Vinegar is an awesome cleaner. It doesn’t smell the greatest but it’s nothing a little essential oil can’t fix.

People have been cleaning with vinegar for years, and they’ve been right to. There are so many ways you can use it in your home and it’s a safe alternative to chemical cleaners.

Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it’s also friendly on the wallet. With so many diverse applications for vinegar around the house, this tried-and-true ingredient deserves a particular spot in your pantry. The applications of apple cider vinegar and white vinegar go well beyond cleaning.

Without further ado, here are some of the best ways you can use vinegar around your home.

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If you’re becoming more conscious about the products you use to clean your home? There are so many advantages of using natural cleaners including saving money and creating a healthier, non-toxic home. Natural cleaners are effective and do a proper job in cleaning just as some of the more toxic chemical cleaners do. Isn’t it amazing to know that you can make salad dressings and clean your home with some of the same ingredients? I think that’s awesome.

Many store-bought cleaners are made with water, chemicals and fragrance. Some fragrances can irritate allergies, and create skin sensitivities. They can even be poisonous to pets and small children. Some of these store-bought cleaners have instructions to be in a ventilated room when using or to wear a mask. To me, this is very concerning. Organic and natural cleaners are an option if you do not want to aggravate your allergies and you can rest easy knowing exactly what’s in your cleaning agent.

Vinegar Is The Universal Cleaner

You just can’t go wrong with vinegar. Pick up a large bottle of vinegar from the supermarket and prepare to clean every area of your house from top to bottom, freshen up your landscape, and repair destroyed clothing with these domestic applications for vinegar you never knew about.

This is the powerhouse of the cleaning cupboard. It has germ-killing properties, cuts grease, and gets rid of stains. It is biodegradable and as a mild organic acid and is easy to dispense and control. It is safe for stainless steel and is used in the food industry. It is relatively non-toxic and stable which makes it safe to handle. It is a sanitizer for many different bacteria, mold and yeasts. And it destroys organisms to acceptable levels.

Vinegar is comprised of 5% acetic acid and 95% water, however, these percentages can vary in different vinegar styles. Due to its pH of 2.0 and acetic acid content, vinegar is an inhospitable environment for many microorganisms.

Why Use Scented Vinegar?

There is a wide variety of cleaning uses for vinegar, both inside and outside of the house. However, vinegar isn’t the nicest smelling product, but essential oils can help with that.

Making Scented Vinegar

To make your own scented vinegar, prepare large glass jars for storing your vinegar. Mason jars are great for this.

  • Fill a jar with citrus peels and herbs such as lime and mint, or orange and sage, or orange and basil.
  • Heat enough white vinegar to fill the jar until it hits almost boiling.
  • Pour the vinegar over the herbs you chose and seal the jar.
  • Place the jar in a cool, dark place for 24 hours.
  • Strain the peels and herbs out of the mixture and compost them.
  • Your scented vinegar is now ready to be transferred to a spray bottle and used.

Clean the Air

If the odour of yesterday’s cooked cabbage or fish stew is lingering in your kitchen for too long, make a pot of 1/2 cup white vinegar in 1 cup water. Allow it to boil until the liquid is nearly gone. You’ll be able to breathe more easily in no time.

Fight Mold

Pour 3 tablespoons white vinegar, 1 teaspoon borax, and 2 cups hot water into a clean, recyclable spray bottle and shake vigorously to eliminate and prevent bathroom mould and mildew. Then, spray the mixture over painted surfaces, tiles, windows, or anywhere mould or mildew is visible. Work the solution into the spots with a gentle scrub brush or simply let it soak in.

Microwave

To clean your microwave, place a glass dish filled with a 1/4 cup vinegar in 1 cup water solution inside and zap the mixture for five minutes on high. Once the bowl has cooled, drop cloth or sponge into the liquid and use it to remove stains and splatters from the interior. 

Window Cleaner

Grab your favourite spray bottle and mix equal parts of water and vinegar. Spray the mixture onto a sponge (these are such a good deal!) and use a squeegee to wipe away the liquid. You can use it on the car windshield too. I also have a great resource to help you find the best eco-friendly window cleaners.

Fridge

Did you know that vinegar may be a more effective safe refrigerator cleaner than baking soda? Wash the interior and outside of your fridge with equal parts white vinegar and water, including the door gasket and the fronts of the vegetable and fruit bins. Wash the inner walls and bin inside with full-strength vinegar with a towel to avoid mildew formation. Also, use undiluted vinegar to clean the dust and dirt that has gathered on the top of your refrigerator. Of course, you’ll want to keep that box of baking soda in your refrigerator when you’re done to keep it smelling fresh. For more fridge cleaning tips, click here.

Disinfect Cutting Board

Wipe your wood cutting boards or butcher block countertop with full-strength white vinegar after each use to disinfect and clean them. The acetic acid in vinegar acts as a disinfectant, killing bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus. Water and dishwashing detergent should never be used since they might weaken the surface wood fibres. When your wooden cutting surface has to be deodorised and disinfected, sprinkle it with baking soda and then spritz it with undiluted white vinegar. Allow it to froth and bubble for five to ten minutes before rinsing with a clean, cold towel.

Blinds

These vinegar applications can take your house cleaning to the next level. Giving mini-blinds or Venetians “the white glove treatment” might make the work of cleaning them a lot easier. Simply put on a white cotton glove and soak your fingertips in a mix of equal parts white vinegar and hot tap water. Then, ready to be astonished by sliding your fingertips across both sides of each slat. Wash the glove off with clean water on a regular basis.

Mugs

If you’ve got a tea or coffee-stained mug, vinegar to the rescue! Mix equal parts vinegar and baking soda to create a paste, and gently scrub away any stains inside your favorite mug. You can lift out many water-soluble stains—including beer, orange, and other fruit juices, black coffee or tea, and vomit –from your cotton-blend clothing by patting the spot with a cloth or towel moistened with undiluted white vinegar just before placing it in the wash. For large stains, you may want to soak the garment overnight in a solution of 3 parts vinegar to 1 part cold water before washing.\

Blood Stains

Blood, cola, hair colour, ketchup, and wine stains should be treated as soon as possible on washable cotton blends (that is, within 24 hours). Sponge the area with undiluted vinegar and immediately wash. Add 1-2 cups vinegar to the wash cycle for tough stains. After pretreatment with a solution of 3 tablespoons white vinegar and 2 teaspoons liquid detergent in 1 quart (1 litre) warm water, older, set-in stains will frequently come out in the wash. Before washing, rub the solution into the stain and wipe it dry. Learn more about removing blood stains.

Cleaner Dishes – Specifically Glass

If your dishwasher is producing cloudy glasses, you definitely need some vinegar love.

Add vinegar to your rinse water or dishwater to restore the lustre of your glassware.

Add 1/4 cup vinegar to your dishwasher’s rinse cycle to keep your daily glasses shining.
To remove cloudiness or stains produced by hard water, boil a saucepan of equal parts white vinegar and water (use full-strength vinegar if your glasses are really foggy) and soak them for 15-30 minutes. Scrub them well with a bottle brush before rinsing clean.

When washing your fine crystal glasses, add 2 teaspoons vinegar to the dishwater. Then, rinse them in a solution of 3 parts warm water to 1 part vinegar and air-dry. You may also wash fragile crystal and fine china in a basin of warm water with 1 cup vinegar. Dip the glasses gently in the solution and set aside to dry.
To remove coffee stains and other discolorations from china plates and teacups, scrub them with equal parts vinegar and salt before washing with warm water.

Coffee Maker

If your coffee is regularly weak or bitter, it is likely that your coffeemaker needs to be cleaned. 2 cups white vinegar and 1 cup water in a decanter Insert a filter into the coffeemaker and pour the solution into the water chamber. Start the coffeemaker and let it complete a full brew cycle. Replace the filter with a new one after removing it. Then, for the second brew, run clean water through the machine for two full cycles before replacing the filter. If you have soft water, clean your coffeemaker after 80 brew cycles; if you have hard water, clean it after 40 cycles. If you need more steps on cleaning a Keurig, I’ve got you covered.

Lunch Box

Is your child’s lunch box smelling like a bouquet of week-old tuna? Stop holding your breath every time you open it, and spare them from lunchtime humiliation with a fast deodorizing treatment. Soak a slice of white bread in white vinegar overnight and place it in the lunchbox. By morning, the odour should have dissipated. For more ways to clean a kids lunchbox, click here.

Shower Doors

Simply soak a sponge in white vinegar and wipe down shower doors to keep the grime and soap scum from building up. If you use a daily shower cleaner, this job gets a lot easier.

Crayon Marks

The kids are great! But sometimes they make messes when no one is watching closely. To remove crayons from walls, dip a toothbrush into the vinegar and gently rub the crayon marks. Don’t rub too hard, you don’t want to peel off your wall paint.

Freshen Musty Closet

Do you have a closet that doesn’t smell as fresh as you’d like it to? Remove the contents first, then clean the walls, ceiling, and floor using a moist cloth saturated in a solution of 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, and 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 gallon (3.7 litres) water. Allow the interior of the closet to dry before reinstalling your clothing and other belongings. If the odour continues, bring in a small pan of cat litter. Replace every several days until the stink has gone away.

Grease

Wipe clean your stove, broiler, kitchen table, or counter with a towel moistened in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water to remove grease marks. This approach makes use of several vinegar applications: in addition to eliminating oil, vinegar will neutralize any smells on the surface (once its own aroma evaporates, that is). Pour 3-4 tablespoons of white vinegar into your favourite brand (particularly budget brands) of liquid dishwashing detergent and give it a few shakes on a regular basis to combat grease. The vinegar not only improves the detergent’s grease-fighting properties, but it also gives you more dishwashing liquid for your money because you’ll need less soap to clean your dishes. You may also boil 2 cups vinegar in a greasy pan for approximately 10 minutes to give it a natural nonstick property that will persist for months, or boil 1 cup vinegar and water in a stainless steel saucepan to melt off obstinate slicks.

Toilet Bowl

Do you want an easy method to keep your toilet clean and smelling fresh? Fill the basin with 2 cups white vinegar and soak it overnight before flushing. Including this vinegar soak in your weekly cleaning routine will also help keep those unsightly water rings that form just above the water level at bay.

Toothbrush Holder

Clean the grooves of your bathroom toothbrush holder with cotton swabs dampened with white vinegar to remove dirt, germs, and caked-on toothpaste drippings.

Faucets and Shower Heads

Keep your faucets and showerheads clean and clear of buildup by smearing them with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of salt and 1 tablespoon of vinegar and let that sit for a while. Then wipe off with a cloth and you’ll have a smooth running faucet. You can keep your drains clean and clear this way as well.

Kettle

Bring 3 cups of full-strength white vinegar to a full boil for five minutes and leave the vinegar in the kettle overnight to remove lime and mineral deposits. The next day, rinse with cold water.

Drains

One of the most efficient ways to unclog and deodorize drains is to combine vinegar and baking soda. It’s also far kinder on your pipes (and your bank account) than professional drain cleaners.

Pour 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar into the drain using a funnel. Flush with hot tap water after the froth has subsided. Wait five minutes before flushing with cold water again. This method, in addition to removing obstructions, washes away odour-causing microorganisms.

Tub

Restore the lustre of your porcelain sinks and bathtubs by washing them with full-strength white vinegar and then rinsing with clean cold water. Pour 3 cups white vinegar under running hot tap water to eliminate hard-water stains from your tub. Allow the tub to fill up over the stains and soak for four hours. You should be able to simply scrape out the stains once the water has drained. Dip a toothbrush in white vinegar and scrape away to whiten the grout. If your tub is super rusty, here are my best tips for you.

Shower Doors

Wipe down your glass shower doors with a cloth dipped in a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, and 1/4 cup baking soda mixed in 1 gallon (3.7 litres) warm water to leave them sparkling clean and eliminate all of those pesky watermarks. For a full tutorial on cleaning shower doors, click here.

Clean Rinsing Cups

If multiple individuals in your household use the same rinse cup after brushing their teeth, clean it once a week by filling it with equal parts water and white vinegar, or just full-strength vinegar, and letting it sit overnight. Before usage, thoroughly rinse with cold water. These cleaning myths may be safely ignored.

Rinsing Clothes

Sometimes clothing can have a dingy soap and detergent residue on them. Add a cup of vinegar to the final rise cycle of the washing machine. For washing heavier blankets, add 2 cups of vinegar to the final rinse.

Showerhead

Remove mineral deposits and obstructions from detachable showerheads by immersing them in 1 quart (1 litre) boiling water with 1/2 cup distilled vinegar for 10 minutes (use hot, not boiling, liquid for plastic showerheads). The blockages should be gone after you take it from the solution. If you have a fixed showerhead, fill a tiny plastic bag halfway with vinegar and attach it to the fixture. Allow it to set for approximately an hour before removing the bag and wiping away any leftover vinegar from the showerhead.

Shower Door Tracks

Remove accumulated filth and grime from the tracks of your shower doors using vinegar. Fill the tracks with roughly 2 cups of full-strength white vinegar and soak for three to five hours. (If the tracks are very filthy, warm the vinegar in a glass container in the microwave for 30 seconds first.) Then, run hot water over the track to flush the muck away. To remove stubborn stains, you may need to use a tiny scrub brush or even a recycled toothbrush.

Bathroom Fixtures

When cleaning with vinegar, don’t stop at the shower! There are several additional use for bathroom vinegar. Pour some undiluted white vinegar onto a soft cloth and wipe off your chrome faucets, towel racks, bathroom mirrors, doorknobs, and other fixtures. They’ll be shining as a result.

Smoke Odors

There are several vinegar applications in the kitchen. If you just burnt a steak or had an unexpected visit from your chain-smoking aunt, eliminate the lingering smoky stench by pouring a small bowl roughly three-quarters full of white or cider vinegar in the area where the aroma is greatest. If the odour pervades your entire home, use multiple bowls. The stink should be gone in under a day. You may also rapidly remove the odour of new cigarette smoke from a room by dampening a cloth with vinegar and waving it around a little.

Hardwood Floors

I normally love to use Bana for my hardwood flooring, but when I’m all out and in dire need of a cleaner, I turn to good old vinegar and water. Create a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar and wash your floors as normal.
*Hot tip: I like to wash my floors with a fluffy mop first and then go over it again with a dry flat mop to dry excess solution off the floors.

Kitchen Sink

Clean and disinfect your kitchen sink with water and vinegar. Do this nightly and never have a buildup of rust and grime in your sink again.

Set Colours

If you’re dying any sort of fabric, add a cup of vinegar to the water during the last rinse.

Peel Off Wallpaper

It might be difficult to remove old wallpaper, but you can make it come off quickly by soaking it in a vinegar solution. Wait a few minutes after spraying the wallpaper with an equal mixture of white vinegar and water. Then, using a wallpaper scraper, zip the material off the wall. If the problem persists, try carefully scoring the wallpaper with a scraper before spritzing.

Berry Coloured Hands

Do your hands get stained when working with fresh or frozen berries? Use vinegar! Your hands will be clean and clear in seconds and no hard scrubbing is required.

In The Laundry

When it comes to laundry, vinegar has a plethora of useful applications. Pour 1 cup white vinegar into the wash cycle the first time you wash your new or used garments to remove chemicals, dust, stink, and anything else. Unless you have a fondness for pink-tinted clothing, take one simple precaution to prevent red—or other brightly dyed—washable clothes from ruining your wash loads. Soak your new garments in a few cups of undiluted white vinegar for 10-15 minutes before their first washing. You’ll never have to worry about running colors again!

Shower Curtains

Put your plastic shower curtain and a pair of dirty towels in the washing machine to remove those unsightly mildew stains. Add 1/2 cup laundry detergent and 1/2 cup baking soda to the load and wash it in warm water on the usual cycle of your washing machine. To the first rinse, add 1 cup white vinegar. Remove the curtain and hang it to dry before starting the machine’s spin cycle. Full tutorial on washing plastic shower curtains here.

Washing Machine

Pouring in 2 cups vinegar and running the machine through a complete cycle without any clothes or detergent is an easy method to clear up soap scum and disinfect your clothes washer on a regular basis. Fill your washer with very hot water, add 2 gallons (7.5 litres) vinegar, and run the agitator for 8-10 minutes if it is especially filthy. Turn off the washing machine and let the solution to stand overnight. Empty the basin and run your washer through a full cycle first thing in the morning.

Soften Fabrics

There are so many advantages to adding 1 cup white vinegar to your washer’s rinse cycle that it’s surprising it’s not listed clearly in the owner’s handbook of every washing machine sold. Here are some of the most common vinegar applications that can help you improve your laundry game:
A single cup of vinegar can destroy any bacteria in your laundry load, especially if it contains cloth diapers or other similar items.
A cup of vinegar will keep your clothing soft and smelling fresh after washing them, allowing you to say goodbye to fabric softening products and sheets (unless, of course, you happen to like your clothes smelling of heavy perfumes). A cup of vinegar added to the last rinse can keep your clothing lint- and static-free.

Brighten Clothes

Why spend money on expensive all-color bleach when vinegar can get the same results? To brighten the colours in each load, simply add 1/2 cup white vinegar to your machine’s wash cycle. If it’s getting increasingly difficult to identify the white socks in your sock drawer, here’s a simple way to make them so bright you can’t miss them. Start by adding 1 cup vinegar to 1 1/2 quarts (1.5 liters) tap water in a large pot. Bring the solution to a boil, then pour it into a bucket and drop in your dingy socks. Let them soak overnight. The next day, wash them as you normally would. To restore yellowed clothing, let the garments soak overnight in a solution of 12 parts warm water to 1 part vinegar. Wash them the following morning.

De Wrinkle Clothes

In an ideal world, laundry would come out of the dryer freshly pressed. Until that day, you can frequently remove creases out of garments after drying them by spraying them with a 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water solution. When you’re certain you haven’t missed any spots, hang it up to dry. This method may work better for some clothing than ironing; it is definitely kinder on the material.

Armpit Stains

Are you sick of seeing old sweat rings around your shirt collars or beneath your arms? What about the vexing darkening at the cuffs’ edges? Scrub the material with a mixture consisting of 2 parts white vinegar to 3 parts baking soda to get rid of them. Allow the paste to cure for 30 minutes before washing (this also works on ink stains). This method is also effective for removing minor mildew stains from clothes. Before washing, you can also apply a small amount of vinegar straight on the stain and rub it in.

Clean Iron

Fill the reservoir of your steam iron with undiluted white vinegar on a regular basis to remove mineral deposits and prevent corrosion. Set the iron upright, turn on the steam setting, and let the vinegar steam through it for 5-10 minutes. The chamber should then be refilled with clean water and the process repeated. Finally, thoroughly rinse the water chamber with cool, clean water. Scrub the soleplate of your iron with a paste formed by heating equal parts vinegar and salt in a small pan to eliminate scorch marks. Wipe away any residual residue with a cloth soaked in clean water.

Maintain Lawnmower

After you trim the lawn, grass tends to collect on your lawnmower blades, often with grubs or other insects hidden inside. Wipe clean the blades of your mower with a towel wet with undiluted white vinegar before storing it in the garage or tool shed. It will remove any remaining grass on the blades as well as any bugs that may have planned to stay for a while.

Keep Insects Away

If bugs are eating your garden’s fruits and veggies, use this easy, non-poisonous trap to get rid of them. 1 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 cup sugar in a 2-liter soda bottle Next, cut a banana peel into small pieces and place it in the container with 1 cup cold water. Shake it up. To capture and kill the six-legged freeloaders, tie a piece of thread around the neck of the bottle and hang it from a low tree limb or lay it on the ground. As required, replace old traps with fresh ones.

Test Soil Acidity

To do a fast test for high alkalinity in your yard’s soil, throw a handful of earth in a jar and add 1/2 cup white vinegar. If the soil fizzes or bubbles, it’s alkaline. Similarly, to determine if your soil is acidic, combine 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup baking soda. This time, fizzing would indicate the presence of acid in the soil. To determine the precise pH level of your soil, either get it tested or purchase a simple do-it-yourself kit or metre.

Clean Hummingbird Feeder

Hummingbirds are naturally discerning creatures, so don’t expect to find them congregating around a filthy, sticky, or crusted-over sugar-water feeder. Clean your feeders on a regular basis by thoroughly cleaning them in a solution of equal parts apple cider vinegar and hot water. After cleaning, rinse them well with cold water and allow them to air dry in direct sunshine before refilling them with food.

Remove Rust

Soak rusty old tools in full-strength white vinegar for several days if you wish to clean them up after finding them in your cellar or at a tag sale. The same method works as well for eliminating rust from rusted nuts and bolts. You may also use vinegar to loosen rusty hinges and screws before removing them. For more rust removal tips, click here.

Germinate Seeds

Scarifying woody seeds, such as moonflower, passionflower, morning glory, and gourds, means softly rubbing them between two sheets of fine sandpaper and soaking them overnight in a solution of 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 pint (half litre) warm water. Remove the seeds from the solution the next morning, rinse them, and plant them. You may also use the solution to start numerous herb and vegetable seedlings (without the sandpaper treatment).

Care For Wool

Woolen sweaters and other goods may typically be stretched back to their original size or shape after 25 minutes in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water. After you’ve done stretching the clothing, let it air dry.

Clean Stains On suede

Brush a suede jacket, skirt, or shoes gently with a soft toothbrush soaked in white vinegar to remove a fresh grease stain. Allow the area to dry before brushing with a suede brush. If necessary, repeat.

PCs and Peripherals

These vinegar applications can make your office seem clean and fresh. If you maintain your computer, printer, fax machine, and other home office equipment clean and dust-free, they will perform better. Before you begin cleaning, be certain that all of your equipment is turned off. In a bucket, combine equal parts white vinegar and water. Dampen a clean cloth in the solution—never use a spray bottle; you don’t want liquid on the inner circuits—then wring it out as hard as you can and begin cleaning. To get into small places, use cotton swabs (like around the keys of your keyboard). These are the tasks that professional housecleaners perform in their houses on a daily basis.

Computer Mouse

If you have a mouse with a detachable tracking ball, clean it with a 50/50 vinegar-water solution. To begin, screw off the cover over the ball from beneath the mouse. Wipe the ball clean and remove fingerprints and grime from the mouse using a towel wet with the solution and wrung dry. Then, using a wet cotton swab, remove the muck and dirt from the ball chamber (let it dry a couple of hours before reinserting the ball). Both white vinegar and apple cider vinegar may be used for cleaning, but it is vital to understand the distinctions between the two so that you choose the appropriate cleaning solution for each item. When it comes to home cures, rubbing alcohol is always a good choice.

Clean Patio Furniture

If you live in a hot, humid area, mildew on your wooden decks and patio furniture is probably nothing new to you. But, before you go for the bleach, consider these gentler vinegar-based alternatives:

Keep some full-strength white vinegar in a repurposed spray bottle and apply it anywhere mildew development is visible. The stain will easily wipe away from most surfaces, and the vinegar will keep it from reappearing for a time.
Sponge off mildew off wood decks and patio furniture with a solution of 1 cup ammonia, 1/2 cup white vinegar, and 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 gallon (3.7 litres) water. Keep an old toothbrush on hand to massage the solution into tight spaces like corners and crevices. In a bucket of hot water, combine 2 cups white vinegar and 2 teaspoons liquid dish soap to deodorize and discourage mildew growth on outdoor plastic mesh furniture and patio umbrellas. Scrub seat pads and umbrella fabric with a gentle brush after working it into the grooves of the plastic. Rinse with cold water before drying in the sun.

Get Rid Of Ants

An eviction notice should be served to the ants on your property. Fill a spray bottle halfway with water and half with white vinegar. Spray it on anthills and in locations where you notice insects. Ants despise the odour of vinegar. It won’t be long until they’re looking for better-smelling lodgings. Keep the spray bottle on hand for outdoor excursions or to keep ants away from picnic or children’s play areas. If you have a lot of anthills on your property, consider pouring full-strength vinegar on them to get the ants to leave faster.

Nix Bird Droppings

Have the birds returned to your patio or driveway for target practice? Spraying full-strength apple cider vinegar on the messes will make them vanish in no time. Alternatively, pour the vinegar into a cloth and wipe them clean.

Disinfect A/C

Filters in air conditioners and humidifiers may quickly become clogged with dust, soot, pet dander, and potentially dangerous germs. Fill a bucket with equal parts white vinegar and warm water every 10 days or so, and soak the filter in the solution for an hour before squeezing it dry. Allow your filters to soak overnight if they are especially filthy. You may also maintain them clean by washing them down with full-strength vinegar on a regular basis.

Polish Silver

Soak your cutlery, as well as your pure silver bracelets, rings, and other jewellery, in a combination of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 teaspoons baking soda for two to three hours to restore their lustre. Rinse them with cold water and pat dry with a soft towel. Here are some more excellent methods for polishing silver.

Polish Brass and Copper

Make a paste of equal parts white vinegar and salt, or vinegar and baking soda, to restore the lustre to your brass, bronze, and copper artifacts (wait for the fizzing to stop before using). Rub the paste into the object with a clean, soft cloth or paper towel until the tarnish is gone. Then, rinse with cool water and dry with a soft cloth.

Ball Point Pen Marks

Has your child recently adorned a painted wall in your house with a ballpoint original or written all over your desk while playing “office?” Maintain your composure. Rather, use a rag or a sponge to dab some full-strength white vinegar on the “masterpiece.” Repeat until the markings have vanished. Then go out and get your youngster a large drawing pad.

Scissors

If your scissor blades become sticky or filthy, don’t wash them with water; you’re far more likely to rust the fastener that keeps the blades together—or the blades themselves—than to clean them. Instead, use a cloth dipped in full-strength white vinegar to clean the blades, and then dry them with a rag or dish towel. Keep an eye out for these signs that you’re overcleaning your home.

Peeling Wood

Is the wood panelling in your den looking drab and drab? Make it more interesting with this simple DIY remedy: In a container, combine 1-pint warm water, 4 teaspoons white or apple cider vinegar, and 2 tablespoons olive oil, mix well and apply with a clean cloth. Allow the mixture to sink into the wood for a few minutes before polishing with a dry towel.

Clean Ice Cube Tray

If your plastic ice trays are coated with hard-water stains, or if it’s been a while since you cleaned them, a couple cups of white vinegar can assist. Allow your trays to soak in undiluted vinegar for four to five hours to remove the stains or disinfect them, then rinse well under cold water and allow to dry.

Keep Pantry Bug Free

Do you have any moths or other insects in your pantry or cupboard? 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar, plus a few drops liquid dish detergent, in a small basin Leave it in there for a week; it will attract bugs, who will drown if they fall into the bowl. Then, clear the shelves and thoroughly clean the interior with dishwashing soap or 2 cups baking soda in 1 quart (1 litre) water. Remove any wheat items (bread, pasta, flour, and so on) and thoroughly clean canned goods before reusing them. Here are some additional basic things you can do to keep bugs out of your kitchen.

Trap Fruit Flies

Did you bring fruit flies home from the market? By filling an old jar halfway with apple cider vinegar, you may build traps for them that can be utilized anyplace in your house. Simply poke a few holes in the lid and screw it back on, and you’re ready to go.

Can Opener

Is that filthy wheel blade on your electric can opener looking like it’s seen one too many cans? Dip an old toothbrush in white vinegar and then wrap the bristles over the side and edge of the wheel to clean and disinfect it. Turn on the appliance and let the blade to clean itself.

Car Wiper Blades

You can use vinegar for more than just cleaning your house; you can also use it to clean your automobile. When your windshield becomes blurrier after turning on your wipers during a downpour, it typically indicates that your wiper blades are filthy. To restore them to like-new condition, wet a towel or rag with full-strength white vinegar and run it down the whole length of each blade once or twice.

Car Mats

Thorough vacuuming can remove sand and other loose debris from your car’s carpets, but it will not remove stains or ground-in filth. Make a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar for this and sponge it into the carpet. Allow the mixture to rest for a few minutes before blotting it up with a cloth or paper towel. This method will help remove salt deposits that have accumulated on automobile carpets throughout the winter months.

Car Bumper Stickers

If the ragged old bumper stickers on your car make you feel nauseous rather than nostalgic, it’s time to get out the vinegar. Saturate the top and sides of the sticker with undiluted distilled vinegar and let it soak for 10-15 minutes. Then scrape it off using an expired credit card (or one of those promotional plastic cards that arrive in the mail). To remove any leftover gluey residue, use extra full-strength vinegar. Detach those adorable decals your kids used to adorn the rear windshield using the same method.

Keep Frost Away

If you park your car outside during the chilly winter months, cleaning (or, better yet, spraying) the outsides of the windows with a solution of 3 parts white vinegar to 1 part water is a clever and simple approach to avoid frost from accumulating on your glass. Each covering can linger for many weeks, but it won’t do much to keep a major snowstorm at bay.

Piano Keys

Here’s a quick and easy technique to remove filthy fingerprints and stains off your piano keys. Dip a delicate cloth into a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 cups water, wring it out until there are no drips, and then carefully wipe each key clean. As you continue along, use a second cloth to dry out the keys, then let the keyboard be exposed for 24 hours.

Remove Wax

When furniture polish or wax accumulates on wood or leather tabletops, remove it with diluted white vinegar. Dip a cloth in equal parts vinegar and water and wring it out well to remove built-up shine off wood furniture. Then, working with the grain, remove the polish. Using a soft towel or cloth, wipe dry. Most leather tabletops may be cleaned easily using a soft cloth soaked in 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water. Dry up any leftover liquid with a clean towel.

Leather Furniture

Has the shine of your leather couch or easy chair faded? To restore it to its former splendour, fill a repurposed spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and boiling linseed oil, shake it well, and spray it on. Spread it evenly over your furniture with a soft cloth, wait a few minutes for it to sink in, and then rub it off with a clean cloth. Although white vinegar and boiling linseed oil sound like an intriguing combination, keep in mind the three things you should never mix with vinegar.

Water Rings

If your family is too lazy to use coasters, your coffee table may wind up with white rings on it. To remove wet glass marks from wood furniture, combine equal parts vinegar and olive oil and apply with a delicate cloth while working with the grain of the wood. Shine it up with another clean, soft cloth. How to Remove White Water Rings from Leather Furniture. Here are more tips on banishing stains on wood funiture.

Rugs

If your rugs or carpets have become old and dingy as a result of excessive foot traffic, bring them back to life by brushing them with a clean push broom dipped in a solution of 1 cup white vinegar in 1 gallon (3.7 litres) water. Your faded threads will brighten, and you won’t even need to rinse the solution off. Mildew may also be prevented on the bottoms of rugs and carpeting by spraying them with full-strength white vinegar from a spray bottle. Try these cleaning tips for difficult-to-clean household objects.

Tile Floors

Try these vinegar applications in the bathroom. If soap scum or water spots have faded the porcelain tiles around your sink or bath, washing them with 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup ammonia, and 1/4 cup borax combined in 1 gallon (3.7 litres) warm water can restore their lustre. Rinse well with cold water and air-dry. Need a tile floor vacuum? Got you covered.

Candle Wax

Candles are excellent for setting a romantic scene, but they may quickly turn sour if melted candle wax gets on your expensive wood furniture. To remove it, first soften the wax with a blow-dryer on high heat and blot up as much as possible using paper towels. Then, rubbing with a towel soaked in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water, remove what’s left. Wipe with a soft, absorbent cloth to clean.

Carpet Stains

Here are some vinegar applications for tougher stains:

Light carpet stains can be removed using a solution of 2 teaspoons salt mixed in 1/2 cup white vinegar. Allow the solution to dry before vacuuming.
To remove bigger or deeper stains, add 2 teaspoons borax to the mixture and proceed as directed.
Make a mixture of 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1 tablespoon cornstarch and massage it into the stain with a dry cloth to remove stubborn, ground-in dirt and other stains. Allow it to settle for two days before vacuuming.

Fill a spray bottle with 5 parts water and 1 part vinegar to produce spray-on spot and stain remover. 1 part non-sudsy ammonia to 5 parts water in a second spray bottle Soak a stain in the vinegar solution. Allow it to settle for a few minutes before blotting well with a clean, dry towel. The ammonia solution should next be sprayed and blotted. Rep till the stain is removed. If you’re concerned about the strong odour that vinegar may leave behind, scented vinegar will assist give your home a fresh and clean odour.

Brighten Brick

Try these vinegar uses on the outside of your house to freshen it up. How about this for an easy method to clean your brick fireplace? Simply wipe the bricks with a moist towel soaked in a solution of 1 cup white vinegar and 1 gallon (3.7 litres) warm water. The hearth will look fantastic, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner! This similar technique may be used to brighten up any other exposed brick, including brick floors.

Pots and Pans

Would you prefer an efficient scouring combination that is inexpensive and safe to use on any of your metal cookware, even pricey copper pots and pans? Want even more exciting news? You most likely already have this “magic combination” in your pantry. Simply combine equal parts salt and flour, followed by a small amount of vinegar to form a paste. Work the paste over the cooking surface and the utensil’s exterior, then rinse with warm water and thoroughly dry with a soft dish towel. Here’s how to clean your kitchen in five minutes or less.

Sanitize Jars

Do you cringe at the notion of reusing a mayonnaise, peanut butter, or mustard jar? Worse, how can you remove the residue out of a slimy vase, decanter, or container? There is a simple approach to manage these tasks. Allow the object to stand for 10-15 minutes after filling it with equal parts vinegar and warm, soapy water. If you’re cleaning a bottle or jar, seal it up and shake it vigorously; alternatively, use a bottle brush to scrape out the remaining residue before completely washing.

Clean Thermos

Fill a thermos bottle with warm water and 1/4 cup white vinegar to clean it. If there is any residue, add some uncooked rice to act as an abrasive and scrape it off. Close and shake vigorously. Then rinse and air-dry it.

Unmark Pet Pee

When housebreaking a puppy or kitten, it is common for it to moisten previously soiled areas. It is critical to eliminate the odour from your floor, carpets, or sofa after cleaning up the mess. And nothing beats vinegar for this:

Blot up as much of the stain as possible on the floor. Then, using an equal mixture of white vinegar and warm water, clean the floor. (Test a few drops of vinegar in an inconspicuous area of a wood or vinyl floor to ensure it won’t ruin the finish.) Using a cloth or paper towel, pat dry.
Blot the area well with a towel or rags for carpets, rugs, and upholstery. Then, apply a small amount of undiluted vinegar to the affected area. Blot it with a towel, then reapply the vinegar and allow it to air-dry.

Clean Pets Ears

If you’ve observed Rover scratching behind his ears more than usual recently, a little of vinegar might provide him with some much-needed comfort. Swabbing your pet’s ears with a cotton ball or soft cloth dipped in a solution of 2 parts vinegar and 1 part water can keep them clean and help keep ear mites and germs at bay. It also relieves mild itchiness from insect bites and the like. Caution: Do not apply vinegar to exposed wounds. Seek veterinarian care if you see a cut in your pet’s ears.

Remove Skunk Smell From Pet

Bathe your pet in a 1 quart (1 litre) 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution made comprised of 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 teaspoon liquid soap. Work the solution well into his coat, allowing it to soak in for a few minutes before completely rinsing him with clean water.
Bathe your pet in a solution of equal parts water and vinegar (preferably outdoors in a large washtub). The method is then repeated with 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water, followed by a thorough rinse.
If you have an unplanned encounter with a skunk, use undiluted vinegar to remove the odour off your own clothes. Allow the contaminated clothes to soak in vinegar overnight.

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15 thoughts on “84 Brilliant Uses For White Vinegar

  1. I actually never thought to clean my mugs with vinegar. I use baking soda to get all the tea stains out, I’ll have to try the vinegar.

  2. These are really great tips! I’m trying to transition to all-natural, homemade cleaners, so I’ve been stocking up on baking soda, vinegar, and essential oils. I’ve never thought about using vinegar to clean my coffee maker or windows!

  3. I can’t believe vinegar is so vital and provides so many benefits in our daily lives.
    Thank you for your informative post about vinegar.

  4. I use full strength Apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle if and when my animals have fleas. For both dogs and cats, I spray them with the vinegar until their coat is wet. It may take a couple days and more than one application, but it works wonderfully! And without harsh chemicals on your pets skin or in the air.

  5. We just had new granite counter tops installed, and in talking to the shop owner/buyer/president of state stone cutters, he said it was preferable to use a soap vinegar solution to shine granite. Clear water is best, but vinegar diluted is okay. Can you please double check your advice. Maybe vinegar is okay for sealed granite only?

  6. You can take 3/4 cup green tea and add 3 tablespoons of cider (brown) vinegar shake well and put 10 ml into the ear and squish it around; clean out the excess and let the dog shake the rest out. Do this for 3-5 days and it should clear the infection up.

  7. Never use vinegar on stainless. It will discolor and very very hard if not impossible to regain shine.

  8. Back when I had a horse, we used a cider vinegar rinse after we bathed them. Add a half cup or so to a 5 gallon bucket and after rinsing off all of the shampoo, grab a sponge and sponge down your horse avoiding the eyes. It’s great after a workout but mainly acts as a coat conditioner. The hair will be as soft and cuddly as a Gund teddy bear.

  9. white vinegar is great for moldy surfaces. We rented a place that had a green moldy hue to all the wood work. Test in a small area. Spray in on wipe it off with a damp sponge. Rinse the sponge and repeat.
    Apple cider vinegar is great for rinsing vegetables and fruit. Dilute 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Swish vegetables or fruit, drain and rinse in colander. Pat dry.

  10. In the water you use to soak delicate fruits and vegetables, add a tiny quantity of vinegar (1 tablespoon per quart). After that, rinse. The surface will be acidified as a result of this. In the case of lettuce, it will keep for a few days longer without browning. Delicate berries such as raspberries, blackberries, and even blueberries, as well as cucumbers, can keep for a longer period of time without becoming mouldy. I’ve run this numerous times against a control. It truly works.

  11. To remove mineral deposits from a water heater, use apple cider vinegar. If you try to clean the minerals out of your water heater, the hose will become clogged.
    1. Turn off the heater’s electricity.
    2. Empty the water heater of all its contents.
    3. Remove the top heating element from an electric water heater or the pressure valve from a gas water heater. Pour a gallon of Apple cider vinegar into the heater using a funnel. (Leave it to sit for as long as possible; one or two hours should enough.)
    4. Replace the heating element or pressure valve, refill the water heater, and rinse away the contents using a hose, a drain, or outside.
    5. Restart the power or gas and proceed as usual.

  12. I got poison oak/ivy and the itching is unbearable, even after a doctor’s visit. I applied a goopy paste/slurry of baking soda and apple cider vinegar to my body, let it dry, and have had the biggest relief from itching in 10 days. When the itching returns, re-mix and apply.

  13. I have well water, and it smells awful. We can’t drink it because it’s so awful. I’ve attempted everything. do you think it will help if I put vinegar in my well. please let me know.

  14. For a natural weed killer, combine one gallon of vinegar, one cup of salt, and 1/4 cup Dawn dish detergent (original blue recipe) in a garden sprayer.

  15. I want to get ahead of the spiders before they arrive in the winter. White vinegar, I discovered, kills spiders. Is that a full-strength solution in a spray bottle? Can I spray my basement rooms with insecticide to kill spiders, or do you have to treat them specifically? Wouldn’t you be able to spray the entire home if that worked? Isn’t vinegar supposed to attract fruit flies? Thank you for your assistance!

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