Modern medicine and science is constantly coming up with new products to make our lives easier, but newer isn’t always better. For a great example of an everyday product where there is more than meets the eye, one only has to look at apple cider vinegar. It is a staple item in any good kitchen, but its usefulness is not only limited to salad dressings and vinaigrettes.
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Around The House
- Flea Repellent – If your pets are suffering from flea bites, use apple cider vinegar, diluted with water on the fur and skin of the pet to get rid of the pests.
- Protect Cords – Cats can wreak havoc on electrical cords in the house, but rubbing a dab of ACV on the cords every few days will prevent cats from chewing them.
- Neutralize Odors – Instead of air freshener, place a dish of ACV anywhere in your house where odors are causing a problem, and the smell will be neutralized quickly.
- Disinfect Your House – one part ACV mixed with one part water in a spray bottle is all you need to clean your house in a natural, odor-absorbing and non-toxic manner.
- Kill Weeds – Thanks to ACV there is no need for pesticides. Apply it directly to weeds in the garden to get rid of them.
- Dandruff Removal – Add equal parts water and ACV to a spray bottle, spray it on your hair after shampooing and then rinse after fifteen minutes to say goodbye to dandruff.
- Shaving Relief – Dilute one part ACV with one part water to soothe the skin after shaving.
- Treat Foot Odor – Get rid of the bad foot odors by wiping down your toes with baby wipes or paper towels soaked in a bit of ACV.
- Treat Breakouts – Dab a cotton ball in some ACV that has been diluted with water and clean your face to let the antibacterial properties work their magic.
- Get Rid of Bad Breath – Bacteria cause bad breath, but instead of mouthwash, simply gargle with ACV to get rid of the odor and the bacteria.
- Fade Bruises – Don’t let bruises leave their mark on you. Just apply some ACV on the bruise and let its anti-inflammatory properties do the rest.
- Teeth Whitening – Although not something that should be done regularly, ACV applied directly to the teeth and then rinsed off can get rid of stubborn stains.
- Remove Warts – For a natural way to get rid of warts, apply some ACV to a cotton ball and cover the wart overnight.
- Natural Deodorant – Applying some ACV to your underarm areas will get rid of odor-causing bacteria, and since the vinegar smell quickly evaporates, you are left feeling clean and fresh.
- Sore Throat Relief – ACV has antibacterial properties, so mix it with honey and some cayenne pepper in a glass of warm water to soothe the pain.
- Help With Digestion – A tablespoon of ACV taken with a cup of water or tea before meals can help reduce indigestion and also safeguard against constipation.
- Sooth Sunburn – A cup or two of ACV added to your bath will help neutralize the burn, as it helps to restore the natural pH levels of your skin.
- Beat Yeast Infections – Even if you don’t have sunburn, soaking in a bath of water where you added about 1 ½ cups of ACV can help treat yeast infections as well.
- Unclog Sinuses – By sipping a mixture of water and ACV you clear out sinuses and nip a cold or sinus infection in the bud as well.
- Boost Your Energy – For a natural alternative to unhealthy energy drinks simply drink some water mixed with ACV. The ACV contains amino acids that can combat the build-up of lactic acid.
- Salad Dressings – The most obvious use of ACV is as a salad dressing by mixing it together with olive oil and other ingredients such as mustard or honey.
- Soup Ingredient – Using ACV as an ingredient in your favorite soups can enhance the flavor and you won’t be left with a vinegar taste.
- Juice Component – For a tasty and refreshing drink that comes with added health benefits mix the ACV with ingredients such as honey or grape juice.
- Better Baking – Since it can enhance the flavor of certain ingredients and add some lift to batters, ACV works well as a secret ingredient in baking.
- Spruce Up Sauces – If condiments are too thick or you want to add some extra flavor to your sauces, ACV might be just what you are looking for.