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How to Make a Vinegar Solution for Cleaning

White distilled vinegar is an affordable, safe and environmentally-friendly cleaning solution. While it has a strong, pungent odor, vinegar effectively cleans many surfaces. Use it straight when cleaning baked-on buildup in ovens, or when removing stubborn mineral deposits.

Use vinegar instead of cleaning chemicals.

White distilled vinegar is an affordable, safe and environmentally-friendly cleaning solution. While it has a strong, pungent odor, vinegar effectively cleans many surfaces. Use it straight when cleaning baked-on buildup in ovens, or when removing stubborn mineral deposits. Mix vinegar with other ingredients to dilute or enhance the cleaning solution.

  1. Pour ½ cup of white vinegar into an empty, clean bucket or container.

  2. Add ½ cup of warm water to the container if using the solution to clean carpet, upholstery, hard surfaces or to wash off mold and mildew. If using the solution to clean vinyl, substitute the ½ cup of warm water for ½ teaspoon of vegetable oil-based liquid soap.

  3. Add another ½ cup of water to the mixture if using the solution to clean hard-water buildup or soapy residue on bathtubs, showers and sinks.

  4. Tip

    Add 2 tbsp. white vinegar to 1 qt. of water in a spray bottle to make glass cleaner. Combine 3 cups of olive oil to 1 cup white vinegar to make environmentally-friendly furnish polish.

    Warning

    Do not use vinegar on marble surfaces.

Warning

  • Do not use vinegar on marble surfaces.

About the Author

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.