Did you know you could clean with vinegar? It’s also a staple in basically almost every kitchen! To compile a complete list of things you could clean with it would be impossible, but if you’re living in a large urban city, and like the rest of us, find your bills always running a little high, here are a few household things you can clean on your own with just a little bit of plain, white distilled vinegar, no fancy branded soaps required!

For the Kitchen

Dirty Microwaves

Put a small microwave-safe bowl with half water and half vinegar into your microwave. Stick a toothpick into it just for that extra safety precaution. Microwave for 5-10 minutes, depending on the level of gunk built-up in your microwave, and then let sit for a few minutes afterward. Take the bowl out (careful, it’ll be hot!) and wipe down the inside of your microwave. All that residue will come right off with no effort at all!

Burnt Pots and Pans

Cleaning burnt utensils is very easy. Boil vinegar and water in them and then add baking soda. Scrub lightly afterward to make them good as new. Vinegar is also an excellent cleaner for all kitchen surfaces – counters, refrigerators, stovetops, and even cutting boards.

Cloudy Crockery & Glass

For your stained china or cloudy glasses, clean with vinegar blotted a paper napkin or cotton pad and scrubbing the stained or foggy surface lightly. Alternatively, you can let the cups sit in vinegar for about 5 minutes and rinse out with hot water.

For the Bathroom

Fogged Shower Heads

Fill a plastic bag with vinegar and wrap the plastic bag around your shower head with a rubber band. Leave it for an hour to get rid of the calcium build up and then turn on the water to flush all residue out. Give it that extra shine by polishing your shower head up with a piece of cloth.

Stained Toilet Bowls 

Spray or pour in 1/2 a cup of vinegar around the insides of the toilet bowl and let sit between 30 minutes to overnight. Scrubbing with a toilet brush to remove the stubborn stains and say hello to your newly cleaned toilet!

Clogged Drains

Pour half a cup of baking soda then add another half cup of vinegar into the drain. Just a heads up that the poured mixture will start bubbling; this is normal! When the bubbling subsides, rinse through with warm water. 

For the Walls and Floors

Dirty Windows and Window Blinds

Clean windows with a mixture of half a cup of vinegar half a cup of water. Spray it onto the glass and scrub clean with a cloth or old newspaper. For blinds, apply vinegar onto any soft cotton material and wipe clean.

Carpet Stains

In case of liquid spills, first use a sponge to soak all the liquid. Spray the stain with a half and half mixture of vinegar and water. Leave the vinegar to sit for a couple of minutes and then use a sponge again to soak up again. Repeat until the stain fades. For the extra tough stains, you can also add other cleaners such as liquid dish soap to the mixture!

Stained Wood Paneling

To clean wooden panels, use a mixture of half a cup of vinegar mixed with half a cup of olive oil. Pour the mix into 2 cups of warm water, mix well, and apply to your wall or floor panelling with a soft cloth. Dry with a fresh cloth for some fresh new wood!


Who knew you could clean with vinegar so easily and effectively? Enjoy your fresh and clean house with the extra satisfaction of knowing just how little it cost you!


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