8 Budget-Friendly Vinegar Hacks For Cleaning Your Home
I’m going to show you creative uses for vinegar around the house that you've never thought of. These vinegar hacks have made my life a lot easier, and I’m sure they’ll do the same for you.
Vinegar cleaning hacks
I start by filling a water bottle or a spray bottle with white vinegar. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and the less watered down it is, the better it works.
1. How to clean a kitchen with vinegar
I use vinegar to disinfect my countertops and my cutting board. Vinegar is safe to use around food so that gives me reassurance that it’s fine to use on counters and in areas where I prepare food.
2. How to clean a bathroom with vinegar
I use pure vinegar in my bathroom to clean around the sink area. Its acidic properties help to get tough grime off the sink. I’ll use an old toothbrush to get into hard-to-reach areas. I’ll spray the vinegar directly on the bristles.
3. How to use vinegar in laundry
I add vinegar into the softener spot on my washing machine to act as a disinfectant and a softener, and to fight off odors, especially from my baby’s spit-up.
4. How to clean a coffee pot with vinegar
I use a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water and run it through a normal cycle as if I were making a pot of coffee. I put four cups of vinegar in the pot, and four cups of water. Just brew it normally (without the coffee, of course).
The vinegar removes grime and coffee grounds. After it brews, I dump the mixture down my sink so the vinegar can clean the drain, as well. After running the 50/50 mixture, I run a second cycle with just a full pot of water to make sure all the vinegar and grime are rinsed out of the system.
5. How to kill weeds with vinegar
Vinegar is a great non-toxic weed killer. It will take longer to kill the weeds than a chemical weed killer but I like to use it around areas where my kids play, such as around the sandbox. Two days after spraying, it can kill weeds.
6. How to clean car windows with vinegar
Vinegar can cut through the adhesive left from window decals. Use a napkin saturated with vinegar to wipe off the decals. Don’t let the vinegar or napkin get on the paint of your car because you don’t want the vinegar to affect the car’s paint.
7. How to sanitize fruit with vinegar
Use vinegar to sanitize fresh fruits and vegetables when you get them home from the store. I use one tablespoon of white vinegar per cup of water and mix it up. I’ll put the mix in a bowl, then put the fruit and vegetables in for a few minutes. I’ll swish them around, then use a strainer to drain them. I’ll let them air-dry on a towel.
8. How to clean a microwave with vinegar
I use vinegar to steam clean my microwave. I use a quarter cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water microwaved on high for 5 minutes. I use a sponge to clean the microwave. It’s easy to wipe down and everything is clean and sanitized from the mixture.
I hope you liked my vinegar home hacks! And don’t worry, the smell of vinegar dissipates in a few minutes after using it. If you have more vinegar cleaning hacks that you love to use, please leave a comment below.