There are multiple ingredients that we can find at our local grocery store which has more than one uses. In the same way, apple cider vinegar has copious benefits! ACV is a pretty versatile ingredient that it has many other uses besides culinary. It can also be used in everything related to beauty care to cleaning your stuff at home.
Apple cider vinegar comes under the category of fermented foods and as the name suggests, is made from apples. It is suggested that you buy unpasteurized and organic ACV to reap maximum benefits from it. Here’s how you can use ACV to see the myriad benefits of it:
20 Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar Uses
1. For Boosting Digestion
ACV’s biggest benefit is that it helps to boost digestion by increasing our ability to produce stomach acid. Stomach acid is an important part of digestion. To have a healthy gut, you can start by having 1 tablespoon of ACV on its own with some warm water in the morning or before each meal.
2. For Making Pickles
We love fermented foods because of its tangy taste and ACV helps achieve that taste also adds some fermented goodness. You can add some apple cider vinegar in pickles or at the end of the termination process if you like the taste of it. However, avoid using it as the base for fermentation, like it is done in fermented veggies such as kimchi or sauerkraut because it will probably spoil the whole fermentation process.
3. Use it For Salad Dressings or Marinades
ACV can add a fabulous taste and a post of health to your favorite salads dressings and marinades.
4. Use It To Whiten Your Teeth
If you want a gleaming smile, mix some ACV with baking soda and brush your teeth for 5 minutes. The foaming process would help you whiten your teeth.
5. To Beat Foul Breath
If you feel your mouth is smelling a bit funky, you should know that ACV can help. Since ACV can help fight bacteria, you can give your mouth a rinse with a mixture of 1 tbsp ACV with some warm water. Your breath will thank you for it. (Probably the people around you too!)
6. After You Shampoo Your Hair
I bet you didn’t know this but ACV can really help you have healthy hair. It revitalizes the scalp and makes your hair look shiny and smooth. You can start by using 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar with 8 ounces of water and rinse your hair after you have shampooed yoru hair. You can experiment with the ratio according to the length and density and adjust as needed.
7. Great For The Skin
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar includes a radiant skin. This is because ACV can help remove all the dirt and impurities and help balance the pH levels of the skin. Since it is also anti-bacterial, it can help you diminish your acne problem. You can make yoru toner by mixing 2 tbsp ACV with 4 ounces of water.
8. As A Treatment for Candida
ACV is rich in anti-fungal properties which will help those who have candida, especially candida in places like the mouth.
9. Helps To Fight Foot or Toe Nail Fungus
Soak your feet in a mixture of ACV and water to diminish that disgusting fungus problem. You can also use it in particular areas where you are infected.
10. To Clean Surfaces At Home
ACV is great for cleaning products at home and remove tough stains. All you need to do is just grab some ACV and mix it with some baking soda, water, and a bit of essential oil for that after fragrance. It is non-toxic and chemical-free, unlike the ones you buy from the store. You can use this all-purpose leaner anywhere at home.
11. To Prevent Fruit Flies
It might sound weird, but you have to try this one if you want to eliminate those fruit flies! All you need to do is mix some ACV, dish soap, and water in a small bowl and keep it on one side of yoru kitchen. And voila!
12. To Make Vegan Buttermilk
Another one of apple cider uses include vegan buttermilk. You have to mix a tsp of ACV in any vegan milk of your choice and let it rest for 5-7 minutes. You can then use it for yoru vegan baking recipes.
If you want to learn how to make a 100 percent homemade vegan milk, check out this Easy 101 Guide To Homemade Nut Milk and Seed Milk.
Also, while you are at it, you can check out these 5 Healthy Dairy-Free Baking Alternatives and get baking!
13. Add ACV To A Sitz Bath
Those suffering from hemorrhoids can finally experience some relief by adding ACV into their bath. YOu need to add 1/4th cup of ACV with cold or warm water and get going. It is especially beneficial for pregnant women suffering from hemorrhoids.
14. Make Perfect Poached Eggs with ACV
Fancy some poached eggs but you find it pretty challenging to DIY? Well, here’s a little trick. Add some apple cider vinegar into your water before you put in the egg. This will help the white part of the egg to firm up more easily so that you won’t mess it up and get a perfectly poached egg every time.
Also, here’s a Jamie Oliver video to perfect a poached egg that I found helpful!
15. ACV Helps to Regulate Blood Sugar
Not just blood sugar, but according to some research, ACV and other kinds of vinegar can also help improve insulting sensitivity.
16. To Improve Metabolism
Some studies have shown that ACV helps in weight loss, reduces cholesterol levels, and helps to diminish inflammation.
17. Add It To Your Braised Liquid To Enhance Flavour
If braised veggies are your thing, all you need to do is add some apple cider vinegar to take its taste to the next level.
18. Use It In Bone Broth
While making bone broth next time, make sure you also add 2 tbsp of ACV with your bones in the pot or pressure cooker. ACV would help by pulling out the vitamins and minerals from the bone into the broth.
19. Use It To Repel Weed
Make a solution using ACV and water and put it into a spray bottle. Spray it on weeds in your kitchen garden or lawn to remove them. It serves as a great pesticide-free and herbicide-free weed repellant.
20. To Get Rid of Pet Fleas
Sick of pet fleas already? Using a mixture of ACV and water is an inexpensive way to repel fleas. You can use ACV and water in a 1:1 ratio. However, use this mixture on a small spot of your dog’s fur to see if it has some sort of reaction before deeming it safe.
These are 20 amazing Apple Cider Vinegar benefits. Let me know which ones are you eager to try?
Do try this entertaining Science Insider video to know what Apple Cider Vinegar ACTUALLY does to your body!
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