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10 Things You Can Clean With Vinegar

You may catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, but you can clean more things with vinegar. Once you read all these cleaning solutions, you’ll make vinegar your all-purpose cleaner. Vinegar is less toxic and less expensive than other cleaners while still managing to kill germs. It’s environmentally friendly and budget friendly. How often do those two things go hand-in-hand?


Fill a spray bottle with one part vinegar and two parts water. Spray your bathroom and kitchen counters. Wipe dry with a clean cloth. Vinegar kills germs and bacteria, so your home will look and BE clean.

Mirrors and Windows

Use the same solution to clean mirrors and windows. Spray and wipe dry with a clean cloth or a paper towel.

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All the splatters and spills that cover the inside of your microwave become baked on over time. To loosen the mess, microwave a clean, wet sponge for approximately one minute. Then spray the inside of the microwave with the vinegar and water solution and wipe it dry.


Chicken “juice”, cracked eggs, produce leaves, sticky jam, and other grime that accumulates in the fridge is no match for vinegar, water, and elbow grease.


Because of the germ-killing properties of vinegar, spray your kids’ toys down after one of them (or their visiting friends) shows signs of a cold. Let the toys air dry before allowing the children to put them in their mouths again.

Pots and Pans

Ever washed your pots and pans only to see some kind of discoloration on the stainless steel? Maybe it’s residue from boiling water and maybe not. Regardless of the cause, vinegar is the solution. Pour one or two tablespoons of vinegar in the bottom of a pan and let it soak for a while. Then scrub and rinse clean for a renewed shine.

Carpet Stains

Dip an old rag in a solution of equal parts water and vinegar, then use that rag to rub out stains on your carpet or rugs. This technique also works on some furniture upholstery. As with most cleaners, it’s best to test the solution on a small, hidden part of the furniture first.

Washing Machine

Pour two to four cups of vinegar into your washing machine and then fill with hot water. Before the wash cycle begins, stop the machine and let the tub soak for at least an hour before allowing the cycle to complete.

Coffee Maker

Run one part vinegar and two parts water through your coffee maker to clean the inner workings. Run a follow-up pot of water through and then brew coffee as before.


If water residue has clogged parts of your showerhead, reducing water flow and causing water to spray in undesired directions, a thorough cleaning might restore it to original function. Fill a sandwich bag with vinegar and tie the bag over your showerhead so that the nozzle is soaking in the vinegar. Let sit for an hour. Remove the bag of vinegar and run hot water through the showerhead to rinse away the residue.


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