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Can apple cider vinegar be used for cleaning?

Read on to find out what it is in apple cider vinegar that makes it suitable for cleaning.

What is apple cider vinegar?

When yeast is added to crushed apples the fermentation process begins. Once fermented, alcohol is then made and turned into vinegar.

The acetic acid in ACV is what’s said to be responsible for the majority of its benefits.

What makes Acv good for cleaning?

The acetic acid in the vinegar is what makes it great for cleaning and disinfecting. The colourless compound is often found in other shop-bought cleaners.

Due to the acidic nature of ACV, it can help dissolve dirt, grease and grime and can even help kill bacteria.

Ways to use ACV for cleaning

Getting rid of bacteria

As vinegar is a natural disinfectant, it’s perfect to use to clean your countertops and help remove stains too.

To banish any bacteria, we recommend mixing one part ACV with one part water. Use this mixture to then wipe down any kitchen surfaces. As a result of the vinegar being diluted, it won’t cause any damage to your surfaces but will contain enough acid to get rid of any debris or bacteria that’s stuck on your surfaces.

Removing mildew

Apple cider vinegar can also be used to remove any mildew. Although mildew is not as damaging to your health and as toxic as black mould, mildew still shouldn’t be left to grow and expand in your home. to get rid of mildew, try using straight-up ACV (rather than diluting) and letting it sit on the surface for at least 30 minutes. If the mildew isn’t so bad, you can dilute the ACV so it’s not so pungent.

Cleaning fixtures

You may need to use ACV to remove any calcium deposits on the likes of taps and other fixtures. We recommend soaking these fixtures in vinegar overnight and then giving them a good scrub the following morning.

Hard water stain remover

Do you have any hard water stains? ACV can help you get rid of that, too! If you heat up some of the cider vinegar and let it soak into the surface, leave for an hour or so and then wipe away, you should then have a fresh new surface!

A helping hand to your drains

More often than not, your drains start to get congested. Using apple cider vinegar is a great natural method to help drain your drains. Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda into your drain, followed by 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup of hot water. This mixture should then cause a fizzing reaction, helping break up any blockage.

Once the reaction has happened (often after 15 minutes), pour plenty of hot water down the drain to rinse any mixture away.

the benefits of apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has many different benefits. From internal to external health benefits, to being used for cleaning or even gardening!

ACV is known to :

– Help control blood sugar

– Encourage healthy weight loss

– Ease digestion

– Freshen your hair in between washes

– Fight bacteria that cause foot odour

and many more!

We recommend purchasing raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar, such as Willy’s ACV, as this is what contains the live ‘Mother’. The mother is the strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that you’ll find floating in our bottles of vinegar.


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