12 Ways to Use White Vinegar for Cleaning
White vinegar is a fantastic, non-toxic product that is a wonderful cleaning product that is all natural, inexpensive and it won’t hurt your pets and kids. 
Mixing vinegar with other natural products can help you clean just about anything in your house!

 
1.) Disinfectant wipes are always great to have on hand to clean up little messes, especially if you have children or pets!  Make your own disinfectant wipes at
home using one of these two ideas:
a.) If you want to cut back on paper waste take squares of cloth like from an old t shirt.  Use an old disinfectant wipe container to store your homemade wipes. 
Cut the cloth into squares and put then in the container.  Mix 1 cup water, 1 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar, 1/2 Tbsp dish soap, and 9 drops of lemon essential oil. 
Adding the dish soap and essential oil helps to cover up the smell of the vinegar and leaves a fresh clean scent.  After you use the rag just toss it in the laundry.
b.)  If you want something you can just toss after you use it try paper towels.  If you get the select a size type of paper towels they are the perfect size. 
Take the paper towel roll and carefully using a SHARP knife cut it in half.  mix the 1 cup water, 1 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar, 1/2 Tbsp dish soap, and 9 drops of
lemon essential oil in the old disinfectant wipe container.  Put the paper towels in the container after about 20 min turn the container upside down and let it sit
for another 15 to 20 minutes.  After it sits turn it right side up and open it.  The cardboard roll in the center should pull out easily after soaking.  Once you
pull it out you should be able to easily find the end of the center paper towel and pull it up thought the lid of the disinfectant container.
 
2.) The worse part of cleaning windows is the struggle to get the streak free.  Now with this simple recipe you can have streak free windows!  Just mix 1/4 cup
white vinegar, 1 Tablespoon cornstarch, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol and 2 cups water.  Mix in a it all in a spray bottle (be sure to label it so you remember what is
in in for the future).  Shake well each time before spraying, you don’t know the cornstarch to clog the sprayer.  Spray on mirrors and windows and wipe off for a
streak free clean!
 
3.)  For a wonderful rinse aid in your dishwasher just pour a little white vinegar into a dishwasher safe cup and place it on the top rack of your dishwasher.  
You only need a small amount.  Run the dishwasher as you normally would.
 
4.)  Do you ever forget about the laundry in the washer only to find it in there all smelly? I think most of us have a time or two.  Try adding 1/4-1/2 cup white
vinegar and running the rinse cycle it is a natural odor neutralizer.
 
5.)  White vinegar can make a wonderful all purpose cleaner.  The smell however can be not so pleasant.  To make a wonderful clean smelling white vinegar all
purpose cleaner try this.  Put some orange peels (or other citrus peels)  in a glass container, sprinkle some salt on the orange peels and let them sit for about
30 minutes.  The salt will help pull some of the oils out of the peels and will make your cleaning solution stronger.  Add the white vinegar to the jar and let it
sit for a few days.  The longer you let it sit the better.  Finally pour the liquid into a spray bottle and you have a great all natural all purpose cleaner with a
wonderful citrus smell.
 
6.) Create an odor eliminating spray using white vinegar and some essential oil.  Fill a spray bottle almost all the way to the top with white vinegar then add
about 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oil like lavender or lemon.  Put the sprayer lid on the bottle and shake it up.  Vinegar is a natural disinfectant
and destroys the odor while the essential oil will give you a nice fresh clean scent.
 
7.) Is there a funky smell coming from your kitchen sink or garbage disposal?  Pour one cup of white vinegar down the drain.  Let sit for about an hour then rinse
with water for a few minutes.
 
8.)  With kids or pets in the house carpet stains are almost inevitable.  Clean them with a spray mixture made of 50% water and 50% white vinegar.  Spray it on the
stain and allow it to sit and soak into the carpet for 2 to 5 minutes.  Blot the stained area with a clean towel or sponge to extract the mixture from the carpet.
Another mixture to try is 1 tsp. white vinegar, 1 tsp clear dish soap, and 1 cup of  warm water.   Spray it on the stain and allow it to sit and soak into the carpet
for 2 to 5 minutes.  Blot the stained area with a clean towel or sponge to extract the mixture from the carpet.
 
9.) Clean up that soap scum by mixing 4 parts white vinegar with 1 part salt.  Next dip a rag into the mixture and rub away all that nasty built-up soap scum in
your kitchen and bathroom sinks.  You can also spray undiluted white vinegar on your shower doors and wipe dry with paper towels or a soft rag.
 
10.) Clean your washing machine by running and empty load and adding a cup of white vinegar to the water.
 
11.) Clothing stains like ketchup, jelly or wine can be hard to deal with. Try rubbing white vinegar right on the stain with a soft cloth.  Then just stick your
clothes in the washing machine and run it as you normally would.
 
12.) Toilet stains are just nasty.  Try spraying some white vinegar in your toilet bowl and letting it sit for about 2 minutes.  Then, take the toilet brush and
scrub those stains away.

31 Comments on 12 Ways to Use White Vinegar for Cleaning

  1. Masshole Mommy
    July 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm (3 years ago)

    I run vinegar through my washing machine every once in a while. It's one of those things that I learned from my nana 🙂

  2. jaime
    July 18, 2014 at 3:45 pm (3 years ago)

    We used vinegar this week to clean our dishwasher (I haven't tried it with my newish washing machine yet.) We keep a giant – larger than a gallon – jug of white vinegar on hand for every day cleaning! It's the best!

  3. (Terry) My Journey With Candida
    July 18, 2014 at 4:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Vinegar is great for cleaning the coffee pot out. I have used vinegar for many, many years because it works!

  4. Kay Adeola
    July 18, 2014 at 4:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for these tips.i always use white vinegar for our windows it seems to be the only thing that works.

  5. Liz Mays
    July 18, 2014 at 5:50 pm (3 years ago)

    The homemade wipes in the container are what I'm most excited to try with vinegar. Thanks for the ideas!

  6. Lindsey Paris
    July 18, 2014 at 6:06 pm (3 years ago)

    I love using it to clean my hardwoods and in my HE washer. Those towels can get FUNKY without it.

  7. Susanna Barbee
    July 18, 2014 at 6:19 pm (3 years ago)

    These are great tips! I love cleaning with all-natural cleaners.

  8. Melissa @ SippyCupMom
    July 18, 2014 at 6:25 pm (3 years ago)

    These are all such great tips. Using natural products is important when you have kids and pets.

  9. Chrystal Mahan
    July 18, 2014 at 6:49 pm (3 years ago)

    I love using vinegar for cleaning. No yucky smell that burns my nose.

  10. DeDa Studios
    July 18, 2014 at 7:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Great list of ways to use vinegar! Vinegar is my cleaning product of choice!

  11. Mel Outnumbered
    July 18, 2014 at 8:03 pm (3 years ago)

    These are great tips. Thank you!

  12. Tami
    July 19, 2014 at 1:24 am (3 years ago)

    My aunt cleans with vinegar quite often. She swears by it. I don't think she ever used it in the laundry thought, so I'll definitely have to fill her in on that one. Thanks for the awesome tips. 🙂

  13. A Helicopter Mom
    July 19, 2014 at 2:32 am (3 years ago)

    We use a lot of white vinegar too. I need to buy more for the washing machine, actually. 🙂

  14. MommaDJane
    July 19, 2014 at 3:47 am (3 years ago)

    My sister always swore by using vinegar to clean her windows. She also used newspapers instead of towels. No idea if that really helped or not because I never tried it but she claimed it helped prevent streaks and prevent any fuss from staying behind on the mirror. I want to try all of your tips above. I even have some white vinegar in the house now.

  15. Cassie Tucker
    July 19, 2014 at 4:57 am (3 years ago)

    I've heard a lot of people say that White Vinegar is good for cleaning. I'm going to have to try it on the windows because nothing cleans them good.

  16. Casa Vilora Interiors
    July 19, 2014 at 5:21 am (3 years ago)

    I love how vinegar is so versatile. It can be used for so many purposes

  17. Janel (A Mom's Take)
    July 19, 2014 at 3:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Vinegar is an amazing thing. I do the vinegar instead of fabric softener sometimes and I can really tell a difference, in a good way. Great list!

  18. Jeanine
    July 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow! Great tips! will for sure be using a lot of these!

  19. Dina
    July 19, 2014 at 5:21 pm (3 years ago)

    great tips. We use vinegar for everything…cleaning and cooking and so much!

  20. Beth@FrugalFroggie
    July 19, 2014 at 6:09 pm (3 years ago)

    I love cleaning with vinegar. And you have some great tips for even more ways to clean with vinegar.

  21. Lori
    July 19, 2014 at 7:48 pm (3 years ago)

    These are great tips. I love using household items to make my own cleaners.

  22. Katherine Phillips
    July 19, 2014 at 9:40 pm (3 years ago)

    These are great ways to use white vinegar. I never knew their were so many ways to use it.

  23. debdenny
    July 20, 2014 at 2:02 am (3 years ago)

    I use vinegar for so many things. Very good cleaning tool.

  24. Marina @ Mommy Snippets
    July 20, 2014 at 2:45 am (3 years ago)

    Great tips! I love using vinegar to clean. Especially glass.

  25. Amanda Her
    July 20, 2014 at 4:00 am (3 years ago)

    I'm going to try the vinegar to clean the toilet bowl. I hate smelling the harsh chemical cleaners.

  26. The Mommy-Files
    July 20, 2014 at 4:37 am (3 years ago)

    These are some great ways to use white vinegar! I had no idea there were so many ways it could be used. 🙂

  27. Rachael Ebner
    July 20, 2014 at 9:22 pm (3 years ago)

    These are some great ways to use white vinegar for cleaning. These are much better than subjecting your family to harmful cleaning chemicals.

  28. Amy @ Marvelous Mommy
    July 20, 2014 at 9:51 pm (3 years ago)

    I love cleaning with vinegar and washing off veggies. I need to try the dishwasher tip!

  29. Cam | Bibs and Baubles
    July 20, 2014 at 11:21 pm (3 years ago)

    I'd heard of some of these but whoa, didn't know you could do so much with vinegar. I want to try cleaning the toilet. Definitely less harsh than the bleach.

  30. Kiwi
    July 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm (3 years ago)

    I love holistic uses for items. Vinegar is the holy grail for cleaning I see…that is good to know!

  31. Krystal Butherus
    July 21, 2014 at 7:20 pm (3 years ago)

    NICe ideas. Thanks for sharing these, I need to pick up some more vinegar!