Sure, vinegar is an essential ingredient in any home, but the condiment is often underestimated in and out of the kitchen.
Like baking soda, vinegar is a great tool to get rid of stubborn messes. It also has the ability to disinfect the site of the spill.
Now, you’re probably familiar with white and malt vinegar, but organic apple cider vinegar is often the best choice to use around your home since it’s made from fermented apples (unlike the GMO corn used in white vinegar) and doesn’t contain gluten. It’s a little pricier than its counterparts, but it’s worth the investment.
Get creative and use apple cider vinegar to clean your home and improve your health. Here are just a few things you can do with this ever-practical superfood.
1. Wood Polish
Wood polish may smell good, but it’s full of questionable ingredients. It can be so toxic to inhale that furniture polish poisoning is actually listed as a condition in the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s online encyclopedia (1). Regularly inhaling the substance can lead to Asphyxia, bleeding in the lungs, collapsed lung, and seizures.
To make your own non-toxic version, combine 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Apply the mixture to a polishing cloth and use as usual. Store in a cool, dark place for future use.
2. Grease Remover
Clean a greasy countertop and stovetop by spraying them with equal parts vinegar and water. Let the mixture sit for a while and wipe away the mess with ease. After cooking a greasy meal, soak your dishes in hot water, dish soap, and a bit of vinegar before washing up to get every bit of grime off.
3. Weed Killer
Keep your lawn pristine by combining two parts apple cider vinegar and one part water and generously spray on weeds. For best results, use on a sunny day.
4. Bad Breath Rinse
Bad breath is typically caused by bad bacteria and plaque. Prevent stench by mixing one part apple cider vinegar and two parts water, and gargle the drink for 30 seconds. Vinegar will kill harmful bacteria and noticeably freshen up your breath.
5. Dandruff Solution
To keep flakes at bay, add one part apple cider vinegar to two parts water in a spray bottle. Gently spray the mixture onto your scalp and let it sit for hour or so. Rinse away with warm water. You can also use vinegar instead of conditioner if you struggle from chronic dandruff.
For more easy ways to use vinegar around your home, watch the video below.