19 Ways to Use Vinegar to Clean Basically Everything in Your Home

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We've got some serious "queens of clean" on our team at eHow — these ladies know what's up when it comes to combating dirt and grime around the home. So when they share recipes for homemade cleaners, I listen. And when they say that vinegar is the secret ingredient to those cleaners, I run to the store and stock up on bottles. Now I'm convinced that vinegar has super powers. If you want to say bye-bye to filth and add some sparkle to your space, try these do-it-yourself cleaning solutions featuring vinegar. They're easy, inexpensive and best of all, toxin-free.

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1. Make a Streak-Free Window Cleaner

Because streaks left on your windows after cleaning them kind of defeats the purpose.

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2. Mix Up a Wood Floor Cleaner

With this solution, you'll avoid damaged and warped wood. You gotta treat that wood right. Right?

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3. Create Your Own Laundry Pods

Safe for all washing machines and will save you money, too. A clean sweep!

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4. Combat a Dirty Dishwasher

If you haven't noticed yet, gunk tends to build up in your dishwasher. And that's just gross.

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5. Destroy Odors in Drains

Really, you should be doing this weekly or bi-weekly to keep your sink drain fresh and odor-free.

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6. Make a Super Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Just five natural ingredients is all it takes for this powerhouse to tackle the toughest stains.

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7. Quickly Clean Oven Racks

Be prepared for how ridiculously easy this is.

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8. Remove Stains on Bakeware

Why replace expensive bakeware when you can simply restore it?

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9. Clean Your Showerhead in a Snap

30 minutes is all is takes. (And you hardly have to do anything.)

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10. Wash Your Clothes, 11 Different Ways

Brighten colors, kill odors and eliminate tough stains. This is a multitasking must-have.

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11. Make a Natural Disinfectant (That's Better Than Bleach)

You can use this on kitchen surfaces and produce. How 'bout that?

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12. Tackle Filthy Tile Floors

Hey you, dirty grout, this will get the grime out.

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13. Clean a Top Loading Washing Machine

Just because it washes clothes doesn't mean your machine is automatically clean. Do this every few months.

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14. Create a Bug Spray for Plants

A chemical-free way to say buzz off to bugs. Your beloved plants are going to be OK.

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15. Keep Your Iron Clean

Calcification buildup is no joke. Be sure to clean it once a month and you'll prolong the life of your iron.

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16. Make Mold Disappear

Mold and mildew don't stand a chance in your shower. Spray this every 2 to 3 days.

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17. Mix Together a Liquid Fabric Softener

So simple! And for a fraction of store-bought softeners.

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18. Clean Grease from Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Because the last thing you want your kitchen to be is dirty. When you need to get aggressive with cleaning grease buildup, you'll want to include vinegar.

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19. Disinfect Baby Toys

Out of the mouths of babes... and straight to the floor. Or your dog's mouth. Or another baby's mouth. Face it, your baby's toys are teeming with germs. So not cute. Time to sanitize!

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