Do you love to clean with vinegar like I do? There are so, so, so many ways to use this extremely versatile cleaner and they are all natural! By swapping out vinegar for some of your daily cleaning, you can really lessen the amount of chemicals floating around in your house on a daily basis. Here are 30+ of my favorite ways to use vinegar as a cleaning tool:
– To rid the kitchen of yucky cooking smells, leave a bowl of vinegar on the counter overnight.
– To keep ants away, spray some vinegar anywhere they are likely to appear.
– Clean clogged drains, pour some baking soda down into it and add in some vinegar, place a warm cloth over top of the drain and let it sit for 5 minutes and then rinse with boiling water.
– Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards by wiping with vinegar.
– To clean your microwave, put a microwave-safe bowl of 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 cup water inside, and cook long enough to boil. In addition to removing any lingering odors, this will loosen any baked-on food from the microwave’s walls. Wipe down the walls with a solution of half vinegar and water when you are done.
– Clean your garbage disposal with vinegar cubes! Vinegar cubes are made by filling an ice tray with a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar and enough water to fill the ice tray and then freezing it. Run the mixture through the disposal, and then flush it with cold water for a minute or so. This will help keep your disposal clean and odor free.
– Clean and sanitize your fridge by washing the shelves and walls with equal parts of water and vinegar.
– Keep stainless steel shiny and streak free by wiping them with a solution of 4 parts water to 1 part vinegar.
– Eliminate grease stains from your stove, broiler or counter by wiping them down with a cloth dampened in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. In addition to removing the grease, the vinegar will neutralize any odors on the surface as well.
– Pots and pans need some love? Combine equal parts salt and flour and add just enough vinegar to make a paste then work the paste around the cooking surface and the outside of the pan, then rinse off with warm water and dry thoroughly with a soft dish towel.
– Want to reuse a mayonaise, peanut butter or sauce jar but dread the thought of scrubbing it out? Or, have an old flower vase that has seen better days? Fill them with equal parts vinegar and hot soapy water and let soak 10-15 minutes, then use an old bottle brush to scrub off the insides and they will look good as new!
– Clean off the blades of a well-worn can opener with an old toothbrush soaked with full strength vinegar to help remove dirt and grease.
– To clean hard water on shower heads, soak them in a plastic baggie of straight vinegar overnight, run with hot water the next day.
– Remove stains from the toilet with vinegar. Stubborn stains can be removed by cleaning with white vinegar and brushing vigorously. The bowl can be deodorized by adding 3 cups of white vinegar and allowing it to sit for a half hour and then flush.
– To remove soap build-up from faucets, clean with a mixture of 1 part baking soda to four parts vinegar. Scrub the paste on and wash off for a brighter faucet.
– To help prevent mildew in the shower, keep a spray bottle close by and spray the shower walls and shower curtain after you are done with your shower!
– Clean your tub with a paste made with vinegar and baking soda- rub on your tub and scrub the dirt away naturally!
– Rub down shower doors with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar to remove soap residue.
– Clean out your rinse cup or toothbrush holder with equal parts vinegar and water, let it sit for a few hours and then rinse with cold water before you use it.
Walls, Windows and Floors
– To help remove spills on carpet, soak up what you can first with a cloth and then use a solution of equal parts of vinegar and water and let it sit on the stain for 2 or 3 minutes, blot off and repeat if necessary.
– To clean tile or linoleum, use a gallon of water with 3/4 cup of vinegar and mop as usual.
– To clean glass, use a solution of half vinegar and half water and spray on, wipe off with newspaper or a microfiber cloth. Good bye stinky blue bottle cleaner!
– To clean silver, pewter, copper, or brass, dissolve 1 teaspoon salt in one cup vinegar. Add a bit of flour to create a paste (1/4 cup or more). Apply the paste to the metal item, and let stand for at least fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water and polish with a soft cloth
– To clean wood paneling, use a mixture of 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup vinegar, and 2 cups warm water. Apply to paneling with a soft cloth. Dry with a clean cloth.
– Clean your window blinds simply by soaking the tips of a clean cotton glove with equal parts of vinegar and hot water.
Bedrooms, Playrooms and Office
– To remove stickers that were placed on things they shouldn’t have been, try dabbing them with some straight vinegar and letting them sit, then scrapping them off.
– Help remove stubborn rings resulting from wet drinking glasses on wood furniture by rubbing them with a mixture of equal parts of vinegar and olive oil. Rub with the grain and polish for the best results.
– Polish wood furniture by mixing olive oil and vinegar in a one-to-one ratio and polish with a soft cloth. Try in an inconspicuous place first, just in case.
– Clean and sanitize your computer keyboard and mouse by wiping them down with a slightly damp cloth with equal parts of water and vinegar- never use a spray bottle because you don’t want water to get inside the mechanisms.
– Use full strength vinegar to remove ball point pen marks on furniture.
– Remove sticky residue from scissor blades with a cotton ball soaked in vinegar. This will not only clean them but help prevent them from rusting like water can do.
– Clean our your child’s cool-mist humidifier with equal parts of water and vinegar. Take apart as much as you can and let them soak in the solution and rinse the water reservoir with it as well. Do this often to help prevent mold and bacteria from growing in it.
– Clean and sanitize kids toys with a solution of equal parts of water and vinegar. Don’t forget the bath toys too!
– To keep colors from running in the wash, soak your garment in vinegar before washing the first time.
– To reduce the amount of lint on clothing, add 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.
– Many tough stains like coffee, chocolate, ketchup, jam, soda, or wine can be removed with vinegar. Gently rub the stain with vinegar and then wash normally.
– To make your whites and brights brighter, add 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.
– To remove a burn mark from an iron, rub with a mixture of vinegar and salt.
– To help clean your washing machine, run an empty (no laundry) cycle with one cup vinegar added.
– Help to unclog your iron by pouring equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and water into the iron’s water chamber. Turn to steam and leave the iron on for 5 minutes in an upright position. Then unplug and allow to cool. Any loose particles should come out when you empty the water.
– To get the wrinkles out of clothes after drying, mist them with a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Once you’re sure you didn’t miss a spot, hang it up and let it air-dry.
So when you are shopping for new cleaners, skip the cleaning aside and instead grab one of the most perfect cleaners there is: vinegar! This little bottle can wipe out tarnish, soap scum, mineral deposits, and all sorts of dirt and grime. Among natural cleaners, it’s the clear champ. Distilled white vinegar can also creates an environment that inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, and some bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella, so not only does it clean well, but it can help sanitize and disinfect keeping your house clean AND healthy- and what can be better than that!