing like scratching your leather sofa. Spray undiluted White distilled Vinegar onto the site; your cat will hate the smell. Also test for colour fade first, some fabrics may discolour slightly.

11. Cleaning Taps 

remove soap grime around taps and faucet using 1 part salt to 3 parts white distilled vinegar

12. Deodorize toilet

Deodorize toilet bowl by leaving 3 cups to sit it in if for about 40 minutes before flushing

13. Kill fleas

Kill fleas by adding a little white distilled vinegar to your cat or dogs drinking water

14. Remove warts

Remove warts by making a lotion made out of half cider vinegar and half glycerine, apply daily till warts disappear

15. Carpet Cleaning

Remove oily stains from carpets, using a mixture of I teaspoon of liquid detergent teaspoon of distilled vinegar in a pint of lukewarm water, Apply with a soft brush or towel and rub gently. Rinse with a fresh towel and blot dry. Repeat until stain is gone.

Note; this should be done as quickly as the stain appears for best results

Uses for lemons

I find lemons are great in cleaning, and in health. But the below are just are few interesting ideas that you may not know.

1. Fridge Hygiene

Half a lemon stored in an out of the way part of your fridge will help control unpleasant odours.

2. Lighten Hair

To lighten hair dampen with lemon juice and sit out in the sun for an hour

3. Lemons And First Aid

Lemon juice can be used on small wounds to help stop bleeding and disinfect. It’s also said to be good on, itches; rashes insect stings (wasp) relive discomfort.

4. Lemons Instead Of Moth Balls

Lemon peels left to dry out make a great natural alternative to moth balls simply toss the dried peels into a clothes chest or tie in cheesecloth or similar material and hang in wardrobe.

5. Lime And Rust

Although not lemon I thought I would add this last one anyway. To remove rust, cover with salt Squeeze a Lime over the salt until thoroughly wet, leave for a few hours then scrub down with the left over Lime rind.

6. Use Lemon With Vinegar

Add a small of amount of lemon juice to vinegar cleaning solutions to help neutralize the strong odour of Vinegar

7.Remove lime scale

Remove lime scale from your bathroom fixtures, squeeze lemon juice over effected area, and let it set for 10 or so minutes before wiping clean with a fresh cloth.

8. Toilet Cleaner Using Lemons

Make your own toilet cleaner by mixing 1/2 cup of borax with a cup of lemon for a powerful fresh toilet cleaner

9. Home Made Lemon Cleanser

make your own bathroom and kitchen spray by adding equal parts of lemon juice and water for a great smelling cleaner, good on walls as well (good idea to spot test first)

10. Clean Windows With Lemon Juice

A great simple window cleaner is to use 4 tablespoons of lemon juice mixed with half a gallon of water, is quite effective

11. Natural Bleach

Pour lemon juice on your whites, and them to dry in the sun for a great natural way to bleach away the stains

Uses for baking soda

Baking soda is very like vinegar, it’s very versatile in its many uses. To give just a quick idea here are a few ideas that work a treat.

1. Remove Kids Crayon From Walls

Removing crayon drawings from your wall is easy, simply dip a damp cloth in some baking soda and scrub clean.

2. Fresh Smelling Kitty Litter

Kitty litter, sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your kitty litter tray before filling, mix some more baking soda through the litter itself, and it absorbs both moisture and odours. Keeping the litter fresh and not harming to your cat in anyway.

3.whiten teeth using baking soda,

To whiten teeth using baking soda, mix one part baking soda on part iodized salt, mix to a paste with a bit of water and apply to your toothbrush, this will whiten teeth and remove plaque build up. Do not over use this solution as it can be a bit rough on your gums, once a day is enough, and if your gums are sensitive to it, knock it down to once every two days.

4. Clean Copper Using Lemons

Clean copper easily by using baking soda mixed with enough lemon juice to make a paste. Clean with a soft cloth and paste.

5. Revive Out Paint Brushes

Tough and hardened paint brushes can be revived by soaking them in a quart of hot water, a quart a cup of vinegar and a cup of baking soda leave them overnight rinsing them off for a paint brush ready to be used again.

6. Home Made Mouth Wash

Freshen your mouth, add one teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water and use like mouth wash. Odours are neutralized, not simply covered up.

Also for a boost to your toothpaste, tip your toothbrush with toothpaste into baking soda for an extra clean and shine to your teeth.

7. Washing Dishes Without Detergent 

Wash your dishes with a sink full of hot water add a sprinkling of baking soda and 1/4 cup of vinegar to cut through the grease on your dishes.

8. Wooded Floors

Using a solution of 3 tablespoons in a litre of water you can removed water stains from wooden floors.

9. Home Made Wall Filler

A clever way of filling nail holes in your walls is to simply mix baking soda and white toothpaste, use a couple of drops of food colouring to match wall colour. Fill and leave to dry.

10. Remove Dog Smell

Freshen your dogs coat in between washes, by sprinkling with baking soda, rub into coat and brush out for a great natural deodorizer that won’t harm your pet, great for a quick fix against the wet dog smell.


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    • Kelsey Farrell profile image

      Kelsey Elise Farrell 

      4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I didn't know that distilled white vinegar in my cat's drinking water can help kill fleas! I have a fairly finicky cat though, do you have any suggestions for how to trick her into drinking something that has such a distinct smell/taste?

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      6 years ago from Australia


      couldn't agree more :) will check out the link soon... thank you

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Grace ann

      your so very welcome

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      6 years ago

      Vinegar and water is also my method of cleaning. It works great for any type of tough cleaning. And it’s also very easy to apply!!

      long island mold abatement-

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      grace ann 

      6 years ago

      Thanks so much I am so glad you find it helpful :)

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Nature has always in many ways provided what we need , right down to cleaning our homes in beautiful refreshing way that really works!

      :) I am super glad that you found these tips useful I rarely buy chemical cleaners anymore and when I do I always return back to what nature has to offer :)

    • adrienne2 profile image

      Adrienne F Manson 

      7 years ago from Atlanta

      Nighthag, I am telling you, you really have some really awesome tips. Loving the tips on how lemons can be used in so many different ways to clean. Nothing like cleaning the natural way. Of course voted up, awesome, and useful. Had to bookmark way to many good tips here not to bookmark.

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Having asthma myself I can more than empathize with your situation and I am thrilled you were able to find these cleaning tips useful

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      7 years ago

      Although I do like going green, I have found that having severe asthma has forced me to find other alternatives to regular cleaners. Both vinegar and baking soda are my favourites, but now I can add lemon, which I love anyway! Thank you very much for the info.

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      8 years ago from Australia

      I'm so glad that you liked it and that it was useful for your article, will be sure to check it out soon :)

    • Sylvia Leong profile image

      Sylvia Leong 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver (Canada)

      Brilliant article!!! Exactly the link I needed for my article on saving money:


    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      8 years ago from Australia

      so glad you liked it, thanks for stopping in!!

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      cleaning company 

      8 years ago

      Good job guys! I would also recommend the tips being a manager of cleaning company.

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      8 years ago from Australia

      thanks so much for stopping by, and the tip on cleaning fans :)

    • esllr profile image


      8 years ago from Charlotte

      Informative article, I use water,vinegar and dish liquid in a spraybottle to clean ceiling fans. Works fast too.

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      8 years ago from Australia

      I was amazed when i first started using them a few years ago, such a great job for something so simple...

      thanks for stopping by glad you found in informing

    • Tkumah profile image


      8 years ago

      Great advices and very informative. I am a great believer in vinegar/lemon also and it works.

      Thank you for sharing.

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Im really glad that you have found it useful, i know that i am always learning more as i go :)

      thanks for stopping by

    • Jujulina profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks a great deal! I truly enjoyed reading this.Looking through these posts and also the tips you've provided I can appreciate that I still have lots of things to learn.

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Thanks so much I am so glad you find it helpful :)

    • Muktu profile image


      8 years ago

      These are some great tips. I`ve already tried a few myself...gonna bookmark this hub for sure.

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      8 years ago from Australia

      A good point, having tried the vinegar brushing, it only tastes bad for the first 5-10 seconds, and leaves your mouth feeling very clean, i do prefer a mix of baking soda for cleaning and whitening teeth,which i have shared in another hub, but i do like your idea of chasin it with baking soda to help, thanks so much for comment....

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      8 years ago from Chicago

      For number 5 on vinegar (brushing your teeth to whiten them), I question how healthy that is. Tooth decay is caused by acids, either consumed (sodas, fruits) or released by plaque bacteria. Vinegar is an acid (and not a very pleasant tasting one I might add). It may add to tooth decay. If you are keen on doing that, you may want to chase it with the baking soda paste to neutralize the acid.

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      8 years ago from Australia

      vinegar is a great cheap option that i would no longer do without :)

      thanks for stopping by

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      8 years ago

      Great work. I also consider vinegar as one of my all-in-one solution for home. Thanks for the info.

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      8 years ago from Australia

      When my great aunt saw this post she happily told me of using lemons on her own hair when she was young.

      she swore it worked :)

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      Carpet Cleaning 

      8 years ago

      Very interesting. I wonder if the lemon really helps for the hair. I want so badly to lighten my hair without dying it.


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