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How to Clean Your Car with Vinegar

This post about how to clean your car with vinegar was inspired by a collaboration with Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar. All opinions and text are my own.

I use vinegar on a daily basis in my house. And it seems that there’s no room in the house where I don’t use it…  a quick refresher on the bathroom counters, cleaning up after pets, and quite regularly in the kitchen, but not just in recipes!

Lately though, I’ve been taking the vinegar outside and it might just surprise you where I’ve been using it!

CleanYour Car with Vinegar

I don’t know about you, but the Holidays are busy. We’re constantly in and out of the car, visiting different friends and family, gift bags getting crushed under the girls’ feet, cookies crumbling in the carpet floor mats, and maybe, just maybe, a little bit of sweet potato casserole that found it’s way out of the dish in the back of the car.

For those reasons [and a few more that we’ll just skip right over!], I’ve been using my Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar to clean our cars!

Four Monks cleaning vinegar is a non-toxic, safer way to clean your car with vinegar. You get the best of both worlds – the cleaning power of vinegar without the overwhelming smell.

Sure, it still smells like vinegar, but the aroma is more mild and I love that Four Monks comes ready to go in a spray bottle, which is perfect for those stains and spots that the sweet potato casserole made in the back of hubby’s car!

Cleaning Automotive Carpet with Vinegar

You can clean your car with vinegar, just like any other carpeted area of your house – a few sprays of vinegar and blotting with a dish towel will take most stains right up.

Transporting food from one family gathering to another, coupled with the rising temperatures here in east Tennessee in December, left behind a few unpleasant odors in the car too. I don’t know why I haven’t tried this tip inside the house yet, but it’s definitely going to come in handy when there are lingering odors in small areas, like your car or laundry room!

Odors in Car Vinegar

Simply fill a bowl with Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar and set the bowl on the floorboard of your car. The vinegar absorbs any unpleasant, lingering odors in your car overnight. I was so pleased with the results after we had some definite lingering food odors in the car after the Holidays.

One of my secret weapons to having the cleanest and shiniest windows and mirrors [indoors and on our cars] is also Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar.

I ditched chemical cleaners awhile back for a more eco-friendly option and it can’t get any easier than a Four Monks spray bottle of vinegar and a microfiber window cloth [which is smoother than a regular microfiber cloth].

Cleaning Car Windows with Vinegar

I’ve always found that using vinegar and a smooth microfiber cleaning cloth to clean mirrors and windows leave no streaks behind like I used to experience with other cleaners.

Of course, there are quite a few more ways that you can clean your car with vinegar, but these are definitely my favorites and what saved our car from the Holiday neglect. Be sure to check out more of Four Monks’ Vinegar Tips for cleaning your car with vinegar too!


Thursday 7th of April 2016

If you care about your car then you would definitely invest in expensive cleaning products. You can enjoy a problem free car only with good maintenance, wash your car frequently and service it every quarterly to save your time and money.

Lisa Coomer Queen

Friday 19th of February 2016

I had heard about this but have never tried it. Thanks for the details, now I know how!

Amber Ludwig

Thursday 4th of February 2016

Oooh I use vinegar for tons of cleaning but have never thought to use it in my car!! Genius!! I am totally doing that bowl trick asap!! My car smells so stale!!


Wednesday 6th of January 2016

Ah, thanks for the tip to remove lingering orders; nothing worse than a smelly car! ill have to go to Walmart and check this brand out. I've been looking for an eco friendly way to clean all the toys in the house! Thanks!


Wednesday 6th of January 2016

I would love to try this...both on/in the car and in my home. Thanks for the review!