13 Ways to Use Vinegar

By Lissa Coffey for DivineCaroline

When we’re good to our environment, we’re good to ourselves. We don’t need all those chemicals in the cleaning products we buy (often at a mighty high price), and the environment doesn’t need them either. Because of its acidity, white distilled vinegar is super effective at killing most mold, bacteria, and germs—plus, it’s eco-friendly.

Here are some suggestions on how to use vinegar to clean your home:
1. Shine chrome and remove lime buildup by making a paste of 2 tablespoons salt, and 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar.

2. For a natural scouring cleanser, mix 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 tablespoon liquid detergent, and just enough white vinegar to give it a thick and creamy texture.

3. Make your own window cleaner with 1/2 cup ammonia, 2 cups white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons cornstarch, mixed in a gallon of water.

4. Deodorize a garbage disposal by pouring in 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup hot white vinegar. Let it sit for five minutes—then run hot water down the disposal.

5. Mix 1/2 cup white vinegar with 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Put it in the microwave, and let it boil. To clean baked-on foods and remove odors, simply wipe the microwave clean.

6. Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar into a solution to clean the refrigerator inside and out.

7. Mix equal parts of salt or baking soda with white vinegar to scrub away stains from coffee and tea-cups, and rinse clean.

8. Polish brass and copper with a mixture of 2 tablespoons ketchup and 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Rub it on with a clean cloth until the object is dry and shiny.

9. Soak a sponge in white vinegar to wipe grease off of exhaust fans.

10. Clean grout with full-strength white vinegar and a toothbrush.

11. Kill germs by spraying full-strength white vinegar on doorknobs, and then wipe dry.

12. Clean your barbecue grill by spraying white vinegar on it, and then scrubbing with wadded-up aluminum foil.

13. Clean off stickers, decals, or sticky stuff with a cloth dipped in white vinegar.

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Dale O.
DaleLovesOttawa O.about a year ago

Vinegar is wonderful to use for so many different purposes.

Some interesting tips, many of these I have used over many years.
Can never be without vinegar.

holly masih
holly masihabout a year ago

good for cleaning.

Fi T.
Fi T.1 years ago

The best life partner from the nature

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William & Katri D.

Oh yes buy it by the gallon much better! All are Great tips!
Thank You

Judy Apelis
Judy Apelis2 years ago

Thank you!

Wendy G.
Wendy G.2 years ago

Thanks for the extra tips. I also use malt vinegar (either as a window cleaner, floor cleaner added to white vinegar also, or in a small bowl near a fan) as it helps repel flies in the summer. And I add white vinegar to my final wash in the washing machine as it works like a conditioner without the expense of a conditioner.

Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Marija M.
Maria Mohoric2 years ago

good ideas, thank you

Winn Adams
Winn Adams2 years ago