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.

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.

4. Improve Your Shower with this Simple Tip

To clean a showerhead so it sprays uniformly:

– Place a plastic bag filled with white distilled vinegar over the showerhead.
– Attach a twist tie around the showerhead arm to hold the bag in place.
– Allow the shower head to soak in the vinegar for one to two days.
– Remove the bag and turn the showerhead on full force.
– If the nozzles are still clogged, repeat the soaking process until clear.


5. Clean Copper Pots and Pans

Pots and pans with copper-clad bottoms are great for cooking, but the copper can become stained and tarnished over time. Here’s an easy way to clean copper-clad cookware naturally using only vinegar and salt.

How to clean copper cookware:

– Pour a 1/2” or more of distilled white vinegar in a frying pan or skillet and sprinkle in the salt.
– Heat the vinegar/salt mixture on a stove to almost boiling.
– Put the bottom of the copper pan in the hot vinegar, and pour enough water in the pan to prevent it from floating in the vinegar solution.
– Allow the pan to remain in the vinegar for about 10 minutes.
– Remove the pan from the vinegar and rinse it off.
– If needed, sprinkle salt on a sponge dipped in the hot vinegar, and use it to scrub the pan to remove any remaining stains.

6. Clean Hardened Paint from Paintbrushes

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Quality paint brushes can last a long time, as long as they’re cleaned properly after being used.

Cleaning hardened paintbrush with vinegar:

– Place the paintbrush in a disposable aluminum baking pan.
– Heat vinegar up in a pot on the stove to almost boiling.
– Pour the hot vinegar over the paintbrush in the pan.
– Allow the brush to soak for 10 minutes or longer.
– Use a brush comb or wire brush to remove the softened paint.
– Wash the brush with warm water and soap.
– Rinse the paintbrush with clean water.
– Allow the brush to dry on a flat surface or hanging up.

7. Clean the Garbage Disposal

To safely and easily disinfect your garbage disposal using baking soda and white vinegar:

– Measure out 1/2 cup of baking soda, and pour it down the garbage disposal.
– Measure one cup of white vinegar, and pour it down the garbage disposal.
– Allow the chemical reaction between the baking soda and vinegar to work for a minute.
– Pour a pot of boiling water down the garbage disposal, and allow it to sit for five minutes.
– Turn on the cold water tap in the sink with the garbage disposal, then turn on the disposal to flush it out.

6 COMMENTS

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