7 DIY Scented Vinegar Cleaners for the Easiest Spring Clean Ever

Vinegar is one of nature’s best cleaners. Surprisingly good at all sorts of spring cleaning tasks, the only downfall with this DIY cleaner is that it smells like vinegar.

So I’ve taken some of the best vinegar cleaning tricks, grabbed a pack of low-cost essential oils, and turned them into a scented regular or apple cider vinegar cleaning solution for whatever spring cleaning task you’re tackling today.

For about $20 in supplies, you can fill your cleaning cabinets with just a few DIY cleaners that will save you hundreds of dollars in supplies. Even better, I’ve found most of these cleaners are far more effective than store-bought alternatives, with none of the harsh chemicals. What an awesome way to welcome spring cleaning into your home!

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1. All-Purpose Vinegar Cleaning Scrub

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Make just enough cleaner every time you need it with this simple solution. One part vinegar, two parts baking soda bubble and work together to create a foaming scrub that works beautifully to shine bathtubs, ranges, and countertops. For stainless steel appliances, stick to straight vinegar and nix the baking soda for best results.

Yield: About 1/2 cup


  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 5-10 drops citrus or lavender essential oils


1. Just before cleaning, stir all together.

2. Apply with a rag or scrub brush and rinse clean with warm water.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar Fridge Cleaner

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Instead of strong-smelling bleach, give your fridge a fresh start by wiping it down with this scented vinegar. The best part? Everything used in this apple cider vinegar cleaning solution is edible, so you never have to worry about cross-contaminating your food with a chemical-based cleaner!

Yield: About 1 cup


  • 1 cup apple cider or white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 10 drops citrus essential oils


1. Mix all ingredients together.

2. Place in a spray bottle, spray onto refrigerator surfaces, and wipe down.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar Silver, Copper & Bronze Polish

Keep your family silver and those copper pots and pans looking dapper with this simple apple cider vinegar cleaning solution.

Yield: About 1/3 cup


  • 1/4 cup apple cider or white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup table salt
  • 1/4 cup citrus oil


1. Stir all ingredients together.

2. Rub onto silver, bronze, or copper, gently buffing until tarnish is removed.

4. Chemical-Free Apple Cider Vinegar Wood Polish

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Yield: About 1 cup


  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 20-30 drops lemon or orange oil


1. Mix all ingredients together, place in a spray bottle.

2. Spray on wood and wipe clean for all-natural wood shining. Repeat once a month for best results.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar Laundry Booster

Yield: Enough booster for 8 loads


  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 20-30 drops lavender essential oil 


1. In a mason jar, stir together salt, vinegar, and oil.

2. Use 1 Tablespoon per load to keep laundry fresh and bright.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar Drain Freshener

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Have a smelly old drain? It happens. But this quick trick with apple cider vinegar and lemon oil will give your pipes a fresh, new scent. Especially good for cleaning out garbage disposals, try this:

Yield: Enough to clean 1 drain


  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 5-6 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup hot water


1. Pour baking soda down any slow or clogged drain.

2. Mix together lemon oil and vinegar.

3. Gently pour down drain and allow to sit and foam for 20-30 minutes before rinsing well with 1-2 cups of hot water.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar Flycatcher

If spring means an abundance of pesky fruit flies, you can create your own all-natural fruit bowl cleaner with apple cider vinegar and dish soap.

Fruit flies are attracted to the scent of apple cider vinegar and will fly toward it. Once there, the dish soap will keep the bugs from being able to fly away. For your own benefit, add a few drops of essential oil to turn your flycatcher into a nicely scented diffuser for your kitchen — no one will know you’re trapping pests!

Yield: 1 batch


  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3-4 drops dish soap
  • 5 drops grapefruit essential oil


1. Gently stir together all ingredients.

2. Place next to fruit bowl and allow to sit for 24 hours to catch fruit flies.

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