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Homemade Cleaners Using Vinegar

Homemade Cleaners Using Vinegar | GoodGirlGoneGreen

Vinegar 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 below at my top 7 DIY cleaning recipes using vinegar.

Reasons To Make Your Own DIY Cleaners

  • 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.

Benefits of DIY Cleaner Ingredients

  • 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 a homemade vinegar cleaner with water and lemon, and sometimes essential oils for everything! I'm lazy like that. I can’t be bothered to mix all the different ingredients and have zillions of bottles. Besides, I don't even need to…a vinegar and water cleaner works for just about everything!

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

Try a vinegar cleaning solution.

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 overnight to allow the grime to loosen. Wipe up. Add a little Castile soap on your rag to wash the remaining residue from the oven. If it 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 the 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 vinegar cleaner recipes all make me smile knowing the positive impact they have on the environment.

So, how about you add a little more green to your life—make the switch to cleaning with vinegar and water, too.

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  1. Melisa - Mommy This and That says

    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!!!

  2. Katrina says

    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!!

  3. Melissa (@melrut01) says

    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.

  4. Sherry says

    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.

  5. Seaweed & Raine says

    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.

  6. Jodi says

    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!

  7. Kelly says

    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!

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