White distilled vinegar is effective for killing most mold, bacteria, and germs, due to its
level of acidity. Cleaning with white distilled vinegar is a smart way to avoid using harsh
chemicals. You’ll also be glad to know that it is environmentally friendly and very
To shine chrome sink fixtures that have a lime buildup, use a paste made of 2
tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar.
Make your own scouring cleanser by combining 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon
liquid detergent. Add just enough white distilled vinegar to give it a thick but creamy
Clean counter tops and make them smell sweet again with a cloth soaked in undiluted
white distilled vinegar.
Clean and deodorize a drain by pouring in 1 cup baking soda, then one cup hot white
distilled vinegar. Let this sit for 5 minutes or so, then run hot water down the drain.
Clean the microwave by mixing 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a
microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Baked-on food
will be loosened, and odors will disappear. Wipe clean.
Clean the shelves and walls of the refrigerator with a half-and-half solution of water and
white distilled vinegar.
Remove soap buildup and odors from the dishwasher by pouring a cup of white distilled
vinegar inside the empty machine and running it through a whole cycle. Do monthly.
For cloudy glassware, soak paper towels or a cloth in full-strength white distilled
vinegar and wrap around the inside and outside of the glass. Let sit awhile before rinsing
Remove mineral deposits from coffee makers with white distilled vinegar. Fill the water
reservoir with 1 cup or more of white distilled vinegar and run it through a whole cycle.
Run it once or twice more with plain water to rinse clean. (Check the owners’ manual
Remove stains from coffee and teacups by scrubbing them gently with equal parts of salt
(or baking soda) and white distilled vinegar. Rinse clean.
For stained and smelly plastic food containers, wipe them with a cloth dampened with
white distilled vinegar.
Remove odors from a lunch box by placing inside a slice of bread that has been soaked
in white distilled vinegar. Leave overnight.
Remove ugly film in narrow-necked glass jars, flower vases, and bottles by letting
undiluted white distilled vinegar sit in them for a few hours. Add a little rice or sand and
shake vigorously to loosen stubborn stains. Repeat if necessary.
Easily clean your mini blinds by wearing pair of white cotton gloves. Dip gloved fingers
into a solution of equal parts white vinegar and warm tap water, and run your fingers
across both sides of each blind.
To make cleaning the grill easier, spray a solution of half water and half white distilled
vinegar on the cooking surface.
Renew sponges and dishrags by placing them in just enough water to cover them. Then
add 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar. Let them soak overnight.
Remove soap buildup from faucets by scrubbing them with a solution of 1 part salt to 4
parts white distilled vinegar.
Shine colored porcelain sinks by scouring them with undiluted white distilled vinegar.
Rinse away soapy film on countertops with a solution of white distilled vinegar and
Clean grout by letting full-strength white distilled vinegar sit on it for a few minutes and
scrubbing it with an old toothbrush.
Kill germs all around the bathroom with a spray of full-strength white distilled vinegar.
Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
To remove grime, mildew, and scum from the tub, tile, shower curtain or door, wipe
with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Rinse with water.
To make the toilet bowl sparkle, pour in a cup or more of diluted white distilled vinegar
and let it sit several hours or overnight. Scrub well with the toilet brush and flush.
Get a shining finish on a no-wax vinyl or linoleum floor by cleaning it with a solution of
one cup white distilled vinegar for every gallon of water.
For an economical and environmentally friendly floor cleaner, mix a solution of 3 drops
dishwashing liquid to 1/3 part white distilled vinegar, 1/3 part alcohol, and 1/3 part
water. Spray sparingly and mop for a fast clean-up.
Some carpet stains can be removed with a paste of 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
and 1/4 cup salt or baking soda. Rub into the carpet stain and let dry. Vacuum up the
residue the next day. (Always test on an out-of-sight part of the carpet first).
Wash indoor/outdoor carpet with a solution of 1 cup white distilled vinegar in 1 bucket
of warm water. Scrub using a brush or a broom and then hose off.
Clean up pet accidents by first blotting up the area and then adding a white distilled
vinegar-and-water solution. Blot until it is almost dry. Then sprinkle baking soda over
the area and let it dry. Vacuum up the residue the next day.
Clean fireplace glass doors with a solution of 1 part white distilled vinegar to 2 parts
water. Spray or wipe on, then wipe clean with a dry cloth.
Never use white distilled vinegar on marble. The acid can damage the surface.
Clean your grill by spritzing white distilled vinegar over wadded up aluminum foil and
scrubbing the grill vigorously with it.
To remove film in glass baby bottles, fill with equal parts hot water and white distilled
vinegar. Let sit for at least an hour. Scrub with a bottle brush.
To clean and disinfect baby toys add a good-sized splash of white distilled vinegar to