Everyone has a bottle of apple cider vinegar sitting in the pantry. What you might not know is how versatile and useful that vinegar is for ameliorating a variety of everyday annoyances and irritations for mere pennies. Here's a list of seven extraordinary ways to use apple cider vinegar:
- Eliminating embarrassing dandruff. Apple cider vinegar's antibiotic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties make it especially well-suited for eliminating dandruff on the scalp. Soak a cotton ball in ACV and apply it to your scalp in sections. Massage scalp thoroughly and wrap your head in a warm towel, leaving in place for one hour. Rinse hair thoroughly with warm water. Repeat application twice weekly for one month and as needed.
- Reducing foot odor. Suffering from stinky feet? Apple cider vinegar's antibiotic properties can help eliminate foot odor by removing the odor-causing bacteria. Create a soak with 1/2 cup ACV and 5-8 cups of warm water. Soak for 15 minutes, two times daily. Don't worry about the vinegar smell. This will dissipate as your feet dry.
- Clear up your skin. In addition to fighting acne pimples, apple cider vinegar's combination of acids helps to fade age spots, reduce and prevent wrinkles, and lessen the appearance of acne scar discoloration. Apply it like a toner, using a cotton ball dipped in a diluted solution of 1 part ACV to 3 parts distilled water. Increase dilution if skin irritation occurs.
- Heal a sunburn. The anti-inflammatory and pH balancing effects of apple cider vinegar make it especially suited as a sunburn remedy. The ACV increases circulation to the skin, reduces redness, swelling, and pain, and can prevent peeling and blistering. Fill a tub with cool water, and add 1-2 cups of ACV. Soak daily for 30 minutes until symptoms are reduced or eliminated.
- All-natural fruit fly trap. There's nothing more annoying than a kitchen full of pesky fruit flies. Make a simple, effective fruit fly trap with a cup filled 2/3 of the way full with apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap. The dish soap will ease the surface tension of the ACV, allowing the fruit flies to fall to the bottom. Place the cup or cups wherever you see fruit flies. They can't resist the aroma of ACV. Simply rinse down the drain when the problem is eliminated.
- Relieve symptoms of yeast infection. The painful itching and burning of a yeast infection can be relieved with a simple soak in a warm tub and 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar. Soak for 30 minutes. The anti fungal and pH balancing properties of ACV will soothe the rash and eliminate fungal overgrowth. Dry skin thoroughly after soaking, as damp skin can allow yeast to proliferate.
- Reduce the itch of bug bites. Before you're tempted to scratch that itchy bug bite, swab some apple cider vinegar on to instantly reduce the itchiness and swelling. Dilute 1:1 with water before applying with a cotton ball. Repeat as needed if itching returns. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of the ACV will help heal your skin.
Apple cider vinegar has a wealth of potential uses in and around the home. Pull that bottle out of the pantry and have it ready the next time one of these common situations crops up. Don't hesitate to contact us for more ways you can use vinegar.
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