Are you looking for non-toxic cleaning solutions that are budget-friendly? I have some great recipes for DIY cleaners with vinegar that have powerful cleaning abilities while being completely natural.
More than likely, your cupboard has a large stash of cleaning products from mopping solutions to window cleaners. How would you like to swap those chemical-laden products for a natural cleaner that is non-toxic and inexpensive? Well the answer, my friend, is VINEGAR.
The DIY All-Purpose Cleaner
As a child, I remember only using that strong-smelling “stuff”at Easter when we dyed eggs, but now as an adult I go through a gallon a month, no joke! It is such a naturally green-cleaner without the hefty price-tag.
As a mom, I am always looking for more ways to save money, keep my kids healthy, and to be better to the planet. I have found so many household vinegar uses! From the windows to the floors, vinegar is my go-to ingredient for DIY cleaners.
How To Clean With Vinegar
With vinegar having so many uses, it is staple in my home. For years, I have been using a mix of water and vinegar as my homemade all-purpose cleaner. After experimenting with more ingredients, I have found that adding other things such as essential oils or even alcohol, can take my vinegar/water multi-purpose cleaner to an all new level.
I use essential oils in many of my cleaners because I want a homemade vinegar solution that smells good, instead of so vinegary. The strong vinegar odor actually dissipates rather quickly and you’re left with the lovely scent of the essential oils. Before you start experimenting with DIY vinegar cleaners, keep in mind there are some things vinegar should never be mixed with.
Never Mix Vinegar with these 2 Common Household Items:
- Hydrogen Peroxide
When mixed with vinegar, both of these items can cause harmful chemical reactions. Many store-bought cleaning items could already have one of these two ingredients in them, so it’s safe not to mix any pre-made cleaner with vinegar as well. Use the advice of my high-school chemistry teacher, “Think twice before mixing once”.
Never Use Vinegar to Clean
Even though vinegar is amazing at cleaning so many things, there are certain items you must never use it on because vinegar is acidic.
- Granite or Marble
- Hardwood Floors
- Waxed Furniture
- Unsealed Grout
- Tablet and TV Screens
Vinegar can corrode some surfaces over time. ALWAYS dilute the vinegar with water to prevent any type of damage.
Homemade Vinegar Cleaners
Vinegar can safely deodorize and disinfect most hard surfaces. Think about how cost-effective cleaning with vinegar and water can be. You can easily “DIY” many cleaning solutions with vinegar. Like I said, you can mix a ratio of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water for a great all-purpose cleaner. However, I have come up with some really amazing cleaners by adding in several more ingredients. Most of these DIY Vinegar cleaners will need their own spray bottle and don’t forget to label them.
DIY Vinegar Cleaner for Windows
- 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar
- 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
- 2 1/2 cups of water
- 15 drops of peppermint essential oil
Add the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. The reason I use the peppermint is because it is a natural bug repellent so it’s great to use on windows. Also, adding an essential oil keeps the cleaner from streaking the glass. I also use this cleaner for mirrors and stainless steel appliances.
DIY Vinegar Cleaner for Floors
- 3 ounces of cleaning vinegar
- 16 ounces of hot water
- 1 squirt of dawn dish washing detergent
- 3 drops immune strength essential oil (an amazing oil that kills germs)
Add all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. Spray on your tile or laminate flooring and use a microfiber mop. I do not use this on hardwood floors because you should be very careful if ever using vinegar on hardwood flooring because the acid can dull the shine. There is no need to heat this up when you use it. I use hot water when mixing it because it lets the dawn and vinegar mix together smoothly.
DIY Vinegar Cleaner for Carpet Stains
- 1/3 cup of distilled white vinegar
- 1 quart of warm water
- 5 drops of bergamot essential oil (the BEST smelling oil EVER)
- a sprinkle of baking soda
Mix the vinegar and water into a spray bottle. Liberally spray the stain and scrub. Sprinkle baking soda over it, and let it dry for several hours. Vacuum it all up. The stain and smell should be gone.
DIY Vinegar Cleaner for Clogged Drains and Toilets
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar
- 2 cups of boiling water water
Sprinkle the baking soda in your clogged drain or stopped up toilet. Mix the vinegar and water together and add to the drain. This really works! I’ve used it on clogged toilets and sinks with no problems. Plus, it is septic safe.
DIY Vinegar Cleaner for Microwave
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of distilled white vinegar
- 2 drops of purify essential oil (to mask the vinegar smell)
- 1 toothpick
Add all ingredients to a microwave safe bowl. Add the toothpick to the mix to keep the water from boiling over. Then, microwave it for 5 minutes. Let in set in the microwave for 5 minutes before you open it. Use a sponge to easily wipe out all the grime that the vinegar steam has loosened. An easier method, and one that is fun for the kids to watch, is to just add all these ingredients to the Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner.
DIY Vinegar Cleaner for Fruits and Vegetables
When I buy fruits and vegetables, I immediately soak them in a mix of vinegar and water before storing them in the refrigerator. Not only is it great at killing any bacteria or mold spores that could be lingering, it seems to make the produce last several days longer.
- 1 part water
- 3 parts distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
Mix the water and vinegar in a large glass bowl. Soak the produce for around 5 minutes, then rinse with cold running water. Dry all the produce before storing in the refrigerator. Washing the produce before storing really helps when the kids want to snack because the produce is already clean and ready to eat.
Cleaning Vinegar vs. Regular
Did you know there is an actual vinegar for cleaning? I didn’t know until recently. All of these recipes are for regular white distilled vinegar, except the recipe for the floors. For my DIY Vinegar Cleaner for flooring, I use the more potent “cleaning” vinegar.
Do you make your own DIY Cleaners with vinegar? I would love to hear about it in the comments 🙂