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Vinegar Solutions

Baking soda with vinegar, natural mix for effective house cleaning

Both brown apple cider vinegar and white vinegar are some of the most versatile products in your kitchen pantry. You can use them both indoors and out.  White vinegar is made from fermented alcohols, such as corn. White vinegar is usually used as a cleaning and degreasing tool. Brown vinegars are made from cider, malt, rice or balsamic and are more enjoyable as a dressing or as part of a recipe.

Here are some tips to help you use both more!

Carpet Freshener:  Mix one-gallon warm water and one cup white vinegar.  Using a broom, brush it onto the rug.  Let it dry to remove carpet odors.

Clean wood paneling and woodwork:  Paneling gets grimy over time and white vinegar is excellent at cutting through it.  Use two cups warm water, ¼ cup white vinegar and a tablespoon or two of olive or vegetable oil.  Use this mixture to wipe the area with a sponge or lint free cloth, then rub the surface clean after it dries.

Sandbox cats:  Keep cats from using your children’s sandbox as a restroom by sprinkling white vinegar over it.  Rake it in and the cats will avoid it until the next rain.

Mini Blinds: Using half water and half vinegar, put a sock over each hand, dip them in and then wipe the blinds clean.  When the socks appear dirty, rinse them in the sink and dip them again in the vinegar solution.

After cleaning the oven odors:  After using chemical oven cleaner you can’t miss the smell.  Remove the smell by soaking a sponge in white vinegar and wiping down the inside of the oven.  Be sure to let the vinegar dry before using the oven again.

Laundry smell and fluff:  Adding ½ cup of white vinegar removes odors from laundry and helps remove excess soap from sweater fibers to keep them looking fresh and bright.  Use it in the final rinse water, if possible.

Car odors:  Regardless of the smell, placing a bowl of white vinegar in the car and closing the doors overnight should help.

Car windows:  After washing the car, add a teaspoon of white vinegar to a bucket of water and pour it over the windows to repel rain and frost.

Bird droppings:  Pour vinegar straight onto a rag or paper towel, and the vinegar will dissolve it.

General cleaning solution:  Mix two parts water with one-part white vinegar in a spray bottle.  It can be used to clean grease, fingerprints and general messiness.

Household odors:  Wet a paper towel with vinegar and wave it around a bit.  It will help clear the air faster.

Weed killer:  Combine a gallon of white or apple cider vinegar, one cup of salt and two tablespoons of dish soap.  Spray it around weeds, being careful not to spay preferred vegetation. (Click to read our blog on Easy Natural Weed Killer for more information and recipes!)

Ant killer:  Equal parts white vinegar and water sprayed onto an ant hill will keep them away.

Veggie wash:  Mixing a tablespoon of white vinegar in a quart of water helps get rid of bacteria and dirt on veggies.  It also helps remove the waxy coating on apples from the store.

Rust remover:  Soak a rust stain with white vinegar overnight, and with a bit of elbow grease, see it lift.  You can use it to clean tools as well.  If your water spigots need refreshing, tie a bag filled with vinegar so they soak overnight and use a toothbrush to clean the residuals.

Insect and bug repellant:  Spray snails and slugs with vinegar and they will die.  Spraying a mix of vinegar and dish soap will keep other insects away from the garden and sitting areas, too.  This may also help keep away snakes as well.

More Information

For additional household uses for vinegar, visit our blog on DIY Cleaning Solutions!

Cindy C.

Miss Cindy has been circulating in Ohio libraries for many years. She creates programming for all ages because even though she likes the little ones, her passion is making ‘stuff’. Cindy’s husband requests that you do not show or tell her about any new ‘stuff’.  But Cindy knows you will bend her ear, and she will turn it into a program lickety-split!