How to Clean Dusty Window Blinds with Vinegar

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Putting up window blinds is a great way to add elegance and privacy to your home. 

However, they can start to look dingy and worn out if they get dirty. Dust can easily stick to its surface making the room look like a scene from the Addams Family.

But don’t worry. In this article, I’m going to show you how easy it is to clean window blinds with vinegar: no need for expensive cleaners or fancy tools.

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

  • Vinegar (white vinegar works best)
  • Water
  • A bowl or bucket
  • A clean cloth
  • Paper towels
  • Spray bottle (optional)
  • Soft brush (optional)


  1. Remove the blinds from the windows.
  2. Clean the blinds with a damp cloth. Remove as much of the dust as possible. Use a soft brush to get into hard-to-reach corners of the blinds.
  3. In a bucket or bowl, mix a solution of one part vinegar and two parts water in a spray bottle. Don’t use too much vinegar, as this may damage your window blinds.
  4. Dip a cloth in the mixture and use it to clean the blinds. You can also use a spray bottle. Be careful not to get any on metal parts or the fabric parts of the blinds. You shouldn’t use vinegar on cords either. 
  5. Use a cloth dipped in clean water to rinse off the vinegar solution.
  6. Finally, use paper towels or bring the blinds outside to air dry before hanging them up again.

Why Use Vinegar?

  • A natural cleaner. It’s made from fruits and grains, so it’s safe for almost any surface.
  • A mild acid that kills germs and can be used to clean your house without the risk of making your family and pets sick.
  • Safe for most surfaces — but remember that some materials shouldn’t be soaked in vinegar (like certain metals and marble). Also, always test a small area first before using vinegar on an entire window blind or curtain, just to make sure it doesn’t damage them.

How Often Should You Clean Window Blinds?

It’s recommended that you clean your window blinds once a week, after washing the windows

You can do this method bi-monthly if you don’t want to clean them too often; however, the more often you clean them, the less likely dust can accumulate on the window blinds.

You’ll also want to give them a quick wipe-down every time you notice that they’re dusty or dirty. 

While vinegar will take care of most messes on its own, there are some instances where extra effort is required—like when someone has been smoking near the blinds or when somebody spilled something on them.


Now you know how to clean dusty window blinds with vinegar. It’s a great and natural way to keep your blinds looking nice and it won’t cost you much. Now go out there and give it a try!

If you’re looking for more ways to clean with vinegar, read my article on How to Use Vinegar to Clean Moldy Shower Mats if you’ve got time.

Thanks for reading my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy

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