Making Cleaning Eco-Friendly with Vinegar (2023)

Many cleaning products on the market right now are super effective against germs and bacteria but aren’t considered to be eco-friendly. Why sacrifice having a clean and germ-free home when you can’t use a product that is safe to use around your kids and pets? The answer is, you don’t have to, because there is already a super effective and safe product within your pantry: distilled white vinegar. If you’re wondering just what this product can do for you and your home, allow us to give you a few examples.

Why Clean with Vinegar?

White vinegar is an effective and powerful natural cleaner, degreaser, and even disinfectant. If you’re wondering how this super common household product could possibly be any kind of “miracle cleaner”, then sit tight because it’s time for some science. Vinegar is made from about 4-5% acetic acid, otherwise called ethanoic acid. Acetic acid is produced both naturally, by bacteria found in both food and water, as well as synthetically, like what is found in vinegar.

The acetic acid in vinegar is what gives it that pungent smell and makes it such an effective cleaning product. It can break down and dissolve most dirt, oil, grease, and grime. In fact, we recommend cleaning with vinegar to almost all of our clients. It works best for general household cleaning purposes on surfaces that can handle acidic products, so make sure you test small areas before cleaning if you aren’t sure.

Using Vinegar Around the House

Below, you’ll find a list of ways you can start to implement vinegar into your regular cleaning and disinfecting schedule. Plus, we’ll even explain what makes vinegar so effective and remind you why it’s such an incredible cleaning product to have on hand at all times. If you’re curious to see how you can start using vinegar around your home, keep reading!

1. Mop Linoleum & Tile Floors

When cleaning up around the house, you can never forget the floors. If you’re looking to clean and freshen up your floors in a more eco-friendly way, you can create a highly effective solution of a gallon of water and about ½ cup of white vinegar. Just keep in mind that this particular mix should only be used on ceramic tile and no-wax linoleum flooring, not wood or natural stone.

2. Leave Windows & Mirrors Streak-Free

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Streaky windows and mirrors can be the bane of our existence, this is almost a universal experience. Fortunately, we have just the solution to this problem. You can mix together a 2-to-1 solution of white vinegar and water to make the ultimate glass cleaner. You can also add a couple of drops of dish soap for extra cleaning power and a streak-free finish every time.

3. Clean & Deodorize Refrigerators

When it comes time to clean out your refrigerator and toss all those forgotten leftovers that got pushed to the very back, remember to be thorough. Use some vinegar when cleaning shelves and drawers and wiping up spills. You can even sprinkle a bit of baking soda to really scrub and deodorize while you clean. Vinegar is far safer to use around any food whether open or contained than most chemical cleaning products.

4. Freshen Dishwashers

Dishwashers can become overridden with musty odors after a while, especially if the filter hasn’t been cleaned out for a while. It happens to the best of us, so of course we have a solution for you. Simply add a cup of vinegar to the bottom of your dishwasher and run a regular cleaning cycle. The vinegar can double as a cleaner and a deodorizer to leave your dishwasher fresh and ready for another round.

5. Create an Eco-Friendly Air Freshener

Looking for a more natural and safe alternative to chemical air fresheners? We’ve got you covered. Mix half a teaspoon of vinegar with distilled water, plus a few drops of your favorite essential oil, in a spray bottle. Our favorite essential oils are lemon, eucalyptus, or tea tree but every home is different so tell us what kind of blends you come up with in the comments!

6. Clean & Disinfect Showers & Tubs

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Tubs and showers tend to catch and hold soap scum and hard water stains, plus they always need regular cleaning and disinfecting. To combat those pesky stains you can mix together water and vinegar, and maybe add a few drops of dish soap. Spray or wipe that mixture on the walls of your shower or tub and leave it to work for about 15 minutes then clean it away for a fresh start.

7. Descale Faucets & Showerheads

Sink faucets and showerheads can become clogged and lose their pressure over time thanks to mineral deposits and hard water build-up. You can fix this by adding some white vinegar into a plastic bag and then securing it with a rubber band. Be sure to add enough vinegar to cover the bottom of the faucet or showerhead completely. Leave the bag on for a few hours or overnight, then remove it and let the water run.

8. Disinfect & Deodorize Mattresses

If you’ve noticed a strange smell or a random stain on your mattress while changing the sheets, we have just the fix. Just mix vinegar, a little rubbing alcohol, and some tea tree essential oil in a spray bottle and spritz this on your mattress. This solution helps combat dust mites, mildew, and general odors. If you find your mattress needs some deeper deodorizing, sprinkle some baking soda on top of the spray. Let the spray settle and dry, and then vacuum the mattress surface.

9. Descale Coffee Makers & Kettles

If you’re anything like us, you can barely function without your daily caffeine fix. The only problem is the state of your coffee maker, when was the last time you cleaned that? The solution? Pour an even mix of water and vinegar directly into the kettle and run it through the coffee maker or simply boil the water in the kettle then rinse thoroughly with water. If you have an automatic coffee maker, you can run plain water through a few times to get the smell and taste of vinegar out..

10. Disinfect Countertops

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Kitchen and bathroom countertops are high-traffic surfaces that require regular cleaning and disinfecting. When cleaning surfaces like kitchen counters, you need to make sure to use food-safe and eco-friendly cleaning products as using chemicals can risk contaminating future food preparations. Luckily, vinegar is the best solution to this particular problem as all you’ll need to do is dilute a spray bottle of vinegar with some water. You can use this specific mixture on most countertops, however, you should avoid using vinegar to clean marble and granite.

11. Clean & Degrease Cookware

Cooking mishaps happen to everyone and can leave even our most durable pots and pans with baked-on messes. The best course of action to save your cookware is with vinegar of course. Simply fill the offending cookware with a half-and-half solution of water and vinegar and then bring it to a boil on the stove. Allow this mix to boil for a few minutes before allowing it to cool and follow with a good scrub.

12. Clean & Disinfect Plastic Cutting Boards

If you’ve prepared any kind of raw meat within the last few days, hopefully, you did so on a plastic cutting board. Even if you haven’t been preparing meat, when was the last time you deep cleaned and disinfected your go-to cutting board? Take a moment to spray and wipe both sides thoroughly with an even mixture of vinegar and water and then wash the board before letting it air dry and putting it away.

13. Degreasing Ovens

Much like our beloved cookware, ovens and stovetops can accumulate grease and oil with regular use throughout the week. The best way to cut through this greasy grimey mess is, of course, with vinegar. Mix water and vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the solution around the surface of the cooktop. Give it 10 minutes to cut through all that stubborn grease and then wipe it away with some warm water and a sponge.

14. Boost & Deodorize Laundry

Our final tip to share is by far one of our favorites. Everyone loves the feeling of freshly washed and warm laundry, and it turns out vinegar is the key. Adding half a cup of vinegar to your next load can both preserve and brighten the colors of the laundry. You can also toss in a full cup of vinegar to a rinse cycle to be a more eco-friendly and effective fabric softener and static reducer. We’ve tried this and can promise that you’ll notice the difference and you’ll love the results!

15. Clear Cloudy Glasses

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Glassware can develop a cloudy appearance with time, even after running them through the dishwasher. This is almost always due to hard water deposits, or frequent wine drinking (we don’t judge!), but it can be easily remedied with a little bit of white vinegar. All your cloudy glassware needs is a brief soak in a tub of vinegar followed by a quick wash and buff with a soft microfiber cloth.

What to Avoid When Cleaning with Vinegar

While vinegar can be an incredible cleaning product to have on hand, there are a few things you should keep in mind before going after your whole house:

  • Vinegar can cause pitting on stainless steel, so we don’t recommend using it on kitchen knives or appliances without diluting it.
  • You should also avoid using vinegar when cleaning marble, granite, and other natural stone countertops or floors because it can very easily damage the finish and or leave the surface looking dull or scratched.
  • It’s also a good idea to avoid using vinegar to clean any electronic screens because it can damage the protective coating on devices and screens and make touch screens less effective.
  • Be careful cleaning any wood countertops and or untreated or unfinished hardwood floors as undiluted vinegar can damage these beyond repair.
  • As long as you keep these tips in mind, your home is well on its way to looking and smelling great.


Will cleaning with vinegar leave a smell?

The bad news is that, yes, cleaning with vinegar can smell up your space, but the good news is that the smell of vinegar naturally dissipates after a few hours. In order to mask, or at least lessen the effects, of vinegar, we suggest both diluting it with water as well as adding a few drops of an essential oil like lemon or eucalyptus.

Can vinegar be used on all surfaces?

While safe to use on many surfaces to kill bacteria and clean, vinegar is not safe to use on natural stone, waxed wood, cast iron, or aluminum. This is because vinegar is about 5% acetic acid, which can harm some surfaces, so it is always recommended that you test it in an inconspicuous area before cleaning any surface.

How effective is vinegar against bacteria?

In most cases, vinegar does work as an effective disinfectant to some degree. However, it is not as effective against bacteria as bleach or other commercial cleaners. If you are looking to combat germs as effectively as possible, there may be other solutions you should try before reaching for vinegar.

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We hope you were able to learn more about the natural and eco-friendly cleaning and disinfecting capabilities of vinegar. Even if you just picked up a few new tips and tricks for cleaning around the house. Was there anything you knew already and use in your home? What other cleaning tips and tricks using vinegar have you tried around your home and become obsessed with? Tell us all about it in the comments below, we love hearing from you!

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Making Cleaning Eco-Friendly with Vinegar? ›

Multipurpose cleaners are convenient because they're usable on many different surfaces. But while effective, some of these cleaners aren't exactly healthy or environmentally friendly. Vinegar, on the other hand, is nontoxic and eco-friendly, making it the ultimate multipurpose cleaning solution.

Is cleaning with vinegar good for the Environment? ›

Multipurpose cleaners are convenient because they're usable on many different surfaces. But while effective, some of these cleaners aren't exactly healthy or environmentally friendly. Vinegar, on the other hand, is nontoxic and eco-friendly, making it the ultimate multipurpose cleaning solution.

How do you make a natural cleaning solution with vinegar? ›

The most common vinegar cleaning solution contains one cup of vinegar mixed with one cup of warm water. Warm water helps to dissolve grease and hard water spots more quickly. People who are filling a spray bottle that they will use over time may want to mix the vinegar with distilled water, not tap water.

How can I make my cleaner eco-friendly? ›

  1. Baking soda. Baking soda works well on grease, proteins, and animal messes. ...
  2. Distilled white vinegar. Vinegar is a DIY cleaning staple. ...
  3. Hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is a more eco-friendly alternative to bleach. ...
  4. Lemon juice. ...
  5. Cleaning cloths. ...
  6. Borax. ...
  7. Essential oils. ...
  8. Castile soap.
Sep 23, 2022

What surfaces should not be cleaned with vinegar? ›

  1. When to Avoid Cleaning With Vinegar. Below, we highlight nine instances when you should skip the vinegar and grab a different cleaning agent for the job. ...
  2. Clothes Iron. ...
  3. Countertops. ...
  4. Dishwasher. ...
  5. Electronic Screens. ...
  6. Flooring. ...
  7. Knives. ...
  8. Range.
Mar 22, 2023

What is the disadvantage of vinegar in cleaning? ›

Vinegar doesn't sanitize or disinfect

Some limitations are that vinegar doesn't disinfect MRSA, STAPH and other nasty germs that can make your family sick. Vinegar DIY cleaners can leave behind as much as 20% of the germs that make families sick because it's not potent enough to kill all of them.

What is the most eco-friendly vinegar? ›

The most commonly used vinegar in green cleaning is distilled white vinegar. The organic variety is definitely more earth-friendly because it is made with grains that aren't genetically modified or treated with pesticides or fertilizers.

What is the ratio of white vinegar to water for cleaning? ›

Make a simple cleaning spray with 3 parts water and 1 part distilled vinegar. You can dilute the mixture according to your needs and you can also trade out the distilled white vinegar for apple cider vinegar. Add lemon juice to disinfect surfaces.

How do you infuse vinegar for cleaning? ›

The most effective cleaning mixture is 50% white vinegar, 50% water, but you can also add fruit peels, herbs or essential oil to the bottle so your house will smell great, too. Just give it a shake and let it infuse for at least a week.

What can replace vinegar in cleaning? ›

What can you use instead of white vinegar?
  • Baking soda. Like vinegar, baking soda is a kitchen staple that you can use for your cleaning chores. ...
  • Liquid dish soap. When it comes to cleaning dirty surfaces in your home, there are few things as effective as soapy water. ...
  • Hydrogen peroxide. ...
  • Other types of vinegar.
Mar 14, 2022

Is Dawn and vinegar a good cleaner? ›

The combination of dish soap and vinegar is highly effective for a few different reasons. First, both ingredients are excellent at dissolving tough grime. However, vinegar alone will simply run off of most surfaces, while dish soap is too thick to use as a spray.

How can I be 100% eco-friendly? ›

Follow some of these simple green living tips to help reduce the environmental footprint and live a healthier life.
  1. Turn the lights off when not in use.
  2. Avoid buying drinks in plastic bottles.
  3. Shop less. ...
  4. Don't use disposable coffee cups, get yourself a reusable coffee cup.
  5. Use solar power and save on energy bills.

What not to mix with white vinegar? ›

3 Cleaning Products That You Should Not Mix With Vinegar
  • Bleach And Vinegar. Bleach and vinegar might seem like they would be a powerful disinfectant combination. ...
  • Hydrogen Peroxide And Vinegar. ...
  • Baking Soda And Vinegar.
Jun 17, 2021

Can vinegar damage plastic? ›

The plastic and glass surfaces on most small kitchen appliances, such as blenders, coffee makers, and toasters, are safe to clean with vinegar, but you want to avoid any rubber parts or metal that vinegar can corrode. This includes stainless steel.

Will vinegar damage washing machine? ›

Washing machine

Just as it does in a dishwasher, vinegar can harm rubber parts inside a washing machine, which will eventually lead to leaks. Though laundering your clothes with vinegar is a cost-effective, natural way to soften and deodorize fabrics, avoid using it in your washer too frequently.

Is it OK to pour vinegar down the drain? ›

Vinegar. Vinegar is both safe and beneficial to pour down your drain. It acts as a natural cleaning solution and can remove blockages and harmful bacteria that cause foul odors.

What happens if you breathe in white vinegar fumes? ›

Breathing vapours with high levels of acetic acid can cause irritation of eyes, nose and throat, cough, chest tightness, headache, fever and confusion. In serious cases damage to the airways, a fast heart rate and eye damage can occur. An accumulation of fluid in the lungs may occur and may take up 36 hours to develop.

What happens if you mix bleach and vinegar? ›

Mixing bleach and vinegar creates potentially lethal chlorine gas. If you notice a pungent smell after mixing household cleaners, you should immediately leave the area and try to breathe in fresh air.

Is baking soda and vinegar eco-friendly? ›

If you want to cut down on the number of chemical-filled cleaners in your house but you still want to keep everything clean, the combination of vinegar and baking soda is a great eco-friendly alternative for removing stains and smells.

Can any bacteria grow in vinegar? ›

The species most frequently reported in vinegar production comprise Acetobacter aceti, Acetobacter cerevisiae, Acetobacter malorum, Acetobacter oeni, Acetobacter pasteurianus, Acetobacter pomorum, Gluconacetobacter entanii, Gluconacetobacter liquefaciens, Gluconobacter oxydans, Komagataeibacter europaeus, ...

Does vinegar degrade over time? ›

Almost Indefinite Shelf Life

Vinegar is a fermented product and has an “almost indefinite” shelf life according to the Vinegar Institute [1]. “Because of its acid nature, vinegar is self-preserving and does not need refrigeration. White distilled vinegar will remain virtually unchanged over an extended period of time.

How do you clean with vinegar and dawn? ›

Pour equal parts of vinegar and Dawn into a spray bottle. Gently shake, then spray liberally onto the surface to be cleaned. I have found the best results is when I use it to clean chrome shower and sink fixtures. After spraying on the fixture, rub and wipe it with a microfiber cloth to avoid scratching.

What is the difference between cleaning vinegar and regular vinegar? ›

The only difference between cleaning vinegar and the distilled white vinegar is their levels of acidity. White vinegar is usually 95 percent water and 5 percent acid. By contrast, cleaning vinegar contains up to six percent acid and is around 20 percent stronger than regular white vinegar.

What happens when you mix warm water and vinegar? ›

Vinegar is a polar substance, and its molecules are attracted to water molecules (called "hydrophilic"). Therefore, it is able to be mixed with water. It does not technically dissolve; rather, it forms a homogeneous solution with water.

What is the shelf life of infused vinegar? ›

Date the bottles or jars when they are opened. If properly prepared and bottled, flavored vinegars should keep for up to 3 months in cool storage. Fruit vinegars in particular may start to brown and change flavor noticeably after that. Refrigeration of all flavored vinegars may extend the quality for 6 to 8 months.

What's the difference between distilled vinegar and white vinegar for cleaning? ›

What Is Cleaning Vinegar? The only difference between cleaning vinegar and distilled white vinegar is the level of acidity. They are both made through a process where alcohols are distilled from grain and allowed to ferment as microorganisms process the alcohol into acetic acid and water or vinegar.

How long to leave vinegar on surface to clean? ›

“Vinegar can kill some bacteria, but it's not a disinfectant. If you want to disinfect a surface where you've had, say, raw chicken, you need to use something like bleach,” Gayman says. “Also, vinegar needs to sit on a surface for up to 30 minutes in order to reduce bacteria.

Is vinegar or lemon better for cleaning? ›

Using Lemon/Citrus Cleaning Spray

Based on my research, vinegar has the most effective disinfecting powers when it is used full-strength. Thus, we do not dilute it with water. Vinegar is also most effective at killing bacteria if is is allowed to sit for several minutes before wiping up.

What is the best homemade cleaner with vinegar? ›

All-purpose cleaner: Mix one cup vinegar, two teaspoons of borax, four cups hot water, five drops liquid dish soap, 10 drops tea tree oil, and 10 drops your favorite essential oil (optional).

What is a natural substitute for vinegar? ›

White Vinegar Substitute

For 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, swap in 1 tablespoon of either lemon juice, lime juice, cider vinegar, or malt vinegar.

What do hotels use to clean shower doors? ›

Method 1: Ammonia and distilled water

Many hotels use ammonia-based cleaning solutions because ammonia readily cuts through dirt and soap scum. Because of the way it dries, ammonia also decreases the possibility of streaks on glass.

What happens when you mix vinegar and Dawn dish soap? ›

“Vinegar is a good cleaner because it's acidic, but when you add dishwashing liquid/dish soap to it (which is a base or neutral) - you neutralise the vinegar. You take away the very thing that makes it work well. “The dishwashing liquid works that well on its own.

Can you mop the floor with Dawn and vinegar? ›

After trying different commercial cleaners, we decided to mix one part Dawn dish soap and to two parts white vinegar, which I had on hand, in a bucket and mopped the floor with the soapy mixture. How it actually worked: The combo was a winner and brought the floor (almost) back to its original glory.

How can a beginner be eco-friendly? ›

Find out more about installing solar panels
  1. Step 4: Eat less meat. ...
  2. Step 5: Don't waste food. ...
  3. Step 6: Compost. ...
  4. Step 7: Recycle everything. ...
  5. Step 8: Try to cut out plastic. ...
  6. Step 9: Use LED light bulbs. ...
  7. Step 10: Insulate your home. ...
  8. Step 11: Have your food shop delivered.
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How can I be minimalist and eco-friendly? ›

Eco friendly tips for becoming a minimalist or reducing your ecological footprint without changing your lifestyle too much
  1. Rent, borrow, or share whatever isn't in current use.
  2. Downsize.
  3. Buy secondhand when possible.
  4. Grow your own food if possible.
  5. Use less water.
  6. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
  7. Turn off electronics when not in use.
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How can I make my living room more eco-friendly? ›

There are many ways that you can make your living room eco-friendly. You can use natural light in the space, use natural fabrics like wool, cotton and linen instead of synthetic fibers and try to buy furniture made with sustainable wood.

What are 4 eco-friendly products? ›

There are many ways to reduce the environmental pollution that stems from your home simply by choosing eco friendly products.
  • Certified Compostable Bin Liners. ...
  • Recycled Toilet Tissue. ...
  • Recycled Plastic Toothbrush. ...
  • Recycled Sari Table Linen Collection. ...
  • Recycled Plastic Rugs. ...
  • Ballpoint Pens Made From Recycled Water Bottles.

What is the least eco-friendly country? ›

10 Least Environmentally Friendly Countries in the World (2022 EPI):
  • Vietnam — 20.1.
  • Bangladesh — 23.1.
  • Pakistan — 24.6.
  • Papua New Guinea — 24.8.
  • Liberia — 24.9.
  • Haiti — 26.1.
  • Turkey —26.3.
  • Sudan — 27.6.

What is the least eco-friendly company? ›

In the annual report mentioned above by Break Free From Plastic, Coca-Cola was ranked as the world's number 1 plastic polluter, it's second consecutive year at the top. In 2020, the company came under fire when it announced that it would not abandon plastic bottles, saying that they were popular with customers.

What happens if you mix white vinegar and baking soda? ›

The two products generate quite a reaction. When vinegar (dilute acetic acid) and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) mix together, the pair "foams up" to produce carbon dioxide gas, as well as liquid water, acetate ions and sodium ions. The carbon dioxide gas is what produces the bubbles.

Why you should not stir when you put vinegar? ›

Why do you not stir in vinegar? If you followed the instructions above on how to cook vinegar, you might notice the comment that there's no need to stir. By not stirring the vinegar into the dish just yet, the vinegar is not distributed throughout the dish, making it more difficult to cook the vinegar.

What happens when you mix vinegar with baking soda? ›

A chemical reaction between the vinegar and the baking soda produces bubbles of carbon dioxide gas. The dish detergent in the vinegar helps the bubbles last longer than they would with just vinegar and baking soda.

Should I dilute vinegar for cleaning? ›

Should I Dilute Vinegar for Cleaning? Absolutely! By diluting your vinegar with water, it makes sure it's strong enough to clean but also not intense enough for any damage. To dilute your vinegar, use a 1:1 ratio with water.

Why add white vinegar to laundry? ›

Vinegar seems to neutralize odors, leaving your clothing smelling clean. It can reduce odors from smoke, pets, and sweat. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar to your laundry to deodorize smelly clothes.

Can vinegar damage stainless steel? ›

Although vinegar's acidic nature can corrode stainless steel, it works well when you dilute it with water. Apply distilled white vinegar with a soft cloth for best results.

Does vinegar damage rubber seals? ›

So is vinegar safe to use in your dishwasher or washing machine? Here is what I found: It is safe for natural rubber seals and any parts made from polypropelene, silicone, fluorocarbon, and virgin Teflon, as well as butyl synthetic rubber seals.

Is it okay to soak clothes in vinegar overnight? ›

The Benefits of Using Vinegar in Laundry

To use it, soak the stained item for 30 minutes up to overnight in a solution of white vinegar and 1 Tbsp. liquid laundry detergent prior to laundering. Mold and Mildew Removal: Distilled white vinegar is also a powerful agent for removing mold or mildew from fabrics.

What does vinegar do to wood? ›

Because vinegar is acidic, it can corrode wood and stone, it can destroy wax, kill plants, and cause other damage.

Does white vinegar affect the environment? ›

Release ash, nitrogen, sulfur, and carbon. Contribute to air pollution and smog when burned. Cause acid rain. Pollute oceans and other natural environments.

Does vinegar affect the environment? ›

Environmental effects depend on the concentration and duration of exposure to acetic acid. In high concentrations it can be harmful to plants, animals and aquatic life.

What does vinegar do to the air? ›

Air Freshener and Deodorizer

Apple cider vinegar naturally eliminates odors without using chemicals, so dilute it with equal parts water, add to a spray bottle, and spritz it around your living room for a fresh clean scent. Studies have shown that ACV kills bacteria, so it can improve your indoor air quality.

What is better than vinegar for cleaning? ›

What can you use instead of white vinegar?
  • Baking soda. Like vinegar, baking soda is a kitchen staple that you can use for your cleaning chores. ...
  • Liquid dish soap. When it comes to cleaning dirty surfaces in your home, there are few things as effective as soapy water. ...
  • Hydrogen peroxide. ...
  • Other types of vinegar.
Mar 14, 2022

Can bacteria grow in white vinegar? ›

Distilled white vinegar is the one most often used in cleaning, for its antibacterial properties. It's made from feeding oxygen to a vodka-like grain alcohol, causing bacteria to grow and acetic acid to form.

Is baking soda and vinegar harmful to the environment? ›

*While baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and vegetable oils are far less harmful than bleaches, scouring powders and detergents, they can still be toxic to aquatic life. Use all cleaning products sparingly and minimize the amount discharged into the water.

Is vinegar as good as Roundup? ›

The acetic acid in even household vinegar was MORE toxic than Roundup! Going one step further, in this case a comparison of rate of application is a moot point. A 1% solution of glyphosate will kill most any annual weed listed on the label, and also the majority of perennial weeds.

What animals are attracted to vinegar? ›

Fruit flies and aphids find the smell of vinegar irresistible. If fruit flies or aphids are a nuisance in your home, yard or outdoor buildings, half fill a small bowl with apple cider vinegar and cover it over tightly with plastic wrap.

Does a bowl of vinegar purify the air? ›

So, does boiling vinegar actually clean the air? The short answer is no, as far as current scientific research is concerned. Acetic acid, the active component of vinegar, is capable of killing pathogens, but only through direct contact.

How long will a bowl of vinegar absorb odors? ›

How long will a bowl of vinegar absorb odors for? You can leave a bowl of vinegar out in the kitchen for several hours and it will help to get rid of smells.

How do you deodorize a room with vinegar? ›

Deodorize the Room

To remove these musty smells, fill a dish with half an inch of white vinegar and leave it out in the room until the smell dissipates.

What happens when you mix vinegar and dish soap? ›

“Vinegar is a good cleaner because it's acidic, but when you add dishwashing liquid/dish soap to it (which is a base or neutral) - you neutralise the vinegar. You take away the very thing that makes it work well. “The dishwashing liquid works that well on its own.

Is it better to clean with vinegar or baking soda? ›

For instance, vinegar is potent at fighting mold while baking soda is great at fighting wine and coffee stains. The former is a better disinfectant but the latter is a phenomenal deodorizer.

Is it better to clean toilet with bleach or vinegar? ›

"The biggest don't when it comes to toilet tanks is bleach—do not use bleach or products containing bleach inside the tank, as it can corrode the internal parts of your toilet. If you are aiming to remove tough stains from the tank, I also recommend white vinegar diluted with water."


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