Cleaning with Vinegar Recipes

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25 Homemade Cleaners You can Make with Vinegar

Cleaning with Vinegar
Cleaning with Vinegar. © Erin Huffstetler

Cleaning with vinegar is as cheap as it is effective. Try these vinegar-based cleaner recipes, and see for yourself.

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Make Your Own Kitchen Cleaners with Vinegar

Cleaning Stovetop
Cleaning Stovetop. © Erin Huffstetler

So many different messes come into play in the kitchen. You’ve got your everyday spills and wipe downs, the grease spatters, microwave explosions and oven disasters that leave you wondering what to do.  And before you can deal with any of that, you have to be careful to choose a cleaner that’s safe for the surface you’re cleaning and for your family. It’s enough to make anyone throw their hands up in defeat, but if you make vinegar one of your go-to kitchen cleaners, it gets a lot easier. Here are some smart ways to use vinegar in the kitchen.

Drain Cleaner
Oven Cleaner
Microwave Oven Cleaner
Dishwasher Rinse Agent
Grease Remover
Stainless Steel Cleaner
Fruit and Vegetable Wash
Sponge Sanitizer
How to Clean a Dishwasher

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How to Clean Your Bathroom with Vinegar

Using Vinegar to Clean the Bathroom
Using Vinegar to Clean the Bathroom. © Erin Huffstetler

The products that you use to clean your bathroom need to be tough enough to kill germs and mildew and to cut through soap scum and that thick layer of toothpaste that your kids always leave in the sink. They also need to leave your faucet shiny and your mirror streak-free. That’s a tall order for any cleaner, but vinegar is definitely up to the task.  Here’s how to use vinegar to clean your bathroom from top to bottom.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Mold & Mildew Remover
Mineral Deposit Remover

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How to Use Vinegar in the Laundry Room

Using Vinegar in the Laundry Room
Using Vinegar in the Laundry Room. © Erin Huffstetler

Fabric softeners, stain removers, oxygen boosters – don’t be fooled into thinking you need all of these products to get your clothes clean. There’s very little that your regular detergent and a bottle of vinegar can’t tackle.  Here’s how to start harnessing the power of vinegar in your laundry room.

Fabric Softener
Frugal Laundry Booster
Laundry Stain Remover
Wool Wash
How to Clean a Washing Machine

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More Ways to Clean with Vinegar

Cleaning Window
Cleaning Window. © Erin Huffstetler

Tackle dirt, stains, odors and all the rest of your household clean ups with a bit of vinegar and elbow grease. Once you see all the things vinegar can do, you won’t have need for much else in your cleaning kit. Here are some uses for vinegar that are sure to impress you.

All-Purpose Cleaner
Glass Cleaner
Carpet Cleaner Recipes
Furniture Polish
Frugal Air Freshener
Crayon Remover
Clean Window Blinds
Copper and Brass Tarnish Remover

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How to Add Fragrance to Vinegar

How to Add Scents to Vinegar
How to Add Scents to Vinegar. © Erin Huffstetler

Not a fan of the way vinegar smells? Just follow these simple steps to add your favorite scent to vinegar, or add a few drops of essential oil to your finished cleaning products.

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Things You Shouldn't Clean with Vinegar

Bathroom Sink
Bathroom Sink. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

While vinegar is safe for most surfaces, it isn't safe for every surface. Avoid using vinegar on natural stone countertops and floors, like those made of granite, marble and quartz. -- it will etch the stone. You should also avoid using vinegar on unsealed grout, or grout that needs to be resealed again. Waxed surfaces are a no-no, too.

Opinions are mixed about whether vinegar is safe to use on wood floors. If you decide to try it, dilute the vinegar in an equal amount of water, and do a test spot, before tackling the entire floor.