You've probably heard a lot of talk about apple cider vinegar, but maybe you're afraid of its alarming smell and pungent taste. Or perhaps you're just wondering what all the fuss is about. While it may be a bit off-putting at first, this list of incredible uses and benefits of apple cider vinegar may just convince you otherwise.
Here are six surprising ways you can use this natural tonic to detox, cleanse, and renew your body and your home for fall:
1. Drink Up: Apple Cider Vinegar Cleansing Morning Potionimage courtesy of Isabelle Dungan
Health enthusiasts have touted its benefits for years, but it can be difficult knowing exactly how to adminster the smelly stuff outside of the occasional spoonful in your salad dressing. But thanks to enzymes in the fermented apples used to make it, apple cider vinegar can work similarly to a natural probiotic, and help encourage the growth of good bacteria in your digestive tract. Try mixing a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a whole squeezed lemon and a cup of hot water for a digestive boost first thing in the morning. Fans of the solution have even said that adding this to their morning routine helps alleviate cold and flu symptoms, but always talk to your doctor before changing your health habits.
For an added kick, or if you don't want to go to the trouble of making your own, Fire Cider combines apple cider vinegar with raw honey, certified organic oranges, lemons, onions, ginger, horseradish, habanero pepper, garlic, and turmeric.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar for Glowing Skinimage courtesy of Coconuts and Kettlebells
It's easy to get roped into buying expensive facial products. But with apple cider vinegar, you can create your own cheap and natural facial toner. Simply mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with two tablespoons of water. Apply the tonic to a cotton pad and dab onto your face, or just apply to the affected area. Apple cider vinegar is a natural astringent and will clean out––and open up––your pores.
If you have sensitive skin, try mixing your elixir in a spray bottle and spray onto your face for a "less harsh" approach. It is vinegar, after all... we recommend starting lightly. Beware: Your family may complain that you smell like salad dressing, but we pay heftier price tags than that for clear skin. We love this DIY facial toner recipe from Coconuts and Kettlebells.
Apple cider vinegar has also been said to repair acne, lessen the effects of sunburn, and eliminate warts. For a full list of ways you can use apple cider vinegar to cure your skin, check out these tips from drfranklipman.com.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar: Your #1 Go-To Household Cleanserimage courtesy of Livin3
Apple cider vinegar doesn't stop at just cleansing your body and your skin. It has cleaning potential for almost any surface in your home, too! Put some apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and mix with water for a non-toxic household spray that will clean everything from shower tiles to refrigerators to TV screens. It's great for warding off those pesky mildew spots that show up in damp spaces too.
Don't believe it? Here are 37 different ways to use apples cider vinegar to help keep your house clean (without chemicals) from One Green Planet.
4. Shine On: Apple Cider Vinegar for Shiny, Soft Hairimage courtesy of Isabelle Dungan
Ditch the expensive shine treatments and conditioner, all you need is a little apple cider vinegar! Make your very own hair rinse by mixing one part apple cider vinegar with one part water. I recommend using a spray bottle and spray on after shampooing rather than dumping on an entire bottle in one treatment. Let it sit a few minutes and rinse for smooth, silky hair––without the cost of an expensive (and possibly toxic) keratin treatment.
5. Add Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Cookingimage courtesy of iDiva
Add a dash of apple cider vinegar to your salad dressings, juices, soups... you name it. You won't need another vinegar around! And the health benefits that come along with this vinegar will leave your balsamic sulking in the back of the pantry. Marinate your meat in apple cider vinegar and it will tenderize it (and add a whole bunch of flavor).
For a full list of apple cider vinegar recipes, check out iDIVA.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar as a Non-Toxic Weed Killerimage courtesy of A Drop of This Blogspot
Here's one we'd never heard of before: Apple cider vinegar can be used to kill pesky weeds, without adding potentially dangerous chemicals to your lawn and garden. We found this weed killing alternative from Elizabeth Bruno, a blogger at Mamavation, who says to mix 1/2 gallon apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup salt, and 1/2 teaspoon dish soap. She points out that the solution will kill any plant you spray it on, so be sure to avoid any flowers or plants you'd like to keep!