Apple cider vinegar is great on salads, for pickling, and in a huge variety of other recipes. But did you know that it also makes for a great mouthwash, cleaning agent, deodorant, and much more?
Read on for 9 simple ways to use apple cider vinegar every day as a natural alternative to regular chemical products and start enjoying the benefits of this powerful vinegar today.
Apple cider vinegar is considered a great bacteria fighter. This means it can help combat bad breath while simultaneously preventing painful mouth ulcers and even whitening your teeth!
To reap all of these benefits, simply make up your own mouthwash and incorporate into your morning, mid-day, and night time teeth brushing routine. For a basic apple cider vinegar mouthwash, simply combine 2 teaspoons of vinegar with a ¼ cup of water.
You can make a batch of this stuff and use it like regular mouthwash by simply swishing about 1 ounce or 30ml around your mouth. Feel free to swallow the mixture when you’re done to get the other health benefits of the vinegar as well.
Just remember to rinse out your mouth thoroughly. Apple cider vinegar is an acid and should be rinsed out of your mouth and from your teeth after use.
We know that “a digestive” is a great excuse for downing a shot (or two) of your favorite liquor. But if you’re looking to seriously step up your health game, consider swapping the limoncello for a simple apple cider vinegar digestive. Simply pour yourself a glass of water and mix in 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar.
To aid your digestion even more, consider having about 2 apple cider vinegar digestives during the day. A common routine for many people is to have one glass in the morning right before breakfast and another after dinner or before bed.
For ultimate health benefits, try this: First thing in the morning, gargle and drink a mixture of 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar diluted with 4 tablespoons of water, follow it up with a teaspoon of honey, and an olive oil pull.
Does your hair look a little dull and flat? Looking to pump some “oomph” into it? Apple cider vinegar makes for a fantastic shampoo that can add shine and life back into your hair. In fact, many people swear by it over even the most expensive hair care products.
All you need to make your own apple cider vinegar shampoo is ½ a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar combined with a cup of water. If you’re committed to ditching your old hair products, make up a big batch of this stuff and store it in a dispenser or spray bottle and use it daily in the shower.
Alternatively, some people prefer using this mixture as a simple rinse after applying their regular shampoo and conditioner. If that’s the case for you, simply apply the apple cider vinegar mixture to your hair and scalp, let it sit for roughly 1-2 minutes, and then rinse.
Apple cider vinegar has received a lot of attention for its ability to boost the health of your skin. In fact, many people with oily skin, acne, scars, age spots, and milia swear by it.
An easy and effective way to get into the habit of applying apple cider vinegar to your skin every day is to make your own toner. All you need to do is mix 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water and apply it directly to the skin using a cotton bud.
Apply the mixture lightly to your skin in the morning and evening. Do not use a spray as you will cause irritation to your eyes. If you have sensitive skin, consider diluting the mixture further.
Do you really need an excuse to enjoy a good foot soaking? Well, if you suffer from athlete's foot, foot odour, or simply want to keep your feet looking and feeling healthy, you’ve found it.
Simply use a 1:2 ratio of vinegar and water to make up a foot soak solution, place it in a bucket, and dip in your feet for about 20-30 minutes every night. Not only will this help kill off bacteria and boost the health of the skin on your feet, but is also makes for a great way to relax.
If you do suffer from athlete's foot, fungus, or odour, make sure you throw your socks into the mixture and soak them overnight as well. This will help kill of any fungus or bacteria.
Heartburn and reflux are generally caused by an imbalance in the pH in the gut and actually affect a lot of people every day. Using apple cider vinegar on a daily basis is a great way to restore the pH in your stomach and combat the symptoms of heartburn and reflux.
Simply mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it about 5 minutes before your next meal. Feel free to continue this treatment over a few days, but remember to see a doctor if your heartburn/reflux is persistent and difficult to treat.
Ok, this wart treatment may sound a little scary but plenty of people swear by it. Start by taking a cotton ball or bud and soaking it in apple cider vinegar. Then, apply the ball/bud to the wart, fasten it in place with a band-aid or porous skin tape and leave it on overnight.
Repeat this treatment daily for 2-3 days and the wart should turn black and eventually fall off. Continue the treatment for a few more days to kill off the wart virus and until your skin is clear and clean.
A lot of research has gone into the beauty and hygiene products we use on a daily basis. Unfortunately, some of that research has produced concerning results about the components that make up our deodorant.
If you’re worried about the health effects of your regular deodorant, consider using a 1:2 apple cider vinegar and water solution instead. The vinegar will help fight off bacteria and should keep you smelling clean and fresh during the day.
We know that this isn’t technically a health tip, but who’s going to complain about getting a tip to help them keep their house sparkling clean?
Apple cider vinegar will clean just about any surface. Simply mix 1 part vinegar with 9 parts water, store the mixture in a spray bottle, and voila. Not only is this a great way to clean everything from furniture to appliances, but it also makes for an effective alternative for those who are sensitive to chemical-rich cleaning agents.