Apple Cider Vinegar, aka ACV, is a trendy product that has been part of home remedies for hundreds of years.
Although not enough research has been done, ACV is promoted as having health, beauty, and household benefits.
From cleaning to cooking, ACV has proven itself to be a versatile cabinet staple, so if you don’t have a bottle hidden among the “under the kitchen sink” bottle arsenal, then you definitely should!!!
Below you will find my 5 favorite ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar.
Bonus?! I’ll tell you which brand is my favorite. 🤫
*You will need to use a brand of Apple Cider Vinegar that contains “The Mother.” The Mother is a mixture of the beneficial bacteria, proteins, and enzymes produced during fermentation, it is also what gives some brands an unclear appearance.
Five Practical Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Fruit and Vegetable Wash
Buying fresh fruit and vegetables is always a delight. Can I get a whoop whoop for Farmers Markets ladies?! ☺ But what is not a delight is washing all those goodies you bring home. Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural antibacterial, which makes it perfect for washing items we plan to consume. Using ACV as a soak for fruits and veggies like citrus, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, apples, etc. will lessen the time you spend scrubbing your fresh food!
- Fill a bowl with 3 parts water and 1 part ACV
- Soak fruit for 10 minutes.
- Rub gently
- Rinse thoroughly
- Apple Cider Vinegar is great for spicing up a meat marinade. It brings extra flavor to whatever meat you are cooking!
- It can be used for adding flavor and zest to a pot of chili, Southern-Style collard greens and cabbage or any bland casserole recipe.
- ACV is often used as a meat tenderizer for the cheap tough cuts of beef and pork.
***Just be careful not to use too much or leave it to soak for too long. The high acidity of ACV can damage the meat’s texture, turning it into a mushy mess.
- Apple Cider Vinegar can be used in Salad Dressings. The vinegar adds flavor to that blah bowl of greens, and you earn healthy-eating points. SCORE!
- ACV can even stand alone as a dipping condiment, especially for crunchy fried fish!
As you read before Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural antibacterial, which makes it perfect for light cleaning. It’s high acidity level also makes it a great alternative for those tougher cleaning jobswhen combined with elbow grease and a little soap!
ACV can be used to:
- Replace traditional laundry detergent.
- Freshen laundry with a mildew smell.
- Sanitize surfaces in the kitchen.
- Clean HE front loading washing machines.
- Mix with Baking Soda to unclog drains.
I use Apple Cider Vinegar when I’m feeling under the weather.
It helps me in several ways, so I always double up on it during any sickness or infections I may have.
- It’s great for calming a sore throat.
To use, warm up ¼ cup of water, add a small splash of ACV, and slowly sip the mixture.
- It warms the stomach.
Taking a shot of ACV diluted with water is similar to a shot of whiskey, without the alcohol. It soothes the throat and gives your belly that peaceful, calm feeling.
- There is research that reports ACV may aid in weight loss by suppressing the appetite.
When taken with a glass of water, before a meal, ACV has been reported to give a “full” feeling with less food.
- You can also find research that claims ACV is a big deal in current and future Diabetes treatment.
*If you plan to use Apple Cider Vinegar for your health, always consult a professional first.
5. Hair Care
Our normal hair products (soaps, sprays, gels,) wreak havoc on our hair.
Big Brand shampoos strip, dry, and basically sends our strands into a pH roller coaster ride with no end in sight.
ACV works to stabilize the pH of the scalp, which in return, rewards your strands with awesome shine and bounce!
Thanks ACV! 😘
Apple Cider Vinegar can also be used to treat chronic dandruff.
If you remember, we previously discussed ACV being a natural antibacterial right??
Since dandruff and scalp trouble usually arise from bacteria, Apple Cider Vinegar can gently, but effectively correct the underlying bacteria problem you scalp just can’t kick!
You know I love you guys right!?!? So of course I’m going to tell you how to jump aboard the ACV Beautiful Hair Train!
Use the simple rinse below 1-2 times per week, depending on how your hair reacts.
DIY ACV Rinse
- In a bottle or container that is easy to pour, mix ½ part Apple Cider Vinegar with ½ part water. -Don’t be scared to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mix, just don’t over do it. (Click here to find out what Essential Oils are best for your hair.)
- Mix well.
- After your shower, squeeze the excess water from your hair.
- Pour the ACV mix onto your hair starting at your scalp.
- Make sure you soak the scalp thoroughly.
- Rinse with clean water and make sure to rinse completely.
- Presto, beautiful, natural, healthy hair. 👍
Adding Apple Cider Vinegar to your normal routines is a great first step to using more natural products and eliminating the toxins and chemicals we encounter everyday.
My personal favorite is Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. Guaranteed to contain “The Mother” and one of the healthiest brands on the market.
So GO my fellow herbal enthusiasts. GO and ENJOY the natural benefits of an all-natural product!
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Happy Healthy Living Ya’ll.
-Your All-Natural Blogger E.B.