Vinegar In The Kitchen

Vinegar has many great and numerous uses in the kitchen. It’s a natural cleaner and disinfectant. It kills 99% of bacteria and 82% of mold. Vinegar dissolves mineral deposits as well as having many miscellaneous uses.

Pots and Pans

  • To make a metal cleaner add enough vinegar to 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar to form a paste. Rub it on and let it dry. When dry wash it off and dry with a soft cloth.
  • Use equal amounts of vinegar and table salt and use it to clean cooking pots. It can be used on tarnished copper, brass and pewter.
  • For copper pots, spray them with hot vinegar that has 1 or 2 tablespoons of salt added. Rinse, and then dry.
  • For brass, mix equal parts of salt and flour with enough vinegar added to make a paste. Apply the paste and let it sit for 15 minutes before you rinse it off and rub it dry. It can also be applied then rubbed briskly.
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of ketchup with 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Use it to polish brass or copper. Rub it on with a clean cloth until dry and the metal will shine.
  • To remove dark stains on aluminum (aluminium) pots boil 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water in the pan.
  • Fill a pot with vinegar and let it sit for half an hour. Wash with soap and water.
  • Clean the inside of caste iron pots with a solution of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar boiled in the pot. Then re-season the pan and store it with a piece of waxed paper placed in the pot.

Counter Tops and Sink

  • Shine chrome fixtures that have stains and lime build-up by using a paste made of 2 tablespoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of distilled vinegar.
  • Heat vinegar to its boiling point and pour on fixtures to loosen water deposits.
  • Soak a cloth with vinegar and let it lie on a water stain or mineral deposit for about an hour, then scrub with the salt and vinegar paste mentioned above.
  • Make a scouring cleaner by adding 1 tablespoon of liquid detergent to ¼ cup of baking soda. Add enough white vinegar to give it a thick creamy texture.
  • Clean counter tops with undiluted white vinegar to make them smell sweet again.
  • At the end of the day spray your cutting board with undiluted vinegar and let it air dry.
  • Clean a cutting board with baking soda then with undiluted vinegar. Let it bubble and sit for 5 or 10 minutes then rinse it with water.
  • Spray counter tops at the end of the day with vinegar to deodorize and keep bugs away.
  • Clean and deodorize a drain by pouring 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of hot vinegar down it. Let it sit for 5 minutes then run hot water down it.
  • The same process can be used in the garbage disposer but use ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup hot vinegar.
  • Freeze vinegar in ice cube trays. Put several cubes in the garbage disposer and flush with cold water. Freezing the cubes with deodorize the freezer too.


  • Wash appliance exteriors with a mixture of ½ cup baking soda, ½ cup vinegar and a gallon of water.
  • Clean the shelves and interior of the refrigerator with a solution of half water and half vinegar.
  • Use undiluted vinegar to cut through the grime on the top of the refrigerator.
  • After cleaning the oven wipe it out with undiluted vinegar to get rid of the bad smell.
  • Place oven racks in a garbage bag with a solution of ¼ cup dish soap, 1 cup vinegar and really hot water. Set outside for a few hours or overnight before cleaning them in the sink.
  • Cover the glass of the oven door with undiluted vinegar and let sit for 10 or 15 minutes and then clean with a scrub sponge.
  • Each month run a cup of vinegar through an empty dishwasher through a whole cycle to get rid of soap build-up and orders.
  • Clean your glass cook top with warm sudsy water that has had a little white vinegar added.
  • Run vinegar and water solution through your coffee maker to get rid of mineral deposits if you use tap water to make your coffee. Run another cycle with plain water to rinse out the vinegar.


  • Add ½ cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of the dishwasher to make dishes and glassware sparkle.
  • To remove chalky deposits place dishes in the bottom rack of the dishwasher and run for about 5 minutes with 1 cup of vinegar added. Then finish the cycle with regular dishwasher detergent.
  • To prevent etching of glassware don’t wash them in the dishwasher but rather wash them by hand using 1 cup vinegar and a small amount of dish soap. Rinse and towel dry.
  • To remove the white film from glassware clean periodically with vinegar. For very cloudy glasses soak a paper towel with vinegar and wrap it around the glass and let it sit. If the film doesn’t disappear it means the minerals in your water have etched the glass and it’s too late to do anything about the film.
  • If you hand wash your glasses after washing spray with vinegar and water from a spray bottle. Rinse with hot water and dry on a rack.

Various Containers

  • To remove stains from coffee and tea cups scrub them with equal parts of salt or baking soda and vinegar using a sponge or brush. Then rinse with water.
  • Clean your bread box with undiluted vinegar to get rid of stale odors.
  • To get out the smell from plastic food containers clean them with undiluted vinegar also.
  • Place a slice of bread soaked with vinegar in your lunch box and leave it overnight to get rid of the smells.
  • Clean a thermos with a bottle brush after filling it with ¼ cup vinegar and hot water.
  • To clean narrow-necked bottles and vases let undiluted vinegar sit in them for a few hours. Place a few grains of rice inside and shake to loosen stains or dried debris.
  • Kill bacteria and mold in home canning jars by washing them with vinegar.

Misc Uses

  • Get rid of lime deposits in your tea kettle by adding ½ cup vinegar to water and let it sit overnight. If there is a lot of lime deposit boil undiluted vinegar in the kettle for a few minutes and rinse with clear water.
  • To discourage ants spray vinegar outside doorways, on window sills, around appliances or anywhere they might appear.
  • To get rid of fruit flies set out a small dish of vinegar to attract them and drown them.
  • Use vinegar and an old toothbrush to clean the wheel of your can opener.
  • Use undiluted vinegar to clean off grease from exhaust fans, air conditioner blades, the inside of the oven or any surface where grease collects.
  • Spray the surface of your gas or charcoal grill with vinegar before heating it for easier clean-up.
  • To remove a price tag, label or decal soak a cloth with vinegar and spread it over it. Let the cloth sit overnight and it should come right off.
  • To remove the odor from a sponge or dish cloth soak them overnight in ¼ cup of vinegar or enough to cover them.