White vinegar is an amazing, non-toxic tool that should be in every natural homemaker’s arsenal. It’s natural, frugal and even edible! Any grocery store carries it, but you can also buy it in bulk on Amazon. And for all the things you’ll be using it for after you read this list, bulk might not be a bad idea! 😉
Check out these 30+ ways to use white vinegar:
1. as a fabric softener
2. as a stain remover
3. as an odor neutralizer: I will run 1/4-1/2 cup to a rinse cycle if my wet clothes have sat in the washing machine for too long!
4. to make a multi-purpose cleaner
5. to remove wallpaper
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6. as a dishwasher rinse aid
7. to clean burnt pot and pans
8. to make homemade disinfecting wipes
9. as a no-streak glass cleaner
10. as a homemade bug repellent
11. to clean crystal
12. as a hair rinse and facial toner
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13. to clean pee out of a mattress
14. to kill weeds
15. to make homemade produce cleaner
16. to make homemade liquid dish soap
17. to clean the microwave
18. for non-toxic cleaning
19. to make homemade liquid laundry detergent
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20. to keep your windshield from frosting in the winter
21. to make a homemade, non-toxic oven cleaner
22. to dye eggs
23. to soothe a bee sting
24. as a shower cleaner
25. as a homemade dusting spray
26. to clean your coffee pot
27. to make homemade furniture polish
29. as a safe bathroom cleaner
30. to make homemade “Fauxbreeze“(a natural spin on Febreeze)
Don’t like the smell of white vinegar (my hubby hates it!)? Check out this DIY citrus-infused vinegar. (You can even use it as a body splash!)
And check out this post of DIY green cleaning recipes for even more inspiration!
Two of my other favourite multi-purpose housekeeping ingredients are baking soda and super washing soda. I love that all of these staples are so frugal, yet have so many uses. I’m always discovering new ones!
Tiffany @ DontWastetheCrumbs
Good Morning Erin! Thanks for highlighting my DIY citrus vinegar! Just last night we used it to clean pencil and paint off the kitchen table (no thanks to a mischievous 4-year-old). No complaints about the smell whatsoever! Have a blessed day! ~Tiffany
I may need to use it for the same thing! 😉 I have quite the sneaky little artists! Glad to share!
Kelly @ The Nourishing Home
Love these ideas! Will definitely be sharing these on my FB pages and pinterest boards! Thanks, Erin!
Thanks, Kelly! It was fun putting this list together!
I love Citrus Vinegar, but hadn’t thought to infuse with lavendar- I’ll have to give that a try!
We also use vinegar on sunburns. It stings a bit, but the burn goes away faster.
Thanks so much for the sunburn tip! That’s so good to know! We are a family of redheads, so burns can be an issue! Yes–the lavender looks so great!
I switched to cleaning with vinegar last year and I am SO glad I did! So far, I use it as a bathroom cleaner, kitchen cleaner, glass cleaner, fabric softener, and as a refresher if my clothes have sat in the washer too long. My husband doesn’t care for the smell but I always clean when he’s not home so its not a big deal. In my bathrooms, I make a solution with vinegar and tea tree oil and I love it. Now I’m gonna go check out some of the other ideas on your list! ( :
I love it! Feels great to use a safe cleaner–and it’s so versatile!
This is a great list! Thanks for sharing my “Fauxbreeze” recipe.
Thanks! It looks great!
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I use white vinegar to wash my fruit/veggies. Just pour 1 cup in a sink full of water and add the fruit/veggies and they get SUPER clean. Like you can see the dirt in the sink when you drain the water. Also removes alot of the wax from the apples if you dont buy organic.
After you soak for 20 mins, rinse in cool water and dry with a clean dish towel.
I live in Houston (the humidity capital of Texas) and to keep my dishrags from smelling musty, I throw them in a large tupperware container of vinegar each night until washing day. I wring them out the day I wash towels and throw them into the washing machine. No more stinky rags!!! Thank you for this awesome post.
I never know white vinegar is so useful, thank you for sharing the details.