Vinegar is a great green and natural cleaner, right?

Vinegar is a great green and natural cleaner, right?

Vinegar as a Natural Cleaner: Dos and Don’ts.

Not knowing the correct uses may be frustrating or preventing you from having the green-clean that you want. 

Using vinegar as a multipurpose all-natural cleaner may very well have been one of the first things you read or learned when beginning your journey toward green and natural living.

There are many uses for vinegar, right? Vinegar works really well for certain things, like de-greasing the range hood in the kitchen, cleaning mold and mildew in the bathroom, cleaning and descaling the coffee maker, or replacing the rinse aid in the dishwasher. 

Here are 3 myths to educate you further on the proper uses of vinegar in a yacht:

Myth #1: Vinegar is an effective cleaner for removing dirt and grime.

An article published on the Consumer Reports organization site found that vinegar is not the best at soil (dirt) removal.

Fact: “Vinegar is an acid, so it can cut through dirt and can kill bacteria, but only if you use it at full or nearly full strength,” says Derek Christian, owner of My Maid Service, a home cleaning service in Ohio and Texas. “Most people put a capful in a bucket of water, and that doesn’t do much.” The acids in vinegar can damage natural stone and wood surfaces. 

Well, let’s be honest, we know you are not really willing to work harder. You spend enough time cleaning as it is. And I would like to know that the products you are using are actually cleaning the surfaces and not just wiping the dirt around.

So vinegar definitely still has an important role in a green and natural yacht. It’s best to use vinegar as a rinse to help to disinfect a surface after you have cleaned it with a soap-based cleaner. 

Myth #2: Vinegar and castile soap are better together.

If vinegar is a great natural cleaner and castile soap is a great natural cleaner we can mix them together for even greater cleaning power, right? 

Well, not exactly. Vinegar and castile soap really don’t mix together at all. In fact, it turns into a kinda gross, curdled mess; not something you want to be cleaning  a yacht with!

There are other terrible combinations…but some that are great. In fact, you can find a whole host of them in this collection of all-natural cleaning recipes.

Myth #3: Baking soda and vinegar are a dynamic duo of green cleaning power!

Unfortunately, the answer is no.

The reaction of the vinegar and baking soda does create a fun fizzy reaction, but that reaction actually breaks the solution down into basically water with a little bit of sodium acetate, a.k.a. salt. Learn more about this dynamic duo from this educational article.

So it’s really just a light salt water solution. Again, not so great for deep cleaning around a yacht, huh? (Note: baking soda is still a great natural abrasive cleaner.)

If vinegar isn’t a great cleaner, what should you use instead?

Here’s a recipe for one of my favorite deep cleaners. It’s a homemade soft scrub that has natural bleaching and whitening qualities, so it’s great to use in the bathroom or kitchen!

Homemade Deep Cleaning Soft Scrub


  • 1 part castile soap I usually use 1 or 2 tablespoons, depending on how large of a surface you are cleaning
  • 1 part cream of tartar
  • Spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide


  • Mix together castile soap and cream of tartar in a small bowl until a paste forms.

  • Scoop out the paste with a sponge, rag, or your hand.

  • Rub over the surface you're cleaning.

  • Spray the surface down with hydrogen peroxide and then let sit for a few minutes.

  • Scrub to clean and rinse surface off with water.

There are many more homemade cleaning solutions you can use to clean all around a yacht. You’ll find LOTS of easy recipes for homemade natural cleaners and instructions for making and using them in this collection we’ve pulled together.

What’s your favorite homemade natural cleaning solution?

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