Vinegar: A Safe and Efficient Green Cleaner

Updated on September 4, 2019
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Robie is a big fan of healthy and natural living and loves gardening, a passion passed on by her grandparents.

Make your home a healthier place for you and your family by cleaning with white distilled vinegar.
Make your home a healthier place for you and your family by cleaning with white distilled vinegar. | Source

Commercial Cleaning Products Are Some of the Most Toxic Stuff That We Keep Around

Most regular store-bought cleaners contain a load of chemicals and substances that are not only unhealthy for you and your family to breath and come into contact with, but that also have a bad impact on Earth’s soil and waterways.

While we know it’s important to keep viruses and bacteria at bay, it’s also very important not to fill our home environment with toxic chemicals.

Home Chemical Facts

The EPA reports that:

- Levels of air pollution inside the homes can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels.

- Phosphates are still present in some cleaning detergent. Phosphates that end up in the waterways cause algae to bloom which deplete oxygen and kill fish.

- Some furniture polishes contain phenol, a toxic crystalline acid compound that was used by the Nazis to execute prisoners during WWII.

What Is White Distilled Vinegar?

If you want to take action to get rid of all the harsh chemicals cleaners that you have under the counter, but you are not sure where to begin, vinegar is the perfect ally to make the switch easy.

White distilled vinegar is a mild acid derived from the fermentation of dilute alcoholic liquids; it can be used to safely clean the house and the things in it. Vinegar can disinfect, dissolve soap scums, clean glass, and even be used as fabric softener.

Vinegar is a natural cleaner and disinfectant, read the article to see how many things can be cleaned with vinegar!
Vinegar is a natural cleaner and disinfectant, read the article to see how many things can be cleaned with vinegar! | Source

Cleaning Properties of White Distilled Vinegar

  • Wood and glass cleaner
  • Stain remover
  • Tarnish remover
  • Hard water deposit remover
  • Greasy build up remover
  • Deodorizer
  • Mold Inhibitor
  • Disinfectant

What Can You Clean With Vinegar?

  • Prevent mold in the shower by spraying daily a diluted vinegar solution. Be careful on tile walls, because vinegar is acid and can etch the tiles or grout.
  • Combat odors by using a fine-mist spray of vinegar mixed with several drops of your favorite essential oil.
  • Clean windows and mirrors with a mix of equal parts of water and vinegar. Dry with crumpled newspaper or a dry cloth. Your glass will be gleaming ad streakless.
  • Remove water marks from furniture rubbing a mixture of vinegar and olive oil in equal parts. Rub with the grain and polish.
  • Clean your stove-top baked-on grease with a paste of baking soda, white vinegar, and a bit of water. Coat range for five minutes before scrubbing off.
  • Clean your garbage disposal by running it with vinegar cubes. Make the vinegar cubes by filling an ice tray with one cup of vinegar and filling it with water until full, place it in the freezer, when frozen run the garbage disposal with the vinegar cubes inside, then let cold water run for a minute. This will keep you garbage disposal clean and odorless.

Vinegar, a great household helper when it comes to cleaning.
Vinegar, a great household helper when it comes to cleaning. | Source

More Ways to Use Distilled Vinegar Around the House

  • Deodorize the kitchen drain by pouring a cup of vinegar down the drain once a week, let stand for ten minutes, then run some cold water.
  • Keep a spray bottle with diluted vinegar in the bathroom to quickly wipe down sinks, mirrors, and sanitize faucets and toilets.
  • In your laundry, add 1/4 cup of white vinegar during the last rinse cycle; it removes yellowing, acts as fabric softener, and inhibits growth of mold and mildew.
  • Sanitize children's toys with diluted vinegar, especially after a play date.
  • To unclog drains, pour 1/3 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/3 cup of vinegar. The chemical reaction can break down clogs. Rinse with a pot full of boiling water.

Lemon juice is also a natural cleaner and disinfectant.
Lemon juice is also a natural cleaner and disinfectant. | Source

Other Safe and Efficient Natural Cleaners

Non-toxic cleaners really work; they clean better, they smell better, and they can save you money. Below are some other safe and natural products that can be used as cleaners.

  • Lemon Juice
  • Baking soda
  • Club soda
  • Olive oil
  • Borax
  • Soap

Did You Know You Could Use Vinegar as a Cleaner?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Robie Benve


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    • Robie Benve profile imageAUTHOR

      Robie Benve 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Hi Kelsey Farrell, I am very environmental conscious, and I realized that cleaning with natural products gives me that extra incentive to clean (a little) more - I don't like cleaning so much... Vinegar in particular is so cheap and efficient that I love it more than any other products. Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment. :)

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      Kelsey Elise Farrell 

      5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Great advice, some of these are ways I hadn't thought of, but I absolutely love using vinegar whenever possible for cleaning. I also find that lemon, baking soda, and cornstarch are all wonderful cleaners (I recently posted a hub about them) individually or when used together. Voting up!

    • Robie Benve profile imageAUTHOR

      Robie Benve 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks ackman, that's dazzling feedback! It's great to receive confirmation that natural (and cheaper) solutions are not just a myth but they actually work in real life. :)

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      8 years ago from Cape Coral, Florida

      Not long ago, I started using white vinegar in the "fabric softener" container of my washing machine.... My motive was for fresher odor AND, BOY, AM I SATISFIED!!!! I'd recommend it (vinegar in the wash) to anybody who wants fresh-smelling linens....

    • Robie Benve profile imageAUTHOR

      Robie Benve 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you Dr. Ope, I'm always happy to hear someone else uses natural cleaners! Thanks for the compliments too. :))

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      Olive Ellis 

      8 years ago

      Robie Benve, thanks for sharing these insiteful ideas!. I too, use vinegar to clean the floor,countertops and for soaking containers to get rid to odors. Very informative hub, voted up right across, with the exception of 'funny'. All the best!

    • Robie Benve profile imageAUTHOR

      Robie Benve 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      Hi Alicia, I'm glad you found it useful!

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. :)

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the very useful ideas. I didn't know that vinegar could be used in so many different ways!

    • Robie Benve profile imageAUTHOR

      Robie Benve 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      Vespa it's always wonderful to find out that healthy and positive habits have great supporters! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Many thanks for becoming a follower too. :)

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      Vespa Woolf 

      8 years ago from Peru, South America

      Thank you for an informative hub. I also use white vinegar for its effectiveness and the fact that it's non-toxic. Voted up and useful!

    • Robie Benve profile imageAUTHOR

      Robie Benve 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      I'm glad you found this useful Robin, vinegar is so safe and versatile - and cheap too! If me writing about it can be a reminder for anyone to use it more around the house, I'm a happy writer! :)


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      Robin Edmondson 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      What a great guide to the uses of vinegar. I need to use it more as a cleaner; this is a great reminder!


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