15 Genius Ways to Use White Vinegar as an Effective Household Cleaner
The vinegar is an important ingredient in many dishes. However, it is also a useful tool when it comes to cleaning around your house.
You can use vinegar as a homemade and natural cleaner and once you find out just how good vinegar it is you will no longer feel the need to buy store cleaning products.
As a matter of fact, this common ingredient that for sure you have in the pantry has many different, powerful and effective uses.
You can keep your home clean and free from chemicals and at the same time save money. These are useful and simple DIY creations and for sure will start using them today.
Here Are 15 Amazing Uses of Vinegar as Cleaner
1. Orange Vinegar Cleaner
White vinegar does not have the most pleasant smell. However, you can mix it with orange. You can infuse white vinegar with orange peels. In that way, the smell will improve and you can use this mixture to clean your bathroom.
- White vinegar
- Glass container
- Orange peels
How to Make
Take the glass container and fill it with orange peels. You can use any citrus peels. Put white vinegar; it should just cover the peels. To speed up the infusion process, you can heat the vinegar.
Close the container and put it aside in a dark place for several weeks. What will happen is that the peels will infuse the white vinegar with natural color and scent.
After several weeks all you need to do is to strain the peels, and the mixture is ready to use.
2. Remove Pit Stains
You do not have to throw away your white shirts if they have yellow stains in the area of the arm pits, vinegar can clean that.
- One tbsp. of hydrogen peroxide
- One cup of vinegar
- ½ cup of baking soda
- One tbsp. of salt
In a bowl put 2 cups of warm water and vinegar, then put the shirt and let it soak for 20 minutes. Mix together the hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and salt until the mixture looks like a paste.
Take out the shirt from the bowl and squeeze it until it is damp. On a towel put the shirt and use the paste to coat the stains. Leave it for 20 minutes.
Put the shirt in the laundry and wash it with your whites as you usually do.
3. Oven Deep Cleaner
We all know that cleaning the oven can be hard. But not anymore. Take the oven rack and put it in the bath tub. Then spray it with vinegar and coat with baking soda. Leave the rack like that for around 10 minutes.
Next thing you need to do is to fill the tub with hot water. Leave it for another ten minutes and then scrub with scour pad. And finally, all you need to do is rinse it.
4. DIY Natural Deodorant
Many deodorants that are store bought have toxic ingredients like aluminum. To avoid that on your body you can make your own natural deodorant.
- Essential Oils (optional)
- 2 teaspoons of white vinegar
- ¼ cup of ethanol alcohol (best option is gin or vodka)
To pick your odor protection, you should know the different options of proof. Light coverage – from 70 to 90 proof, medium coverage – from 90 to 120 proof and strong coverage- 120+ proof.
In a mist sprayer, you need to add the ethanol alcohol and the distilled vinegar. You need to shake well.
Put 2 spritzes under every underarm. Allow it to dry for a minute and then get dressed. If you want you can put few drops of some essential oil.
5. Fresh Up the Front Loading Washing Machine
With the front loading washing machines, there are a lot of benefits such as that is easier to unload clothes and saves electricity. However, it can make your clothes to smell like mildew, and they can be stinky.
Once a month you can add one cup of baking soda and one cup distilled white vinegar. The babbling actions scrub debris inside the drum. Add the glasses directly in the drum. Remember to use hot water.
Then in the detergent compartment add ½ cup baking soda and in the fabric compartment add ½ cup of vinegar. That will do all the work and fresh up your front loading washing machine.
6. DIY Fabric Softener
You can save money and ‘go green’ if you make your own fabric softener.
- 20 drops of essential oil ( like Thieves, Purification or Tea Tree)
- Rubbing Alcohol – ¼ c
- White vinegar – 3 c
To make this softener is very simple. All you need to do is take a glass jar and mix all the ingredients. And that is it; you have your very own natural fabric softener.
7. Pet Stain and Odor Remover
The four-legged companions often leave odors and stains around the house. There is a natural way to remove these unpleasant things from your house.
- Lavender Essential Oil – 10 drops
- 1 tsp. of salt
- Lemon Essential Oil – 10 drops
- One cup of vinegar (you can use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar it is your choice)
- Purification Essential Oil – 10 drops
- One cup of distilled water
How to Make
In a glass spray bottle put the water and vinegar. Into the tsp. of salt put the essential oils and then add the tsp. in the bottle. Put the spray nozzle and shake well.
How to Use
Soak the mess and spray the area with this mixture. Leave it from 5 to 10 minutes. Next thing you need to do is to blot up the excess. And leave it to dry up.
Now you can easily remove the mess from your furry friend and at the same time do it naturally.
8. Natural Weed Killer
If you are someone that takes good care of the garden, for sure, you would want to avoid the harsh chemicals and use something natural. Here is how you can kill pesky weeds and at the same time allow your grass and flowers to grow and bloom naturally.
- Sprayer or Spray Bottle
- One gallon of vinegar
- ¼ cup of Dawn Dish soap
- 2 cups of Epsom Salt
How to Make
In a pan of medium size heat the vinegar and add the salt. Stir till it dissolves. When ready, put this in the sprayer and add all the other ingredients.
Remember to spray at the hottest part of the day, because the sun helps. Check the forecast to see if rain is expected if so, do not use this mixture. It can be only effective after is around one day in the sun.
9. Vegetable and Fruit Wash
Water cannot get rid of the toxic pesticides on its own. However, if you add just a little amount of white vinegar, your products will be chemical free.
How to Make
In a large bowl put one part of plain white vinegar to four parts of water. Then soak the vegetables or fruits in the mixture from 20 to 30 minutes.
After you remove them, you need to wash them with regular water. After that, the products are safe to consume.
10. DIY Dusting Spray
Dusting sprays are useful. However, they also have chemicals. You can make your own dusting spray, and it will be just as good as the store bought spray.
- Essential oils (by choice)
- Olive Oil
How to Make It
In a spray bottle add all the ingredients and make sure to shake well.
11. Air Deodorizer
Everyone wants to have a home that smells fresh. Now you can do that naturally.
- Funnel (optional)
- ½ cup Downy Unstopables (by your choice)
- Clean Spray Bottle – 32 oz
- White Vinegar ¼ cup
- Full rubbing alcohol – 2 cups
How to Prepare It
In the spray bottle put all the ingredients above mentioned. You need to add warm water until your bottle is full.
Mix the mixture every 15 minutes for the Unstopables to dissolve. This can take an hour. After that, you can use the mixture around your house and enjoy the smell.
12. Remove Bumper Sticker
You can remove a bumper sticker from your car just by using white vinegar. Furthermore, you need to spray the decal to saturate the area, and after few hours the sticker will simply peel off.
Bear in mind to spray the area couple of times in order to remove the sticker successfully.
13. Accident on Mattress
In case someone has ‘accident’ on the mattress, do not stress. You can make a mixture of water and vinegar and clean it.
After that, you can put baking soda on the mattress, and once it is dry, you can vacuum and brush the residue.
14. Remove Chewing Gum
We all get freaked out when we see chewing gum stuck to the carpeting, rugs or car upholstery. Next time this happens to you, do not stress but simply use vinegar to loosen the chewing gum.
15. Clean the Garbage Disposal
The garbage disposal can often have a bad smell. But luckily, now you can easily solve that the natural way. You can deodorize and clean the garbage disposal with vinegar mixture.
What you need to do is to mix equal parts of baking soda and vinegar and put it down the drain. Leave the mixture for few minutes, and then flush the drain with warm water and there you have a stink-free and clean sink.
The vinegar can degunkify, deodorize and disinfect almost everything. This multi-purpose product is what is called a green and good buy.
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