Although sometimes I buy a few cleaning products, I make most at home using Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). Don’t be worried about the effectiveness of ACV, “…numerous studies show that a straight 5 percent solution of vinegar—kills 99% of bacteria, 82% of mold, and 80% of germs (viruses).” (1)
When disinfecting kitchen countertops, bathrooms or cutting boards, use straight undiluted ACV.
You should “deep clean” your fridge often. A common recommendation is every 4 months. I disagree. I clean mine monthly. Food rots/decays, molds, leaves behind odors and bacteria… it doesn’t take 4 months to do it either. Every month, wipe down the surfaces of your refrigerator including the walls, drawers and gaskets with a dilution of 50/50 ACV and water. Don’t forget, the shelves and drawers of your refrigerator are removable for a deeper clean.
stains on dishes
If your dishes are looking a bit grungy, try using a 50/50 solution of ACV and salt (or baking soda) to remove any staining. How do you apply? Using a circular motion lightly scrub the surface of any coffee or tea cups that have been dyed that yucky brownish tinge. Depending on the material and quality of your dishes, you may find that soup bowls or regularly used plates also get discolored overtime. Clean all tarnished dishes in the same manor (avoid fine China and gold leafed items).
Sinks are highly prone to getting mucked up. Whether stainless steel or porcelain, endless scrubbing doesn’t ever seem to remove all the filth. If your porcelain sink is stained use a paste made up of a 50/50 solution of ACV and baking soda, gradually incorporate a teaspoon of baking soda at a time, until the mixture thickens to a thin paste. Spoon on the paste to affected area and let sit for 20 minutes, gradually increasing the time for up to 24 hours. Stainless steel may not stain but if you have a dirty area that won’t seem to go away, try the same mixture!
Talk about gross, the drains in any home are probably the filthiest part. In the cleanest of homes, smells sometimes emanate from the drains. To deodorize your pipes pour a cup of straight undiluted ACV down any drain; sinks, bathtub or toilet, then run cold water down the drain after 20 or 30 minutes. If you are deodorizing your toilet, just flush a few times.
To unclog your drain, pour a cup of baking soda down your pipe, then immediately following the baking soda, pour a cup of ACV down. Run hot water down your drain after 5 minutes.
To remove rust, soak the metal item in straight undiluted ACV. I recommend trying a test section first.
Although, you can always wait until your dishwasher stinks to put 2 cups of straight undiluted ACV in your dishwasher and run it empty, I use the same amount of vinegar every time I use the dishwasher with a load inside.
(1) Bond, Annie B. “Vinegar Kills Bacteria, Mold and Germs.” Vinegar Kills Bacteria, Mold and Germs. Care2.com, 5 May 1999. Web. 14 Mar. 2016. <http://www.care2.com/greenliving/vinegar-kills-bacteria-mold-germs.html>.
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