White Vinegar: A Natural Cleaner

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White Vinegar: A Natural Cleaner


White vinegar is one of the most commonly used natural cleaners in households across America due to its seemingly magical cleaning properties.

Vinegar is safe, easy to use, inexpensive, and seems to have a million different uses, so it offers an incredible value for any homeowner. It also safely kills bacteria, mold, and germs, making it just as effective, or more effective, than the harmful generic brands you typically find at your local grocery or hardware store. Some of the best ways to use vinegar include the following:

  • Garbage disposal - vinegar can help to cut through even the worst odors. Ice can deodorize and clean your garbage disposal, while sharpening the blades. Consider making vinegar ice cubes and grinding them in your disposal to enjoy optimum benefits.

  • Bathroom and kitchen drains - pour vinegar in the bathroom and kitchen drains and let stand about 30 minutes before running cold water to help cut through tough buildup and odors.

  • Removing grease - remove grease from kitchen walls, appliances, and cooking pans and utensils by placing vinegar on a sponge or dishcloth and gently rubbing it in a circular motion. You can also add a few tablespoons of vinegar to soapy dish water to help quickly wash greasy pans or dishes.

  • Drain clogs - dumping one cup of baking soda followed by one cup of white vinegar down the drain can power through even the toughest drain clogs.

  • Coffee pot - place about one part vinegar and two parts water in your coffee pot and run a cycle. Repeat a cycle with water to clear out any lingering vinegar. This will clean and sanitize your coffee pot, resulting in better tasting coffee and a cleaner pot overall.

  • Dishwasher - about once a month, place a cup of white vinegar in the top rack of your dishwasher and run through a full cycle. Once the cycle has completed, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and run again. This will help to safely clean, disinfect, and deodorize your dishwasher.

While white vinegar can be associated with a pungent smell, it should quickly dissipate and will not leave a lasting odor. 

This information was provided by Roto-Rooter.


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Comments (8)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thank you for this information, I knew some of these remedies, and now I know even more.  Happy Tuesday.  A

Apr 13, 2021 12:26 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

As a kid, my mother used white vinegar in the ways described. I can still remember the smell when she was finished cleaning.

Apr 13, 2021 05:29 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Roy- Heloise always touted the many uses of vinegar. I always have a big jug of it around. 

Apr 13, 2021 05:46 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Roy.

I also mix it with water to clean the inside windshield of my vehicle, it really works

Apr 14, 2021 12:30 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your feedback is always appreciated. Have an outstanding week.

Apr 19, 2021 04:58 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your feedback is always appreciated. Have an outstanding week.

Apr 19, 2021 04:59 AM