The Many Uses For White Vinegar At Home

Inexpensive to buy, everyone should always have a bottle of white vinegar to hand. The myriad of uses for white vinegar in the home is endless.

Here we list our top ten ways to use white vinegar for cleaning around the home.

White vinegar should not only be confined to the cupboard as a food condiment. Did you know that there are so many more uses for vinegar around the home? Here, we list our top ten uses for vinegar which are surprisingly useful and effective.

1. Removing Deodorant Marks from Clothes with Vinegar.

a t shirt with a white deodorant stain under the arm.

White deodorant marks on the underarms of clothes can build up over time and it very hard to remove with washing alone. Luckily, white vinegar will come to the rescue and remove those stubborn underarm deodorant stains for you.

A Soak of 1 Part Vinegar to 6 Parts Water Will Remove Those Stubborn Deodorant Stains.

Fill a sink or bucket with 6 cups of warm water and add half a cup of white vinegar. Soak the clothes for around 45 minutes before washing the garment as normal. For particularly caked on deodorant stains, try gently scrubbing the area after soaking with a soft brush to help lift the stains.


2. Removing Pet Odours With Vinegar After Accidents

With Dogs, accidents can occur. When you want to keep your house clean and own a dog, vinegar is a very useful deodoriser to remove the smell of dog pee from the house. It will also kill any bacteria present, making vinegar the perfect eco friendly and effective cleaning agent to clean up after dogs.

To remove the smell of dog pee, mix together 2 cups of water with 1 cup of vinegar and use it to clean the offending area. Be careful to test the solution on an inconspicuous area first to ensure it is suitable for the floor surface in your home.


3. Make a Fruit Wash With Vinegar to Remove Bacteria

a photo of various berries together.

Using white vinegar to remove residue and bacteria from the surface of fruit is an easy and inexpensive way to make your fruit is not only clean but will help your produce to last longer.

Vinegar helps delicate fruit such as berries to last longer as it kills any mould spores that may be present on the surface. Vinegar will also help to remove wax residue from fruit such as lemons and apples too.

Fill A Sink With 4 Parts Water to 1 Part Vinegar to Kill the Mould Spores on Fruit

Fill a sink with 4 parts water to 1 part vinegar, place the fruit into the solution whilst being careful to not overcrowd the sink and allow the fruit to soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Once the fruit has been soaked, rinse it under cold running water and allow to dry completely before storing it. We recommend washing delicate berries separately from larger fruit to avoid damage to them whilst being washed.


4. Cleaning Windows With Vinegar

a photo of an open window with a sponge, spray bottle and squeegee next to it.

Vinegar keeps glass gleaming and makes the perfect eco-friendly window cleaner in your home. Using white vinegar on windows will help remove any stains, residue and dirt and make window streaks disappear.

In a spray bottle, mix together 1 part hot water to 1 part white vinegar and spray this solution on the windows and wipe clean.

Be cautious about window frames as the vinegar can cause damage if left. Always wash the frames afterwards to avoid this. Do not use vinegar wash on frosted glass as it can remove the etching.


5. Remove Sticker and Sticky Label Residue

If you’ve ever bought homeware such as bowls, plates or glasses that have had a price tag or sticker on them, you will know how difficult it can be to remove the sticker residue from the surface.

Using a white vinegar solution to remove this adhesive label residue is easy and cost effective, without being too much work. You’ll have clean, sticker free homeware in no time.

Pick off as much of the sticker as you can. Soak a paper towel with white vinegar and place over the area where the residue is. Leave it to soak for 5 minutes before removing the paper towel and wiping the residue away.

Soak a Paper Towel in White Vinegar and Use it to Remove Sticker Residue on New Plates and Bowls.


6. Deodorise the Fridge With White Vinegar

a hand holding a spray bottle, cleaning inside a fridge.

White vinegar is an excellent eco-friendly fridge cleaner that will not only neutralise bad smells but will also get rid of mould and mildew spores in the fridge.

In a spray bottle mix together 1 part water and 1 part vinegar and use this solution to clean your fridge. Spray he vinegar solution on all the surfaces and wipe it clean.


7. Clean the Microwave Using Vinegar

Microwaves often get dirty with splashes of food. These can be hard to remove when they have dried on the microwave surface. Using white vinegar to steam clean the microwave will remove food residue easily.

Steam Clean the Microwave with Vinegar and Water for 5 Minutes.

Not only will vinegar help to remove these stains, it also works as a deodoriser and stops the microwave from smelling bad.


8. Remove Cigarette Smells from the House

an ashtray with a lit cigarette and butts inside.

Lingering cigarette smells can be hard to remove from the home. However, you can help deodorise cigarette smells using bowls of vinegar around the house to eliminate those smells.

Simply fill a shallow bowl with white vinegar and place it in the room where the smells lingers the most. If the smell is throughout the house, you can place more bowls as needed. Open the windows and leave the bowls in situ for a day and the smell should be gone.


9. Clean BBQ Grates With Vinegar

White vinegar will help lift any food residue from BBQ grates. You can create a soak for your BBQ grates with 1 part white vinegar with 1 part baking soda and 1 part water. Soak the grates in the solution for 30 minutes before scrubbing clean and rinsing with clean water. Dry thoroughly before storing.

You can also find more advice here for how to clean cast iron BBQ grates.


10. Use Vinegar for Cleaning Silver

a hand holding a ring over a glass of liquid.

If you have silver jewellery that needs to return to it’s former glory, using white vinegar to clean rings, bracelets and other silver items is an inexpensive home cleaning solution.

Mix together 1 cup of vinegar with 4 tablespoons of baking soda and allow your jewellery to soak for an hour. After this is complete, rinse the jewellery with cold running water and wipe dry.

Using a bowl suitable for the microwave, fill it with 500ml of water and add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Place this bowl inside the microwave, set the timer for 5 minutes and turn the microwave on. Keep the door closed for another 5 minutes once the time is up. After this time, open the door, remove the bowl and wipe the inner surfaces of the microwave clean, with a cloth.


Do you use vinegar for cleaning at home? Share with us your tips and tricks and how you use white vinegar in your own home.

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