If someone were to break into our house and start rooting through our cupboards they’d be forgiven for thinking we owned stock in the apple cider vinegar industry.
If there are less than 3 bottles in the house at any one time, I’m liable to panic. Why? Because this stuff is amazing. From household cleaning to cosmetics to maintaining general health, there’s nothing this wonder juice can’t do.
NB: Not all apple cider vinegars are created equal however. Look for the ‘mother’ when choosing a brand as that means it’s raw and undistilled – ie it contains all the great enzymes and minerals that you need. I recommend Bragg’s, which is widely available.
So now that you have all this vinegar, what are you going to do with it? Below are just a few ideas…and I didn’t even get into the health benefits when you take it internally. I guess that’s a post for another day.
ACV: Some Surprising Uses
To help treat or prevent Urinary Tract Infections. If you’re an adult woman, chances are you know the terrible pain and discomfort of a UTI. In which case, ACV is your friend. Drinking a dose of this each day (I go for a tbsp in a full glass of water) helps prevent bacteria clinging to the urinary tract by creating an acidic environment where they can’t survive long. It will help flush out bacteria if you’re in the midst of an attack, and is a good preventative measure for daily health.
For bathing pets with skin conditions. When Dog was still with us (ugh, even writing that is hard. I still miss my guy), he suffered terribly from allergies which would knock out his immune system and lead to a yeast overgrowth on his skin. Terrible crusty scrabs would form along with that tell-tale ‘yeasty’ smell. The only long-term fix that actually worked was bathing him in a diluted ACV solution. We mixed a cup of ACV in 4 cups of water and poured it over him. Don’t rinse off, just pat dry.
Treating dandruff and making hair super shiny and soft. I use a diluted ACV solution as a conditioning rinse for my hair. After a quick wash with baking soda, I just pour over the vinegar and I’m good to go. Within days I noticed that my hair was softer, shinier and much less frizzy (I am cursed/blessed with curls). It’s also great for a flaky scalp as it’ll kill any bacteria lurking in the hairline.
Easing bug bites. Summer is critter season and you’re probably going to get bitten at some point. When it happens, dab undiluted ACV on the spot as this helps to dull the itch and reduce swelling. I’ve found that it doesn’t work for all bites, but it will relieve some (probably something to do with the species of the biting insect. I don’t do science).
As a deodourant. ACV absorbs and neutralises odours by killing the fungus or bacteria that create them. You can put this to the test by dabbing it straight on your underarms. The vinegar smell dissipates once it dries and, unlike conventional deodourants, there’s no aluminum or parabens to worry about.
To remove stains from your teeth. I’ve never tried this one personally but according to a few sources, ACV can work as a bleaching agent for stained gnashers. Just rub directly onto teeth and rinse (yeah, it might not taste great but beauty can be painful!).
Cleaning the house. Pour it into the toilet bowl and don’t flush, dilute and spray over surfaces, use it to get the sparkle back into glassware, ACV has a myriad of uses around the house. It’s cheaper, less toxic and doesn’t smell. In other words, it’s much better for you than anything you’ll find in the cleaning aisle of your local supermarket.
To get more out of your bone broth. If you’re not adding vinegar to your bone broths, you’re not doing it right. I always use a few tbsps of ACV in my pot because it helps leach out the minerals from the bones. If you’ve a stock that won’t gel or tastes weak, ACV will help.
Weigh in: Is ACV a part of your household routine? Do you have it in your natural medicine cabinet? What’s your favourite way to use it?
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