White Distilled Vinegar can be used for a number of cleaning purposes. It is effective at cleaning a variety of household appliances and surfaces. Consider the following household uses that makes white vinegar not only economical but effective as well.
These are some of the numerous uses that vinegar can help you when cleaning your home kitchen or bathroom. Best of all, vinegar is budget friendly. Take a look and maybe you’ll discover a new use for vinegar.
- Shower Curtain
Clean your shower curtain with ½ cup white vinegar mixed with 1 gallon of water to remove mildew, soap film and grime from the curtain.
2. Shower Head
Clean your bathroom shower head by securing a small plastic bag filled with ½ cup white vinegar and one gallon of water to the shower head. Leave shower head soaking in vinegar and water bag mixture overnight. Remove bag and rinse shower head in the morning.
3. Shower Doors
Clean shower doors with a paste of a few drops of white vinegar and one cup of baking soda. After an hour, use a microfiber cloth to clean shower doors. Rinse shower doors and dry with another dry microfiber cloth.
4. Bathtub and tile
Clean your bathtub and bath tiles with a solution of ½ cup white vinegar and 1 gallon of water using a microfiber cloth. Then rinse with water.
5. Bathtub tile walls and floor
Using ½ cup white vinegar and 1 gallon of water, spray wall tiles and floor then let the vinegar water mixture set for 20 minutes. Then wipe the mixture with a clean microfiber cloth. For hard to reach areas, use a dry, clean microfiber mop.
For persistent and tough stains, use undiluted white vinegar directly on stain. Allow to stand on stain for 5 minutes then clean with a microfiber cloth.
6. Bathroom Chrome and Stainless Steel Fixtures
Mix ½ cup white vinegar with 1 gallon of water then using a microfiber cloth clean the faucet and handles. Use a dry, fresh microfiber cloth to polish the fixtures.
7. Bathroom Sink
To clean bathroom sink, mix a ½ cup white vinegar with 1 gallon of water and a microfiber cloth to clean sink.
To unclog bathroom and disinfect sink, pour ½ cup baking soda down sink drain then pour 1 cup white vinegar. After the foaming has ceased, flush with hot water. Then wait 5 minutes and flush with cold water.
8. Rust Removal
For removing rust around bathroom fixtures, soak area in mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and water.
9. Toilet Bowl Cleaner
To clean your toilet bowl, pour ½ cup of white vinegar into the toilet bowl. Let the white vinegar sit in the bowl for at least 5 minutes, then flush toilet.
For persistent toilet bowl stains, pour one cup of baking soda into the bowl. Let the baking soda sit for 5 minutes. Then brush with toilet brush and flush.
10. Bathroom Windows
To clean your bathroom windows, mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water. Pour mixture into a spray bottle and spray on windows. Wipe windows with a microfiber cloth.
11. Ventilation Fan
Turn circuit breaker to ventilation fan off. Remove the ventilation fan cover and soak in warm dishwashing soap and a tablespoon of vinegar for 5 minutes then rinse. Vacuum dust and dirt off of the fan blades and canister. Wipe with clean damp microfiber cloth. Allow fan to dry then recover ventilation fan.
12. Kitchen Chrome and Stainless Steel Fixtures
Mix ½ cup white vinegar with 1 gallon of water then using a microfiber cloth clean the kitchen faucet and handles. Use a dry, fresh microfiber cloth to polish the fixtures.
13. Kitchen sink
To clean kitchen sink, use ½ cup white vinegar with 1 gallon of water mix and a microfiber cloth to clean the kitchen sink.
To unclog and deodorize your kitchen sink by pouring ½ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar into the kitchen drain. After the foaming has stopped, flush with hot water. Then wait 5 minutes and flush with cold water.
Deep clean your dishwasher by filing a glass bowl with 2 cups of vinegar and placing glass bowl on top rack of dishwasher. Run dishwasher on regular cycle without heat dry cycle or detergent.
15. Microwave Oven
Clean your microwave oven by mixing ¼ cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in a small glass bowl. Place glass bowl in microwave and run for 5 minutes on high. When the bowl cools, using a microfiber cloth wipe the microwave walls, top, and bottom insides with the vinegar and water mixture.
Clean your refrigerator using equal parts of white vinegar and water. Use a microfiber cloth to clean the inside and outside of the refrigerator including the vent cover. Clean the front and inside of your butter, fruit, vegetable, and cheese bins and shelves. As a mildew preventative, wash refrigerator shelves, bins, and top of refrigerator with full strength white vinegar using a microfiber cloth.
Additional tip: be sure to add a small box of baking soda in your refrigerator to prevent odors.
17. Ice trays
Clean and disinfect your ice trays by soaking them in undiluted vinegar for 5 hours. Rinse under cold water and then dry.
18. Coffee Maker
Clean your coffee maker by filling the coffee decanter with 2 cups of white vinegar and 1 cup of water. Pour the vinegar and water mixture into the coffee maker’s water chamber and turn coffee maker on. Run coffee make a full cycle and dispose of water in kitchen sink. Run coffee maker an additional two cycles using clean water.
Clean your thermos by adding ¼ cup white vinegar then filling with warm water. Close thermos and shake well. If the thermos has residue add uncooked rice to the vinegar and water mixture before you shake the thermos. After shaking the mixture, rinse and allow to air dry.
20. Tea Kettle
Clean your tea kettle by filling with 3 cups of full strength white vinegar. Boil the vinegar water mixture in the kettle for 5 minutes. Let vinegar water mixture remain in kettle overnight. Using cold water rinse the tea kettle the following morning.
21. Pot and Pan Scrubber
Clean your pots and pans with this mixture. Mix equal parts of salt and flour adding a little vinegar to create a paste. Work this paste into the interior of the cooking pot or pan and then the exterior of the cooking pot or pan. Rinse with warm water and dry with a dish towel.
22. Can Opener
Clean the can opener using a toothbrush dipped in white vinegar. Brush around the side and edge of the can opener’s wheel.
23. Wood Cutting Boards
Clean your wood cutting boards by using a microfiber cloth to wipe clean with full strength white vinegar after every use.
Eliminate grease stains and neutralize odors on your stove, broiler, or kitchen counters with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water using a damp microfiber cloth. Wipe grease areas with this mixture to remove grease.
Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of white vinegar to your dishwashing detergent and shake to mix ingredients. The white vinegar gives your dishwashing detergent a grease fighting boost.
For greasy pans, pour 2 cups of white vinegar and boil for 10 minutes. This will provide you with a natural non-stick surface that will last for months.
25. Kitchen Smoke Odors
Eliminate kitchen smoke odors by filling a shallow bowl ¾ full of full strength white vinegar. Place the shallow bowl near the source of the smoke odor. If the smoke odor fills the entire floor or house, place multiple swallow bowls around the house or floor. The odors should vanish in less than a day.
26. Kitchen Air
Clean the kitchen air by mixing ½ cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of water in a pot. Boil the vinegar and water mixture until most of the liquid is gone. The air will be refreshed.
27. Pantry Bugs
To eliminate pantry bugs, fill a small bowl with 1 ½ cups of apple cider vinegar and add a few drops of liquid dish detergent. Place small bowl in pantry and leave there for a week. Pantry bugs will be drawn to water bowl where they will fall into and drown. Empty shelves and clean. Discard wheat products such as breads, pasta, and flour.
28. Fruit Flies
Eliminate fruit flies by filling a jar with apple cider vinegar ½ full. Make a few holes in the jar lid and screw the lid to the jar. Place near the source of the fruit flies. The fruit flies will be drawn to the apple cider and fly into the jar where they will drown.
29. Glue Adhesive Marks
Remove adhesive glue marks from sticky label residue by using full strength white vinegar. The white vinegar will dissolve the glue mark adhesive.
Clean your towels by washing them in ½ cup of white vinegar and no detergent to remove residue and minerals. Wash your towels frequently.
Clean glassware by adding ¼ cup of vinegar to the dishwasher’s rinse cycle. For cloudy or spotty glassware due to hard water, soak in equal parts white vinegar and water for 15 to 30 minutes then scrub with a bottle brush and rinse clean.
For washing crystal, add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to the dishwater. Rinse in a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 3 parts warm water then air dry crystal.
34. China and Crystal
Wash china and crystal in warm water with 1 cup of vinegar. Then air dry china and crystal. To remove coffee stains and any other discolorations on china, scrub with equal parts of white vinegar and salt. Rinse under warm water.
35. Brass and Copper
Clean brass, bronze, and copper items by making a paste of equal parts of white vinegar and salt or white vinegar and baking soda. Wait for vinegar and baking soda to stop bubbling before using paste. With a clean microfiber cloth rub paste on item until tarnish has been removed. Rinse with cool water then polish with cloth until item is dry.
36. Stove Top
Clean your stove top using 3 parts baking soda and 1 part white vinegar to make a paste. Using a microfiber cloth rub the paste in to the stove top in a circular motion to remove burnt food and food spillage on the stove top.
As you can see using vinegar to clean your kitchen and bathroom is a great alternative to using chemical cleaning products. I’m sure you know that chemical cleaning products are not good for the environment or your family and cost a great deal more than DIY cleaning products. Using vinegar to clean your kitchen and bathroom is not only budget friendly but gives you peace of mind knowing that you are using an ingredient that is natural and not harmful. Trust me, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to clean your home. Consider these 35 vinegar cleaning tips when cleaning your kitchen and bathroom to save money and have a sparkling clean home. How cool is that?
If you try the any of the 36 vinegar cleaning tips for you kitchen and bathroom be sure to let us know how you make out. And if you are interested in cleaning uses for microfiber cloths, be sure to read our post on 26 Astonishing Cleaning Uses for Microfiber Cloths. And for information on maximizing your kitchen storage, check out our post 11 Things to Help You Maximize Your Kitchen Cabinet Storage. If you have any questions be sure to reach out to us in the comments below. We are always ready to help.