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30 Extraordinary Ways to Clean & Deodorize with Vinegar

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Probably the most common use for vinegar is to add it to food.  But there are hundreds of other uses for it and the list just continues to grow.  I have highlighted the most common and practical uses below.


Cleanse auto-drip coffee maker of lime deposits & calcium

  • Fill reservoir with white vinegar and run a brew cycle.  Repeat with two brew cycles of cold water.

Clean dirty pots & pans

  • Fill pot or pan with white vinegar, let soak for ½ hour and then rinse with hot water and soap.

Send bacteria to an early grave

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University tested a combination of 3% hydrogen peroxide (same strength as you buy at any pharmacy) and vinegar to clean and sanitize.  The tests found that misting heavily contaminated food and surfaces with both hydrogen peroxide and vinegar killed virtually all Salmonella, Shigella or E. coli bacteria. 

Note: Don’t combine both hydrogen peroxide and vinegar in the same container as the resulting chemical, peracetic acid, can harm you. 1

Clean dishwasher and prevent soap scum on glasses

  • Place 1 cup white vinegar on bottom rack of dishwasher and run rinse cycle.

Get rid of fruit flies

  • Remove all ripened produce.  Mix 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 cups water, add a few drops of dish soap and place container in kitchen to attract the flies.

Clean stainless steel pots & pans

  • Dip a soft cloth in apple cider vinegar and test on a small inconspicuous surface, then work the entire surface.


Clean bathroom

  • Mix 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water in spray bottle, clean counters, tiles and show curtains with it. It kills germs, gets rid of mildew and soap scum.

Clean toilet bowl

  • Pour 1 cup white vinegar in bowl, let stand for ½ hour, scrub and flush.

Clear clogged drain

  • Pour 1/3 to ½ box baking soda down drain and follow by 1 cup white vinegar. It’ll fizz and bubble nicely.  Once that stops, rinse with hot water.

Clear clogged shower head

  • Fill pot with equal parts water and vinegar, bring to boil.  Unscrew shower head, remove rubber washer, place in pot and simmer for 5 minutes.  Alternatively, soak shower head overnight in cloth soaked in white vinegar.

Nasty odors

Cigarette smoke or paint fumes

  • Place bowl of white vinegar in center of room and let sit until smell dissipates.

Used smelly jars

  • Rinse with white vinegar, followed by water.

Smelly wool sweater

  • After laundering, rinse in equal parts white vinegar and water.

Fishy smell in kitchen

  • Boil 1 tablespoon white vinegar in 1 cup water.

Stinky kitchen drain

  • Pour 1 cup white vinegar down drain, let stand for 1 hour and rinse with cold water.

Wet smelly dog

  • Rinse with fresh water first, then mix 1 cup white vinegar with 2 gallons fresh water and rinse dog with solution.  Dry with towel without rinsing out the solution.

Smelly fridge

  • Place one cup white vinegar in fridge and let stand a couple days. It will soak up unpleasant odors.


Get rid of grass stains

  • Mix 1 parts white vinegar and 2 parts water, apply to stain, blot with clean cloth and repeat until you’ve removed as much green as possible.  When you do the laundry, add a cap of white vinegar to help stain removal and make colors appear brighter.

Cleanse washing machine of soap scum

  • Pour 1 cup white vinegar into washing machine and run a cycle with no clothes.  Repeat once every couple months.

Unclog steam iron

  • Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, pour into water chamber, turn on steam function and leave sitting upright for 5 minutes. Unplug and cool.  Empty the water and the loose particles will come out.

Remove sweat marks or deodorant stains from clothes

  • Mix 1 part white vinegar with 4 parts water, soak and rub the stain and rinse.

Remove wine stains

  • Within 24 hours, sponge white distilled vinegar onto stain and rub.  Then launder as usual.  This works on 100% cotton, cotton polyester and permanent press fabrics.

Keep colored clothes bright

  • Soak colored clothes in white distilled vinegar for a couple minutes, then through into washer and run cycle. This will help prevent colors from running.

Remove scorch marks

  • Rub white distilled vinegar on scorch mark and wipe clean with fresh cloth.  Launder as usual.

Shower curtain

  • Add 1 cup white distilled vinegar to rinse cycle when laundering shower curtain, hang up immediately to dry.

Other cleaning uses

Clean windows

  • Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, squirt on windows and clean with soft cloth.

Clean carpets or upholstery

  • Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, test inconspicuous part of carpet or upholstery for color fastness and squirt on stain.  Blot, rinse with towel soaked in water, blot and let dry.

Clean dentures

  • Soak dentures overnight in white vinegar and brush and rinse the next day.

Clean fireplace of soot

  • Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, soak paper towel or cloth and rub away soot.

Clean scratchy, old DVD

  • Use soft cloth dipped in white vinegar to wipe down old DVD that sticks or skips occasionally.  Dry completely.  This works well on DVDs that are worn because of age.

There are also 15 amazing uses of vinegar for your health!

References (Vinegar Institute)


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