Tips for Green Cleaning With White Vinegar

Tips for Green Cleaning with White Vinegar

Cleaning with White Vinegar

There are many alternatives to the chemical products that harm our health and one of them is the humble and versatile white vinegar. It is a natural cleaning product that, in many cases, will end up being more helpful than the chemicals you buy at expensive prices. I’ve put together some tips that will help you get your green cleaning on around the house, using vinegar of course!

In the living room

  • Use vinegar to clean your window blinds. Simply find some cotton and wet it in an equal parts solution of white vinegar and hot tap water.
  • If you don’t use coasters and find water rings on your table,  just mix equal parts of vinegar and olive oil and apply with a soft cloth. To make it shine,  use another clean soft cloth. If there are white water rings on the leather furniture use a sponge soaked in white vinegar.
  • For carpet cleaning, especially removing stubborn stains,  rub 2 tablespoons of salt dissolved in half cup of vinegar. After the solution dries out, use your vacuum to finish the cleaning. This mix will help you get rid of light carpet stains. If your rug has some tough, ground-in dirt you’ll need a paste of 1 tablespoon of vinegar and  1 tablespoon cornstarch. Rub it into the carpet, wait for two days and again clean it out with the vacuum.
  • If you have scratches on your wooden furniture you can make them less noticeable by mixing distilled or cider vinegar with iodine and paint over the scratches with a small brush. If the wood is darker use more iodine, if it’s lighter – more vinegar.
  • Being romantic can sometimes have it’s side effects. There’s a big chance you might get melted candle wax on your wooden furniture. Oh dear! But don’t stress, it’s vinegar to the rescue. To remove it, first use a blow dryer to remove the easy part and then rub the affected area with a cloth soaked in equal parts of water and vinegar.

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In the kitchen

  • I think most of us have had to unclog and deodorise drains at some stage. To avoid buying expensive products and to do it in an eco-friendly way, just pour ½ cup of baking soda followed by vinegar into the drain. When the foam subsides, flush hot water down the drain and after five minutes flush again, but this time with cold water.
  • Vinegar is great for getting rid of the greasy stains in the kitchen. Again use the equal mix of water and vinegar, it will not only remove the greasy stains, but it will also neutralize any odors.
  • Is your microwave and refrigerator in need of a deep clean? Well, vinegar can do that! For the microwave, fill a glass bowl with a solution of ¼ cup vinegar and 1 cup water. Put the solution in the microwave for 5 minutes on high, when finished, you’ll only need a cloth or sponge to dip into the liquid and wipe away all the stains on the interior. For green cleaning your refrigerator, use equal parts vinegar and water and wipe the interior and exterior of the refrigerator with a cloth.

Although your washing machine is probably not in your kitchen, you can use vinegar to clean your washing machine too!

There are definitely many chemical products on the market that will help you clean your house perfectly, but they are definitely not helpful for health or the environment. Next time you clean, consider white vinegar and green cleaning, you’ll be amazed at how much money you can save too.

What green cleaning tips can you share? 

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. February 9, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    I used to use a vinegar mix as a bench top wipe but I actually swapped to a green purchased spray instead.
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  2. February 9, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    Love these tips – there is not much that vinegar, bicarb soda and lemon can’t fix!

  3. February 9, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    I’ve used vinegar before on our tiles in the shower where the limescale builds up quickly. It works well and I love the smell. It always makes me feel like hot chips 🙂
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  4. June 7, 2016 / 11:58 pm

    I’m a big fan of using vinegar in my home, and I’m glad that you included so many different uses for it! For instance, I didn’t know that a vinegar and salt solution could be used to treat light stains in the carpet. I usually just sprinkle baking soda on my carpet before vacuuming it, but I’ll keep some vinegar on hand for stains as well. Thanks for the info!

  5. June 21, 2016 / 11:54 pm

    I’m so happy I ditched toxic cleaners a while ago. I mostly use soapnuts, vinegar and baking soda for cleaning. Great roundup of DIY cleaners! I love making my own cleaners and other household products using basic ingredients I can find in my pantry and some of my favorite essential oils. Thanks so much for including my bathroom ideas…pinning all the others too!

  6. July 24, 2016 / 8:25 am

    I’m currently finding alternative solutions to the regular cleaning products I’ve been using for house cleaning. I’m surprised at how well vinegar works! is next big thing for us!

  7. August 8, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    Vinegar is a super multipurpose cleaner I find myself using most of the time. And sometimes I also use lemon peels to rub stains and grime. It works similar to vinegar. And if you need to clear off clogged pipes, first pour some baking soda followed by vinegar. The fizzy reaction will clean it all.