How to Clean With Apple Cider Vinegar Versus White Vinegar

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Things You'll Need

  • Apple cider vinegar

  • Spray bottle

  • Water

  • Rags

Apple cider vinegar is touted for its benefits to health when used in cooking, medicine, and cleaning. It is comparable to white vinegar for cleaning, as both are used for removing dirt from appliances, surfaces, windows, and floors. Using vinegar as a cleanser is environmentally healthy because toxic chemicals are not poured down the drain or inhaled by your family, friends, and pets.


Step 1

Fill one-third of a spray bottle with apple cider vinegar. Fill to the top with water and screw on the lid. Spray vinegar mixture onto surfaces such as counters, stove tops, and table tops. Wipe clean with a rag. This is the same method used with white vinegar on these types of surfaces.

Step 2

Pour apple cider vinegar into coffee machines through the filter to clean them well. The scent will be slightly different than white vinegar, but the cleaning effect is the same.

Step 3

Pour apple cider vinegar into the toilet and allow to soak overnight. In the morning, clean with a toilet brush for a sparkly toilet. Your bathroom will be apple scented as well, which is a benefit of using apple cider vinegar over white vinegar. You could use either vinegar in this situation with similar results.


Step 4

Place a small amount of apple cider vinegar into your dishwasher to help make your dishes sparkle and to eliminate buildup in the machine. Pour the vinegar in the holder for dish-washing additives, or simply pour it into the soap container. White vinegar is not usually used for this purpose.

Step 5

Use your spray bottle of apple cider vinegar and water to mist windows for a clean look and a fresh scent. White vinegar works just as well in this application, but does not leave such a pleasant smell.



Jennifer Leigh

Jennifer Leigh has been a writer since 2006. She has been published in "Voices of Art Magazine" and on various websites. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Arts in fashion management from the University of the Incarnate Word and is currently pursuing a Master of Educational Psychology at Southern Illinois University.