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Cleaning with Vinegar: Green Home Hacks

It’s no wonder that so many people use vinegar to clean their homes! It’s natural, versatile, and available almost anywhere. It’s also tough on bacteria and mildew, and it’s non-toxic which makes it great to use around food or children’s toys. Unlike cleaning products packed with bleach, ammonia, and other toxic chemicals, vinegar is safe to use around the home without worrying about a child or pet breaking into the cleaning cabinet.


Wash Produce

Does the thought of pesticides and bacteria covering your produce make you cringe? Wash your fruits and veggies with a mixture of one part vinegar to three parts water to help remove these harmful chemicals. You can put it in a spray bottle to speed up the cleaning time. Just rinse everything with water after you’ve covered them and be content knowing your family is eating clean and healthy food!

Freshen Laundry

When it’s time to do laundry, grab a capful of white vinegar and add it to every load of laundry. Your whites will come out whiter and your colors will come out bolder.

If you discover stains, make a mixture of 1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of water and dab at the stain until it comes out. This works especially well with grass stains and red wine.

Deter Pets

We all love our family pets – cats and dogs alike! But we may not love that our house doubles as a handy bathroom for our beloved furry friends. Vinegar works wonders as a deterrent when fido won’t stop soiling your favorite rug, or when felix can’t seem to stay out of the kid’s sandbox outside. Just put vinegar in a spray bottle and target the areas that your pets seem to love.

Window Cleaner


Tired of the smell of ammonia every time you go to clean your windows? Dilute 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in one gallon of water and dispense into a spray bottle. Clean your windows as you normally would, but consider using newspaper to wipe the mixture as opposed to paper towels! Paper towels can cause streaking while newspaper leaves your windows with a flawless shine.

Dissolve Glue

That’s a nice set of plastic plates you’ve just bought. It would be a shame if the price sticker only ripped off halfway and then stuck to the bottom, wouldn’t it? Don’t worry! A quick dab of vinegar will peal that pesky glue spot right off. In fact, you can use vinegar to take the glue off of most labels as it acts as a solvent to dissolve adhesives.

Mattress Disinfectant

Mix vinegar, a bit of rubbing alcohol, and few drops of tea tree oil into a spray bottle and spritz the mixture over your mattresses to deter dust mites and mildew. It will also take care of any odors and keep your mattresses smelling fresher!

Refrigerator Disinfectant


The place where you store your food should never come into contact with harmful chemicals! Mix vinegar and water at a 50/50 ratio and use to wipe up spills and help combat odors. It’s safe to use around vegetables and fruits, so be sure to keep your veggie drawer wiped down between uses!

Garbage Disposal

Dip a scrub brush in vinegar and coat with baking soda. Be sure to use a brush that is small enough to fit into the disposal hole and scrub away all of that smelly, built up food. It will be just like new!


In a microwavable glass bowl, put a mixture of vinegar and water at a 50/50 ratio and microwave until it boils. Remove the bowl and wipe away the built up gunk with very little effort! This is my favorite way to clean a microwave. It’s so easy!

Stained Tupperware

Wipe the insides of your stained tupperware or plasticware with vinegar and let it sit until the stain washes off with minimal effort! I use this with spaghetti and cheese stains.



Pour some vinegar into a plastic bag and wrap it around your showerhead. Be sure the liquid is completely covering the showerhead! Leave it overnight and be amazed at the results in the morning!

General Disinfectant

Use a mixture of vinegar and water at a 50/50 ratio to clean around the house. Germs sitting on doorknobs, telephones, faucet and toilet handles, light switches, computer mice, and much more won’t stand a chance against this natural cleaner!

You’ll feel better knowing that your home is cleaned with a safe but powerful cleaner!

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