Cleaning With Vinegar

A frugal and effective natural cleaner is vinegar. It can be used to disinfect surfaces, soften and brighten laundry, deodorize and much more. This is a guide about cleaning with vinegar.
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January 17, 2017 Flag

Vinegar is a great cleaning tool. I buy it by the gallon for cleaning all over the house. However, I use it most often in the kitchen. Depending on how you use the vinegar, you can sometimes reuse the same vinegar. Here is an example of what I did today.

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One of my children (it was either "not me" or "I don't know") warmed up some spaghetti in the microwave and did not cover it. Needless to say, they also did not clean it up. So, it hardened and dried. Then another or perhaps the same, burned some popcorn in the microwave. This all left a mess and a smell.

To take care of the situation, I mixed 1 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of water. I put it in the microwave and set it for 7 minutes. At the end of the 7 minutes, I carefully took the very hot mixture out and wiped out the microwave. The dried on sauce came right out, and the burned popcorn smell is completely gone.

Now, that leaves me with 2 cups of vinegar water that can be reused. 1/2 cup of this I ran thru my coffee maker. I do this weekly and when I go to dump out the pot, it will have flaky white specks floating in it. These specks are hard water deposits that the vinegar cleaned out of the inside of the coffee pot. That I then dumped it down the kitchen drain while running the disposal to help freshen the kitchen sink drain.

That still left me with 1 and 1/2 cups of the solution. It is cold and flu season, so I took my husband's and my toothbrushes and put them each in a separate cup with a little of the solution poured over each. That will help disinfect them, as we keep passing a head cold back and forth. (I also have been buying us new brushes every 2 weeks till we get rid of this cold bug).

One cup, I just added to the fabric softener dispenser of my washing machine for a load of laundry that is in it.

The last 1/2 cup I am adding to the rinse aid dispenser in my dishwasher.

Not a drop wasted. There are thousands of uses for vinegar. These are just a few.

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January 22, 20173 found this helpful

This was a very informative post. Thank you.

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October 2, 2011 Flag

Vinegar is a cheap and easy cleaning solution. Vinegar is naturally antibacterial. In my kitchen, I use one part vinegar to one part water to clean the counters and sink, and to disinfect. I use the same solution to clean my bathroom, except I use full strength vinegar on the toilet seat and bowl. I let it stand for a few minutes before I scrub the bowl and flush. On my floors, I use the same 1-1 solution, with a few drops of dish soap; I use this to clean both my laminate kitchen floor, my wooden living room floor, and my tile bathroom floor.

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If you want a "clean" smell, add a few drops of lemon juice or a fragrance extract. Not only is it cheap, but it is safe for kids and pets. I began using this when I had my son, knowing that he would soon be crawling all over the floor.

As a warning, do not mix with bleach or ammonia; this can create dangerous fumes.

Just leave a window cracked to help filter out the vinegar smell.

Source: my depression-era grandmother

By MamaSarah from Lansing, MI

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October 11, 20110 found this helpful

White vinegar is so cheap and good for so many things. Thanks for reminding me we need another bottle!

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January 28, 2017 Flag

A bunch of crumpled up newspaper.

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Newspaper is relatively lint free and works well with vinegar to clean windows, leaving them streak free. This is a guide about use vinegar and newspaper for cleaning windows.

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January 2, 2013 Flag

I keep my large Germ X bottles or even the small ones. I fill one of the large ones with dish soap and keep it by the sink. I have another one I fill with white vinegar.

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January 23, 2017 Flag

A bottle with a homemade vinegar cleaner in it.

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There are many natural cleaning solutions that contain vinegar. This guide has tips on storing a vinegar cleaning solution.

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January 17, 2017 Flag

Hand spraying sofa with vinegar.

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Vinegar is a great odor eliminator, not only is it natural and non-toxic but it really works! Learn how to use vinegar as a natural odor eliminator in this guide.

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November 29, 2012 Flag

I have stopped buying expensive and fume cleaning products and have gone to vinegar for everything. It is the oldest, safest and most effective cleaning product there is.

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September 14, 2009 Flag

Once a month, I run vinegar through the coffee maker to clean out the residue that builds up. Make sure you run a pot of clean water through before you make your next pot of coffee.

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December 18, 2008 Flag

Many hospitals are now using white vinegar to clean and disinfect everything. With cut backs, it has become more economical. With germs (all over the world), that have become immune to cleaning solutions and antibiotics, vinegar has become the number one choice.

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August 9, 2016 Flag

Here are a few suggestions for when cleaning or deodorizing with vinegar. Make sure you're using white vinegar not apple cider. Use vinegar in the rinse cycle of your washing machine because many detergents leave a residue that we don't realize.

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January 24, 2006 Flag

Vinegar! White or apple cider are both wonderful cleaning products. If you have a smoke smell (like I recently did when my son started a fire on my range)...

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October 25, 2010 Flag

Fill a Downy Ball with white vinegar. Toss it into the washing machine with your clothes. Not only will they will come out static-free, but fresh-smelling as well. A big plus is that it's more natural than regular fabric softener and cheaper too!

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September 8, 2010 Flag

Remove fireplace soot and grime with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Use a brush to scrub then blot the wetness and dirt off with a towel.

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October 6, 2011 Flag

I like cleaning with vinegar, but I found that the white vinegar is my preference. I ran out and had apple cider vinegar and that smelled so bad with what I was cleaning, it was like there was a reaction to whatever I was cleaning at the time.

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November 14, 2012 Flag

White vinegar will not ruin the blades of scissors or rust the metal like water and soap will. Use a cloth soaked in white vinegar to clean scissors instead of water.

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April 15, 2013 Flag

After a nasty fall in my bath tub, I became extra careful to not have it happen again. My first idea was to always just throw a facecloth in the tub to stand on. My latest and very effective method that keeps me safe as well as my family is to spray my vinegar/water cleaning solution on the bottom of the tub.

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November 21, 2004 Flag

1. Clean your dentures with Heinz white vinegar by soaking them overnight and rinsing in the morning.

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March 30, 2011 Flag

What is the cleaning mixture for vinegar and water?

By Les from Vancouver, Canada

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March 31, 20110 found this helpful

Hi, I usually use equal amounts of vinegar & water.

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March 31, 20110 found this helpful

Depending on what I am going to be cleaning/sanitizing I use anything from a 50/50 mixture to a 1 cup to 1 gallon mixture.

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February 4, 2007 Flag

I would like a list of various uses of vinegar in cleaning around the home. Also are there grades of vinegar to be used in the cleaning process?

John

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June 11, 20080 found this helpful

http://www.vinegarbook.net/

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June 24, 20080 found this helpful

Thank you, thank you, I am amazed that vinegar can be used for so much and so cost effective.

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June 7, 2015 Flag

Momma swears by this, but due to being struck by a car she is unable to remember parts and pieces of many things, such as the recipe/how to/what for is one of these things. Please give the above info if you or an elderly family member has ever used vinegar and brown paper bags for cleaning anything and thanks from Momma for a returned memory.

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June 14, 20150 found this helpful

Sorry about your mom!

It's probably just window cleaning- which is 1/4 to 1/2 cup white vinegar to 2 cups water. Mix into a spray bottle and use the brown paper bag to clean the windows..IF you get streaks it's from residue from previous window spray. If you don't want streaks add a few drops of dish detergent to the mixture!

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December 20, 2010 Flag

Can I use a solution of vinegar to clean the wooden surface on my RV interior? Is there a safe amount? Thanks.

By Araucano from FL

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December 21, 20100 found this helpful

I mix mine half white vinegar and half water in a spray bottle.

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December 21, 20100 found this helpful

I have used a clean damp rag, soaked in white vinegar and wrung out well, on several different wood surfaces for general cleaning. (Rinse the rag with water and re dip and wring as you go.) However, most wood (unless it is completely sealed with something like polyurethane) still needs to be treated with a wood oil or wood wax a few times a year. It all depends upon the particular kind of wood and the particular kind of finish. Happy cleaning! :-)

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June 23, 2012 Flag

What scent can I add to vinegar base solution to make it smell better?

By Ginger from Whistler BC

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June 24, 20120 found this helpful

Maybe there are many other things but of all I have tried lemon is the only one that is all purpose. Meaning doesn't leave streaks, or a slight film on floor, counters, and appliances. It is safe to use around food and works great.

I love lavender however not for all purpose cleaner. Maybe you can try other citrus. Lime is good, orange is great for furniture, wood floors. My latest experiment is eucalyptus. I have seen so many uses for it on TV, organic stores so I'm trying it myself. Organic cleaning is all I do.

Good luck...hey, let me know how it goes. All you do with your vinegar in water, is put several squeezes of lemon in the bottle. You'll notice vinegar smell evaporates,leaving behind that fresh lemon,clean smell.

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June 25, 20120 found this helpful

Vinegar has no odor after it is used for cleaning purposes. That's what is so good about it. It removes bad odors and leaves things smelling fresh and clean.

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July 31, 2012 Flag

How do I not have the smell of vinegar when using it for the home cleaning remedies?

By Claudia

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August 1, 20120 found this helpful

The smell goes away in a bit. It is an awesome disinfectant since it kills over 90 percent of germs. And it is a wonder to remove wallpaper.

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March 30, 2011 Flag

To clean your coffee drip machine or iron, run a 1/2 cup of vinegar through it. Then run 1 cup of water through it 2 times.

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October 12, 2006 Flag

A few drops of vinegar in a pot of water, will help poached eggs hold their shape.

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