3 Surprising Household Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

Last Update: September 29, 2022

We decided a long time ago that we wouldn’t clean our kitchens with anything we couldn’t safely eat. Think about it: When you wipe down a cutting board with a cleaner, that cleaner eventually makes its way into the food you chop on that surface.

Even if you’re no domestic goddess, you’ve probably heard that vinegar is a powerful natural cleaner. You can clean with organic white vinegar, but we love using organic apple cider vinegar because we cook with it, too! It’s also easier to find organic versions, which mean it’s not made with GMO ingredients (many white vinegars are made from corn).

1. Shower spray

We wish we had bathrooms with lots of windows and sunlight, but the fact is that we don’t—and that can lead to mildew. Instead of using harsh chemical sprays, we keep a spray bottle of ACV near the shower and spray down the tile and shower curtain after each shower. The vinegar smell goes away really quickly, but if it bothers you, we’ve tried adding a few drops of grapefruit oil to the vinegar and it helped reduce the smell.

2. Drain de-clogger

We hesitate to add more toxins to our water system, so we don’t use commercial drain cleaners. Instead, when a pipe starts to get clogged we opt for a baking soda-vinegar one-two punch. We put about 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain and then pour 1/2 cup vinegar down after it. After about 5-10 minutes we pour boiling hot water down the drain. This usually does the trick. Or at least clears the drain out enough to use it until the plumber can snake it (what can we say, pre-war building pipes are tricky.)

3. Shiny hair rinse

When our bottle of ACV has about 1/4 cup left, we like to fill the bottle up with water to make a diluted solution and keep it in the shower to use as a hair rinse. The acid in the vinegar can help reduce product buildup and increase shine. We shampoo, rinse with diluted ACV, rinse with water, then condition.

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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Stephanie Clarke RD and Willow Jarosh RD

Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh are registered dietitians and the duo behind C&J Nutrition, a NYC-based nutrition consulting, communications, and workplace wellness company. These nutritionists share nutrition information in fun and practical ways that work with busy lifestyles. They're media spokespeople, featured in numerous health and lifestyle magazines, TV and web shows, and professional journals, and are contributing nutrition experts at SELF magazine. In addition to blogging for the Huffington Post, C&J Nutrition are the bloggers behind Bumble Bee Foods' Bee Delicious blog and are directors of nutrition at Healthy Kids Concepts. The duo delivers healthy eating inspiration on Instagram, providing a glimpse into what they eat each day and offers daily healthy eating tips via Facebook. Stephanie and Willow both love to cook, travel, and get outdoors. When they're not planning their next business adventure, you’ll probably find Stephanie showing her new daughter the DC sights or playing in her flag football league and Willow will likely be meandering around the Central Park reservoir or searching Manhattan for the least crowded tennis courts.

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