If its pungent odour only reminds you of lunch salads and fish and chips, it’s time to give it a second thought. Household vinegar is a handy and eco-friendly cleaning with some surprising uses. From killing bacteria to tackling grease, mould and limescale – here are 7 reasons it deserves to be pride of place in your cleaning cupboard.
7 cleaning uses for household vinegar
- It gets rid of nasty odours
Don’t want to use strong chemicals near food and drink? Wipe the inside of your fridge with a water and white vinegar cleaning solution to remove strong smells. It’s also good at removing greasy fingerprints from the outside; just spray and buff with a dry cloth.
Read our article on how to remove bad smells from your fridge for more tips.
- It removes limescale
White vinegar works wonders at removing hard water deposits. To put it to work on your kettle, half fill the appliance with a white vinegar and water solution and boil. Leave the hot mixture to work for a few hours (overnight if you can) then drain and rinse thoroughly. For taps and showerheads, submerge the affected area for a few hours before rinsing.
If you need more help getting your kettle to sparkle, try these tips on how to clean a kettle.
If you have limescale to remove elsewhere, try these handy limescale removal tips.
- It cleans mould from tiles
Spray a white vinegar and water solution directly on grout and tiles before scrubbing with a stiff brush to loosen dirt, mould and mildew. Household vinegar is also recommended for delicate surfaces like porcelain and ceramic as it dissolves grease naturally and effectively – just swap the brush for a soft cloth!
Follow these tips on cleaning tiles and grout for more help.
- It brightens glassware
Using vinegar to clean glasses can bring the spackle back!Fill the kitchen basin with warm water and a cup of white vinegar and then dip cloudy glasses, carafes and jugs inside. To finish, wipe them with a cloth before rinsing and draining upside down.
Try this article on cleaning cloudy glasses for more expert tips.
- It brightens cookware too!
Using a mixture of water and white vinegar for cleaning cloudy glasses isn’t your only option. Stainless steel utensils and cookware can also get a new lease of life from everyday vinegar. Just remember to rinse everything thoroughly in clean water before use.
- It revitalises leather
To revitalise your sofa, armchair or any leather furniture around the house, spray a 50/50 water and vinegar cleaning solution onto the surface and use a microfiber cloth to wipe dry. It works like a charm on leather shoes, belts and jackets too!
Discover more tips in our article: ‘The best leather cleaning methods’.
- Give your laundry an extra kick
Looking for environmentally friendly products that’ll get your clothes up to standard? Add a small cup of white vinegar to your next wash to soften fabrics, brighten colours and neutralise odours. You can even use household vinegar to help clean stubborn stains – apply it to the stain, leave to settle, then rinse and wash as normal.
And there you have it! 7 handy ways to use white vinegar for cleaning.
Of course, there’s far more you can do around the home with this versatile ingredient – such as decalcifying irons, cleaning vases, or getting streak-free mirrors. Read our article on cleaning with vinegar to learn more about using environmentally friendly products at home.