Somewhere in your pantry is a bottle of vinegar made from apples (also known as cider vinegar) that you probably only pull out when you want a dash of taste for your salads and meals. This particular fermented liquid goes great with vegetables and other foods.
But beyond your kitchen, apple cider vinegar has multiple health applications in both wellness, beauty and the home. If you haven’t yet figured out how to incorporate it into more than just your favorite recipes, try these 15 suggestions to put that bottle of apple cider vinegar to great use.
Clean your drains
To get your pipes really clean mix one 1/2 cup of sodium bicarbonate and one 1/2 cup of salt. Pour that mixture down your drain followed by one 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. The mixture of sodium bicarbonate and apple cider vinegar creates a chemical reaction that can clean out your drains. Rinse your pipes with a cup of hot water following the cleaning.
Apple cider vinegar is a natural way to restore the pH balance of your skin, removing dark spots and other impurities that cloud the epidural. To start seeing clearer skin and see a more even-toned appearance, massage a mixture of apple cider vinegar diluted with water into your skin with a cotton ball.
To target those unsightly wrinkles on your face, simply submerge a cotton ball into apple cider vinegar and apply directly to the affected area. Hold the cotton in place with a piece of tape or bandaid and let it work overnight.
If you want to thoroughly cleanse your scalp and get rid of dandruff try apple cider vinegar. Mix equal parts vinegar with water and apply directly to your head, massaging gently into your scalp. Rinse well.
Improve your mood
To create a feeling of well being and improve your mood dilute a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink before each meal. This mix will help your body digest proteins in the amino acids in your food, helping your body create serotonin which gives you a sensation of happiness.
Disinfect your home
Wipe down the surfaces in your home and eliminate microorganisms with apple cider vinegar. Just mix one cup of vinegar in 3 liters of water. Spray in those areas you want cleaned and wipe down.
Whiten your teeth
To eliminate stains from your teeth and brighten your smile try applying apple cider vinegar directly to your teeth and rinse well with water. You can also use it as a toothpaste alternative, by brushing with a mixture of one tablespoon of vinegar and water.
Increase your metabolism
For those looking to lose a little weight, apple cider vinegar can be a great help. Apple cider vinegar promotes an accelerated metabolism helping you burn calories and reduce fat. Just mix two tablespoons of vinegar in a glass of water and drink before each meal.
Apply a mixture of one part vinegar, three parts water to your burned or irritated skin to feel a soothing relief. This treatment works well on sunburns. Remember to apply with a soft town.
Calm sore or irritated throats
Solutions of apple cider vinegar are very affective in relieving sore throats or irritation. Dilute two tablespoons of vinegar in half a glass of water and gargle.
Joint pain treatment
A hot bath that includes some apple cider vinegar can help reduce muscular or joint pain, especially for those who suffer from arthritis, tendonitis or gout.
Brighten you hair
Brighten your hair with apple cider vinegar, which can help eliminate impurities and boost its natural shine. Shampoo and rinse your hair then apply apple cider vinegar before your regular conditioner.
The enzymes contained in apple cider vinegar can help you fight fatigue. If you’re looking for a little extra energy, try a cup of water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
Try an alternative and eco-friendly substitute to your typical fabric softener. Apple cider vinegar can soften your fabrics and is a great alternative to products loaded with toxic chemicals.
Treat acid reflux and stomach acid
To treat acid reflux and other stomach issues, drink a glass of water in which one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar has been diluted. Feel better instantly!