How to Clean your House with Vinegar: Tips and Hacks

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You know vinegar is a great natural cleaner, but you’re not sure what to use it for. Vinegar can do so much more than clean your windows and floors!

It’s also the perfect ingredient in homemade cleaners that are safe for people and pets.

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In this article, we’ll discuss ways how to clean your house with vinegar that will help you tackle every room of your house.

From bathrooms to kitchens, bedrooms to living rooms, there’s no surface or area of your home too dirty for our DIY recipes and ideas.

Vinegar is Eco-Friendly

Today, most people are attempting to live healthier lifestyles. They’re making an attempt to achieve that by limiting the number of chemicals they’re exposed to on a daily basis.

Instead of using chemically-laden cleaning products from the store, vinegar can be used to replace most of them in your home.

Vinegar Cleaning Tips

We’ve put up step-by-step instructions for making each concoction using ordinary household items, such as vinegar and baking soda, and essential oils.

Use Vinegar to Clean a Coffee Maker

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Fill the reservoir with vinegar and then run it through a brewing cycle to clean and freshen your automatic coffee maker.

Follow this up with a water rinse. It is important to refer to the owner’s handbook for further instructions on your particular manufacturer.

Cleaning and Deodorizing a Microwave Oven

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Boiling a solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1 cup water in the microwave will help to clean and deodorize your microwave. After boiling for 4 minutes stop the microwave and let the steam work on all the mess for about 10 minutes.

The boiling solution will dissolve the scattered food and make it far simpler to remove with a soft cloth or sponge.

Cleaning Copper and Brass

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To clean tarnished metals like copper, brass, and pewter, combine vinegar and salt to make a paste.1 teaspoon of plain salt should be mixed with 1 cup of vinegar and stirred in enough white flour to make a paste.

Using a soft cloth, gently rub the paste on any metal surface and allow it to rest for 15 minutes. For burnt-on grease, you may need to put some effort into rubbing the black bits off. Rinse the item with clean warm water and then polish it dry.

Vinegar is Great for Window Cleaning

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Forget about relying on store-bought window cleaners. A half water/half vinegar solution is the most cost-effective and time-saving option for cleaning windows.

Spray this combination on the windows using a mister. Then with a soft, lint-free, or microfiber cloth, dry the window thoroughly. Your windows will be sparkling and streak-free.

Homemade Toilet Cleaner

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Stubborn toilet bowl stains can be removed by spraying them with neat vinegar. Using elbow grease while scrubbing with a brush or other cleaning equipment, should see the stains come off.

To disinfect your toilet bowl, add three cups of vinegar to it. Allow it to sit for around an hour or overnight, then flush it clean to get a fresh-smelling toilet.

Cleaning Baby Clothes

Do you have clothes for your infant that aren’t as clean and soft as they once were? Add one cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle when you next do machine wash.

The vinegar will aid in the breakdown of uric acid and soapy residue. Clothes will be soft and clean after the washing.

Washing Rinse Aid

To help dissolve the alkaline base of soaps and detergents, add a cup of vinegar to the final rinse cycle of your regular wash. Is there anything more annoying than stains on our clothes caused by deodorant and antiperspirant products?

Removing Antiperspirant Stains

To help remove these stains before washing, apply a little bit of white distilled vinegar to the places where the stain would be. As usual, wash it in your machine.

Does Vinegar Smell Linger?

Yes, the smell of vinegar can linger. However, the smell soon evaporates away just leaving an overall “just cleaned” fresh aroma.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this round-up of vinegar cleaning hacks. If you haven’t tried them yet, it’s not too late!

Vinegar is a natural and safe alternative to harsh chemicals that can be harmful to your health (and the environment!).

The only thing left to do now is to make sure there are always some bottles in your kitchen cabinet or pantry so they’re ready when needed.

You never know what mess might happen next!

Being mindful of the environmental impact of cleaning products doesn’t require you to purchase numerous items in order to keep your house clean and chemical-free.

All it takes is a vinegar bottle and a little know-how.

Further Reading

More Eco Friendly Cleaning Tips

How to Clean your home with vinegar