10 Unexpected Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Around the House

Apple cider vinegar is for more than just your health. Find out ten other ways you can use ACV around the house.

Apple cider vinegar (also known as ACV) has been used in medicine for hundreds of years. Lately, folks have been drinking apple cider vinegar straight to enjoy its benefits. Natural remedies aside, here are ten other ways to use apple cider vinegar that don’t involve drinking it at all (though here’s our go-to recipe if you do want to try it!).

1. Never use that blue window spray again

To clean your windows and glass surfaces without alcohol or other chemicals, mix a quarter cup ACV to one pint of water in a spray bottle and use like you’d use the blue stuff. Stock up on ACV so you don’t have to worry about relying on your old cleaner ever again.

2. Trap those pesky flies

If you’ve got flies in your kitchen, you’ve got a problem, but here’s the Maid Brigade’s ACV-based solution: “Clean and dry any damp areas and to get any old fruit, spoiled foods or old trash out of your home. Next, set up a mixture of soap and apple cider vinegar in a small cup or jar. The flies will be attracted to the mix and will get trapped in the solution.”

Got pesky fruit flies inside? We found one homemade trap that really works.

3. Wave bye-bye to bleach-based mold killers

For an effective mold killer that doesn’t rely on harsh chemicals, mix apple cider vinegar with a few drops of tea tree essential oil. Spray on mold, and leave it to dry. “The vinegar by itself will kill most molds, but if you dislike the scent of vinegar, the tea tree oil will cut that scent plus add even more anti-microbial strength,” according to the Maid Brigade

4. Get your fine china to sparkle, safely

To get your fine china to sparkle—without damaging it—mix baking soda with a few drops of dish detergent and enough ACV to make a paste.

You can also use ACV to clean your slow cooker.

5. Clean your wood floors

You might already know that you can use apple cider vinegar to clean your vinyl and ceramic floor tiles (use one cup of ACV to a gallon of warm water). But did you know you can clean your wood floors with the same solution? Just be sure to wring the mop as dry as possible and dry the floor immediately with a soft cloth

Did you know you can also use grapefruit to clean your wood floors?

6. Wave sayonara to soap scum

Apple cider vinegar will also clean the soap scum off your bathtub, shower door, faucets and vanity surfaces. Just spritz and clean as normal!

7. Deodorize your drains

Apple cider vinegar can clean and deodorize your drains. Simply pour a quarter cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a half cup of ACV. Allow it to sit for a half hour and then follow with hot water.

8. Swab the deck

You can use apple cider vinegar to make your deck sparkle, according to cleaning experts at The Maid Brigade. They recommend using straight ACV for this purpose. Simply pour it on and let it sit for about an hour in the sunlight. Rinse with water and repeat as needed.

9. Tenderize your meat

You don’t have to drink apple cider vinegar to reap its wonderful meat tenderizing benefits. Don’t believe us? Just try this recipe for apple cider beef stew or this recipe for sweet and sour pork.

10. Replace white vinegar in recipes

While you’re at it, how about replacing white vinegar in all meat recipes? We got the idea from one of Taste of Home commenter, bbowner, who raved about how well it worked in this recipe for Carolina-style vinegar BBQ chicken. “I used a pork loin with half apple cider vinegar and half white vinegar, brown sugar and a teaspoon chicken bullion and a teaspoon of beef bullion, it cooked for six hours and was delicious,” they write. Since the two ingredients are so similar, this is an easy swap! May as well absorb all the benefits you can!

And there you have it! That’s ten different ways that you can repurpose this common ingredient in the kitchen and throughout your home.

Want to skip the vinegar? Try these apple cider recipes instead.
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Lauren Cahn
Lauren Cahn is a New York-based writer whose work has appeared regularly in The Huffington Post as well as a variety of other publications since 2008 on such topics as life and style, popular culture, law, religion, health, fitness, yoga, entertaining and entertainment. She is also a writer of crime fiction; her first full-length manuscript, The Trust Game, was short-listed for the 2017 CLUE Award for emerging talent in the genre of suspense fiction.