Put vinegar to good use

I absolutely love vinegar. I buy it in bulk and use it pretty much every day around the house. It’s a great cleaner for just about anything.

(I’m talking about white vinegar by the way, not apple cider vinegar)

Properties of white vinegar

  • It’s a disinfectant so it kills germs
  • It’s a solvent so it dissolves grease
  • It’s a deodorizer (even though it has a nasty smell itself, it completely disappears and also takes other smells with it)
  • It’s super cheap

7 ways I use vinegar around the house

Over the past year I’ve slowly gotten rid of a lot of specialty cleaning products and replaced them with vinegar. I simply buy it in bulk and then fill up a few spray bottles and normal bottles so I always have it ready.

All-purpose cleaner: home & bathroom

Put vinegar to good use - to-good-use, featured, around-the-house -I clean just about anything with my basic vinegar mixture (one cup water, 1/2 cup vinegar + 6 drops essential oils). It perfect for greasy surfaces like kitchen counters or keeping bacteria away from your shower.

Fabric rinse for laundry

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I’ve had a long history of experimenting with different types of laundry detergent and fabric softeners. I would never be able to get my laundry completely clean and odourless. Until I replaced my fabric softener with vinegar (1/2 cup of vinegar + 5 drops of tea tree essential oil). It deodorises the fabric and kills germs, plus it keeps your washing machine clean.

Dishwasher rinse

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I’ve recently switched my dishwasher rinse over to vinegar and find that it works miracles. My glasses are just as clean, the dishwasher smells fresher and it’s soooo much cheaper.

Descale a kettle

Pour one cup of water + one cup of vinegar in your kettle and set it to boil. Let it sit for a bit before you pour out your kettle and do it once over with only water (to get rid of the taste).

Steam-clean your microwave

Put a dish with one cup water + one cup vinegar in the microwave for about 5 to 10 minutes (keep an eye on it). Once finished clean the inside with a sponge and all the dirt should come off easily.

Shower head cleaner

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Just spraying this with my all-purpose vinegar solution usually doesn’t work. You need to soak it in vinegar for a few hours. What I do is take the head off and place it in a plastic bin filled with pure vinegar. If you can’t take off your shower head, you can simply fill a plastic bag with vinegar and ‘tie it around’ your shower head to soak.

Window cleaner

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I use pure vinegar for this, but you can dilute it with some water if you like. Works great to clean any window in your home without streaks.

These are just a few examples of what you can do with white vinegar. Do you have any other uses for it? Let me know in the comments.


  1. Another great use of vinegar: you can use it before the first time you wash your clothes. If you soak them in a pile with water and vinegar for a day before the first time you wash them, they keep their color for longer :-)


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