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10 Ways to Use Vinegar to Clean your Home

by Jordan Berry |

Vinegar is an environmentally safe, non-toxic alternative to store-bought cleaners, and as a family, we have been taking advantage of its power for decades.
Take a look below to learn more about the many different ways to clean with vinegar!


Cleaner Dishes & Glass

When doing the dishes, vinegar is the best secret weapon for sparkling results! The best part is that you can use vinegar either in the dishwasher or hand washing dishes. We recommend spraying Black and Berry Living All-Purpose Cleaner directly onto your dishes and then setting them on the drying rack. If you are using a dishwasher, you can just spray Black and Berry Living All-Purpose Cleaner onto all of the dishes and run your dishwasher as directed. It’s that easy!


Shower & Bathtub

Vinegar is also an amazing cleaner for your bathroom! One of the best places to utilize vinegar in your bathroom is in your shower and bathtub. We recommend using Black and Berry Living All-Purpose Cleaner in your shower every day to prevent soap scum and mildew (the best part is there is no need to wipe down!). Pro tip: spray Black and Berry Living Eucalyptus Mint All-Purpose Cleaner each day and enjoy the aroma of the eucalyptus and mint essential oils as the shower steams! This daily spray-down can also be replicated with the toilet. Spray our all-purpose cleaner inside the toilet bowl to prevent the dreaded ring of grime and on the toilet seat to kill bacteria. Simply spray and walk away! 


Pet Urine in Carpets

Vinegar can even be an effective tool in cleaning up pet messes. First, blot up as much of the pet urine that you can with a towel. It helps to add more pressure to ensure that you are able to increase absorption. Flip to clean parts of the towel and repeat the process a couple of times. Once done, it is time to put the power of vinegar to use! Before putting vinegar on your carpet or rug, we recommend that you test for colorfastness. Mix a solution of part water and part vinegar and spray (or pour) on the urine stain. Black and Berry Living All-Purpose Cleaner is made in small batches with raw vinegar that is teeming with thousands of live bacteria that kill the odor-causing bacteria in urine. Allow the solution to sit for 10-15 minutes. Blot once more and voila!


Washing Machine Rinse

To keep your washing machine fresh, pour ½ cup of vinegar or Black and Berry Living All-Purpose Cleaner into it to help keep mildew away! 


Dryer Refresh

Soak a washcloth in vinegar or Black and Berry Living All-Purpose Cleaner and throw it in the dryer with a load of laundry. This helps to eliminate the need for chemical-filled dryer sheets. The vinegar helps to keep the colors of your clothes bright while also removing laundry detergent buildup.


Deodorize the Kitchen Drain & Disposal

There is nothing worse than a smelly drain after a long week of cooking! To keep your drain and disposal fresh, pour a cup of vinegar or Black and Berry Living All-Purpose Cleaner down the drain and allow it to sit for 30 minutes before flushing with cold water.



Your microwave is one of the easiest spaces in your home to neglect. All of the mess inside is hidden, and we always tell ourselves that we will get that pasta sauce off “later.” Before you know it, it’s stuck to the inside of your microwave, making it nearly impossible to get rid of! Well, we are here to help! To remove tough stains, add one cup of vinegar or Black and Berry Living All-Purpose Cleaner to a microwave-safe bowl and place the bowl inside of your microwave. Microwave the vinegar for 5 minutes or until the vinegar has reached a rolling boil. Remove the bowl (taking care when handling it, as it will be hot), take a sponge, and simply wipe the mess away!



Stovetops get dirty quickly, but vinegar can blast through the grease and food stains on your stove with ease. You can simply soak a sponge in vinegar and wipe the stove clean, or you can spray Black and Berry Living All-Purpose Cleaner to the stovetop, let it sit for 10 minutes, and wipe clean for a more refreshing smell!


Window & Glass Cleaner

Nothing cleans windows and glass better than vinegar. Some may consider this a bold statement, but we based on our experiences, we firmly believe it! Spray vinegar or Black and Berry Living All-Purpose Cleaner on your windows, glass countertops, mirrors, or other glass surfaces and wipe down with a washcloth. They’ll look brand new!


Soaking Toys

Kids toys are petri dishes of germs! There are plenty of articles online that present alternative cleaning methods for toys, with many saying to mix water and bleach to clean and disinfect toys. We strongly disagree and recommend that you throw out that toxic bleach and look to vinegar to help clean and disinfect your children's toys. Add one cup of vinegar per gallon of water and soak toys for 30 minutes. Use to a towel to dry and return to the toy bin. A safe clean that you can trust!