504 Main by Holly Lefevre: How I Clean Naturally with Vinegar
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Monday, September 24, 2012

How I Clean Naturally with Vinegar

I am a girl who likes to over complicate everything
(yes, everything!).
A very good example of that has been my cleaning supplies.
I used to buy one product for bathrooms, one for the kitchen,
one for floors, one for window, one for sinks...get the picture.
(yes advertisers must have loved me)

I have however made great strides to streamline,
simplify and also go green when it comes to my cleaning routine.
I have used Heinz Vinegar for many years for many things,
but now I have discovered Heinz Cleaning Vinegar!

Heinz Cleaning Vinegar is an alternative to harsh
and sometimes expensive chemical cleaners.
I scored a gallon for under $3.00.

From that one gallon I managed to make three different solutions,
clean my drain, and there is still some left.
You can actually cook with this too, as is is made from
sun-ripened grain and water like the #HeinzVinegar we all know,
but in a special strength.
It has 6% acidity compare to 5% for the regular variety.

I headed to Walmart to pick up my #HeinzCleaningVinegar. Even thought is says "cleaning vinegar" it is actually sold in the vinegar aisle, right alongside the regular vinegar. I see the point in the marketing - I do buy gallons of Heinz vinegar for cleaning, so if the cleaning vinegar is right there too, I would be inclined to try it and buy it! I did peek at the cleaning aisle and there was a generic cleaning vinegar in that aisle, so maybe Heinz needs a bit of shelf space in both places.

You can take a peek at my entire path to purchase for Heinz Cleaning Vinegar on Google+
I picked up some spray bottles,new sponges, baking soda, barmops, and some lemons... along with some other goodies.
Then I headed home to create some cleaning solutions and make my house sparkle!

And the verdict is...
I am making Heinz Cleaning Vinegar a staple at my house.
 Here is why I LOVE it and how I tested it out at my house!
I am a huge fan of the natural cleaning it provides.
No more harsh chemicals in my house and around my kids
and it is gentle on my drains and plumbing
and my hands (because I never wear gloves).

Heinz Cleaning Vinegar has absolutely helped me streamline my cleaning.

I am replacing the bottles and bottles of other cleaners.
Now, I only need a gallon (or two) of the Heinz Cleaning Vinegar.
Then by mixing it with other products such as baking soda and borax (which I have on hand for homemade laundry detergent) and the like, I can easily customize my cleaning solutions, including different scents.
And the amount of money I will save will make hubby do a happy dance!

I am fine with using vinegar without any scent, but thought I would test out some different essential oils in the vinegar and water solutions to see how it reacted. I tried a tea tree oil (which I use in so many things at home) and a lemon essential oil. At first I was going to have the lemon peels "marinate" in the solutions, but decided I would get moving and pulled out the oils.

Just mix equal parts Heinz Cleaning Vinegar and water, then add 5-10 drops of lemon essential oil (it depends on the strength of the scent you desire)

I tried out the lemon cleaning solution on my master bathroom sinks. I have never been happy with the streaks and spots left n the fixtures. I just sprayed it on and wiped it off...was IMPRESSED! Fresh out of the box sparkly! And the lemon scent was divine.

Then I went to town on the kids bathroom!
I cleaned the shower, the toilet, the walls, and the floor!

One way I have been using vinegar for years is to clean and disinfect my kitchen sink.
I never measure - oops! - so lets go with 1/4 cup baking soda and 1-2 cups of vinegar. I just place the baking soda into the open drain and pour the vinegar.
Then watch it bubble and fizz. It just sounds clean!

Next I tackled the dirty kitchen sink itself.
How does that sink get so dirty so quickly!?
I sprinkled plain baking soda (about 1/4-1/2 cup) all over the sink. Then I spray straight Heinz Cleaning Vinegar all over the sink and scrub it with a sponge. 
Beat still me heart!

Here are few other ways I use vinegar in my house:
I used straight vinegar (when painting and freshening up our master bathroom) on a sponge to clean the ceiling and walls to remove any mildew (our fan was broken and we already live in a moist ares...ewww). It worked better than I could even have imagined. I was going to use bleach, but thought it would be too much so I did some research and discovered this vinegar trick without the harsh fumes.

Of course to clean the windows!

Moisten a cloth with the vinegar and wipe my base boards!

Run 1/2 cup through the dishwasher- helps to keep your glasses spot-free!

A 1:1 mixture of vinegar and borax in the toilet bowl to get rid of that nasty ring!
And finally the craziest way I have used vinegar...(drumroll)
on a washcloth to soothe my sunburn!
Seriously it works to take the sting out!

Now tell me...
because I know you have some tricks...
What is your tip for cleaning naturally with vinegar!???


 This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre 

Disclosure:I am a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and HEINZ #CBias #Social Fabric.


  1. Wow. I literally am out of almost all of my cleaning supplies. I was waiting til we get paid to stock up on the various types I use...I think I'm going to try your method! I've always hated the smell of cleaning vinegar (my grandma used it) but if you can put essential oils in it then I might be sold! How is the smell after you put the oils in?

  2. We do the same!! Vinegar is amazing and with so many uses it's a staple in our home. It's also a great foot soak for soft feet (helps with athlete's foot and nail fungus too). We also use it in our steam cleaner after a run with our homemade steam cleaning solution (it cleans the steam cleaner, gets rid of any soap residue that might be left behind and makes the carpet softer too all - at the same time!) We'll definitely have to check out this vinegar with the higher acidity. Great post!!

    Michele xoxo

  3. I just wrote a post about cleaning smelly drawers with vinegar. It worked wonders! I had no idea Heinz made Cleaning Vinegar - how smart of them! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Hi Holly, Just wanted to tell you that I loved this so much, I wrote a quick post about it! Thanks again! And have a great day!

  5. This is super information Holly. Everything looks so shiny clean. Thanks for sharing this great product!!!

  6. Never knew there were so many uses for vinegar but, I am definatly going to try these. Would rather use all natural products than all the chemicals for sure. Thanks for sharing.....

  7. I always use vinegar, baking soda, and borax...It is way cheaper then buying a cleaning product for every room of the house and not to mention you don't have all the chemicals...I never thought of adding lemon oil...thanks for the tip!!

  8. What a great idea of using essential oils in the vinegar. I have got to try it!

  9. Well cleaning the washbasins has always been a tricky task for me just before I ind this post..your product is looking so effective & I will definitely grab it soon..!

  10. Hi Holly, I've been using vinegar for several years for all sorts of things. Yes, to cleaning - I also use it as a fabric softener - just pour it into the place for softener. One tip with doing this is to use only half the amount of detergent. I have found that using a full cap of detergent leaves clothes too stiff and scratchy (again, marketing to get us to use more). Thanks for sharing! Nan

  11. We've used Vinegar to clean the coffee pot and microwave for years! I'm going to try adding some essential oils. Sounds fabulous!

  12. Someday I want to go natural for our cleaners. I don't feel like I have time to make everything right now. I imagine it can only smell better than the harsh cleaners! (and how did I not know Heinz made vinegar???)

  13. This isn't a post about cleaning with vinegar, but I've used it to treat warts. It works. Just soak a cotton ball or a bandage in vinegar and let it stay on overnight (it may take longer for some to see results--just keep putting the vinegar on it). After a day or so the wart will start to turn black (it was overnight for my son and daughter, but I had to apply it for several nights to work on the one on my foot which by the way...was very painful, but the pain was gone within a day or two!!)--After the wart turns black, it's usually very small--it shrinks as well. The at some point--a few days it will just fall out and leave a small but not painful hole in the skin where it used to be--I've been telling everyone about this because it's so easy and not painful at all...plus it's CHEAP!! Just wanted to share!

  14. very good information,useful to everyone;thanks a lot for the information.

  15. My husband is allergic to fabric softener. So, for years I didn't use any in his clothes, but hated the way they felt coming out of the dryer. Could not use any on the towels either and really dislike that "hard, crispy" feeling. I use white vinegar in the last rinse cycle(my washer has a setting for an extra rinse and the cuplike thing in the middle). It is a way for me to soften the clothes, remove soap residue an make the laundry smell good.

  16. Anonymous5:36 PM

    I have always known about this, but never wanted to "waste" my time. I have changed my mind though. Thanks!

  17. I love cleaning with vinegar (and baking soda)! No more streaky mirrors! Another really awesome cleaning products you may want to try out is Miessence's Probiotic household cleaner - It's great stuff! You only need to mix one capful with water in the spray bottle, so it lasts a long time!


  18. I just love using vinegar to clean. I wish I had started doing it sooner! My favorite concoction is to mix it with Dawn dish soap to clean soap scum off my shower door. It's amazing!
    Thanks for sharing your recipes!

  19. I learned how to clean with vinegar from watching me mom doing it when I was a child. Vinegar is a cheap, wonderful way to save money and still have a clean home. I am very impressed by your list and your kitchen sink looks like new.

  20. Fabric softener. Also, I try to get the organic vinegar.

  21. It is great to see this product !

  22. I use vinegar to clean EVERYTHING. I own a Computer Repair/ Web Design/ Internet Marketing business and when we have computers in the shop, I use it on a super soft cloth to clean laptop screens and bodies. You can't just spray it on monitors, but if you spray the cloth and then use the other end to dry, it works great without damaging the screen.
    Also, when cleaning large places (shower walls, windows, even walls and ceiling fans) I use a car squeegee to scrub and remove the moisture. Works great!

  23. Great ideas!

    Would love for you to link it and your other green cleaning ideas up at my new Empty Your Archive link party which is a chance to dust off great posts from your archive - there is a focus this week on green cleaning, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x


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