For some people, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a cure-all miracle elixir for their health issues. But did you know that it’s capable of so much more? Here are 25 of the many other cool ways ACV can help you...
Use It on Makeup Brushes
Mix 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a bowl with a cup of water. Then dip your makeup and hairbrushes into it. ACV contains antimicrobial properties that remove germs and dirt from quick and easy.
Wash Pots and Pans With It
You don’t have to douse your pots and pans with ACV, obs! But you will have to create a paste. It’s easy. Just mix an equal amount of flour and salt with a touch of ACV. Then use it to make your pots and pans look new again.
Treat a Sunburn
Heal sunburns faster by soaking a towel in ACV that's been diluted in water. Then, apply it over the affected area for 5 minutes. This maintains your skin’s pH balance at a normal level, allowing it to heal quicker. Repeat the process every 3 days to get better results. And just to be safe, make sure to consult with your dermatologist before trying this out.
Clean Your Washing Machine
If your washing machine is starting to stink worse than the dirty laundry you’re putting in, then add two cups of ACV and run an empty cycle. Your washing machine and your clothes will thank you for doing this.
It’s a Natural Deodorizer
The antibacterial applications in ACV can also help eliminate bad odors from your home. Just mix one-part water with one-part ACV in a spray bottle and you’ll have yourself a fresh new deodorizer that won’t weaken the ozone layer.
Use It to Tone Your Skin
If you’re looking for a natural toner, then mix a tablespoon of vinegar with two cups of water and dab onto your face. This will minimize pores and improve circulation. The alpha-hydroxy and acetic acids also help tighten your skin. If you've got sensitive skin, make sure to double-check with a dermatologist first.
Mix 2 tablespoons of ACV with a glass of water before a meal. This might reduce heartburn because ACV is acidic, which will increase stomach acid and prevent backflow into the esophagus. But as usual, check with a physician before you try this nifty little trick. Better safe than sorry, am I right?
Make Teeth Whiter
Mix 1 tablespoon of ACV with a cup of water and then swish it in your mouth like you would a regular mouthwash. But be careful about rubbing ACV directly on your teeth. If you do this, rinse with lots of water, or the acid will erode your teeth.
Cleanse Your Digital Devices
You can clean your electronic devices like your tablet, Smartphone, or even monitor and CPU and leave them looking pristine, shiny, and germ-free by rubbing them down with a cloth and some ACV. You can also disinfect your mouse and your keyboard using the same formula.
Ease Sore Throat
Mix 20 ml of water with 30 ml of ACV and gargle with it. The antibacterial property of this solution will soothe your throat. For a gentler treatment, make sure the ACV is diluted, so it doesn’t burn your throat.
Clean Your Bathroom
ACV gets rid of hard water stains in a snap. You can use it on toilets, tubs, the showerhead, and the sink. For those tough stains that are a total pain to remove, add 2 cups of vinegar and fill a tub or sink with hot water. Let it soak about 2 hours and wipe.
It Can Help With Weight Loss
A tablespoon of ACV before a meal may make you feel fuller so you won’t eat as much. But remember, this is only an aid, not a solution. You might also want to check with your doctor to see if this is an option for you.
Remove Warts With It
Get rid of those unsightly abnormal growths on your skin with a cotton ball soaked in ACV. Then use a bandage to keep the cotton ball in place all night. When you wake up, you may see some positive results.
Get Rid of Tarnished Metal
Create a paste using equal parts salt and white vinegar and coat your brass, copper, or bronze gadgets. Then rub the area affected until the tarnish is gone. Once you’re satisfied with the results, rinse the item with cold water and dry it with a towel.
Trap Fruit Flies
To keep fruit flies at bay, pour some ACV into a cup and then add a couple of drops of dish soap. Place a bowl or cup filled with this solution right next to the trash or a fruit bowl. The strong but sweet odor will attract the flies and the dish soap, which thickens the liquid, will cause them to immediately sink and drown in the solution.
Stop a Hiccup
We’re not saying you shouldn’t see your doctor if your hiccups become chronic. But you can try drinking a teaspoon of ACV. Just remember to rinse your mouth to save your teeth. It’s a lot better than having someone creep up on you and scare you, right?
Use It on Your Coffeemaker
Clean your coffeemaker by pouring a 2 to 1 vinegar to water ratio into the machine and then letting it run normally. This ensures your coffee tastes better. You might want to try doing this every 3 months.
It Fights Dandruff
Dandruff not only makes your scalp itchy, but it can damage your hair. The ACV ensures your scalp’s pH balance stays in check. Mix 3 cups of water and a cup of ACV and leave it on your hair for an hour and rinse with warm water.
It Clears up Sinuses
Sit in front of a bowl with steaming water that contains ACV. The steam will unblock nasal passages that are affected by sinus infections, allergies or a cold. But remember, it's always a good idea to check with your doctor first.
Treat Insect Bites
Reduce the swelling of an insect bite and its itchiness. Just rub a cotton wool ball full of ACV over the area and this will soothe the itch. The pH balancing effects will also speed up the healing of the bite.
Prevent Leg Cramps
Leg cramps are caused by insufficient potassium. Thankfully ACV has tons of it so if you drink it, you can prevent leg cramps. It also works wonders if you use it as a warm compress over the affected area.
Keeps Blood Sugar in Check
Patients with type 2 diabetes and high blood sugar levels have found relief while taking two spoons of ACV before going to bed. But it’s no substitute for blood-sugar medication, of course. So, check with your doctor first.
Combat an Acne Outbreak
ACV contains alpha-hydroxy acids which exfoliate and get rid of dead skin cells before they can clog pores. So, apply with some cotton wool and let it sit there for 20 minutes and then rinse. This will help you keep acne in check.
Treat Athlete’s Foot
Get rid of the itchiness and the burning of athlete’s foot by soaking your feet in a bucket filled with half water and half vinegar. Do this for a couple of days. The pH levels in your skin will change making it difficult for the fungus to survive. But just in case, give your doctor a call and see if this hack will work for you.
Makes the Best Boiled Egg
Add some ACV to the water. This will help the egg whites cook quicker as the protein reacts with the acidic water, making it firmer. But you can still enjoy the gooey yellow inside without the white being undercooked.