You probably have used it in salad dressing or marinade, but did you know there are many other applications for apple cider vinegar? Read on to find out more.
- Rust Remover: Before you toss those old, rusty tools, bolts, utensils, pots or pans, soak a clean cloth in apple cider vinegar and try scrubbing away the rust. To remove a large amount of rust, you may need to soak the item in apple cider vinegar overnight.
- Facial Toner: Dilute apple cider vinegar with water (1 part ACV to 4 parts water) for a homemade facial toner that may help restore the delicate pH of your skin. Apply lightly and avoid the eyes.
- Soap Scum Scrub: Got stubborn soap scum? Spray with apple cider vinegar to help dissolve soap scum, mildew and other bathroom or kitchen grime, then wipe with a clean towel or cloth. This remedy also works well for your dishwasher — pour 1 cup of ACV in the bottom, let it sit for a few hours and then run the (empty) dishwasher on a hot water cycle to remove soap scum and odor-causing buildup.
- Chrome Polish: Apple cider vinegar can help clean buildup and grime on chrome pots, fixtures and even wheel spokes and hubcaps. Just dip a clean cloth in vinegar and scrub gently. For caked-on dirt, try adding a pinch of baking soda — but be careful not to scratch or damage the chrome.
- Ant Repellent: Keep annoying ants from invading your home by spraying doors, windows, crevices and other entryways with a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water.
No matter what you’re using it for, look for organic, raw apple cider vinegar with “mother” (friendly bacteria and enzymes) — and shake well before use to distribute this beneficial substance throughout the vinegar.