Vinegar and Baking Soda Uses List

Reference Lists for Cleaning and Other Purposes for Baking Soda and Vinegar

Vinegar aka Weak Acetic Acid

Cleaning uses for vinegar.

The chemical name for vinegar is diluted acetic acid. As a mild acid it chemically reacts with many other compounds. The result is the removal of those compounds from places we want them removed, otherwise known as cleaning.

List of Vinegar Cleaning Uses

  • Windows
  • Mirrors
  • Do NOT use for TV’s, computer monitors, etc.
  • Shower heads
  • Kitchen counter tops
  • Coffee pots
  • Tea kettles
  • Wood floors (I’d test this on on a small spot first)
  • Toilet bowls
  • Sinks
  • Refrigerator
Non-cleaning uses for vinegar include cooking (of course), mixed with salt for killing weeds, mixed with baking soda for keeping drains clear.

Baking Soda aka Sodium bicarbonate

Cleaning and other uses for baking soda.

The chemical name for baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. As a mild, generally non-chemically-reactive abrasive, it can be used accordingly. It also absorbs odors.

List of Baking Soda Cleaning Uses

  • Teeth brightening
  • Putting box in refrigerator to absorb odors
  • Mixing into litter box absorbs odors
  • Keeping drains fresh
  • Removing grease from stove
  • Laundry spot cleaning
  • Adding to laundry as brightener
  • Sprinkling over carpets some time before vacuuming
  •  Other cleaning uses might be listed right on the box
  • And then naturally there’s the cooking thing.

Combining aka Mixing Vinegar and Baking Soda for Cleaning Driveway Oil Spills and Stains

  • After scraping off the excess dried oil (a putty knife is perfect for this), simply mix the vinegar and baking soda in a container and pour on the driveway oil stains. Do this while the mixture is reacting. Scrub and spread around with brush or a throwaway rag. Let sit 5-10 minutes; scrub some more; let sit some more;wipe clean and rinse. As a side note, WD-40 also does a decent job. My oil stain was so bad, I repeated the two treatment procedures. First the scraping, then the vinegar-baking-soda mix, then the WD-40, then the vinegar-baking soda mix again; then the WD-40 again. One does not have to do it all in one day. I just scraped a little a day until it was done. Then did one treatment a day, alternating between the vinegar-baking-soda and the WD-40.

I hope the above lists and information proves useful for folks.

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  1. I really agree that baking soda is a big help when it comes to cleaning. Also other environmental friendly ingredients that you can find in your kitchen which is used also for cleaning are lemon and vinegar

  2. I use baking soda to clean out my crockpot. I found that this brings back the shine and deodorizes it too. Use it on the lid also to do that same. I foudn tis out becaue my husband used just dishwashing soap to clean it. The next time I went to use it, I could still smell the spices that I used before in it. I then used the baking soda as a paste to wash it down and viola no smell of previously cooked foods.

  3. Oh my God! I didn't know that baking soda can be used in so many different ways. I am totally going to try all of your advices :) :)