13 miraculous cleaning tips with apple cider vinegar

13 miraculous cleaning tips with apple cider vinegar. Photo: pexels
13 miraculous cleaning tips with apple cider vinegar. Photo: pexels

It’s thought that apple cider vinegar is a miracle worker – just ask anyone who has used it to treat a cold or soothe the scalp.

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But this fermented marvel, called apple cider vinegar, can also be used to make your home much cleaner – just check out the following cleaning methods that incorporate apple cider vinegar.

After reading them, you might be inclined to tackle your first cleaning task: grab a trash bag and throw away all the other “miracle” cleaning products you’re wasting your time with.

In the kitchen

• A 1:1 solution of apple cider vinegar and water makes a formidable cleaner for the entire kitchen – it can even remove bacteria. Use it to scrub your countertops, microwave, stove, etc. And because this solution is diluted, you don’t have to worry about the acid in the vinegar corroding the surfaces or fogging up the shine.
• Adding apple cider vinegar to the dishwasher’s wash cycle can remove stains from dishes, such as coffee cups and wine glasses. A quarter cup should do it.
• A bit more vinegar can also be used to clean, deodorize, and decolorize your dishwasher when added a few minutes into a wash cycle.

In the bathroom

• Fight bathtub mold with a rinse of apple cider vinegar. Depending on the severity of your mold problem, you can use apple cider vinegar alone or dilute it with a bit of water. Add some essential oils to leave the bathroom with a fresh lemon scent.
• A clogged drain is also no match for apple cider vinegar. First, pour about ½ cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar and a cup of hot water. After about 15 minutes – you probably remember how baking soda and vinegar react from all the volcano-related elementary school projects – wash everything down with boiling water.

In the living room

• A cozy night might lead you to light some candles… and wax may drip. When the wax is brittle to the touch, you can scrape it off with a spatula or credit card. A little diluted apple cider vinegar will remove the rest of the residue. Use a dishcloth with the solution to scrub it off.
• A solution of apple cider vinegar with water can even be used to defog your home’s windows – including the living room. The same solution can safely clean your walls, even the painted ones.
• Your mom always begged you to use a coaster and, in your own home, you opposed it… and now you have water stains on the side tables. Strong vinegar can remove the stains, though.
• Carpet stains are also no match for apple cider vinegar. Pour a few spoons of salt into the vinegar and rub it into the stain(s) before vacuuming everything up. You can also add it to the water to use in the carpet steamer to remove stains.

In the laundry

• It’s not always — or, um, ever — that we have time to clean our washing machines. Add two cups of apple cider vinegar as you would with detergent and let the machine run without clothes and voila. Your machine will be even cleaner than before.
• You can also use apple cider vinegar to make your laundry cleaner, odorless, and germ-free, by pouring a cup with each load.

In the garden

Apple cider vinegar does double duty in the garden. By pouring it directly onto areas prone to weeds, you can eradicate the unwanted growths from your flower beds.
• On the other hand, mixing 300ml of vinegar with 10 gallons of water is a great fertilizer for the soil.
• Obviously, these are just some of the many ways apple cider vinegar can improve your home and your life in general. So, head to the nearest store, grab a gallon, and get to work.
Source: Apartment Therapy

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