Apple Cider Vinegar Household Cleaning And Disinfectant Uses
Acetic acid is what makes vinegar, vinegar, and it's not only beneficial to your health, but it's also great for cleaning and disinfecting.
For cleaning, we actually recommend white vinegar rather than apple cider vinegar in most instances. Raw,organic apple cider vinegar with the mother is the best when used for health, but apple cider or red vinegars may stain when using them for cleaning. NEVER use them on marble. The same acetic acid found in vinegar is an important industrial chemical, used in the production of soft drink bottles, wood glue, and photographic film. Diluted acetic acid is often used in water softening agents. You'll find a list of more household products that contain acetic acid here. According to the CDC, undiluted vinegar is effective against S. Typhi and E.coli 53, 332, 333. Apple cider vinegar is awesome!
Some Effective Vinegar Household Uses
Surface Disinfectant/Cleaner - Use white vinegar in place of chlorine bleach products. (Cut the vinegar smell with baking soda or lemon juice) It deodorizes, disinfects, and breaks up dirt. Use equal parts vinegar and water to clean most areas. The acetic acid works to clean water stains, lime deposits, soap scum, and as a rinsing agent.
All Purpose Cleaner - Use one teaspoon each of liquid soap, baking soda, and vinegar in one quart warm water in spray bottle. You can add 2 or 3 drops of your favorite essential oil to make it smell nice. You can also mix baking soda with lemon juice and vinegar to make cleaning pastes.
Glass/Window Cleaner - Use 1/2 cup vinegar in one quart warm water. You can also add one teaspoon liquid soap.
Grout Cleaner - Use undiluted vinegar
Chrome Cleaner - Use apple cider vinegar and a soft cloth
Food/Coffee/Tea Stains - Use equal parts salt and white vinegar
Soap Scum/Mildew - Apply a paste made of 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup vinegar, and warm water
Floor Cleaner - Mop with one cup of white vinegar mixed with two gallons of water
Prevent Clogged Drains - Use a strainer to keep hair/lint out of the drain; flush drain weekly with 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar; wait one hour; follow by filling the tub with hot tap water, then let it drain it out. It works!
For Carpets - Combine equal parts vinegar and water to remove winter salt residue. For oily, tea or cola stains - use one tablespoon detergent, 1/3 cup white vinegar, 2/3 cup water
Get Rid Of Cat Urine Smells - Try adding it to the laundry when you wash clothing, blankets, etc. to freshen and remove urine smells.
Produce Wash - Gayle Povis Alleman, MS RD, recommends a solution of 10 percent vinegar to 90 percent water as a bath to briefly soak produce. Just place your veggies or fruit in the solution, swish it around, and rinse thoroughly. Don’t use this process on fragile fruits (like berries), since they could be damaged in the process or soak up too much vinegar through their porous skins.
Clean Your Dentures - Undiluted vinegar may be used effectively for cleaning dentures, and since it's natural, unlike bleach solutions, vinegar residues left on dentures do not cause injury!
Credit For Content:
University of Pittsburgh
University of Southern California
Centers For Disease Control And Prevention - CDC.gov