How to Clean Smarter: 3 Top Uses for Distilled White Vinegar

That bottle of white vinegar sitting in your pantry is more than just a condiment! It's a versatile cleaning powerhouse that can work wonders in your home.

I’m going to share some clever uses for distilled white vinegar, helping you to put it to good use and keep your space sparkling.

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Homemade surface cleaner

1. Citrus-Infused Surface Cleaner

Start by grabbing that bottle of distilled white vinegar from your cupboard. Find a reusable jar and fill it up with vinegar.

Citrus-infused cleaning solution

Next, take some citrus peels and add them to the vinegar.

Rosemary dried herbs

Feeling adventurous? Throw in some rosemary or other herbs for a delightful twist.

How to make citrus-infused cleaner

Seal the jar and let it sit in the refrigerator for a week.

Strain ingredients into a spray bottle

After a week, grab a spray bottle, and strain out the peels and herbs.

Vinegar surface cleaner

Use this concoction to clean your tables and surfaces. It's that easy!

Vinegar dawn cleaning wipes

2. DIY Cleaning Wipes

In a bowl, mix 1 and 3/4 cups of water with 1/4 cup of vinegar.

Dawn and vinegar cleaning solution

Add 1/4 teaspoon of Dawn dish soap to the mixture.

Crafting DIY cleaning wipes

Take an old pitcher and arrange some paper towels inside.

Paper towels soaked in vinegar dawn cleaner

Pour your homemade solution into the pitcher, saturating the paper towels.

Cleaning made easy

Let it soak for a bit, then carefully remove the inner paper towel piece.

DIY disposable wipes

You've just created handy disposable cleaning wipes!

Use wipes to clean surfaces

Use them to wipe down your surfaces.

Vinegar wipes: A must-have for every home

Keep the lid on to prevent them from drying out.

Clean like a pro: All-purpose vinegar cleaner tips and tricks

3. Homemade Floor Cleaner

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of vinegar.

Clean and shine: distilled white vinegar's many uses

Add 1 cup of rubbing alcohol to the mixture.

Say goodbye to grease and grime

Don't forget to throw in a few drops of Dawn dish soap.

Decant cleaning mixture into a spray bottle

Stir everything together and transfer the solution into a spray bottle.

Add distilled water to steamer

Grab your trusty steam mop and fill it with distilled water. Turn it on to heat up while you prepare your cleaning tools.

Microfiber cloth on floor steamer

Soak a reusable microfiber cloth in your sink, wringing it out thoroughly. Secure the cloth to your steam mop, making sure it's well wrung out.

How to clean laminate floors with vinegar

When the steam mop is ready, spray the floors with your homemade floor cleaner and use your steam mop over it.

Laundered microfiber cloth

Wash your cloth in the machine, so it is clean for next time!

Discover More Cleaning Hacks

Explore additional cleaning tips and tricks in our Murphy’s Oil Soap cleaning guide.

Clean with white vinegar

Uses For Distilled White Vinegar

There you have it! These vinegar all-purpose cleaner recipes will save you time and money while leaving your home spotless.

Give these tips a try and let me know how they worked for you.

And if you have any innovative cleaning ideas share them in the comments below!

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  • Vicki Cox Vicki Cox on Nov 01, 2023
    Do you have to use Dawn or can any dish detergent work?
  • Regina Johnson Regina Johnson on Nov 01, 2023
    What were the measurements on washing towels
  • Sbear Sbear on Jan 20, 2024
    Doesn't everything smell like vinegar?
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  • Vicki Vicki on Jan 17, 2024
    We have pets...cats & dogs who often try to chew on wild weeds/grasses that sprout up. We won't use poisonous chemicals due to this. You can use one gallon of white vinegar to 1 cup salt, & add 1 Tbsp of liquid dishwashing detergent (this allows the vinegar & salt to "sink in" to the dirt/weed better). Mix all/spray w/spray bottle directly on the target weed. You might have to do this once a week around your property as things sprout up here & on your weekly "yard day." But, in short time, you will eliminate the weeds you target & thus, eliminate their ability to germinate for newer sprouts nearby. ONLY use it on places you do not want to PLANT anything else along curbs, cracks in patio blocks, edgings, fencerows, (in the West, we have noxious tumbleweed grow in unplanted have to cut/ burn them to keep them from spreading, & then spray the root area with this mixture to keep unseen seeding from sprouting again).
  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Jan 18, 2024
    Thank you for sharing. I'd love to invite you to join me ... Chas' Blog - Chas' YouTube -