by Laura McIlwaine September 11, 2019 1 Comment

How To Clean Your Home with White Vinegar

White vinegar is a natural, safe and economical way to clean your home.  By replacing many common commercial cleaning products with white vinegar you’ll reduce waste, save money and improve your health. In this post I’ll share seven simple ways to clean your home naturally with white vinegar. 

What is White Vinegar?

Distilled white vinegar is a weak acetic acid that is produced commercially through a fermentation process. White vinegar produced by diluting acetic acid is labelled imitation vinegar and is just as effective for cleaning applications. 

What are the Benefits of Cleaning with White Vinegar?

White vinegar is an amazingly versatile cleaning agent. Its acidity makes it effective for killing most moulds and bacteria and it is fantastic for removing stains from a wide range of surfaces. In fact, white vinegar alone can replace just about every commercial home cleaning product!

White vinegar is widely available, economical and safe to use around the home. Due to its mild acidity, test white vinegar on surfaces you wish to clean (especially grout and stone) prior to use. If used in too strong concentrations it can damage some surfaces. 

Seven Simple Ways to Clean Your Home with White Vinegar

(1) Clean your shower, bath and tiles

Spray and wipe your shower, bath and tiles with undiluted white vinegar and rinse immediately afterwards with water. Take care when cleaning grout as undiluted vinegar can dissolve grout when left in contact. (Note: an alternative it to use a 50:50 white vinegar and water spray with a few drops of tea tree oil to clean).

(2) Spray on laundry stains

Spray full strength white vinegar on stains, collars and underarms before washing.

(3) Remove lime scale from showerheads

Soak showerheads in white vinegar overnight to remove corrosion or mineral build up.

(4) Whiten garments

Add one quarter of a cup of white vinegar (front loader) and half cup (top loader) to the rinse cycle to prevent garments from yellowing, act as a fabric softener, static cling remover, and attack mould and mildew.

(5) Use as a multi-purpose spray

Clean benches, tabletops and rubbish bin with a spray of 50:50 white vinegar to water. Test patch on stone benchtops first.

(6) Window Cleaner

Clean windows and mirrors with a spray of 50:50 white vinegar to water. Wipe clean with either newspaper or a cloth.

(7) Mop your floors

Mop hard floors with a solution of half a cup of white vinegar to 3 litres of warm water. Add a few drops of essential oil (e.g. lemon, eucalyptus) for extra disinfecting power and scent. 

Final Thoughts

White vinegar is a natural, safe and economical way to clean your home.  By replacing many common commercial cleaning products with white vinegar you’ll reduce waste, save money and improve your health.

If you’d like more tips on breaking up with toxic chemicals in your home, check out my  Home Detox Boot Camp. It’s there where I guide you step by step through the process of replacing toxic chemicals in your home with effective, economical and natural alternatives.

OVER TO YOU!

What are your best uses for white vinegar in your home? Share in the comments below!

5 Day Green Cleaning Challenge

Laura McIlwaine
Laura McIlwaine


1 Response

Danielle Keevers
Danielle Keevers

October 09, 2019

For an extra cleaning power i may add a squirt of castille soap or bicarb powder, and for a cream cleanser mix bicarb and castille soap into a paste. Other than that 50.50 vinegar and water with 5 drops of essential oil is all i use at home and work. Better than all commercial cleaners, i work as a house cleaner so know from experience.

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Stay In the Loop!