15 Ways to Spring Clean with Vinegar

13. Steam-Clean Your Microwave in Minutes

To easily clean a microwave, pour 1 cup of water and 1 cup of vinegar into a bowl. Add a toothpick to break the surface tension. Microwave for 4 minutes. Dip a sponge in the solution and wipe the inside of the microwave clean.

14. Nontoxic Oven Cleaner

Here’s a recipe for an effective nontoxic oven cleaner, with no noxious fumes. Add two orange peels to a jar and fill with white vinegar. Let the jar sit for about a week.

Use a funnel to pour the vinegar solution into a plant mister. Sprinkle baking soda on the oven and glass door, then spray the vinegar solution. Let sit for 20 minutes before wiping with a sponge.

15. Clean Narrow-Neck Bottles and Vases

Here’s a trick for cleaning a vase or bottle with a narrow neck, without using a bottle brush. All you need is:

– Warm water
White vinegar
– Liquid dish detergent
– Uncooked rice
– Add the ingredients to the bottle and swirl. The rice acts as an abrasive to break up the stain.


  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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