25 WAYS APPLE CIDER VINEGAR WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
The use of apple cider vinegar dates back hundreds of years. Because of its potent antibacterial properties, it was – is – a favorite to use for numerous applications including wounds, bruises, and even prophylactic cleansing.
Below you’ll find 25 ways to use apple cider vinegar and one way to save money when you buy it. This list will leave you reaching for a bottle of ACV instead of a bottle full of toxins that could be harming your family and lowering their I.Q.
Swap out apple cider vinegar for some of your household products as a non-toxic alternative.
- Non-Toxic Cleaner:
It’s no secret that vinegar is an excellent household cleaner. What some people don’t know is that raw, unfiltered vinegar contains all the bacteria fighting benefits that some commercial vinegars lack. To make your own cleaning solution, simply mix equal parts water and apple cider vinegar, plus a little elbow grease, to get your home free of dirt, bacteria, and toxins cleaners. Don’t worry, the vinegar smell goes away as it dries.
- Weed Killer:
A friendly neighbor turned me on to vinegar as weed killing alternative years ago and it’s even more effective than dangerous glyphosate. Just mix 1/2 gallon apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup salt, and 1/2 teaspoon dish soap. It will effectively kill any plant you spray it on, so make sure you avoid the flowers and other plants you want to keep.
- Killing Bad Odors:
Apple cider vinegar is a great choice for killing bad odors in your home. When you use ACV to clean your counters, you’ll notice that it also keeps them odor free! If you are experiencing any bad smells from your bathroom, kitchen or your pets, try keeping ACV in a dish and placing it that area. It will neutralize any unwanted odors.
There are a number of uses for apple cider vinegar, but did you know ALL of the ways to improve your health?
- Reducing Serum Blood Glucose:
ACV’s ability to decrease the levels of triglycerides, HDLs, and LDLs can protect a person from diabetes. This was seen in Shishehbor, et. al.’s study that focused on ACV’s effects on the lipid profile of rats. After feeding the rats with diets with ACV for four weeks, the HbA1c levels of the diabetic rats were significantly decreased. HbA1c is a test that measures plasma glucose levels over a long period of time, which is more accurate for testing for diabetes than testing blood sugar after fasting. The results of the study were conclusive: ACV can help reduce blood glucose levels in the body in the long-run and prevent diabetes.
- Weight Loss:
Consuming apple cider vinegar can help you feel more full, which can help you eat less. A study has also shown acetic acid, found in ACV, to slow fat accumulation. If the flavor is too strong for you to sip on it’s own, try adding apple cider vinegar to juices, salad dressing, and even water to incorporate it into your diet.
- Lower Cholesterol:
In addition to lowered blood sugar and weight loss, a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed interesting findings regarding apple cider vinegar and cholesterol. Lowered VLDL levels and lowered triglycerides were discovered in lab rats who were given apple cider vinegar alongside a high cholesterol diet. The rat who were not given ACV did not see the same drop in cholesterol.
- Detoxifying the Body:
Detox diets are all the rage today, with numerous people turning to “detoxifying” to keep the extra weight off and be healthier. Apple cider vinegar is a potent anti-oxidant that has been proven to clear the body of free radicals and toxins. Include ACV in your drink in the morning and start your detox diet today.
- 8.Clear Sinuses:
Since breaking up mucus is one of apple cider vinegar’s many talents, it also helps clear out the sinuses. Since it’s antibacterial, it can also prevent a sinus infection or cold as well. Sip some water and apple cider vinegar to breathe a little easier.
- Relieving a Sore Throat:
A warm, apple cider vinegar gargle can potentially help fight the symptoms of a sore throat caused by bacteria. Mix equal parts water and vinegar (depending on your tolerance for the ACV’s acidity and taste) and gargle two to three times a day. The ACV gargle can help reduce inflammation and cause faster alleviation of your sore throat.
- Digestive Aid:
Having tummy troubles or know you’re going to eat something that you might regret later? Sip diluted apple cider vinegar (mixed in water or juice) to help settle that stomach. It’s the antibiotic properties and bacteria fighting power of ACV that help. Some say the pectin in apple cider vinegar also helps with intestinal spasms.
- Itchy or Sunburned Skin:
I know this is one of my favorite uses for apple cider vinegar. Just apply right to the itchy area for some relief. It also works for itches caused by bug bites, poison ivy, or a jellyfish sting. As for sunburned skin, soak in a bath with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to help ease the pain.
- Removing Warts:
While the exact science behind the ability of ACV to remove warts is still unknown, its effectiveness is unmetered. Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it nightly to the wart until it is removed. The acidity of the ACV can dry out the wart quicker which could be the reason why it is so effective in wart removal.
- Post-exercise Energy Drink:
Apple cider vinegar is also rich in nutrients like amino acids which can counteract the effects of lactic acid. Because lactic acid build up happens after exercising, try including ACV in your post-exercise drink to prevent any muscle pain.
Apple cider vinegar can do more than dress your salad, see the many home and health uses here!
- Shiny, Flake Free Hair:
Apple cider vinegar is an excellent weekly hair rinse. It leaves hair looking shiny and soft. The acid in ACV helps to remove product build up. It also helps to balance your scalp’s pH level. Mix 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar into 4 cups water and rinse the hair after shampooing, then rinse with cold water. If you are having issues with dandruff, twice a week try spraying your scalp with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Place a towel around your head and leave wrapped for up to an hour. Wash your hair as you usually would.
- Facial Toner/Cleanser:
Thanks to the antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar, it’s great for cleaning most everything, even your face. It can even help prevent break outs. Just like with you scalp, it can help balance your skin’s pH levels. Dilute some apple cider vinegar with water and apply to a cotton ball to use as a toner or on blemishes.
Many deodorants are harmful to your health. Apple cider vinegar will help fight the odor causing bacteria without the cancer causing toxins. Just apply a little ACV under your arms. You won’t be left smelling like vinegar once it dries.
- Fade Bruises:
Coming from a long line of klutzes, this was a use of apple cider vinegar I was happy about. After a bump or the appearance of a bruise dab on some apple cider vinegar. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and will help to ease the discoloration.
- Whiten Teeth:
Make those teeth sparkle after swishing around some apple cider vinegar diluted with two parts water. Then brush as usual. The bacteria fighting power of ACV is an added bonus too.
- Eliminate Bad Breath:
Use apple cider vinegar as a mouth wash and gargle to help eliminate objectionable mouth odor. It kills the bacteria that causes bad breath.
- Stop Smelly Feet:
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, apple cider vinegar helps get rid of bad smells, wherever they may be. If that just so happens to be on your feet, try this remedy. Wipe your toes and feet down with a paper towel soaked in ACV to combat the odor. The ability of apple cider vinegar to balance the pH of your feet and eliminate odor causing bacteria is what makes it a
great natural remedy.
Use organic apple cider vinegar in some of your favorite recipes and tons of other places you never imagined.
As previously mentioned, ACV’s numerous nutritional benefits make it an excellent addition to juices as well. Because drinking pure ACV can damage your teeth and throat, the best way to have it is through a juice. It can also add a tangy zest to your water or drink aside from being nutritious.
Fluff up your baked good by adding apple cider vinegar. It adds lift to cookies, cakes, and other concoctions and you won’t taste it in the final product.
I use apple cider vinegar for my barbecue sauce and it’s perfect for that tangy but sweet flavor. Try it in your favorite marinades or mix it into condiments that are too thick.
I think this one goes without saying, but it certainly needed to make the list. I almost never buy salad dressings. Whisk together some apple cider vinegar and olive oil and your favorite additions (garlic, mustard, citrus, honey, etc) for a delicious drizzle over your organic greens.
Despite the sour flavor of ACV, it is a perfect addition to soups. It won’t really taste like vinegar! It will be an interesting taste to add to your run-of-the-mill soups.
Be sure to always choose organic apple cider vinegar to make sure it’s truly toxin free, as apples are the most contaminated fruit.