How Can I Remove the Smell of Vinegar?

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Usually, the smell of vinegar will dissipate on its own if given time to dry. Expose the vinegar to as much fresh air as possible to speed up the drying process. The smell can also be removed by flushing the area where the vinegar is present with clean water until the smell is gone. If the smell persists, consider cleaning the area with an ammonia solution.

In a spray bottle, mix together a few drops of ammonia and dishwashing soap. Fill the rest of the bottle with water and use the solution to sponge the area where the vinegar is present. Take care when applying the solution to clean wool, which is sensitive to ammonia.

Mask the smell of vinegar when using it as a cleaning product. Take a spray bottle and mix together 20 drops of scented essential oils, ¾ cup of water and ¾ cup of vinegar. Essential oils are pure distillations from flowers, fruits, woods and herbs and provide a more agreeable scent than the vinegar.

Another method is to infuse the vinegar with citrus peels or herbs to mask the scent before using it as a cleaning product. Fill a Mason jar with the desired peels and herbs, and then fill the jar completely with vinegar. Let the jar sit for four to five days, and then use a strainer to remove the peels and herbs from the vinegar.