White vinegar is a versatile cleaning agent that can be used for a variety of tasks, and can be used also as a replacement for many cleaning products, both store-bought and homemade. Here are a few examples:
- All-purpose cleaner: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle to create a basic all-purpose cleaner that can be used on many surfaces, including countertops, appliances, and bathroom fixtures.
- Glass cleaner: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and use it to clean windows and mirrors.
- Dish soap: White vinegar can be added to dish soap to boost its cleaning power, or used on its own as a natural alternative to commercial dish soap.
- Laundry detergent: White vinegar can be added to laundry detergent to brighten colors and remove odors, or used on its own as a natural alternative to commercial laundry detergent.
- Softener: White vinegar can be added to the rinse cycle of your laundry to make clothes softer and remove any detergent residue.
- Carpet cleaner: Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle to create a natural carpet cleaner.
- Drain cleaner: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, then follow with 1 cup of white vinegar. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes, then flush with hot water.
Warning: It’s important to note that white vinegar should not be used on certain surfaces like marble, granite, stone or wood as it may cause damage.