Making Your House Shine with ACV: Part One

Making Your House Shine with ACV: Part One

Sometimes it seems like all the uses for apple cider vinegar will never end, there are just SO many! So we’re going to break them down for you. In part one, we’ll go over some of the ways you can use vinegar to clean your house, the kitchen specifically, to make sure you are ready for Thanksgiving. Although, it might not hurt to revisit some of these tips after the family leaves…..

  • To clean wood floors or furniture, mix ¼ cup vinegar with 2 cups warm water and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Rub on with a terrycloth towel or mop to reveal original luster and shine.
  • To remove stains on carpet or upholstery, add 2 tablespoons of salt to vinegar and rub into the stain. Let dry and then vacuum. Repeat if necessary.
  • Clean out that fridge by wiping it down with 1 part vinegar to 1 part water. For tough spots or mildew, use full strength vinegar. It will thank you for it! Then leave a box of baking soda in the back to help soak up future odors.
  • You’re going to want to clean those cutting boards before and after the Thanksgiving meal comes to town. Riddled with nasty bacteria, a thorough wipe down with straight vinegar will take care of those unwanted germs!
  • You’re going to want fresh coffee to wake you up after dinner so have the coffeepot ready. Pour 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar into the coffeemaker and run a full cycle, followed by another cycle of plain water to rinse.
  • You’ll want to remove any coffee or other stains from dishes too. You can conquer this by mixing 1 part salt to 1 part vinegar and scrubbing until stain is gone. Pesky stains may need to soak in straight vinegar to remove.
  • To remove water spots from wine glasses, add ¼ cup of vinegar to your dishwasher rinse cycle and run a full cycle.
  • Clean your pots and pans by making a paste with equal parts of corn starch and salt. Dilute with enough vinegar to make a scrub. Use this to remove any stains and burnt or sticky food residue.
  • And last but not least, don’t forget to polish your silver! Mix 2 cups vinegar with ¼ cup baking soda (yep, we’re making volcanoes like the good ol’ days). In a shallow pan, let the silver soak for a few hours. Rinse clean with cold water and buff with a terrycloth towel to shine.

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