Friday, December 2, 2016

10 Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has become quite popular in recent years, as it is believed to be an extremely helpful tonic for about any type of ailment you could possibly think of. Some small studies have even hinted that this vinegar could help with several conditions, including diabetes and obesity. You can find apple cider vinegar at your local supermarket or natural food store. It is typically sold in the condiment and/or health supplement aisles.


There are many different ways to use apple cider vinegar. Here are just a few:


1.) Teeth Whitener
Apple cider vinegar works great for removing stains on your teeth! To whiten your teeth and remove stains, simply rub apple cider vinegar directly onto your teeth, or gargle with apple cider vinegar before brushing. Apple cider vinegar can also be used as a mouthwash. If your breath is feeling less than fresh, gargle with a bit of apple cider vinegar or drink a teaspoon diluted with water, to freshen up and kill odor causing bacteria, after brushing.


2.) Produce Wash & Weed Killer
Apple cider vinegar works great as a “produce wash”. Simply mix 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a gallon of cold water, and voilà, it can be used to rinse your produce free of bugs, pesticides, and other debris. If your garden is full of weeds, you’re just in luck, because apple cider vinegar is also great when used as a natural weed killer. To make your own weed killer using apple cider vinegar, mix one part apple cider vinegar to eight parts water, then spray on those pesky weeds!


3.) Natural Pest Repellent
Apple cider vinegar is also great if you are looking for an all natural way to repel fleas and ticks on your pup. To use as a flea and tick treatment, first bathe your pooch with their usual shampoo and pat dry, then spray a mix of 3/4 apple cider vinegar to 1/4 warm water over their coat and massage into the skin. Not only will this method repel fleas and ticks, it will also leave your dog’s coat looking nice and shiny.

4.) Cat Urine Deterrent

If your cat has been urinating outside of the litter box or spraying in the house, then try this nifty trick: clean the affected areas first, and then try spraying a little apple cider vinegar. Doing so will deter your feline friend from being drawn back to the spot and keep them from urinating in the same spot twice.


5.) Eco-Friendly House Cleaner & Disinfectant
Mix 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water and you’ll have your very own eco-friendly house cleaner and disinfectant. This concoction works great for cleaning microwaves, bathroom tiles, countertops, windows, mirrors, floors, etc. The mixture also works as a disinfectant. If you are in a hurry, simply spray a little in your toilet bowl overnight and flush away the next day, for a super clean toilet bowl. If you’re running low on air freshener and your house is smelling musty, don’t worry, apple cider vinegar works great for freshening up any room’s unpleasant odor. Simply spritz a little and take in that wonderful fresh, apple scent. If you have an ant problem, wiping the room down in apple cider vinegar will deter them for a few days.


6.) Flawless Skin
Apple cider vinegar is great for maintaining flawless skin! Acting as a natural anti-inflammatory, it works great for fighting breakouts and can be used as a facial toner. To use apple cider vinegar as your very own facial toner, simply dilute the vinegar with 2 parts water, wet a cotton ball, and apply the toner to your entire face for clearer, healthier skin, and fewer breakouts!


7.) Shiny Hair
If your hair is looking a little dry and dull, a little apple cider vinegar will do just the trick! Use the vinegar to wash away buildup, seal cuticles, reduce frizz, and increase shine. Apple cider vinegar will stimulate hair growth will leave your hair looking shiny and feeling soft. After washing your hair, simply run a few tablespoons of the vinegar in your hair, or for a deeper hair detoxification you can wash with baking soda beforehand and then run the apple cider vinegar through your hair again afterwards.


8.) Vegan Buttermilk
If you are vegan or are just looking for a healthier alternative to regular old buttermilk, then look no further than apple cider vinegar. When mixed with a few ingredients, it can be used to make an awesome vegan buttermilk for some of the best pancakes you’ll ever eat. Simply mix the following ratio in any amount: 1 cup soy milk to 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, whisk together and set aside. The combination will thicken into some of the tastiest buttermilk you’ll ever try.


9.) Detox
It has been suggested that apple cider vinegar could help with detoxification in the body. The acids in the vinegar are responsible for the cleansing affect it has; they help to eliminate impurities by binding free radicals and other toxins stored in the blood, fat cells, and organs and removing them from the body. Apple cider vinegar helps increase circulation, boosts the liver’s ability to purge toxins, and supplies the body with tons of essential vitamins, nutrients, minerals and enzymes, which is also essential to purging toxins. In addition to being used as a body cleanser, apple cider vinegar also works great for allergy relief. Taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and following it with a glass of water, can help reduce mucus and sinus congestion. It will have you feeling better in no time! The same amount of vinegar can also be added to your favorite type of tea, for the same affect. It will also help prevent the flu, regulate pH balance, and dissolve kidney stones.

10.) All Natural Aftershave & Skin and Muscle Relief

If you are looking for an all natural aftershave, then apple cider vinegar is where its at! Fill a bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, and give it a shake before applying to a recently shaved face. It will soothe irritated skin, which also makes it work great for relieving discomfort from sun burn (add to your bath and soak for 10 minutes), or when used as a natural massage treatment for tired hands and feet, or a sore back, after a hard day’s work.


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