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25 Unexpected Ways to Clean With Vinegar

New tricks to clean EVERYTHING in your life. Cars, pets, laundry, windows, stainless steel, carpet, disposals...the list could go on AND ON.
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25 Unexpected Ways to Clean With Vinegar

I’ve been a long-time user of vinegar for household cleaning. My mother-in-law introduced me to vinegar when I was dating my husband and since then, I’ve always had a giant jug (or two) in my home.

I like that it’s a non-toxic, jack-of-all trades cleaner that is still gentle on surfaces. With two kiddos and a dog we adore, I don’t want anyone getting sick from cleaning.

 Because furry babies make almost as much mess as the actual babies.

Because furry babies make almost as much mess as the actual babies.

So, using vinegar around my house? SOLD.

Using cleaning vinegar? I’M A CONVERT.

25 Unexpected Ways to Clean With Vinegar

I tried Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar —food grade, non-toxic, aroma-controlled, and perfectly mixed—and the ease of having it diluted to the perfect ratio for cleaning around the house made this a cleaning hero for me. With one bottle, I whipped through my whole house and the cleaning vinegar quickly ate through grime and left it squeaky clean...

In my kitchen I cruised through my stainless steel fridge (and the interior shelves without worrying about spraying something funky on my strawberries), stove/oven (including glass stovetop), coffee maker, glass jars, and wood cabinets (this stuff annihilated the grime in the corners of my cabinets.)

 Don’t judge. I like bacon. A LOT.

Don’t judge. I like bacon. A LOT.

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In my bathrooms I did the mirrors (an AMAZING job on the mirror that gets a twice daily shower from my daughter’s water pik), sinks, counters, shower door (so good!), toilet, and even our painted walls. It even made short work of my “boy bathroom”. If you have boys you KNOW.

 Look how clear that mirror is! You can almost count the polka dots on my sweet jammies.

Look how clear that mirror is! You can almost count the polka dots on my sweet jammies.

It worked great as a surface cleaner on counters, dressers, door knobs, and doors.

Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar is HANDS DOWN the best thing I’ve ever used on my stainless steel fridge and mirrors/windows. Seriously, I’m gazing at my fridge doors now in amazement.

Also you might have missed the part where I mentioned that Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar is “aroma-controlled” this means that the vinegar smell is dialed WAY down, and in the case of the Citrus Mint variety, is almost non-existent. After using this my house was clean and smelled fresh...not like chemicals or crazy overpowering florals, just clean.

Nothing worse than inviting people over for a nice dinner and having some sort of chemical/fake scent overpowering your lasagna!

Here are 25 more tricks to clean your house (and car, and pet) with vinegar.

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  1. Clean the microwave: fill a microwave-safe bowl with 1 cup of cleaning vinegar and bring it to a boil inside the microwave (approximately 5 minutes). Lingering odor will disappear and food splatter will wipe right off with a sponge or rag.
  2. Clean your dishwasher: get rid of mineral buildup and odors by pouring a ½ cup of cleaning vinegar into the reservoir and running an empty cycle.
  3. Clean your pet: wipe your pet down with a cleaning vinegar diluted with water for a shiny coat.
  4. Clean your pet's ears: dab a soft cloth in water and vinegar solution to gently rub on their ears to provide relief.
  5. Clean baby and kid’s toys: add a splash of cleaning vinegar to soapy water for extra cleaning power.
  6. Clean rusty tools: soak gardening and household tools in cleaning vinegar overnight to rid them of rust.
  7. Clean your shower curtain and doors: remove water stains, and soapy film from your glass shower door by scrubbing with cleaning vinegar and rinsing with water. Also works great on showerheads and faucets.
  8. Clean your washing machine: rinse away soap scum and clean hoses by running a wash cycle with only a cup of cleaning vinegar.
  9. Clean your tile: make an amazing DIY scrub with ½ cup baking soda, 1 cup cleaning vinegar, and 1 cup ammonia mixed with a gallon of warm water.
  10. Clean your car interior: use cleaning vinegar to remove stains and dirt from carpeting, and to make the interior clean and shiny. Don’t forget the windows!
  11. Clean the exterior of your car: spray cleaning vinegar on wheels and tires for extra shine and grease removal.
  12. Clean outdoor furniture: wipe away mold and mildew with a cloth soaked in cleaning vinegar.
  13. Clean potty training accidents: blot up urine, then spray area with cleaning vinegar lightly and let air-dry to get rid of odors. (Works great with pets too.)
  14. Clean stained and smelly plastic food containers and lunch boxes: wipe them with a cloth dampened with cleaning vinegar.
  15. Clean cloudy glassware: soak paper towels or a cloth in cleaning vinegar and wrap around the inside and outside of the glass. Let sit before rinsing clean.
  16. Clean and deodorize the garbage disposal: pour in 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup cleaning vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes then run hot water down the disposal.
  17. Clean cutting boards: spray with cleaning vinegar to remove surface residue.
  18. Clean and deodorize the toilet bowl: add 3 cups cleaning vinegar to the bowl. Let sit for half an hour before flushing.
  19. Clean sponges and loofahs: Soak overnight in cleaning vinegar to remove dirt and slime. Rinse several times with cold water and let air dry.
  20. Freshen sheets: soak in cleaning vinegar before washing with baking soda.
  21. Clean your jeans: soak jeans in cold water and cleaning vinegar instead of throwing them in the washer. This will prevent jeans from fading prematurely.
  22. Clean shoes and boots: get water and salt stains off by wiping them down with cleaning vinegar.
  23. Remove crayon stains from clothing: rub them with an old toothbrush dipped in cleaning vinegar. Then wash as usual.
  24. Deodorize after carsickness: Remove the odors of a carsick passenger by leaving a bowl of cleaning vinegar overnight on the floor.
  25. Clean produce: Wash fresh fruits and vegetables with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of cleaning vinegar in 1 1/2 quarts of water.

Take the Cleaner For Life Challenge and try Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar for yourself! Find Four Monks in your area, grab a coupon, and get more ideas on how to use cleaning vinegar in your life.

This is a sponsored post: Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar sent me their products so I could test them out. My opinions, as always, are my own.


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