If you’re interested in learning how to clean with vinegar, this post specifically focuses on how to make your bathroom sparkle and shine with white distilled vinegar. This DIY will save you tons of money in the long run and is much healthier than commercial cleaning products.
White vinegar is a cleaning miracle. Seriously.
Once I learned how to clean my bathroom with white vinegar, I stopped buying all other popular cleaning products on the market. Since switching to vinegar, my bathroom has been the cleanest it’s ever been and I don’t have to scrub, scrub, scrub for results like.
Many cleaning products contain harsh ingredients such as perchloroethylene, formaldehyde, 2-butoxyethanol, ammonia, sodium hydroxide, chorine, and more.
If you have sensitive skin, these ingredients can be extra dangerous. Before I switched to vinegar, I had a specific incident were the cleaning products gave me a painful rash on my hands and face. The worst part was that my bathroom wasn’t sparking white like I like it. Not only did I have a rash, but I still had a dirty bathroom.
Not long after my rash incident, I chose to switch to an organic and natural lifestyle, which meant that I didn’t want harsh and dangerous chemicals in my products.
That’s why I was determined to find an affordable replacement for traditional cleaning products, which is how I stumbled upon cleaning with vinegar.
The first time I cleaned my bathtub with white vinegar I was completely shocked at how easy and clean it got. I finally saw that sparkly white tub how I always envisioned.
Once I saw the success I had with my tub, I decided to clean my entire bathroom with vinegar. Let me tell you, my bathroom is extremely clean and it takes me hardly any time or effort.
If you can’t tell by now, I literally swear by cleaning with white vinegar. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you’ll want to ditch all other products and clean with vinegar, like me.
Here is how to clean the bathroom with white vinegar:
Get the right cleaning supplies
One of the perks of cleaning with vinegar is that it’s a versatile product and can be used on most surfaces. And, since vinegar is such a cheap product to buy in bulk, it saves plenty of money since you only have to buy it as a base cleaning product.
It might seem a little expensive to buy all the products up front, but most of them are a one time purchase to get things started. From there, the only thing you have to repurchase is vinegar and baking soda.
Here is what you need to purchase in order to get started:
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Spray Bottle for Cleaning
- Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
- Baking Soda
- Essential Oils (Optional)
- Dawn Dish Soap (Optional)
- Cleaning Gloves (Optional)
- Protective Glasses (Optional)
How to mix your vinegar
Mixing your vinegar takes less than one minute to complete. The following is how I mix my product, but feel free to change it up based off of what you prefer.
- Fill the spray bottle 3/4ths full with distilled white vinegar.
- Vinegar is very strong so dilute it with 1/4ths tap water.
- Add 15 – 20 drops of essential oil for fresher scent. Great essential oils to use are lavender, lemongrass, or wild orange. This is optional.
Note: If you can, open a window, wear protective glasses, and use gloves. This helps to keep the eyes from watering the hands from drying out.
How to clean different areas of the bathroom
The following is a breakdown of how I get my bathroom sparkling clean with vinegar.
Start by spraying the shower doors and letting it sit for 10 minutes. Then, dampen the entire shower with water and spray vinegar all over. Let sit for 10 – 15 minutes.
For extra tough stains and hard water spots, sprinkle a little baking soda over it. After a few minutes, scrub the shower floor and walls and wipe the doors with a paper towel or cloth. If hard water stains are especially hard, I recommend using scouring pads.
Tip: Clear everything out of the shower before cleaning to avoid getting vinegar on anything that will touch your skin.
Dampen the tub with water and spray your vinegar. I personally like to add baking soda on top of the vinegar for extra shine. I’ve also had great results when I add a bit of Dawn dish soap. This adds a great scent and gives a slip to the baking soda for easy scrubbing.
Allow your mixture to sit for 15 – 20 minutes, especially in hard to reach areas where dirt builds up (this tends to happen with shower/tub combos). Then, scrub the dirt away and enjoy your shiny bathtub.
Wet the inside of the bowl with vinegar and let it sit. Add sprinkles of baking soda if it’s really stained. If you want, you could put baking soda in your spray bottle and spray it on that way, but I prefer to not use baking soda every time.
Spray the entire outside toilet with the vinegar and wipe it clean. Once the outside of the bowl is clean, go back to the inside and wipe with a sponge or toilet brush. For extra tough stains, I love using a pumice stone.
4. Floor Tiles
My bathroom is small so I can get away with spraying a paper towel with vinegar and wiping the tiles and baseboards. For larger bathrooms, I recommend a Swiffer. Simply spray the floor and Swiffer away.
The floor is also the last part of the bathroom I clean. It’s not practical to clean the floor first and then have to keep wiping it up while you clean the shower, toilet, and counters.
Say bye, bye to streaky mirrors. With vinegar, the mirrors get perfectly clean and it never leaves a streak. I’ve had great success with using a vinegar + water mix. All I do is spray and wipe with a paper towel or a cloth. Trust me. It works amazing.
I take everything off of my entire counter and spray it down. I tend to let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it all up. If it’s gotten really dirty, I’ll add a little baking soda on it, but that really isn’t necessary.
Great news! Vinegar can be used to clean virtually any surface so chances are it can clean your cabinets, no problem. All you need to do is wet down the cabinets and wipe away. Make sure to really focus on knobs or corners that aren’t touched daily.
While you’re at it, go ahead and clean the bathroom doorknob. Those things get filthy!
Smelly or clogged drain? Here’s a tip I learned from my mom.
Boil a pot of water and dump it down the drain. Then, pour 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda down the drain. After that, add 1 1/2 cups of vinegar.
As soon as you pour the vinegar, plug the drain for about 10 minutes. You can literally hear it working.
After 10 minutes, pour another pot of boiling water to rinse the drain. If your drain is really clogged or smelly, repeat the process. Sometimes I’ll do this process 3 times.
For finishing touches, squeeze the juice from one lemon into the drain for a fresh smell.
I saw this trick online and loved it. Get yourself a few ziplock bags and fill them halfway with vinegar. Then tie them around your shower head, sink faucets, and bathtub faucets. Leave it overnight for the best results.
When you take it off the next day, you’ll see the rust and hard water stains literally melt off your faucets. Your water pressure will improve and the faucets will look like new.
So, that’s how I clean my entire bathroom with vinegar! I’ve made it a habit of mine to clean my bathroom every two weeks so that it never gets out of control. In between my deep cleans, I do wipe down the counters and clean the mirrors on a weekly basis.
Have fun cleaning your bathroom with vinegar!