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10 Surprising Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

September 5, 2013

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Apple cider vinegar has long been a staple in the common health nut’s pantry, so it didn’t take long for its health benefits to surface mainstream. This miracle product is originally made from apples and fermented twice to produce raw enzymes, gut-friendly bacteria, and nutrients. It promotes alkalinity to help maintain pH balance in the body, lowers glucose levels, and has been known to aid in weight loss.

It’s easy to reap the nutritious benefits of apple cider vinegar by using it in tea, salad dressings, or in a glass of plain old water. But did you know there are tons of healthy uses for ACV that aren’t related to nutrition? From beauty product to bathroom cleaner, this versatile product does it all.

As you would use it as a food product, keep it raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized for optimal benefits. Some great brands include Bragg, Swanson, and Spectrum. Read on for some surprising (and easy!) ways to use apple cider vinegar.

1. As a hair rinse. Replace conditioner with an all-natural solution by mixing a tablespoon of ACV with a cup of cold water, then pour over your hair after shampooing.  The rinse will wash away buildup, and add body and shine to dull hair.

2. As a toner. Since ACV reduces inflammation and regulates the pH of your skin, create a solution by diluting one part ACV with two parts water and dab it on your skin at night or using on your face in the morning before moisturizing.

3. To clear warts. Soak a cotton ball in ACV and fasten it over the wart with a Band-Aid. Leave it on overnight, and the wart should fall off. Note that skin may swell in reaction, and continue the treatment for a few nights to make sure the wart doesn’t return.

4. As a mouthwash. Mix one tablespoon with a cup of water and swish it around your mouth to break down plaque, prevent bad breath, and remove stains from your teeth.

5. To aid sunburn. Add a cup of ACV to your bath and soak for 10 minutes to help ease discomfort. Bonus: this ACV bathwater will also soothe sore muscles, draw toxins out of the body, and help moisturize your skin.

6. To boost energy. Since a low pH level can lead to lack of energy, try taking a shot of ACV for a quick energy burst.  It can help the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level.

7. To clean your house. ACV can be used in multiple ways as a natural cleaner. Pour it into the toilet and allow it to sit overnight, or mix half a cup with one cup of water to use as a substitute for dishwasher detergent or a multi-surface cleaner.

8. As a deodorant. Dab ACV on your underarms and it will eventually help neutralize body odor. The vinegar smell will dissipate once it dries.

9. As a fruit fly trap. Fill a mason jar with one-two inches of ACV and cover it with plastic wrap. Punch a few small holes on the top and leave it in a corner near your compost or trash bin or wherever you may have fruit flies.

10. To relieve allergies. Research has shown that ACV helps to cleanse the lymph nodes and reduce mucus and sinus congestion throughout the body. If you feel symptoms coming on, try taking a teaspoon of ACV followed by a glass of water.

What’s your favorite use for apple cider vinegar?