Touted as a magic weight loss tool and detox drink, apple cider vinegar has been in the spotlight for a while now. But some of those claims aren’t necessarily backed by science and consuming too much of the stuff, especially on its own, actually comes with its fair share of risks. But, don’t worry; we’re not dissing this incredibly powerful salad dressing ingredient. It actually has a huge variety of clever and surprising uses, from cleaning your home to getting rid of dandruff…
Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar
In its raw form, apple cider vinegar is packed full of powerful enzymes, vitamins and minerals that can clean out your body, as well as your home and garden! It is known for its bacteria killing properties, acidic power and numerous health benefits. Here are 19 surprising uses for apple cider vinegar that you may not know about…
Apple cider vinegar is rich in antimicrobial properties, which makes it one of the best natural cleaning agents. It is a fantastic non-toxic alternative to harsh chemicals that absorbs unpleasant odors, disinfects and kills harmful bacteria. You can, in fact, get rid of all your home cleaning sprays, solutions and wipes, because apple cider vinegar can take care of everything in one bottle! Simply add one part apple cider vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle and go for it! You can also include a squeeze of lemon juice if you’d like a citrusy-fresh smell!
2. Odor Eraser
We’ve already touched on apple cider vinegar’s ability to eliminate foul smells, so why not use it as an all-natural air freshener? Anything from stinky bathrooms to smoky kitchens to sweaty laundry rooms can be transformed with a simple bowl of apple cider vinegar. All you have to do is leave an uncovered bowl of the miracle stuff in the room and leave it there until the odor disappears. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell – that goes away in a matter of minutes once you remove the bowl!
Want to make your veggie patch organic? Apple cider vinegar, to the rescue! Because it is 5% acidity, it can be used as a fertilizer to maintain healthy plants. However, because of its acidity, it is best used on acid-loving plants like blueberry bushes, azaleas and gardenias. Simply add 10 ounces of apple cider vinegar to a 10-gallon bucket, filling the rest with water, and pour the mixture onto the soil around the roots of your plants.
Another garden option for apple cider vinegar is as a natural weed killer, which is surprising, considering it can also help fertilize certain plants! Simply pour your apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle and attack the weeds, being careful not to get too much on your non-acid-loving plants.
If you have some pesky visitors irritating your pets, apple cider vinegar can come to your aid once again. Dilute the vinegar in the same amount of water and simply rub it into their fur, working it into their skin. This will repel fleas, but, of course, give your vet a call first and ask if apple cider vinegar is okay for your pet’s skin.
6. Fruit & Vegetable ‘Soap’
You can use apple cider vinegar to remove pesticides, bacteria and wax from fresh produce. Soak your fruits and vegetables in a solution of 10% vinegar and 90% water for a couple of minutes, swishing them around. Then rinse them thoroughly, and, voila! Clean and bacteria-free. Be careful though, not to soak fragile fruits like berries in vinegar, because it could damage their porous skin. It’s perfect for acidic fruits like lemons, oranges and limes, especially if you are using the rind for anything, as well as apples, pears, and most vegetables.
7. Facial Toner
Apple cider vinegar can be used as a good strong toner for oily skin to help prevent breakouts and even skin tone. Simple place a few drops of an apple cider vinegar and water solution to a cotton ball and gently tap onto the skin. However, if you have sensitive skin, it’s not a great option.
8. Acne Treatment
As well as using it as a toner to prevent blemish breakouts, you can also use apple cider vinegar as a topical treatment on acne spots. The powerful vinegar kills bacteria that causes breakouts, and can simply be diluted and applied to affected areas. If you tend to breakout on your chest or back as well, you can also add apple cider vinegar to an Epsom salt bath and have a good soak in it. This will help draw out toxins and skin impurities.
Again with the odor, apple cider vinegar can treat the bodily type as well as environmental types. By dabbing it onto your armpits with a cotton pad or even just swiping it on with your hand, it will kill odor-causing bacteria that make you stinky. The vinegar smell evaporates, so you don’t need to worry that you’ll smell of anything in particular, except your lovely self!
10. Skin Irritations
Apple cider vinegar can be used to soothe a number of skin ailments, including bug bites, poison ivy, stinging nettles and even sunburn. Either apply a diluted solution directly to the irritated area, or soak in a bath with about one cup of the vinegar added to it – especially for large area treatments like sunburn.
11. Treat Warts
Still with the skin issues, apple cider vinegar can also be used as a topical treatment for warts! The reason it may help remove warts is because of its high levels of acetic acid, which is believed to remove the warts and kill the virus that causes them. Try soaking a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and applying it to the wart, covering it to work overnight.
Aftershave works as an antiseptic to clean cuts after shaving the face, moisturize the skin, close pores and soothe razor burns. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar does all that, way cheaper, and totally naturally! An apple cider vinegar aftershave solution is fragrance-free once it dries, free from dye, chemicals and alcohol, completely natural and inexpensive. All you need is the vinegar and water. Check out this recipe for your own DIY product.
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