I have a confession to make. I had no idea how to use white vinegar for cleaning until a year ago. It wasn’t really until my youngest started to become more mobile that I started to look into reducing the chemicals in my home. I started to research uses for vinegar in the home and discovered there are so many ways to use white vinegar — especially when it comes to cleaning.
Instead of buying expensive cleaning products, I’ve been able to replace almost every cleaner in my home with white vinegar. Next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up a bottle of white vinegar and check out all of the uses it has.
28 Brilliant Uses for White Vinegar
1. Soften cuticles. Soak nails in undiluted white vinegar for five minutes.
2. Whiten grout. Dip a toothbrush in white vinegar and scrub the grout lines.
3. Clean shower doors. Mix ½ cup white vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, ¼ cup baking soda, and one gallon of warm water. Spray on doors and then wipe with a microfiber cloth.
4. Disinfect toilet bowls. Pour two cups of white vinegar into the toilet bowl and let it soak overnight before flushing.
5. Clean the microwave. Wipe the inside of the microwave with a warmed up mixture of white vinegar and lemon juice.
6. Sanitize a humidifier. Soak pieces of a humidifier in a vinegar solution to sanitize it. If your humidifier is the kind with the globe just pour in some vinegar, swish it around, and rinse.
7. Clean the showerhead. Mix a solution of 1/3 cup of baking soda to one cup of vinegar. Pour the solution into a plastic bag and attach to the showerhead so it is soaking in the solution. Remove the solution and scrub with a toothbrush.
8. De-stink the garbage disposal. Mix a cup of baking soda, a cup of vinegar, and hot water. Pour it down the disposal.
9. Clean your coffee machine. Run a full pot of white vinegar through the coffee machine. Once it’s clean, run at least two cycles with plain water.
10. Soothe the sunburn. Using a washcloth or a cotton ball, dab undistilled vinegar directly on the burn to take the sting out.
11. Brighten laundry. Add ½ cups white vinegar to the washing machine along with the regular detergent.
12. Stop reds from running. Soak clothes in a few cups of undiluted white vinegar for 10 to 15 minutes before their first washing.
13. Whiten socks. Add 1 cup of vinegar to 1 ½ quarts water in a large pot. Bring the solution to a boil, pour it in a bucket, and allow the socks to soak overnight.
14. Get yellow out of clothes. Soak the clothes overnight in a solution of 12 parts warm water to 1 part vinegar. Then, wash the clothes as usual.
15. Deodorize pet accidents. Blot up any excess moisture from the carpet. Sprinkle baking soda on the area, then spray with vinegar. Scrub the mixture with a scrub brush. Allow it to dry and vacuum up the residue.
16. Cleaning your refrigerator. Make up a half water, half white vinegar solution for a cheap and effective way to clean your fridge walls and shelves.
17. Remove unsightly toilet staining. Empty a cup of white vinegar into your toilet bowl and leave it overnight, then give the bowl a vigorous scrub with a toilet brush.
18. Weed killer. Fill a spray bottle with a half water/half vinegar solution for an effective weed killer. Apply directly to the weed and take care not to spray the mixture on any plant you want to keep. More homemade ways to kill weeds here.
19. Eliminate tough carpet stains. Mix a tablespoon of white vinegar with a tablespoon of cornstarch and apply directly to the stain with a dry cloth. You’ll need to wait about 48 hours before vacuuming the area.
20. Taking the sting out of insect bites. Dab a cotton bud into a pure solution of white vinegar then apply directly to the insect bite. The vinegar will eliminate the itchiness with the added benefit of helping disinfect the area, meaning your bites will heal faster.
21. Whiten Teeth. Once a week, you can brush your teeth with white vinegar to help eliminate stained teeth. Just dip your toothbrush in white vinegar and then brush for the recommended two minutes.
22. Remove gum from hair and fabrics. Heat some white vinegar in the microwave, until warm, then pour over the gum-affected area. The warm vinegar will dissolve the gum.
23. Clean crayon marks from walls. Use white vinegar and a toothbrush to remove crayon marks from your walls. Dip your toothbrush into the vinegar and then lightly scrub the area. This will also work with ballpoint pen marks!
24. Cleaning Venetian blinds. Use a cotton glove dipped in white vinegar to clean your Venetian blinds. Just run the glove along your slats periodically stopping to clean the glove in water, then re-apply the vinegar.
25. Shine your Silverware. Soak your silverware in a mixture of a ½ cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda for a few hours, then rinse with cold water. Next, polish your silverware with a soft dry cloth.
26. Peeling off Wallpaper. Make a solution of half white vinegar, half water and put it into a spray bottle. Heavily spray the wallpaper with your solution then leave it to soak for a few minutes.
The wallpaper should peel easily off the wall. If your wallpaper is stubbornly sticking to its guns, re-apply the solution and scour the paper with a wallpaper scraper.
27. Softening Paint Brushes. Soak your stiff paint brushes in hot white vinegar for 10 minutes then wash out with water for soft, like-new paint brushes.
28. Clean Your Washing Machine. Pour three cups of white vinegar into your washing machine and let it sit for half an hour. Leave the vinegar in the machine and then run your empty washer on its longest hot cycle.
As you can see there are so many ways to use vinegar in your home. I’m sure I’m missing some. Feel free to share your tips for using vinegar in the comments.
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