Jul 032020
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Welcome to my 'Cleaning With Apple Cider Vinegar' post! 

First of all, I must congratulate you for taking the time to do your research on this topic of green living. Vinegar is a natural, inexpensive alternative to harsh commercial cleaners which has been used to clean for hundreds of years. Although it is not a strong as white vinegar, it offers almost equivalent benefits as plain white vinegar and has a more pleasant smell.

Apple vinegar is a non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning alternative. It is a good option for home cleaning as it has effective cleaning properties, is safer for our health, and has environmental benefits.

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Excellent Cleaning Product...

Apple cider vinegar is an all-purpose cleaner. You can use it to clean nearly everything in the home and various household items. It is a popular choice for people who use it as an alternative to commercial cleaning agents. Thus, we can say that it is a cost-effective eco-friendly homemade product.

Cleaning with apple vinegar is safe; it effectively removes dirt, mineral deposits, and bacteria from surfaces. The mild acidic properties of apple vinegar work to kill bacteria on a cellular level. As well as having high-level antibacterial properties, it is effective for killing bacteria, fungi, and other microbes that can contaminate your home’s environment.  It is also effective at cutting through grease and can be used to clean almost anything.

The active cleaning agent in any vinegar is acetic acid, which is safe for many surfaces. However, it is possible that the vinegar will dull some finishes on wood or no-wax floors and can potentially damage stone and wood surfaces. Jest as it will break down grease, it will break down the properties in the finishes.

In these scenarios, a diluted solution of one cup of apple vinegar to one gallon of water will safely clean surfaces without risk of clouding or etching.

Benefits for the Environment...

Though not as strong as chlorine bleach, vinegar can be used for cleaning almost everything in the home. We rarely have a task that requires something as strong as bleach. Hazardous chemical spills are one of the only times a strong cleaning agent such as bleach is needed.

Most store-bought cleaning products contain bleach or something toxic to the environment. Bleach is very harmful to the environment as is reacts with other chemicals and this reaction creates dioxins that have serious impacts on human health. It gets into our waterways, lingers for many years, and causes harm to all living organisms and has lowered the populations of several species of birds and fish.

Vinegar is edible and biodegradable and is far less damaging to the environment. It is still an acid so it does have implications, but it does not impact the environment in the same way toxic chemicals do. As is it an acid, correct disposal is important. I like to use it as a natural herbicide in my garden as it will kill the weeds on my pathways.

Homemade Cleaning Agent Recipe...

A solution of equal parts apple vinegar and water will create an all-purpose cleaner suitable for nearly any surface within the home.

I like to add about ten drops of lemon essential oils as citrus essential oils have cleaning properties and create an added boost in smell and cleaning power.

How to Clean Your Home with Vinegar...

Cleaning the Kitchen...

A solution of equal parts apple vinegar and water will create an all-purpose cleaner suitable for nearly any surface within the kitchen.

  • Counters, surfaces, and cupboards: Spray diluted vinegar cleaner on all kitchen counters, surfaces, and cupboards;
  • Cutting boards: Wipe full-strength apple vinegar on wood cutting boards to wash and sanitize them;
  • Dishwasher: Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to the bottom of your dishwasher before running to wash and deodorize the machine, and help prevent mineral buildup on your glassware;
  • Refrigerator and microwave: I use it to clean and deodorize the within of the refrigerator and microwave;
  • Fridge water dispenser: grab a small brush (like a straw cleaner), dip it into some vinegar, and use it to clean the inside and outside of the spigot.
  • Stove: Spray some vinegar and water mix onto a splattered stovetop, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then scrub down with soapy water. It should wipe right off. If not, leave it to sit a bit longer;
  • Sink: mix ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup white vinegar with hot water in a plugged sink and soak your sheet pans for 30 minutes to an hour before scrubbing with scouring pad or steel wool;
  • Stainless steel pan: boil together water and vinegar for a few minutes in stainless steel pan to get rid of any weird stains or water spots. The same works for enamel or cast iron pots or pans;
  • Coffee maker or kettle: pour a 1:1 ratio of water to vinegar into the water reservoir or directly into the kettle. Start the cycle or boil the water in the kettle, then rinse thoroughly to get the smell and taste of vinegar out;
  • Blenders or food processors: use a 1:1 ratio of water to vinegar and blitz it in the blender or food processor, then wash as normal;
  • Cloudy wine glasses: soak them in the sink with some non-diluted vinegar for a few minutes and wash as normal;
  • Spice grinder: to clean and remove scents from previous spices, wipe it with vinegar and then dry thoroughly. You can also do the same with jars.
  • Knife block: put some white vinegar on a paper towel, wrap it around a table knife, and slide it into each knife slot to clean them thoroughly.
  • Garbage can: Before you add a new bag, spritz the can and inside the lid with that 1:1 ratio of vinegar to water and wipe it out. Repeat every time you take out the trash, and your garbage will never stink again.

Cleaning the Bathroom...

The same solution I mentioned is very useful in the bathroom area too!

  • Counters, cabinets, sinks, and most surfaces: clean with a mixture of equal parts apple vinegar, and water.
  • Toilet drains: keep these fresh and clean by pouring 1/2 cup of bicarbonate of soda into the drain, followed by a cup of apple vinegar. Let it sit for 10 minutes; then flush with boiling water.
  • Remove toilet stains: Soak a few old rags with vinegar, then tuck the towels up under the rim of your toilet bowl. Allow the vinegar time to break down the stains, remove the rags, and scrub clean.
  • Stains in the toilet bowel: Turn off the water to your toilet. Flush the toilet until the bowl is empty. Soak rags with vinegar and use them to line the toilet bowl. After soaking, this will start to dissolve the stains. Use a toilet brush to scrub the remaining scale off. then just turn the water back on, flush and rinse.
  • Soap cum: Use apple vinegar at full strength on showers and tubs to get rid of soap scum. The acidity of apple vinegar helps cut mineral deposits and other buildups without creating chemical fumes or leaving a residue that has got to be washed off.
  • Showerhead: I removed our shower head and placed it in a ziplock bag full of vinegar to let it soak. If you don’t want to remove your shower head, you can place the bag of vinegar over the showerhead in the shower, and use a rubber band to hold it in place. Let it soak overnight and then scrub with a sponge or brush.
  • Mirror: use1 part water and 1 part white vinegar to clean your bathroom mirrors and leave a streak-free shine.
  • Drains: Clear the drain with white vinegar, a bit of baking soda, and some good old hot water.
  • Faucets: Soak one or more cleaning rags in white vinegar and wrap them around the affected areas. Leave to soak for one hour or more, you may need to add more vinegar to keep the rag wet. Once the deposits loosen up, wipe them away.

Windows, Walls & Laudry...

  • Use the 50/50 water and apple vinegar mixture to offer windows a streak-free cleaning.
  • an equivalent mixture is often used on painted surfaces like walls and cabinetry to wash, remove stains, and eliminate odors.
  • Adding a cup of apple vinegar to a load of laundry freshens both the laundry and therefore the machine.
  • Cleaning with apple vinegar helps reduce odors and eliminate mold and mildew on any surface.
  • The scent of vinegar is often strong when wet, but because it dries, apple vinegar leaves behind a light, sweet scent.

Bad Odors...

  • To deodorize bad odors I mix apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle with water and use when necessary.
  • The anti-bacterial properties will get rid of the germs and the accompanying bad odor.


You can also use it to get a dog or cat urine out of carpets. All vinegar, including apple cider vinegar, is capable of getting cat or dog urine out of carpets or other fabrics.

As an additional bonus, the distinctive smell can keep pets away from places you don’t want them to go!


Use apple cider vinegar to get rid of stubborn stains – for instance, sweaty armpits are slightly acidic, which means that these stains will dissolve away when they come in contact with another acidic substance or product such as apple cider vinegar.

A paste of vinegar and baking soda can dissolve set red wine stains too!

Cleaning with Apple Cider Vinegar: The Final Verdict!

Many people spend lots of money to use unnecessary toxic chemicals to clean their home. This is dangerous for our health and is harmful to our environment. To clean sustainably I suggest ditching these dangerous chemicals for a cheap and friendly alternative.

Apple cider vinegar is natural, edible, and biodegradable. It can be used to clean almost anything. Add a few drops of your favorite 100% pure essential oil to add extra cleaning power and fragrance.

If you have any questions or further suggestions on how vinegar can be used for cleaning the home, I would love to hear from you. please use the comment space below.

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Reader Comments

  1. The power of Apple cider vinegar is amazing. It’s has the ability to kill bad bacteria but it still does good wonders for your body, 🌿🍏 Apple cider was used a lot in ancient history, especially in European countries, for cleaning too. 🍏

    1. Hi Jeremy!

      You are right, I recently wrote a post on how vinegar can be used for cleaning. i personally prefer to use apple cider vinegar as it is better for the environment and has a wonderful scent.

      Thank you for stopping by!

  2. We use apple cider vinegar to kill ants and weeds out in the yard. I knew there were more benefits to it. With us trying to make sure we disinfect more than ever now due to the coronavirus and having kids in our house, the use of apple cider vinegar is a better and safer choice than store-bought cleaners. Thank you for this very informative article…will share it with my husband.

    1. I m pleased to hear that you are already using apple cider vinegar for pest control.

      I agree with you, it is much safer which is particularly important for children.

      All the very best!

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