You might think vinegar belongs on chips and crisps, but did you know white vinegar can deliver great results for household cleaning? It can be used for pretty much any cleaning tasks, and you may be left surprised by the end of this article because we're going to talk you through why we love cleaning with white vinegar and give you our top 7 ways of using it.
What Makes White Vinegar So Good for Cleaning?
White vinegar has antibacterial properties and is great for removing stains. It's eco-friendly and biodegradable which also makes it great to use for outdoor tasks like window cleaning. It also contains no bleaches, solvents, sulphates, and parabens which can be harmful to our bodies.
Now here's why we really love white vinegar - it can clean (almost) anything you can think of which makes it perfect as an all-in-one solution. It’s great to use if you prefer to make your own homemade cleaning solutions that are 100% natural.
White vinegar works a charm for most cleaning tasks, it's highly effective, super versatile and inexpensive. Here are our some of our favourite ways to use white vinegar.
Sick and tired of running the dishwasher and finding your dishes left looking a bit...dull and spotty? Try using white vinegar next time. It works great as a natural replacement for rinse aid, just make sure you don’t add it to the rinse aid compartment as this can damage the rubber seals. Instead leave a bowl of 200ml white vinegar in the top rack of your dishwasher when running a wash cycle. This will stop the vinegar coming into contact with the rubber components and will help to leave your dishes and glassware spotless and sparkly.
Brighten Clothes and Tackle Stains
Bring your clothes back to life with a little bit of help from white vinegar. This stuff works like magic for laundry. Just add one cup of white vinegar to the detergent drawer during the rinse cycle which will help to brighten clothes, remove yellow marks, and deodorise any mildew like smells.
You can use white vinegar as a pre-treatment for lightly stained clothes. Mix 1 part of white vinegar to 3 parts of water and store it in a spray bottle. Apply the solution and leave it to soak in for 30 minutes to 4 hours - the more stubborn the stain, the longer you should leave it. Then just wash as normal for stain-free clothes.
For more stubborn stains, make a paste using 50ml white vinegar, 50ml water and 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda, if you need more paste then increase the quantities. Mix the three ingredients together and apply the paste as a spot treatment to the stain and allow it to soak in for around 1 hour. Then just give it a normal wash in your washing machine, and the stains should be completely gone.
The next time you notice your sink is blocked, there's no need to reach for the drain unblocker. All you need is white vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and a freshly boiled kettle.
The first thing to do is pour some boiling water down your drain, then measure out 1 cup of bicarbonate of soda and pour this down there too. Follow this up with a solution of 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of tap water. Pop the plug cover on your drain and leave the solution to dissolve any gunk for 5 minutes. Finally, pour some boiling water down your drain again to remove the solution from your pipes. You'll be left with a drain that's completely clear and working like normal again.
Crystal Clear Windows
Ever tried to clean your windows and found that you're left with those annoying streaks? White vinegar is the secret to sparkling windows. You’ll need a good quality, soft cloth that traps dirt, these Ecoforce Recycled Quilted Cloths are a great option to use.
Start off by removing any dust and dirt from your windows using a soft cloth. Now it's time to make your solution, just mix 50% white vinegar with 50% warm water in your spray bottle - that's it. Just spray your window with the solution and rub in using a circular motion with a clean cloth. The vinegar solution works well as a natural cleaner and is greatly effective at removing any marks and streaks that accumulate frequently on glass surfaces. Finally, wipe your windows dry using a clean cloth to reveal exquisitely clean windows.
Descale Your Kettle
A kettle full of limescale can leave a funny taste in your cup of coffee. So if you notice a lot of white flakes inside it, time to reach for the vinegar.
All you need to do is measure out equal parts of white vinegar and tap water then fill your kettle around ¾ full of the solution. Bring your kettle to a boil and then leave it to stand until it’s cooled down (leave a note on your kettle so no one uses it). Once your kettle has cooled, you need to drain the water and give your kettle several rinses to remove all the flakes. For any stubborn flakes, use a long-handled brush to scrub them off. Finally, fill, boil and drain your kettle a couple of times to completely remove any leftover white vinegar.
Stop those pesky weeds from taking over and spoiling your beautiful garden with a simple white vinegar solution that kills them. Mix 1 litre of white vinegar, 3 tablespoons of salt and 3 tablespoons of washing up liquid and give it a good stir until the salt dissolves in. Then pour this into a spray bottle and spray those weeds till they're covered in your solution. Within 2 to 3 days those weeds will have wilted away and be gone.
An All-Purpose Cleaner
Lastly, and one of our favourites is this DIY all-purpose cleaner. It's perfect to keep on hand if you're ever running low on your favourite cleaning spray, or if you simply want to use a solution which is completely natural and uses just a few ingredients.
In a spray bottle, combine 1 part of warm water to 1 part of white vinegar, add in a squirt of washing up liquid and around 20-30 drops of your favourite essential oils to give your solution a lovely fresh smell. If you don't have any essential oils, save the peels of any orange or lemons, and add these to the solution for a refreshing citrus smell. Give your spray bottle a shake and it's ready to use.
This DIY all-purpose cleaner will be perfect to use on your kitchen counters, your bathtub and shower and even your toilet bowl.
Places Where White Vinegar Isn’t Suitable
Now whilst white vinegar is amazing for household cleaning tasks, it can’t be used for everything so be mindful when you are cleaning with it. Here are some things to avoid cleaning with white vinegar:
- Granite & Marble surfaces - the vinegar can wear away the finish of these surfaces so instead use some hot water and Fairy Liquid as a cleaning solution.
- Egg stains - using white vinegar on egg stains is a disaster that's waiting to happen. It will cause the egg to stiffen making it much harder to clean
- Hardwood floors - vinegar will ruin the finish on a hardwood floor. Instead, use a cleaner like Method’s Wood Floor Cleaner which will gently clean and protect your flooring.
- Natural stone tiles - you don't want to ruin your tiles so you use something like Method's Floor Cleaner which is perfect for stone tiles, or just some warm soapy water.
Stock Up on White Vinegar
So, with all that said, it's time to make some space for Miniml's White Vinegar in your home. Get stocked up with their 5L bottle which will last you for months. There are so many uses for white vinegar so you can easily make your very own DIY cleaning solutions with it. You may even discover your own special white vinegar hacks that you can use at home.