5 Simple Ways to Get Rid Of Vinegar Smell

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How to Get Rid Of Vinegar Smell 

Vinegar is one of the best natural cleaning products I have come across with. Vinegar has acid in it that will get rid of bacteria but is safe enough for humans to take in. The problem with vinegar is that it does carry a strong odor to it that will have an area smell like vinegar for days to come.

Getting rid of the vinegar scent might seem hard but when you think of it there are a lot of ways you can get rid of the vinegar smell but still have the benefit of cleaning or using the vinegar to do other things. Below will be 5 methods that you can use to get rid of vinegar smell off any surface whether it is on your carpets, countertops, floors, bathroom, and more. These methods will move or mask the smell of the vinegar.

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A quick and easy way to get rid of the vinegar smell off any surface is to add 5 drops of essential oil of your liking into some warm water and use a cloth or paper towel and clean the area. You can also add the essential oil to a spray bottle and use it.

 

Why You Should Use White Vinegar To Clean

White vinegar has a pH level of 2-3 which is acidic, but humans can take it in and the water pH level is between 6-9 on the pH scale. Vinegar is acidic enough to get rid of some bacteria if you use it to clean some areas of your house. It also can break down water build-up and remove stains off surfaces that only toxic chemicals would be able to remove.

So in short vinegar is a great replacement for chemicals where you would have to use a mask and gloves in order to use them plus we all have a bottle of vinegar in our kitchen cabinets.

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6 Ways To Remove Vinegar Smell From Any Surface

Method 1. Lemon Juice To Remove Vinegar Smell

Lemon juice is a great way to hide the smell of vinegar if you choose not to use other chemicals. For example, if you clean your countertops with vinegar and afterward your kitchen smells of vinegar then you can use lemon juice in this case to remove the smell of the vinegar.

To use the lemon juice is based on where the vinegar smell is coming from. You can either add half a cup of lemon juice to warm water and use a cleaning cloth and wipe the area clean or you can add half a cup of lemon juice to a spray bottle and spray the area where the vinegar smell is coming from.

If you spilled vinegar on your carpet you can pour some of the lemon juice mixed with water on the area and soak it up with a cloth or paper towel and this will remove the smell of the vinegar from your carpet.

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Method 2. Essential Oils To Get Rid Of Vinegar Smell

Essential oil in hand in a car

Essential oils are a great way to improve the smell of your house in just a few seconds with whatever armor you like. You can use the essential oil in a defuser to defuse the smell of vinegar in the room or you can make an air freshener with the essential oil.

What you need to make the air freshener is a spray bottle and 15 drops of your favorite essential oil in the bottle filled with water. Lavender, cinnamon, mint, and lemon do a great job of masking the smell of vinegar in the atmosphere or on a surface. You can also use this spray and wipe the different surfaces to get the vinegar odor off it.

 

Method 3. Dish Soap

adding dawn dish soap to warm water

Depending on what you did with the vinegar, especially for cleaning. I always recommend that you use some sort of dish soap to clean the area after the vinegar has dried up so that there is no odor remaining. But if you didn’t do that you can use your dish soap with some clean warm water and a cleaning cloth or paper towel and clean the area where you smell the vinegar coming from.

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I choose to use dawn dish soap because it does remove grease and has a sweet aroma to it that will mask the smell of the vinegar and will clean the vinegar off the surface.

 

Method 4. Rubbing Alcohol To Mask The Smell Of Vinegar

rubbing alcohol on countertop

Rubbing alcohol is similar to vinegar in some ways. What I mean by that is you can use it to clean almost every area just as if it was vinegar and it gets rid of even more bacteria. The benefit of rubbing alcohol is that it doesn’t carry an odor to it after it has been exposed to air.

You can use rubbing alcohol to remove the vinegar or use it to hide the smell of the vinegar itself. If the vinegar is on a surface use the rubbing alcohol to clean and remove the smell. If you think that the vinegar is just circulating in the air, then methods 1 and 2 will work best in this situation.

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Method 5. Baking Soda

Baking soda, normally these two go together to clean and remove areas from different surfaces but if you used vinegar alone or you just simple spilled it on your carpet you can sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and it will absorb the smell of the vinegar and suck it up as well.

Baking soda can also be used to wipe and clean surfaces that vinegar was on. All you need to do is add half a cup of baking soda to some warm water and mix it around then clean whatever you are cleaning with it. This could even be the inside of your car that smells like vinegar.

Bonus Tip:

If vinegar is in the air in your house you can make your own homemade air freshener with laundry detergent or buy one at the supermarket and use. If you did this and you still smell the vinegar. You need to open the windows or use an air purifier to clean out the air in your house if you cannot find where the vinegar smell is coming from.

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Final Thoughts:

As stated above, vinegar is the best natural cleaning product you can use but it does leave a scent that some people cannot stand at all. Apple cider vinegar is less acidic so it will not have the same effects as pure white vinegar. If you have to use vinegar to clean an area, try diluting it to reduce the smell, or use any of the methods above to mask the odor once the vinegar had dried up.

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