There are many ways to use apple cider vinegar for cleaning the house, kitchen, bathroom, etc. Here are 18 different ways that you can use apple cider vinegar around your house to clean and disinfect.
Apple cider vinegar has so many uses everyone should always have at least one bottle in the house. It’s gotten a lot of press recently about its medicinal benefits, and offers a myriad of ways to use it in all sorts of recipes, but did you realize there are ways to use it to clean every room in your house?
Like all types of vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or ACV, offers powerful antimicrobial properties that are at least as effective as store-bought products without harmful chemical ingredients. In fact, when it comes to your health as well as the health of our planet this natural disinfectant is far superior and strong enough to handle just about any germy task. While it can be mixed with other natural cleaning ingredients like lemon juice, salt or essential oils, don’t mix it with baking soda as it neutralizes the acidity of the vinegar.
Once you’ve read about the many ways to utilize ACV, you may never want to use those chemical cleaning solutions again.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Cleaning Your Laundry
Freshen and Clean Clothes
Remove musty odors by adding one cup of apple cider vinegar to your wash cycle.
Kill bacteria on clothing by adding one cup of apple cider vinegar to the wash cycle.
Remove Yellow Stains
Allow yellow stained clothing to soak in a 1:1 ratio of warm water to apple cider vinegar overnight before washing.
Clean Your Washer
Run a full cycle in your washing machine with two cups of apple cider vinegar.
De-wrinkle Your Clothes
Fill a spray bottle with a 3:1 ratio of water to apple cider vinegar. Spray wrinkles and allow to hang dry.
Clean Your Iron
Keep your iron clean by filling the reservoir with vinegar, turning it onto steam and letting it sit upright for ten minutes. Follow with water and let it sit again on steam for ten minutes.
Using Apple Cider Vinegar for Cleaning Your Bathroom
Clean Your Toilet
Remove hard water stains with hot water and two cups of apple cider vinegar. Let sit for 20 minutes or longer depending on the stain.
Scrub tub with a 1:1 ratio of water to apple cider vinegar to kill mildew.
Clean Shower Curtain
Wash your shower curtain in the washing machine with one cup of apple cider vinegar in the rinse cycle and add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the detergent load.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Cleaning Your Kitchen
Clean grease off of counters, stove top, etc with a 1:1 ratio of water and apple cider vinegar.
Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into your drain followed by 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to create a volcano effect. This is more effective than harsh chemical cleaners.
Sanitize Cutting Boards
Cutting boards breed bacteria, therefore you should wipe down the surface with undiluted apple cider vinegar to kill bacteria.
Remove Coffee Stains
Remove coffee or tea stains from dishes by scrubbing with a 1:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar and salt.
Clean Coffee Machine
Pout a 2:1 apple cider vinegar to water ratio into your coffee maker and run a normal brew cycle. This should be done every 2-3 months to ensure the best-tasting coffee.
Wipe down door seals with undiluted apple cider vinegar to kill and clean mildew. Then use a 1:1 ratio of water and apple cider vinegar to clean the inside of the fridge.
Simmer apple cider vinegar in a small saucepan on the stovetop for an hour or so. For really strong, persistent smells (like smoke), leave the bowls filled with straight vinegar in the rooms where the odor is really strong.
Boil three cups of apple cider vinegar in your kettle for five minutes, then let it sit overnight. Rinse with water.
Clean Pots & Pans
Make a “scrub’ with equal parts salt and flour or cornstarch. Dilute with enough apple cider vinegar to make a paste. Scrub off burnt or sticky foods.
Prevent Spots on Glass
Prevent spots on glasses in the dishwasher by adding 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to the rinse cycle.
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