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7 DIY Cleaning Recipes Using Vinegar

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How to Clean Your Home with Vinegar #safe #nontoxic #cleaning #vinegarVinegar and water go together like peanut butter and jelly when it comes to cleaning the house.  So I say, why not ditch the nasty chemical and petroleum-based cleaners in your home and make your own eco-friendly products. Take a look at these 7 DIY cleaning recipes using vinegar.

  • There is less packaging waste. You are not buying new bottles over and over again.
  • It is good for your wallet.
  • It is less harmful or actually not harmful at all to humans, animals, and the environment.
  • Homemade natural cleaners always smell better than store bought.

Did you know?

  • White Vinegar: cuts grease, deodorizes, and disinfects
  • Baking Soda: cuts grease, deodorizes, lifts dirt and whitens
  • Essential oils: helps freshen the air and diffuses unwanted odours.
  • Lemon juice: disinfects, and whitens
  • Olive Oil: lifts dirt
  • Castile Soap: cuts grease, and lifts dirt’

I pretty much use vinegar, water and lemon, oh and sometimes essential oils for everything! I am lazy like that. I can’t be bothered to mix all the different ingredients and have a zillions bottles.

Here are a few of my favorite DIY cleaners. Feel free to mix and match and change it up. Do what works for you.

7 DIY Cleaning Recipes Using Vinegar

All-Purpose Cleaner

Add to spray bottle and fill remaining amount with hot water.

Glass and Mirror


All-Purpose Non-Abrasive Scrubber (tubes, titles, sinks)

Mix in a  spray bottle and clean away.

Floor Cleaner

Furniture Polish (test on wood before)

Oven Cleaner

  • 1 cup or more baking soda
  • Filtered water
  • A squirt or two of castile soap

Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven. Cover the bottom of the oven with enough baking soda. Let it sit over night to allow the the grime to loosen. Wipe up. Maybe add a little Castile soap on your rag to wash the remaining residue from the oven. If if doesn’t work well, try adding more baking soda next time.

Stainless Steel Cleaner (removes smudges from stainless appliances)

  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • Put oil on a cloth and rub on surface to get rid of smudges. Dab white vinegar on the other side of the cloth. Wipe and let dry.

So there it is; versatile, affordable, non-toxic homemade cleaning recipes! These recipes all make me smile knowing the positive impact they have on the environment.

When will you make the switch and add a little more green to your life?

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36 Responses to 7 DIY Cleaning Recipes Using Vinegar

  1. Good Girl Gone Green August 18, 2011 at 12:30 am #

    Thanks! Vinegar is the way to go!

  2. Michelle August 18, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    Nice article! Truly, Vinegars do magic!

    • Good Girl Gone Green August 20, 2011 at 12:58 am #

      It is like magic! I use it in my laundry and even in my hair!

  3. Melisa - Mommy This and That August 18, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    Thanks for these “recipes”! I usually use vinegar alone for a lot of cleaning and deodorizing and wanted to also use baking soda but haven’t gotten around to it. Now I have everything in once place!! And I have to agree about vinegar being the best window cleaner!!!

    • Good Girl Gone Green August 20, 2011 at 12:59 am #

      Water and vinegar is great for windows! hanks mel for stopping by…AGAIN! Yay!

  4. Stephanie August 18, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    AGREED! I use vinegar and baking soda to clean EVERYTHING. Thanks for the other tips! I’ll have to try them.

  5. Katrina August 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    Thanks for this. I have used vinegar a few times and then stopped for whatever reason, I am going to bookmark this post and start using it again!!

  6. Melissa (@melrut01) August 19, 2011 at 12:26 am #

    This is a great post. My mother and I used vinegar for cleaning when I was young because we couldn’t afford fancy cleaning products. It worked just as well. In fact, we used apple cider vinegar instead of hair conditioner. Now that I have a baby, I am looking for more ways to save money and be better to the planet. Thank you for you blog.

    • Good Girl Gone Green August 20, 2011 at 1:02 am #

      I use apple cider vinegar in my hair too as well as baking soda…thats it, no shampoo! I

  7. Heather August 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Great ideas! My husband is a vinegar junky and would really appreciate these.=)

  8. Mrs. Shopper August 19, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    Hey, I use vinegar too! Following you back and I am on the Canadian Monday blog hop too. Better late than never…. he he.

  9. Good Girl Gone Green August 20, 2011 at 12:59 am #

    Thank you Belinda! :)

  10. Good Girl Gone Green August 20, 2011 at 1:01 am #

    Great! Start with plan water and vinegar for cleaning!

  11. Good Girl Gone Green August 20, 2011 at 1:01 am #

    Awesome! Thank you, Beth!

  12. Sherry August 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    Great recipes!! I can’t wait to try them out! I started using vinegar and baking soda a few years ago for my household cleaning and since then I’ve found there is nothing vinegar can’t do. I’m still shocked.

  13. Laura O in AK August 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    I really need to start making some of these homemade cleaning solutions. Thanks for sharing all the recipes.

    Stumbled your post. Mine is at

    • Good Girl Gone Green August 23, 2011 at 12:42 am #

      Thank you. You should try a few of the recipes! So easy, fun and healthy!

  14. Seaweed & Raine August 22, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    Thanks for the recipes! I also use those free newspapers that come in the mailbox to rub over my windows when I’m done cleaning… if you let them dry you can still recycle them in other ways.

    • Good Girl Gone Green August 23, 2011 at 12:40 am #

      You are so welcome! I have never used newspaper before for cleaning windows, But I hear it does fantastic job!

  15. Jodi August 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    This is a an awesome post! I can’t wait to try out some of these cleaners. I love essential oils too!

    Thanks for the follow…I am following back! Have a great week!

  16. Good Girl Gone Green August 23, 2011 at 1:05 am #

    There are so many ways and it’s cheaper….bonus!

  17. Good Girl Gone Green August 23, 2011 at 1:05 am #

    Vinegar is my favorite mixed with water!

  18. Good Girl Gone Green August 23, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    Coffe pot….great idea!

  19. Libby's Library August 23, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Where do you buy your liquid castile soap? – I love using Calendula Oil!
    Dropping by via Stop and Stumble!
    Would you please return the favor?

    • Good Girl Gone Green September 26, 2011 at 12:28 am #

      I buy it at my health food store! Most health food stores carry Dr.Bronners!

  20. Kelly September 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    Great post! I’m a big fan of vinegar, I never thought of using apple cider & baking soda on my hair, I’ll have to try it. Thanks for the tips!

    • Good Girl Gone Green September 26, 2011 at 12:28 am #

      Thanks, Kelly! Let me know how it works out if you decided to try it!

  21. Good Girl Gone Green January 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by! :)


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