Mixing Pine-Sol and Vinegar for Cleaning (Why I Love Using it) 

You can mix Pine-Sol and vinegar. Actually, I do it all the time!

As two acidic products, mixing Pine-Sol and vinegar can provide many benefits by tackling your most challenging cleaning tasks.

Today, I share how I use this solution, how I mix it, tips for when using it, and the best uses for this awesome solution!

Why Mix Pine-Sol and Vinegar? 

The beloved household cleaner, Pine-Sol, is an effective degreaser, cleaner, and disinfectant (when used at full strength).

The original pine oil formula (Pine-Sol Original Pine), sold only online, has a pH of 3.5, while the glycolic acid-containing formula (Original Pine-Sol Multipurpose Cleaner) has a pH between 2.1 and 2.6. 

Whichever Pine-Sol formulation you choose, both are very acidic. 

With a pH of 2.8, vinegar, whose main component is acetic acid (CH3CO2H), is a non-toxic, eco-friendly liquid that can eliminate some bacteria, viruses, and mold.

Individually, each product is an effective cleaner. However, when combined, Pine-Sol and vinegar become a powerful duo, capable of cutting through grease, food residue, soap scum, mineral deposits, streaks, and smudges.

Best of all, because both products are acidic, combining them does not run the risk of releasing harmful chemicals or creating a violent reaction.

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Pine-Sol and vinegar

Uses for This Awesome Solution 

This powerful duo is as versatile as it is effective. Let’s explore its many uses throughout your home. Personally, I love to use it to clean my floors!

In the Kitchen

This versatile combination can be used to cut through grease on stove tops, counters, and microwaves. It can also remove food residue from various surfaces throughout your kitchen, including oven racks, indoor trash bins, and the often-neglected refrigerator!

It’s easy for me to forget to clean underneath the vegetable drawers and inside the refrigerator door. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

The produce drawers can also accumulate rotting vegetable gunk. Remember that zucchini you purchased with the best of intentions but never cooked?

With constant use, it’s easy for food debris to accumulate in the nooks and crannies. Dried-up liquid spills can be especially difficult to clean.

Thankfully, this solution can make it a breeze to clean all areas of your refrigerator and beyond.

In the Bathroom

Cleaning that much-dreaded bathroom can be easier with this powerful duo. You’ll be able to tackle the toilet, bathtub, shower, sink, tile floors, and even the mirrors, doors, and walls.

Mineral deposits, soap scum, and mildew will be no match for this combination. And your knees with thank you for reducing the amount of time you’ll spend scrubbing away at that pesky grime.

The result will be a clean, fresh-smelling bathroom with less effort.

In the Laundry

Combining Pine-Sol and vinegar can serve as a fabric softener and wash booster while removing stains and odors. 

You can also use the mixture as a spot remover. Simply apply it to the stained area, allow it to penetrate for a few minutes, and rinse.

Be sure not to use the mixture without testing it on a small area of the fabric first as it could potentially damage it or cause discoloration.

I have never used it in the laundry myself. So feel free to test it, and let me know how it worked out in the comments below!

On Floors

This is by far my favorite way to use this solution! I highly recommend you give it a try! 🙂

This hard-working combination can do wonders for your floors, especially those high-traffic areas where food, dirt, and grime accumulate the most.

You can use this combination to effortlessly clean tile, linoleum, vinyl, and hardwood floors.

I love Pine-Sol’s fresh scent when I clean my floors. And while vinegar does have a strong odor, combining the two diminishes the vinegary smell for a wonderfully clean scent throughout my home.

On Windows and Glass Surfaces

This Pine-Sol-vinegar combination can be excellent for cleaning and removing streaks and smudges from mirrors, windows, and other glass surfaces.

However, due to the mixture’s acidity, it is best not to use it on tinted windows or delicate glass as it could potentially cause irreparable damage.

Windowsills can often be overlooked. This combination can be an excellent way to remove all that dirt and dust while reducing allergens in your home.

Outdoors

This mixture is excellent for removing caked-on dirt and grime from outdoor plastic furniture and surfaces.

Additionally, you can also use it to clean and disinfect plastic trash bins, a common source of foul odors and pests.

Nothing ruins your peaceful outdoor experience like a foul-smelling, insect-attracting trash bin. Believe me!

Because of its low pH, however, avoid using this combination on metal surfaces, as the acidity could easily corrode metal.

On Pet Bedding and Areas

And don’t forget about our furry friends! While it is never advised to use household cleaners on your pets, you can use this powerful solution to clean and disinfect pet areas, such as litter boxes and crates.

You can even spray this blend on your pet’s bedding to help remove those pesky fleas and persistent foul odors. I love my pup, but sometimes, the smells that emanate from her bedding can be less than adorable.

To tackle this issue, simply spray the solution all over and allow it to sit for a while. Thoroughly wash the bedding to avoid possible skin irritation on your fur baby.

As a General Household Cleaner and Disinfectant

This versatile solution can be used on various surfaces and areas throughout your home. 

From counters to tables, chairs, windowsills, and doorknobs, you can be sure you’ll be keeping your family safe by cleaning and disinfecting with this product combination.

How to Safely Mix Pine-Sol and Vinegar for Cleaning 

You can mix Pine-Sol and vinegar in various ways depending on your cleaning needs.

For a powerful cleaner and disinfectant, you’ll want to mix one part of Pine-Sol and one part of vinegar.

To clean the bathroom or kitchen, you can also make a diluted solution for a milder yet still effective cleaner. In separate containers, combine one part Pine-Sol with ten parts water and one part vinegar with four parts water.

Once each solution is thoroughly mixed, slowly combine the two and mix well.

To clean floors, Pine-Sol’s official website recommends “What Your Mama Taught You.” According to them, you can “fill up the sink with hot water & a cap full of your favorite Pine-Sol floor cleaner. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar & use to clean any type of floor.” And it works!

Keep in Mind!

Due to the product’s acidity, it is important to take certain precautions to safely mix Pine-Sol and vinegar for cleaning.

  • Always protect your skin. Wear rubber gloves without cuts or holes. 
  • Ensure the is adequate ventilation when mixing and using the solution to avoid skin, eye, and nose irritation.
  • Protect your eyes with a pair of wraparound safety glasses.
  • If you get any of the solutions in your eyes or skin, flush the area with water for at least 15 minutes.

The Benefits of Mixing Pine-Sol and Vinegar 

The mixture’s benefits include cleaning and disinfecting a variety of surfaces, including in the kitchen, bathroom, and outdoors.

Because of its low pH, this solution can cut through grease, dirt, and grime with minimal effort.

In the kitchen, it can help you disinfect food preparation surfaces, your microwave, and your refrigerator. Additionally, it can keep pests away from your kitchen and bathroom trash bins, reducing the potential for disease and bad odors.

In the bathroom, it can help you keep a spotless, fresh-smelling area as you get rid of mineral deposits, soap scum, and mildew. Additionally, you’ll also be getting rid of disease-causing germs.

When used in its most concentrated form, it can disinfect high-traffic surfaces and areas, like counters, floors, and even doorknobs, which is especially important during cold and flu season.

Tips and Things to Keep in Mind

While Pine-Sol and vinegar are relatively safe to use, there are a few mistakes you’ll want to avoid when mixing and using the two products.

Here are a few tips and things to keep in mind:

Don’t boil vinegar! While it may be customary to heat or boil vinegar when cooking, it is not a good idea to do so for cleaning purposes.

Heating vinegar, even if diluted in water, will cause the water to evaporate leaving behind concentrated acetic acid, which will be highly corrosive to your skin and surfaces.

You can add Pine-Sol to hot or warm water; however, it is best to let it cool a bit before adding vinegar.  

Do not use the Pine-Sol-vinegar blend on porous surfaces, such as unsealed wood or stone surfaces, like granite, marble, stone, onyx, travertine, or limestone.

Some rocks contain calcium carbonate, which will react with acids, such as vinegar, leading to holes in the surface.

Do not use the solution on metal as it can corrode it due to its low pH. Also, do not use the wrong type of vinegar!

Distilled/white vinegar can be used for food preparation and cleaning. Cleaning vinegar should never be consumed. And industrial vinegar is for outdoor use only, mainly as a weed killer.

Finally, be sure to test the solution on a small area before treating or cleaning to avoid causing irreparable damage to the surface or material.

To Wrap Up

Now you know that Mixing Pine-Sol and vinegar can help you effortlessly tackle your most challenging cleaning tasks throughout your home. And how to correctly mix it and the best uses for this solution.

Do you think something is missing? Let me know in the comments below, and I’m happy to chat and hear about your experience using pine sol and vinegar as a cleaning solution! 🙂

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