Tuesday, 22 April 2014

40 Uses For White Vinegar

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Anyone who has read my cleaning posts will know that I love white vinegar. Someone recently asked if I had a comprehensive list of everything I use it for, so I set about compiling one. It turns out, there are lots of cleaning jobs around the home which you can use distilled vinegar for!

Here is my finished list.but I guarantee that there are plenty more cleaning jobs which I have forgotten to include. Feel free to share your own uses for white vinegar in the comments. :-)

40 Cleaning Uses For White Vinegar


To remove limescale deposits from a tap and make them shine, soak cotton wool balls in undiluted white vinegar and use cling film (saran wrap) to secure it to the affected area. Leave for 2 hours, then remove.

To clean a shower head, mix 1 part warm water with 1 part distilled vinegar and pour it into a sandwich bag. Tie the bag around the shower head and leave for 2 to 3 hours, before removing.

To create an all purpose bathroom and shower cleaner, mix 1 cup of water, 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of dish soap in a spray bottle. Apply to tubs, sinks, and shower glass then wipe with a damp cloth.

Remove stubborn stains from a bath tub by mixing baking soda with a little vinegar, and then scouring the affected area.

To clean bathroom tiles and refresh your grout, mix a gallon of water with 1 cup of distilled vinegar, 1 cup of ammonia and 1/2 cup of baking soda. Apply to the tiles with a clean cloth.

To remove stubborn gunk from the tracks in a shower door, apply a liberal amount of white vinegar. Leave to soak for an hour, then scrub the area with an old toothbrush to remove the build up.

If your sponge or loofah is looking a little unhygienic, place it in a sink and cover it with warm water. Mix in a cup of white vinegar, and leave the loofah to soak overnight. Rinse the loofah or sponge thoroughly and allow to air dry.

If your towels are more scratchy than fluffy, wash them with a cup of white vinegar rather than commercial washing powder.

To keep the toilet bowl smelling fresh, pour in a couple of cups of white vinegar. Leave for half an hour, then flush.

To clean your toilet with minimum effort, splash in a little white vinegar around the bowl before you go to bed each night. Give the toilet a quick scrub with a brush in the morning.

If your kettle has a build up of limescale, pour in 1 cup of water and 1 cup of white vinegar. Leave for a couple of hours, then rinse out the kettle thoroughly. If limescale remains, repeat the process but leave the vinegar overnight.

If your iron is looking a little dirty, mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a little vinegar. Apply the mixture to a clean cloth then scrub the sole plate of the iron thoroughly. 

To clean and deodorize a microwave, mix 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar in a bowl and place it inside the microwave. Carefully bring the water to a boil. Remove the bowl, and scrub the inside of the microwave - the encrusted food should fall away.

To remove build up from a dishwasher, fill a small tub with undiluted white vinegar. Place inside the empty dishwasher and run a normal cycle. Repeat once a month.

To deodorize and disinfect the inside of a refrigerator, mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of white vinegar. Use a spray bottle or apply with a clean cloth.

To effectively clean a stainless steel sink, mix baking soda and white vinegar together to form a paste. Use this to scrub the sink, and allow to sit for 1 to 2 hours. Rinse clean, then add a little shine using a clean cloth and a dab of olive oil.

If your grill has build up, screw up aluminium foil into a ball. Apply undiluted white vinegar to the foil ball and scrub the grill thoroughly until the grime falls away.

To clean kitchen and disinfect kitchen counter tops, spritz with a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water and wipe dry with a clean cloth.

To unblock and deodorize a drain, pour in 1 cup of baking soda followed by 1 cup of white vinegar. Allow the mixture to fizz for 10 minutes then pour boiling water down the drain.

If your tupperware has developed an unpleasant odor, dampen a cloth with white vinegar and wipe the container.

To restore cloudy glassware to its former beauty, soak a paper towel in undiluted vinegar and wrap it around the glass (both inside and out). Leave for 1 hour, then thoroughly rinse your glassware with water.

If your carpet has a tricky stain, mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with a table spoon of salt and a little white vinegar. Apply the paste to the stain and allow to fully dry (test on a discreet area first). Vacuum the area, and repeat the process if necessary. 

To revive a tired looking carpet or rug, mix a gallon of water with a cup of white vinegar. Brush the carpet pile with the solution and allow to dry (test on a hidden area of the carpet first).

To clean vinyl or linoleum floors, mix 1 cup of distilled white vinegar with a bucket of warm water and use to mop.

If you use a steam cleaner to clean your floors, add in 1/4 cup white vinegar. The vinegar will disinfect, deodorize and remove grime.

If your pet has had an accident, remove the mess then spray the affected area with a liberal amount of white vinegar. Follow this with a sprinkling of baking soda, and allow to dry. Vacuum up the residue.

Remove smells from pet bedding by spraying with white vinegar, or adding 1 cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle on a washing machine.

To remove dust, dirt and mildew, apply undiluted white vinegar to a cloth and wipe down the affected area.

To make your windows and mirrors shine, spritz with a solution of 1 part vinegar to 1 part water and wipe with a screwed up sheet of newspaper.

To disinfect toys, add a cup of white vinegar to soapy water.

Sanitize door knobs naturally by spraying with undiluted white vinegar. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Mix 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water in a spray bottle and spritz the air, to act as a natural air freshener.

To deodorize and sanitize a mattress which has been stained with urine, mix 1 part water to 1 part white vinegar and apply liberally. Sprinkle the area generously with baking soda, and leave overnight to dry. In the morning, vacuum the mattress.

If your scissors are sticky from tape residue, scrub the blades with a clean cloth which has been dipped in undiluted white vinegar.

To remove decals or sticker residue from doors and walls, rub the area vigorously with white vinegar. Allow the vinegar to soak in for a few minutes then attempt to peel the decal or sticker. Repeat if necessary.

If you have paint spatters on your windows, boil a little white vinegar in a kettle. Apply to the paint spots and leave for a few minutes to allow the paint to soften, before gently scraping it off the pane with a suitable tool.

Clean hardened paint brushes by soaking them in white vinegar. Boil the vinegar in a kettle first, then soak the brushes for 2 to 3 hours. Rinse the brushes thoroughly before use.

To clean make up brushes easily, mix 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water and add in a few drops of baby shampoo. Swirl the brushes in the vinegar solution, then rinse clean with warm water. Reshape the bristles and allow the brushes to air dry.

To clean a hair brush, soak the brush in a solution of 1 part water to 1 part white vinegar for 15 minutes. Rinse the brush to remove any remaining residue, and allow to dry.

Kill garden weeds, spray them liberally with undiluted white vinegar. Be careful not to spray cultivated plants.



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