Apple cider vinegar has been the best natural remedy for centuries. It has powerful antibacterial properties and it remained a favorite for treating wounds, bruises and even prophylactic cleansing. In this article you can find a list of 12 ways you can use ACV and how to save money and opt for the natural key. Once you read it, you will stop reaching for antibiotics that could be harmful for you and your family also.
- Non-toxic alternative
Vinegar is one of the best household cleaners. It’s raw, unfiltered version contains bacteria that the store-bought version doesn’t have. To make a strong cleaning solution, mix equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle, and apply it on any surface to successfully clean dirt, bacteria and toxins. The smell goes away once the vinegar dries.
- Weed killer
Apple cider vinegar is a strong weed killer and is more effective than the harmful glyphosate. Mix half a cup of ACV, quarter of a cup of salt and half a cup of dish soap. This mixture will kill any weed you spray it on, so be careful not to spray it on the flowers in your garden.
- Eliminates odors
ACV can quickly eliminate odors in your home. Wherever the odor comes from, put a dish of ACV in the area and the odors will be gone soon.
- Reducing serum blood glucose
ACV lowers the levels of triglycerides, HDLs and ADLs in that way preventing diabetes. This was confirmed in a study which examined apple cider vinegar’s effects on the lipid profile in rats. The rats were given ACV for four weeks, and the results showed that the HbA1C levels of the diabetic rats were considerably reduced. HbA1c is a test which measures the plasma glucose levels over a period, and is more reliable for diagnosing diabetes than testing the blood sugar levels. The results of the study are a clear sign that apple cider vinegar can successfully reduce the blood glucose levels and prevent diabetes.
- Weight loss
ACV has the ability to make you feel full for a longer time, which is crucial for weight loss. A study discovered that the acetic acid in ACV slows down the fat buildup. If the flavor is too strong for you, add ACV to juices, salads or dilute it with some water and drink it.
- Lowers cholesterol
According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, ACV lowered the cholesterol and triglyceride levels in lab rats. The rats were fed a high cholesterol diet along with ACV.
- Detoxifying the body
Detox diet are very popular, with many people believing that they help them shed some pounds and maintain their health. Apple cider vinegar is a strong antioxidant that has been proven to eliminate free radicals and clean out toxins from the body. Drink a glass of ACV in the morning and start your own detox diet today.
- Clears sinuses
Apple cider vinegar can easily break up mucus, making it an ideal choice for cleaning the sinuses. It has antibacterial properties that help it prevent infections or colds too. To breathe easier, sip some ACV diluted with water.
- Relieves sore throat
A gargle with some warm apple cider vinegar can successfully relieve the symptoms of a sore throat. Make a mixture of equal parts water and ACV and gargle the solution a couple of times (or more) every day. It will reduce the inflammation and alleviate the sore throat.
- Digestive aid
Stomach problems can be relieved by drinking a mix of ACV and some water or juice. The apple cider vinegar helps with its strong antibiotic properties, and according to some experts, the pectin in ACV helps in cases of intestinal spasms.
- Itchy or sunburnt skin
Apply some ACV on an itchy area of the skin caused by a bug bite, poison ivy or a jellyfish sting. For sunburns, soak in a bath with a cup of ACV in it to relieve the pain.
- Removes warts
Soak a cotton ball in some ACV and apply it on the wart until it falls off. Although the how and why of the effect of ACV on warts is not yet determined, it’s highly effective and dries the wart quickly.
- Post-exercise energy drink
Apple cider vinegar contains amino acids that can fight the effects of lactic acid present in the body after a workout. Drink some ACV after exercising to prevent muscle pain afterwards.
- Shiny, flake free hair
Apple cider vinegar is recommended as a weekly hair rinse, which makes the hair shiny and soft. This will balance the pH levels of the scalp, and the acid content will easily clean any build-up of residue. Mix 1/3 of a cup of ACV with 4 cups of water and rinse your hair with the mixture after shampooing, before washing it off with some cold water. If you’re having dandruff trouble, spray your scalp with a mixture of ACV and water twice a week. Leave the mixture on for an hour, then wash your hair as usual.
- Facial toner\cleanser
The antibacterial properties make ACV act as a great cleanser for your face and body. It will prevent any break-outs and balance the skin’s pH levels. Dilute some of it with some water and apply it on the skin using a cotton ball.
Deodorants contain many dangerous toxins that can harm you, but ACV helps you fight the bacteria that causes odor naturally. Apply a little ACV under your arms and don’t worry about the smell: it will go away as the vinegar dries.
- Fades bruises
Dab some apple cider vinegar on bruises and cuts to ease the discoloration and relieve the inflammation.
- Whitens teeth
Swish some ACV in your mouth to clean the oral cavity perfectly and make your teeth pearly white. Afterwards, brush your teeth as usual. The ACV will kill all the bacteria in the oral cavity.
- Eliminate bad breath
Gargle ACV to eliminate the bacteria that cause bad breath and maintain your oral health.
- Stop smelly feet
We already mentioned that ACV eliminates odors, and that means that it will help you with smelly feet too. Wipe your toes and feet with a towel soaked in ACV to fight the bacteria and odor. It will balance the pH levels, and make your feet smell better.
ACV works great when mixed with other juices. Pure ACV can damage the enamel of the teeth and damage your throat, so it’s better to dilute it with a fruit juice of your choice. It will add a tangy flavor to your drinks and offer many health benefits too.
To fluff up your baking goods, add some ACV – it will lift your cookies, cakes and sweets, but it won’t be noticeable in the final product.
Put some ACV in your barbecue sauce to give it a tangier and sweeter flavor. Try ACV in your favorite marinades or mix it into thick condiments.
It goes without saying that ACV is perfect for many salads. Mix some of it with olive oil and your favorite additions for a delicious, tasty drizzle over your favorite salads.
ACV gives plain soups an interesting and improved taste.
Remember – always use organic apple cider vinegar to be sure that it doesn’t contain toxins because apples are quite a contaminated fruit.