Cleaning Facts Nobody Told You About White Vinegar

cleaning hacks using white vinegar

Cleaning has become more important since COVID. The fact that it helps in killing the COVID virus including other germs and bacteria is incredible. However, this sudden boost of importance to cleaning has increased the prices of goods and services related to cleaning such as cleaning products, and commercial cleaning services. So, people are looking into different alternatives that would kill viruses, germs, and bacteria, but at a much budget-friendly price. In this article, we would be focusing on white vinegar as an alternative that would fit the criteria of a budget-friendly cleaning product.


You must be asking, why use white vinegar when there are tons of multipurpose cleaning products out there that are similar in price and are usable on various surfaces? Well, multipurpose cleaners are effective if you’re only talking about cleaning. However, they aren’t exactly healthy nor environmentally friendly. White vinegar, on the other hand, is a non-toxic and eco-friendly product that works just like a multipurpose cleaner minus the harmful effect to mother nature.

Additionally, white vinegar contains the active ingredient, acetic acid which is very potent and powerful enough to kill any kind of disease-causing viruses and eliminate mineral deposits, dirt, grease, and grime. Undiluted acetic acid is dangerous if used as is, but if you mix it a little into water, you’ll be fine. One more thing, don’t be too surprised to see white vinegar as one of the most common ingredients of store-bought cleaning products. Now that we’ve answered your ‘why’, let’s now proceed to the ‘what’ and ‘how’.

How and What to Clean Using White Vinegar


Of course, when we are talking about food, cleaning products with toxic chemicals is a big no-no. You don’t want your food to be contaminated, right? That’s why using a white vinegar cleaning solution of 1-part water and 1-part white vinegar would be your best choice. Put the solution in a spray bottle and simply wipe up spills using a cloth dampened with the solution. And you can store this solution in your fridge, too!


We are all experiencing clogged drains once in a while, so we know the struggle of getting it to drain faster. Well, worry not for this crisis can be solved immediately using vinegar and baking soda. All you have to do is pour vinegar on a scrub that would fit inside your disposal, then sprinkle some baking soda. Start scrubbing off the built-up grime and viola, your drain is good as new!

Cutting Boards

Cleaning cutting boards may look easy, but simply using a sponge and dishwashing soap doesn’t cut it. Cutting boards are porous, especially wooden ones, that’s why is best if you use vinegar and baking soda to deep clean your cutting boards. Just sprinkle some baking soda on top of the board, pour some vinegar, then start scrubbing!


Microwaves are one of the hardest to clean kitchen appliances aside from the toaster. The splatters and stains are just hard to remove. Also, a foul smell tends to linger in the microwave for days even after cleaning it. Try mixing 1-part water and 1-part vinegar in a glass bowl. Microwave this solution for 2-3 minutes or until it boils. You might find wiping the splatters and stains easier and the foul smell is nowhere in sight!


Let’s not forget about countertops. They are one of the highly touched surfaces, so cleaning them regularly is a must. All you have to do is spray a vinegar solution of a few drops of dish soap, 1-part water, and two parts vinegar on top of the counter and wipe it using a warm wet rag. However, don’t use vinegar on natural stones, or granite, marble, and quartz. As mentioned earlier, white vinegar has an active ingredient acidic acid, and this very ingredient is corrosive and will damage your countertops in the long run.

Faucets and Showerheads

Faucets and showerheads are one of those surfaces that are most likely ignored when it comes to cleaning or you just do the bare minimum, but if you want your faucets and showerheads to look sparkling clean mix 2 parts vinegar and 1 part salt. Put the solution in a bag and tie it around the faucet or showerhead overnight. And you’ll see the magic after rinsing them.

Shower and tub

The challenge you have to face when cleaning showers and tubs are the thick soap scum and mildew that accumulates on the shower or tub surface. Try spraying undiluted white vinegar over the tub and shower walls. Leave them for a few minutes, scrub, then rinse away. You’ll stick to this method after seeing the results!


Well, who would forget about toilets? Where the nastiest things are flushed into. The power of the vinegar-baking soda combination can work wonders on your toilet bowl. Just pour a cup of vinegar into the bowl and leave it for the whole night. Next would be to sprinkle some baking soda in the morning, start scrubbing, and lastly, flush.


using white vinegar to clean mattresses

White vinegar also serves as a mattress disinfectant. We all want our beds and sheets clean and virus-free, right? So, here’s a solution that would give you the results you’re asking for. Combine 2-part white vinegar, 1-part rubbing alcohol, and a few drops of tea tree oil. Put it in a spray bottle, and lightly spritz it on your mattress. If you want some deep cleaning done, then sprinkle a little baking soda on top, leave for a few minutes, then vacuum the mattress. You’ll thank us later.


If you still aren’t aware, vinegar can also serve as a detergent booster and fabric softener. You might be asking about the smell it might leave on your clothes but trust us there isn’t. Not only does it protect your clothes color and remove excess detergent residue (1-part detergent and 1-part white vinegar) but it also softens clothes and removes the static (add 1 cup of vinegar in the final wash).

White vinegar is an excellent alternative for multipurpose cleaning products, and it can be used if you prefer eco-friendly cleaning, too. Just make sure not to mix it with bleach, hydrogen peroxide, and liquid castile soap.

For you to get a perfect finish, try hiring commercial cleaners such as Burgos Cleaning. We offer our services in Connecticut and provide numerous office cleaning services on the commercial level from small businesses to big buildings and complexes. Contact us now to avail the best commercial cleaning services in town!