How to Disguise the Smell of Vinegar

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Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar

  • Apple cider vinegar

  • Water

  • Spray bottle

  • Lavender leaves

  • 1-qt. jar with plastic lid

  • Lemon

  • Essential oil


Before sprinkling the baking soda, do a spot test to be sure it does not harm the surface.

The down side to vinegar is the smell.

White vinegar is an economical and environmentally friendly cleaning agent. Its strong acidic property kills germs and bacteria. An apple cider vinegar rinse on your hair makes it shine. Vinegar has many uses including neutralizing odors. It also leaves behind an awful smell. The smell of vinegar dissipates on its own, eventually. There are some tips to use to disguise the smell of vinegar if you find it unpleasant.


Step 1

Dilute white vinegar with equal parts of water when using as a cleaning agent. Pour 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water into a spray bottle for cleaning surfaces. Dilute 1 cup of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water to rinse hair after shampooing and rinse thoroughly. Diluting the vinegar before use minimizes the smell.

Step 2

Lavender tints the vinegar a pretty shade of lavender.

Fill a 1-qt. jar halfway with lavender leaves. Fill the jar with white vinegar. Secure the jar with a plastic lid. A metal lid will react with the vinegar. Place the jar in a dark, cool place for four weeks. Shake the jar daily. The lavender vinegar leaves an aromatic scent when cleaning.


Step 3

Squeeze a fresh lemon into your vinegar cleaning solution. The lemon neutralizes the vinegar smell. You can also add lemon peels directly to the vinegar solution for more of a citrus smell.

Step 4

Add an essential oil to white vinegar before using it. Add 20 to 40 drops of the oil to 1 gallon of vinegar. Use lavender, peppermint, lemon or any essential oil that you like.

Step 5

Sprinkle baking soda onto the surface that smells like vinegar. Let the baking soda sit for a few minutes to absorb the odor and then wipe or vacuum it away.



Crys James

Crys James has been writing newsletters for her employer since 2004 and began freelance writing in 2010. Her writing focuses on topics in personal finance, family, food and fitness. James has a Bachelor of Science in business management from National Louis University in Wheeling, Ill.