Here’s How to Mask The Strong Smell of Vinegar

Don't like the smell of vinegar? You’re not alone! While vinegar is a magical cleaner that you can use on almost any surface, the sharp smell can make cleaning a challenge.

Of course, the smell will dissipate over time, but you shouldn’t have to wait around for the smell to fade. Here’s how to mask the smell of white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar without affecting its amazing cleaning power.

Add some fresh lemon juice

Combat the smell of vinegar with another one of nature’s own creations: a lemon. Squeeze a lemon directly into your vinegar solution, whether it’s pure vinegar or a mix of vinegar, water and other components. It’ll neutralize the harsh vinegar smell. (Not a fan of lemons? Add orange peel to your vinegar for a more soothing citrus aroma.)

Add in some essential oils

Lavender, peppermint, rosemary -- whatever you’ve got, it’ll disguise the harsh smell of vinegar instantly. Add around 30 drops per one gallon of vinegar. It should do the trick.

Sprinkle in some baking soda

Do you put baking soda in your fridge to absorb odors? It works just the same for vinegar. Sprinkle baking soda on the surface that smells like vinegar, wait a few minutes, then wipe it away. This works perfectly if you’ve used vinegar to clean your bathroom tile.

If it’s the smell that’s holding you back, we hope that this can help make the switch a little easier. You don’t need to spend all your money on household cleaners with manufactured scents. All you need is vinegar. 

By the way: we sell vinegar at Factory Direct Chemicals. Whether you’re searching for an ultra-strong vinegar concentrate or just something with a little more punch, you’ll find it here on our website.