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Green Cleaning With Vinegar

by recycler on August 25, 2013

Green Cleaning With Vinegar

Cleaning with vinegar. (Photo: elycefeliz/Foter)

Guest post written by Jane Hudson.

There are many types of vinegars made from different ingredients. Vinegar is a natural product that is created by sugars being changed to acetic acid making a biodegradable product.

Unlike some disinfectants, there are no synthetic products in vinegar. Instead, it is an ideal “green” cleaning agent.

Here are some ways to use this very handy and cheap product around the house:

Removing calcium build-up from the shower head.

This might seem like a very challenging task, but it’s actually not. All you need to do is:

  1. Unscrew and remove the shower head.
  2. Rinse away any excess loose calcium or dirt that might be lodged in the shower head.
  3. Put two cups of vinegar to heat on medium.
  4. When small bubbles start to appear in the vinegar, remove your pot from the heat and submerge the shower head.
  5. Let sit for at least half hour. Best to leave until vinegar is cool. Remove shower head and use a toothpick to dislodge loose calcium.
  6. Rinse and return shower head.

Removing fresh urine from mattress or carpet - You will need baking soda, vinegar, warm soapy water and a spray bottle.

  1. As soon as you discover that your baby or puppy has urinated on the carpet or bed, take action by soaking it up with baking soda.
  2. Using warm soapy water, clean the area with a wet cloth. Use the cloth to absorb as much moisture as possible.
  3. Using a spray bottle, douse area with vinegar and leave to air dry.

For dried urine stains

  1. Start with warm soapy water and sponge the area thoroughly.
  2. Rinse the area with warm vinegar solution.
  3. Absorb moisture with baking soda, leaving it on for a while.
  4. Using a clean damp cloth remove baking soda.
  5. Spray with vinegar and let air dry.
  6. Repeat process, if needed.

Vinegar offers a fresh, clean way to deodorize and disinfect without leaving residue. Because vinegar has ethanol in it, the vinegar acts just like alcohol that will evaporate after a while.

Here are some other cleaning tips


  • Use vinegar to clean the bathroom sink area, toilet bowl and to rinse the shower walls.
  • A cup of vinegar in the toilet bowl should help to reduce limescale build-up while using vinegar on the shower wall will reduce mold growth.
  • Use a cup to a gallon of warm water to clean bathroom floor.


  • Using vinegar to cleanse countertops will reduce bacteria. Wipe countertops with full strength vinegar while you can use a diluted vinegar solution to rinse fruits and  vegetables after bringing them home from the market. You can rinse meats in vinegar solutions to help kill bacteria before preparing for cooking.
  • For extremely dirty floors, use two cups full-strength vinegar to every one gallon of warm water. Use this warm vinegar solution to mop wooden floors for a great shine.
  • Wiping surfaces with vinegar will keep away ants and some crawling insects. Mist vinegar in the air when flies are about. They will certainly keep at bay.
  • Is your coffee-maker acting up? No problem! Pour a cup or two of vinegar in the water holder, fit the filter holder in place along with your jug. Then just turn the switch on and let the vinegar run through the coffee-maker, so it can do its thing. Whatever coffee or calcium build-up there might will disappear, allowing the machine to run more smooth.
  • Instead of using harsh substances for cleaning your refrigerator, use vinegar. Bleach is a bad idea for cleaning the fridge, so use a vinegar solution to wipe and rinse shelves and drawers.
  • To reduce bacteria and illnesses for your pets, use vinegar to rinse their bowls and clean their sleeping area.
  • Every so often you need to do something about that stinky garbage. Usually it’s either bleach, ammonia or that disinfectant. Try the vinegar, it’s cheaper, more natural and will leave a fresh pleasant scent.
  • For general cleaning, use vinegar on windows, walls, polishing bronze, brass or stainless steel.

Thanks to Jane Hudson for today’s guest post. If you would like to contribute to the recycler.com blog, please email our Community Manager.

Jane Hudson, a passionate writer, loves to write on Family, Home Décor and Gardening. One of her favorite blogs is Promocode4share, a blog that helps consumers find the best tips for saving money, family and shopping.



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