Vinegar: The All-Purpose Solution To Cleaning

If it's in your house, it can be cleaned with vinegar! 

White vinegar is perhaps the world's best all-purpose green cleaner with numerous cleaning uses. Some of the things you can do with it:


White vinegar can be used as an effective and cheap rinsing agent to get your plates, glasses and other dishes sparkling clean. Moreover, you can use it to clean the dishwasher itself! Into your empty dishwasher, pour a cup of diluted white vinegar and let it run for a short cycle. This will get rid of the soap and lime build-up that prevents your dishwasher from working efficiently.


White vinegar has so many laundry-related applications that it is often stored right next to the detergents in laundry rooms!

For removing stains like:

- ketchup, 

- tomato sauce, 

- underarm deodorant,

- mustard, 

- grass, etc….

….spray a little white vinegar onto the stain before laundering. 

Vinegar helps break down detergent when added to the rinse cycle, resulting in fresher, more colorful clothes and getting rid of that funky towel mildew. Also, soaking whites in vinegar will help bring back their whiteness. As for amount - one cup should be sufficient. Half a cup if you're using a front-loading washing machine. 

Pet Care

Cats and dogs can often be afflicted with scaly, itchy ears. The solution? Dilute white vinegar in a 4:1 ratio (4 tbsp water for 1 tbsp vinegar, for instance) and let it soak into a clean rag. Then, wipe out the inside of your pet's ears with the rag. 

Finally, if your four legged friend gets sprayed by a skunk - vinegar is the easiest acid to use for getting rid of the smell!

Cleaning Tiles

When confronted with grungy or discolored tile, caulk and grout - most people's first response is to reach out for the bleach. However, white vinegar is even more effective at cleaning and whitening tiles and grout. It also happens to be much safer than chlorine bleach (especially for households on a septic tank, where bleach should never enter). 

Just spray full-strength vinegar on caulk and grout in the kitchen or shower, let it soak in for at least two hours, and then scrub it off with a brush.

Car Care

Stuck with a bumper sticker you don't want on display anymore? Get rid of it with a few squirts of white vinegar! You may need to reapply the vinegar several times in order to loosen the bumper sticker.

Diluted vinegar can also be used to wipe down your windows in the winter, to keep them frost-free.

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