7 Ways to Clean with Apple Cider Vinegar for a Sustainable 2022
Apple Cider Vinegar.
What a hero!
Diet experts and health enthusiasts have tried and tested this magic potion and they swear by it. This fermented product has so many health, beauty and cooking benefits. Furthermore, this magic potion is even used in preserving food as well as improving your skin and hair. It makes sense then that it is also a highly useful tool when it comes to cleaning.
What Makes Apple Cider Vinegar Good for Cleaning?
Apple cider vinegar’s natural properties are a natural scourge for all those hard to clean areas in your office.
Apple cider vinegar is high in acetic acid, with potent biological effects. It has antibacterial properties and can act as a deodorizer.
Its natural acidity makes it a highly effective solution when it comes to soap residue in sinks and the sticky mess often left behind by peeled up stickers and glue.
This helps to ensure that all areas of your office are getting the same 5-star treatment from your air quality to wiping down the surfaces in your kitchen.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar as a Cleaning Solution
The versatility of apple cider vinegar should be commended. Its talents span everything from facial care to weed killing. It has proven especially adept as a cleaning method, leaving every inch of your office sparkling.
This is much the same as using baking soda to clean and the two often work remarkably well together for those of you who want to broaden the horizons of your sustainable cleaning methods.
1. Eliminating Odors in Your Office
Because of its antibacterial properties, apple cider vinegar can eliminate bad smells.
Simply mix apple cider vinegar with water to make a spray. Use the spray bottle around your office to eliminate odors and cultivate a fresher, more pleasant smell.
This enhances the air quality of your office, creating a happier, more productive atmosphere. A clean office has direct correlations with the mental well-being of your staff so using apple cider vinegar as an antibacterial spray and an air freshener is sure to make everyone’s day better.
2. Using Apple Cider Vinegar as an All Purpose Cleaner
Apple cider vinegar is a natural alternative to commercial cleaning products.
This will not only help to revolutionise your cleaning process, it will also help you protect the environment and your staff from cleaning chemicals. Chemicals can be pollutants and also trigger allergies and other health risks in your employees.
There is also a danger of burns and irrtiations from spilt chemicals so an apple cider vinegar solution is not only an effective option, it’s also safer!
You can make your own by combining it with water on a 1:1 ratio. You now have an all-purpose cleaner, perfect for countertops, tables or office desks.
For example, you can use apple cider vinegar to clean your workplace microwave. Just mix it with a little bit of water and place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Place it in the microwave and run it for 4 minutes on the highest setting. Et voila!
3. In the Garden
Not a cleaning tips exactly but apple cider vinegar is renowned for being a homemade weed killer. To use it, all you need to do is to spray undiluted vinegar in weed prone areas and that’s it. For bigger and stronger weeds, you can mix it with soap and lemon juice.
This is a great way to get your office building looking more presentable to visitors, increasing your reputation and making any outdoors space you may have safer and more aesthetically pleasing.
Cleaning with apple cider vinegar isn’t all about getting up the dirt on your surfaces. So long as you’re using it to help your office look better in all aspects, you’re doing it right, for yourself, your employees and your clients.
4. In the Kitchen
Using apple cider vinegar as part of your dishwashing technique will kill off any bacteria and keep your dishes clean and sparkly. Alternatively, you can add it to the dishwasher to remove stains from coffee cups or wine glasses.
Its a great way to clean stains off your surfaces as well from any cooking or preparing of sandwiches, getting rid of any smears from dropped butter or mayonnaise.
Use apple cider vinegar to care for your appliances as well. This will help ensure maximum cleanliness in your kitchen space which is important as kitchens are a hotspot for germs and bacteria to accumulate. A good vinegar solution will help you to combat any problems and maintain the health of your staff.
5. In the Bathroom
Like pretty much everything else in your office, your bathroom sinks and toilets also cannot resist the magic potion of apple cider vinegar.
Use a diluted solution to get rid of any pesky mildew. Depending on the amount of dirt, you can use diluted or undiluted vinegar to clean around the edges and the walls. If you think the smell is too strong, try adding some essential oils to the mixture.
But it’s not just the mildew – apple cider vinegar is strong enough to sort out a clogged drain as well, clearing it of any soap scum. You can pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain, then follow by a cup of vinegar and one cup of hot water. Give it 15 minutes to work (longer if you need to) then rinse it with boiling water.
Finish off by applying apple cider vinegar to your toilet bowl, faucets and the basins of your sinks for that extra bit of shine, leaving your bathroom fresh and germ free.
You can even create a scrubbing solution with baking soda added in to help lift even more stains! Remember, there are more green cleaning options out there besides from apple cider vinegar so don’t forget to experiment with what works best for you!
6. Stains and window streaks
Every aspect of your workplace is important for creating a positive working atmosphere and making sure the health and safety of your office is in optimum condition.
To this end, you can be assured that apple cider vinegar leaves no trace of grime or dirt on surfaces, carpets or windows. Whereas before you’d need multiple different cleaning products to tackle every aspect of your office, apple cider vinegar can do it all on its own (with a little added help from water of course).
Use full-strength vinegar to clean stubborn water stains from work desks and other hardtop surfaces. To clean a wax stain use diluted apple cider vinegar and rub it away with a dishcloth.
And finally, apple cider vinegar is a safe and effective solution to clean windows and walls. No need to mix it with water, full-strength vinegar will do the trick in no time. These are just some examples of how you can cut back on buying and using chemicals in plastic packaging.
As an added bonus, cleaning your windows will improve the quality of light in your office. Natural daylight is proven to have a positive effect on people and will make your workplace brighter and happier, enhancing your business in more ways than one.
7. Cleaning Hardwood Floors With Vinegar
You can even clean your wood floors with apple cider vinegar to add an extra shine and leave your floors looking brand new and polished.
All you have to do is sweep or hoover the floor first before making a cleaning solution of apple cider vinegar and water (typically 1 cup to 1 gallon) and you’ll be ready to go! Just remember to wipe the floor down with a dry cloth or mop afterwards to avoid any risk of slipping.
You can even apply vinegar to your carpets! A mixture of apple cider vinegar and table salt will prove more than adept at getting rid of any stains. Or you can steam clean with a vinegar-water solution – your choice!
Choosing a sustainable way to clean is a must and by doing so, your work life will improve significantly. It provides a healthier alternative to common cleaning methods and has proven to be just as effective, if not more so, making it one of the best cleaning hacks – and life hacks – going.
If you don’t have the time to carry out some apple cider vinegar inspired cleaning yourself, we do offer a green cleaning service that takes care of all your office woes in an environmentally friendly manner, ensuring you are always doing your part for climate change.
Be sure to check out our previous blog Eco-Friendly Cleaning – All Your Questions Answered if you are interested in taking your sustainable cleaning adventure further.