How to Clean Oak Chairs Using Vinegar

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Homemakers everywhere often lament the extreme cost of cleaning supplies. Not only do different brands of cleaners often cost a lot--harsh chemicals are added. Vinegar is quickly becoming a solution to housecleaning woes: A cheap and efficient solution, this compound cleans powerfully and naturally. And, surprisingly, vinegar works amazingly well on hardwood oak chairs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Oak chairs
  • Cloth

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  1. 1

    Dust the chairs. Before you can spray the chairs with vinegar wipe them thoroughly with a cloth, removing dirt from all the cracks and crevices.

  2. 2

    Prepare the vinegar solution. Combine one part vinegar with four parts water; half a cup of vinegar mixed with two cups of water works well for this solution. For a stronger solution, use less water. Pour the solution into a clean, empty spray bottle; attach the top and spray a few times to ensure the solution flows through the nozzle.

  3. 3

    Spray the oak chairs. Using your spray bottle, douse the chairs with the vinegar solution. Spray enough vinegar solution for the chair to get wet, but not so much that the solution drips off profusely. Let the vinegar sit for a few minutes.

  4. 4

    Wipe the chairs clean. Using a clean cloth, wipe the vinegar off the chairs.

Tips and warnings

  • For other woods, the cleaners at suggest using a different mixture. Combine one cup of vinegar, one cup of baking soda, one gallon of warm water and a half cup of ammonia. Mix this solution well and apply it to various wood surfaces. Wipe clean within 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Always use distilled white vinegar to clean. The composite content is different in other vinegars, and the cleaning effect is not as potent.

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