While we all use vinegar as an add-on during cooking, and food vinegar is a staple across households globally, a more unknown phenomenon in India is the cleaning vinegar. While cleaning vinegar existed in India since ancient times, profit-focused companies flooded the market with chemical based cleaners in the last 50 to 70 years.
In the USA and Europe however, cleaning vinegar, with its acidic properties and natural disinfecting abilities, is a staple in many households for cleaning various surfaces and items. We all have seen vinegar based cleaning hacks on Youtube and Instagram, and are always Searching for tips for a better home cleaning experience. However, using vinegar effectively requires understanding its strengths and limitations. Here's a comprehensive guide to the do's and don'ts of cleaning with vinegar.


The Do's of Cleaning with Vinegar:

  1. Use White Distilled Vinegar: Opt for white distilled vinegar, known for its effectiveness in killing germs, bacteria, and moulds due to its high acidity level. This type of vinegar is ideal for creating a versatile cleaning solution.
  2. Prepare an All-Purpose Cleaner: Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle to create a handy all-purpose cleaner. This solution can be used effectively on countertops, appliances, and other hard surfaces without leaving stains.
  3. Clean Windows and Mirrors: Create a solution of equal parts vinegar and water for streak-free cleaning of windows and mirrors. This vinegar cleaning liquid effectively removes hard water stains and leaves surfaces sparkling clean.
  4. Substitute Fabric Softener: Replace commercial fabric softeners with vinegar during the rinse cycle to soften clothes and eliminate odours effectively. Vinegar serves as a natural fabric softener and deodorizer without leaving residue on clothing.
  5. Tackle Bathroom Cleaning: Use undiluted white vinegar to combat mould, water stains, and unwanted odours in the bathroom. Clean toilet bowls effectively by applying undiluted vinegar and letting it sit before scrubbing.
  6. Eliminate Kitchen Grime: Remove built-up grime on kitchen appliances by applying undiluted white vinegar. This vinegar cleaning solution is particularly effective for cleaning refrigerator tops and other kitchen surfaces.
  7. Deodorize Garbage Disposal: Pour undiluted white vinegar down the drain to eliminate odours in garbage disposals effectively. This simple yet powerful method helps keep kitchen drains smelling fresh.
  8. Clean Microwave: Mix one part vinegar with two parts water and boil the solution inside the microwave to loosen food particles and eliminate odours. Wipe the microwave clean for a fresh and odour-free appliance.
  9. Remove Decals and Stickers: Use undiluted white vinegar to loosen adhesive from decals and stickers. Apply vinegar to the sticker, let it sit for a few minutes, then peel or scrape off effortlessly.
  10. Polish Utensils and Cutlery: Shine utensils and cutlery by wiping them with undiluted white vinegar. This vinegar cleaning method effectively removes stains and restores shine to metal surfaces.


The Don'ts of Cleaning with Vinegar:

  1. Avoid Natural Stone Surfaces: Refrain from using vinegar on natural stone surfaces such as marble and granite countertops, especially if these are untreated marble and granite. The acidic nature of vinegar can cause etching and damage to these surfaces.
  2. Steer Clear of Stone Floor Tiles: Similarly, avoid using cleaning vinegar directly on stone floor tiles, especially in bathrooms. Undiluted cleaning vinegar may damage the surface of these tiles due to its acidity.
  3. Skip Cleaning Egg Spills with Vinegar: Avoid using vinegar to clean egg spills or stains, as the acidity of vinegar can cause the egg to coagulate, making it more difficult to clean.
  4. Never Mix Vinegar with Bleach: Avoid mixing vinegar with bleach, as this combination produces a toxic chlorine vapour that can be harmful. Use vinegar and bleach separately for cleaning purposes.
  5. Exercise Caution on Hardwood Floors: While some people use vinegar to clean sealed hardwood floors, it's essential to test its effect in an inconspicuous area first. Avoid using vinegar on unsealed or sensitive hardwood floors to prevent damage.


Cleaning with vinegar offers numerous benefits, but it's essential to follow these do's and don'ts to ensure effective and safe cleaning practices.
Alternatively, you can explore SOVI & TYDI's Vinegar based cleaning products for a natural and eco-friendly cleaning solution that complements your vinegar cleaning routine. This is because we harness the power of cleaning vinegar but also add additional ingredients like Active Salt or Sea Salt as well as unique and indulgent fragrances to bring a better cleaning experience for you and your home.
Harness the power of vinegar cleaning liquid while avoiding common pitfalls to achieve a clean and fresh home environment.