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The Value of Vinegar as a Natural Cleaning Product

vinegarHello ladies and gents!  Today I have another guest post for you from the Lee Flynn all about Vinegar.  As a mom of several babies, human and furry I am always on the lookout for alternatives to harsh chemical and believe me when I say I am constantly cleaning up messes LOL .  I hope you enjoy.

The majority of cleaning products tend to be expensive, toxic or both. Vinegar does not fall into either of those categories, which is one of its main benefits. Vinegar is diluted acetic acid that is formed by the fermentation of sugars and starches. It can be used by itself, diluted with water or in conjunction with baking soda for heavy duty cleaning. Note that while there are many different vinegar types, distilled white vinegar is the one recommended for cleaning.

What Makes Vinegar an Effective Cleaner?

Vinegar has a PH of 2.0 that allows it to be an effective disinfectant. A study from 1997 found that vinegar is just effective as bleach when it comes to removing E. coli from surfaces. Other studies have shown that vinegar is able to lower the number of viruses by 95 percent when used to wash strawberries. Consider the following ways that you can use vinegar to clean different areas of your home:


Avoid using toxic household cleaners in the place where your food is stored. Instead, you can use vinegar mixed with water (use half water, half vinegar) for wiping up spills. Keep a bottle of your vinegar and water mixture in your refrigerator so that it will be right at hand when you need it.


Combine vinegar and water in the same ratio as above and microwave it until it boils. This makes the removal of buildup inside your microwave easier.

Bathroom Cleaner

Leave a cup of vinegar in your toilet overnight. Sprinkle with baking soda in the morning, scrub the toilet bowl and flush. Clean the area around the toilet with undiluted vinegar to eliminate urine odors and staining. Soap scum on tile, in your tub and on your shower door can also be removed with vinegar as it is effective for removing mineral deposits. Simply spray on and wipe with a sponge.


You can use vinegar to replace chemical carpet cleaners and to remove odors along with dust mites. Rinse your carpet after shampooing by adding half a cup of vinegar to every gallon of water. This will help to remove any remaining soap as soap residue can attract dirt and cause your carpet to get dirty more quickly. Remove difficult stains by mixing 2 tablespoons of salt with 1/2 a cup of white vinegar and applying it to the stained area. It should be allowed to dry before being vacuumed. To deodorize, simply pour some vinegar into a spray bottle with a few drops of an essential oil and lightly spray your carpet.


If your furniture has white rings left by condensation from drinking glasses, use a mixture of vinegar and olive oil (in equal parts) to remove. Over time, the wax or polish that you use on your furniture can accumulate and vinegar can help to remedy this as well. Simply wipe the furniture down with a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar. Wet a cloth with the mixture and wipe away the polish then dry the furniture with a paper towel or soft cloth. You can use the same solution to clean leather.

Tile Floors

Vinegar can be used to clean and to deodorize tile floors. Once it dries, it will leave a clean-smelling neutral scent. To clean your floors, mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar with a gallon of warm water. Sweep the floors thoroughly and then mop using the solution. Mix with baking soda to tackle tougher stains.

As a Fabric Softener

Not only does vinegar soften clothes, it also removes static. Simply add a cup to the final rinse water or pour into your washer’s fabric softener dispenser.

Not only is vinegar green and safe, it is a very affordable cleaning product. You can save even more money by buying your vinegar in bulk.

About Lee:

Lee Flynn and I am a freelance writer. Through local workshops and various articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, healthy living, food storage techniques, and self-reliance.    Google+



About Shannon

I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.


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