list of uses for green-cleaning your home with vinegar

I keep reading about vinegar in all of the best articles about cleaning, particularly green-cleaning. I was intrigued. How many uses are there for cleaning with vinegar? I made my way to the Vinegar Institute where they list a ton of great ways to use vinegar in your household cleaning. Not only is vinegar completely natural with no chemicals, it costs next to nothing! Here are some of the uses that I borrowed from the Vinegar Institute.

list of uses for green-cleaning your home with vinegar |

  1. No-wax floors: To wash no-wax floors, add ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water. (I used a vinegar/water solution to clean my hardwood floors, too.)
  2. Streakless windows: Simply wash with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth. This solution will make your windows gleam and will not leave the usual film or streaks on the glass.
  3. Garbage disposal cleaner: Garbage disposals may be kept clean and odor free with vinegar cubes. Vinegar cubes are made by filling an ice tray with a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar and enough water to fill the ice tray and then freezing it. Run the mixture through the disposal, and then flush it with cold water for a minute or so.
  4. Coffee maker cleaner (automatic): White distilled vinegar can help to dissolve mineral deposits that collect in automatic drip coffee makers from hard water. Fill the reservoir with white distilled vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly with water when the cycle is finished. (Be sure to check the owner’s manual for specific instructions.)
  5. Clean the microwave: Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.
  6. Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards: Wipe with full strength white distilled vinegar.
  7. Ant deterrent: Ant invasions can sometimes be deterred by washing counter tops, cabinets and floors with white distilled vinegar.
  8. Cleaner dishes and glasses: Pour 1 ½ cup to 2 cups white distilled vinegar in the bottom of dishwasher, along with regular dishwasher soap. Wash full cycle.
  9. Shower doors: Rub down shower doors with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar to remove soap residue.
  10. Toilet bowl cleaner: Stubborn stains can be removed from the toilet by spraying them with white distilled vinegar and brushing vigorously. The bowl may be deodorized by adding 3 cups of white distilled vinegar. Allow it to remain for a half hour, then flush.
  11. Clothes washing magic: Clothes will rinse better if 1 cup of white distilled vinegar is added to the last rinse water. The acid in vinegar is too mild to harm fabrics, but strong enough to dissolve the alkalies in soaps and detergents.
  12. Deodorant stains: Deodorant and antiperspirant stains may be removed from clothing by lightly rubbing with white distilled vinegar and laundering as usual.

7 responses to “list of uses for green-cleaning your home with vinegar”

  1. momstheword says:

    It also works as a fabric softener to! Great list. Thanks for the idea. Didn’t know about the ants.

  2. Marshmallow Circus says:

    I clean with vinegar and this is a great list to keep as a reminder of all you can do with it. Thanks!

  3. Jan from BetterSpines says:

    Great advice. I only use 1/4 cup of vinegar in the wash; it’s enough and it also helps prevent the build-up of soap in the machine. Didn’t know about using it to stop ants. Much appreciated.

  4. Carole says:

    I love using vinegar for most of the things you suggest. There are a couple of those where the elbow grease and time required make it not worth my time. I don’t have a lot of time to spend cleaning house – and I’m the clean freak…

    We got a kick out of Brethart77’s post- that was funny.

    See more of you around the party this week!

  5. Debz says:

    Just passing threw the UBP ’09, glad I stopped by. Thanks for the great tips!

    It’s so nice to meet so many new people. Enjoy the rest of your week ;O)

  6. Debbie says:

    Oh yes – vinegar is a fantastic tool I've recently added to my cleaning arsenal! I've been using it in my laundry to help get the sour smell out of towels & shower curtain – works fantastically without leaving a vinegar smell!

  7. Brethart77 says:

    Thanks, I just got into a lot of trouble with my wife…I was “cleaning” the garbage disposal with some vinegar as you suggested…aparently it was some aged Balsamic vinegar and really expensive.


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