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10 Surprising Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegar is useful for cooking, cleaning, gardening, personal hygiene and even your health. A large container of apple cider vinegar can be the most useful, economical and versatile product to keep in your home.




1) Natural Cleaning

Most people use white vinegar for cleaning but cider vinegar can be used just as effectively.  The anti-microbial acids in vinegar, especially acetic acid, has been shown in studies to kill E.coli. and a combination of lemon juice and vinegar to be effective against salmonella.

2) Weed Killer

If you would like to keep the lawn your kids and pets play in free of the chemicals in commercial weed killers try this Herbicidal Formula Spray using vinegar.  This will kill any plants it touches so make sure you apply it carefully avoiding plant you do not want to remove.

  • 1 gallon of 10% vinegar
  • 1 oz orange oil or d-limonene
  • 1 tbl molasses
  • 1 tsp liquid soap
  • do not add water

3) Eliminating Odors

Simply placing a bowl of vinegar into each room will neutralize the odors floating in the air.

4) Wash for Fruits and Vegetables

A solution of 10 % vinegar to 90% water used to briefly soak produce is one of the best natural cleansers of pesticides and bacteria.  Place this wash into your kitchen sink, add the fresh produce and rinse thoroughly, moving the produce back and forth through the water to be sure all sides get plenty of opportunity to come in contact with the wash.

5)  Energy Boost

Apple cider vinegar contains enzymes and potassium that can help reduce fatigue. The amino acids it contains may also help to prevent the buildup of lactic acid that causes fatigue in your body.

6) Weight Loss

In studies done with vinegar and weight loss it was found that when volunteers took a small amount of vinegar with their high carb meal it increased their feeling of satisfaction and  they ate about 200-250 calories less over the remainder of the day. Taken with bread it was found to lower insulin and glucose responses as well as providing the same increased levels of satiety.

7) Skin Conditions

Apple cider vinegar can help with a number of different skin conditions from bug bites, poison ivy and sunburn to warts. It can be applied topically or used as a bath with one cup of vinegar added to the water. The acetic acid in the vinegar can help remove warts when applied regularly with a cotton ball.

8) Digestion

Acid reflux is a result of having too little acid in your stomach and taking one tbls of raw unfiltered apple cider in 8 oz of water daily can improve the acid balance in your stomach.  The intestinal spasms that accompany the reflux is likely to be soothed as well with the pectin contained in apple cider vinegar.

9) Foot Odor

The antimicrobial properties of apple cider vinegar can eliminate bacteria on your feet that cause odor.  Rub the inside of your shoes with a cotton ball and vinegar to remove the smells inside.


10) Facial Toner

Dilute your apple cider vinegar and apply it with a cotton ball to your face for a refreshing natural toner to help with break outs. 



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