15 Ways to Spring Clean with Vinegar

It’s time to tidy up. So, arm yourself with vinegar.

You likely already have it at home and the amount of chores you can get done with it is remarkable.

Before you start your spring cleaning list, check out how you can clean using vinegar.

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1. Clean Your Garden – Eliminate Weeds

Now that the cold weather is behind us, one of the first places you’ll likely want to start is outside. Easily target those pesky weeds and leave your garden growing strong using this formula.

Use a funnel to add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt, a quart of white vinegar, and a few squirts of dish detergent to a spray bottle. Shake it up and spray directly on weeds. The detergent will help it stick to the leaves. Within two or three days, the weed will dry up and die.

The vinegar with a little help from the sun will quickly burn the weeds up. Stubborn weeds may require a second application and English ivy may resist the treatment altogether, but most weeds will be gone in a few hours.

Keep in mind vinegar is an acid and can cause damage to plants.

2. Clean a Grill

Springtime is grilling time. Cleaning the grill grates is a must before every new meal. This job is made easier by using some white vinegar and aluminum foil.

The acid in the vinegar cuts through grease and cooked on food, while the foil acts as an abrasive to remove the food residue.

– Pour white vinegar in a clean spray bottle.
– Spray the cooking surface on the grill with the vinegar.
– Allow the vinegar to remain on the surface for a few minutes.
– Rub the cooking surface with crumpled up aluminum foil.
– Dispose of the aluminum foil in a garbage can.

3. Stripping Door Hardware

To strip paint from door hardware using vinegar:

– Heat 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of water in a pot on a stove.
– Pour the heated mixture into an old cake pan with the painted hardware.
– Let the hardware sit in the vinegar until the paint softens.
– Remove the hardware from the vinegar, and clean using a soft-bristled brass brush.
– Rinse the hardware with water and dry.


  1. Danny & Chelsea,
    What is the best way or solution to getting hard water stains off my black granite counter top?
    Opal Morgan

    • Hi, Opal!
      If this is a hard-water stain that just won’t come out with household detergent and water, try this recipe:
      Mix water with baking soda to create a paste, and then scrub the stain and rinse the surface.
      Good luck with that granite countertop!

  2. We use “Cleaning Vinegar” for everything in the house. We use it as an all purpose cleaner and have it diluted based on the surface that we are cleaning. For the more difficult cleaning, use it as close to full strength as possible. For the other more delicate areas in the house, such as hard wood floors, counter tops, etc, dilute accordingly and make certain to wipe the area dry after cleaning with a damp cloth. The cleaning vinegar even diluted should never sit on a surface for a very long period of time. It is great for homes with pets and children.


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