APPLE CIDER VINEGAR IS THE REAL FALL MVP
It’s fall, y’all! And that means apple orchards, apple pie and one our seasonal favorites: apple cider slushies from Farlows Orchard! Fall doesn’t just bring on all things apple, pumpkin spice and awesome autumn porch decor though…it brings on a season of sneezes, runny noses and coughs. So, do you know what else apples are good for? VINEGAR.
Okay the obvious: we know apple cider vinegar kind of has a particular, maybe even not so popular scent. But, do you know what doesn’t stink? Using a natural product to do all sorts of things! (For a better aroma, just add a couple drops of essential oils.) And, you can easily grab the few ingredients you need from your local grocery store. Natural, easily accessible and inexpensive: apple cider vinegar, we are already starting to like you more!
If you are like us and find yourself with what feels like even more laundry, cleaning and wiping down surfaces to try and keep up… then you may also be thinking about stocking up on supplies. To make things easier, more affordable and for a non-toxic approach, here are some of the household items you can replace with ACV and how to do so!
8 HOUSEHOLD USES FOR APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
1. Fabric Softener
ACV is a great way to condition your laundry if you have sensitive skin. Just add 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in place of your fabric softener and stop all the itching caused by harsh chemicals.
2. Household Cleaner
Apple cider vinegar has a great deal of antibacterial properties so it works extremely well as an every day household cleaner. Mix equal parts water and ACV in a spray bottle and you’re ready to clean! While the vinegar smell will fade, you can add a few drops of citrus essential oil to leave a great smell once it dries.
3. Drain Cleaner
Instead of buying drain cleaner filled with dangerous chemicals, use safe items you probably already have! Mix 1/2 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of baking soda and pour that down your clogged drain. Then, pour 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. Let the products react for 1-2 hours and then rinse with warm water.
4. Window Cleaner
Using the same combination as the everyday household cleaner, mixing equal parts apple cider vinegar and water to create a smear-free window spray.
5. Stainless Steel Cleaner
Your typical stainless steel cleaner can get pricey. Instead, use apple cider vinegar straight out of the bottle to clean your stainless steel.
6. Mildew Remover
If you’re trying to get rid of mildew in your bathroom, use apple cider vinegar! For heavy mildew, use ACV on its own. For lighter stains, use equal parts ACV and water. You can add essential oils to this mix as well for a scent
7. Weed Killer
We’ve all read the warning labels on weed killer found at local hardware stores, so it isn’t a surprise that we can be hesitant when it comes to using those products in the yard where our children or pets spend a great deal of time. Avoid those harsh chemicals and create an alternative, effective weed killer. Mix 1/2 gallon of ACV, 1/4 cup of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap in a large spray bottle. Be sure to spray on each set of weeds individually and avoid spraying any plants you want to keep.
8. Sticker Remover
Sticker removal can be a giant pain. Soak the area where the sticker won’t budge with apple cider vinegar for about 20 minutes, and then scrape it off!
ACV YOU ARE THE REAL MVP!