Household Tips for Cleaning With Vinegar

All-natural cleaning products can get expensive — and they aren’t always effective either. That said, you don’t have to use harmful chemicals to do your dirty work. In fact, some of the most potent natural cleaners are already in your cabinet — and one cleaner, in particular, can practically do it all.

Cleaning with vinegar (and baking soda) is one of the most effective ways to remove scum and disinfect. Not to mention: It’s a safe — and cheap — alternative to some of the dangerous household cleaners we know and, unfortunately, love.

Curious to know more? We share the best household cleaning uses for vinegar, ahead.

White vinegar

Vinegar can leave your dishwasher looking brand new. | Pat_Hastings/iStock/Getty Images

Clean your dishwasher and coffee pot

Want your dishwasher and coffee pot to look shiny and new? Once a month, add white vinegar to the appliances and run a cycle. For added sparkle, you can also try adding baking soda. Cleaning with vinegar and baking soda can not only up the antibacterial ante, but it can also leave the appliances looking good as new.

Refrigerator refresh

In addition to your dishwasher and coffee pot, you can also use vinegar to clean the inside of your fridge. To do so, mix water and vinegar and add the solution to a spray bottle. Spritz the dirty areas (aka the dirty produce drawers) and wipe down with a paper towel or rag.

Toilet bowl cleaner

Another household cleaning tip using vinegar? Add a diluted cup to your toilet bowl and let it sit overnight. In the morning, use a toilet bowl scrubber to lift away any excess scum and voila! Your toilet will look extra shiny.

Showerhead soak

Is your shower head looking drab? Don’t worry! You can get rid of mineral buildup and scum on a showerhead with a simple vinegar soak. Simply soak the showerhead in a half cup of vinegar — diluted with about one quart of water — for 15 minutes and you’ll be able to see your reflection in the metal again.

Baking soda vinegar cleaning

Use vinegar to remove builup on showerheads and faucets. | eskaylim/iStock/Getty Images

Faucets build up

Scum loves sink faucets! But, luckily removing buildup is easier than ever with vinegar and salt. To clean your faucet naturally, all you have to do is create a paste out of the two ingredients and rub down the affected areas.

Socks and gym clothes

Looking for a way to make dingy white socks and gym clothes look brand new again? Vinegar might help. To revive stained or dingy clothing items, add a cup of distilled white vinegar to a pot of water. Bring the elixir to a boil and then turn the stove off. Place your items inside the pot of boiling water and let it soak for a few minutes before adding them to

Remove candle wax

We’ve all been there. Candle wax can be tough to remove — especially once it dries and hardens on furniture. That said, not all is lost. To remove candle wax from your coffee or side table (or any other piece of furniture for that matter) soak a cloth in equal parts water and vinegar. Gently rub the area to lift the wax up.

Air freshener

Looking for a safe yet effective area freshener? Vinegar has you covered. Add white vinegar to a spray bottle and spritz the air or fabric — especially on places like dog beds and carpets — with the natural cleaner. Vinegar helps banish bad odors and neutralizes stale air.

Carpet stains

Speaking of carpet, you can also use a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda to remove carpet stains. To do so, mix baking soda and vinegar to form a paste. Then, rub the affected area with the concoction and let it work its magic overnight. The next day, vacuum it up completely, and you’re good to go!

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