10 Ways to Clean with Vinegar

We've posted many times about the cleaning powers of vinegar. Our new favorite book, A Guide to Green Housekeeping, inspired us to buy distilled vinegar by the gallon, and we've begun using it for nearly all our cleaning. So here's our favorite 10 uses for vinegar.


  1. Wood Floors—clean with a solution of 1 part vinegar to 1 part water

  2. Wooden Chopping Boards—use vinegar or lemon to clean and disinfect wooden chopping boards

  3. Copper Pots—clean with a paste made from vinegar, salt and flour

  4. Carpet Stains—after blotting stain with paper towel, mix one teaspoon dish soap with one teaspoon vinegar dissolved in 2 1/2 cups warm water. Apply to stain and rub gently. Rinse with warm water. Blot dry.

  5. Clean Paintbrushes—soften paintbrushes, soak bristles in hot vinegar and rinse with clean, soapy water

  6. Ring Marks on Wooden Furniture—Use a solution of one part vinegar and one part olive oil.

  7. Toilet bowl stains—spray vinegar around the bowl and brush clean

  8. Refrigerator—Clean the inside of the refrigerator with a solution of equal parts of vinegar and water.

  9. Clean painted walls and woodwork—Use a solution of two parts vinegar, one part baking soda and three parts warm water. Use a soft cloth to wipe the dirt from surfaces and rinse with clean water

  10. Windows—Make a solution of one part vinegar, one part water. Pour into a spray bottle and use to clean glass.




These tips are from A Guide to Green Housekeeping which has even more suggestions for using distilled vinegar. If you think this is helpful, you should see the section on baking soda!


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