There are a few items that I always keep in my home — apple cider vinegar is one of them. I keep a bottle of it in my fridge at all times because I use it so often. It has been an amazing all natural alternative to a lot of household items that I used to purchase, which is why I want to share them with you!
Before we begin: Please be sure to use raw organic ACV (apple cider vinegar). Unlike other vinegar it contains raw enzymes & gut-friendly bacteria that promote healing. Take the time to go to your local health food store & buy it there, it’s worth it. Here are 11 ways to use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar in your day to day routine.
1. Use it as a toner for your skin
I’ve battled with acne for years & I have tried absolutely everything. Buying skin products can get expensive, especially quality toners. Once I started using ACV as a toner I was sold. Skin is naturally acidic, so apple cider vinegar can help restore your skin’s natural pH balance. Dilute ACV with two parts water. Saturate a cotton round & use it all over the face and neck after a deep clean. The smell isn’t horrific & it does fade but it certainly doesn’t smell like flowers. So I do recommend doing this as a bed-time toner. Wash the next morning like you normally would. This also helps fade acne scars, sun spots, & age spots.
2. Use as a weight loss aid
One of my best habits is sipping on ACV first thing in the morning & throughout the day when I need a boost. I mix 2 teaspoons with ice cold water (16 ounces or more). ACV contains acetic acid which helps us keep those extra pounds off. My best advice is that you do not drink this warm. Another option is to put it in a glass and drink it all at once.
3. Detox bath
I’m a firm believer that sometimes our bodies need to detox. I love to soak in the tub, so sometimes I’ll make a salt detox bath & add ACV. When I am sick I soak in this concoction & it really helps speed up the healing process for my body & gets me back on my feet. It also makes my skin super soft.
1/4 cup Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
1/4 cup Epsom Salt
1/4 cup Baking Soda
1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
Favorite essential oil if desired (I use 10 drops of peppermint or lavender)
4. All natural house cleaner
Recently I decided it was time to bag the bleach & switch to natural cleaning supplies. However, I cannot deal with a a dirty toilet & neither should you. Pour some ACV into your toilet & let it sit overnight. Scrub your toilet just like you normally would and then flush. It should be nice and clean and odor free! You can also mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. You can also use this solution to clean microwaves, kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses & mirrors.
5. Whiten your teeth
Rub teeth directly with apple cider vinegar & rinse with water. I like to do this & then brush with hydrogen peroxide combined with baking soda. Whitening strips tend to cause some pain in my gums & this is a great, gentle alternative.
6. Soothe a bad sunburn
Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath & soak for 10 minutes to eliminate discomfort from sunburn. This is really good for kids when they have burns because the water helps them relax & the ACV works it’s magic while they enjoy a nice tub.
7. Add some shine to your hair
Recently I’ve realized how fast I go through shining serums & deep conditioners. My hair is naturally curly & on the drier side so I am always looking for products to get that extra bounce & shine. ACV aids in removing product buildup. Use the recipe below for a great hair rinse.
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
1 part apple cider vinegar 1 part water
Directions: To revive your hair to its days of smoothness, mix the apple cider vinegar & water together. After shampooing, pour the mixture into your hair. If you have a spray bottle, that works even better. That way you can spritz your hair with the mixture & massage it into your scalp. Let the apple cider vinegar concoction sit for a few minutes before rinsing fully with water. No need to use conditioner! The apple cider vinegar will leave hair feeling smooth & soft.
8. Soothe a sore throat.
When you feel that little tickle in your throat take some ACV to help head off the infection. Just mix ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.
9. Extinguish exhaustion
Exercise sometimes causes extreme stress cause lactic acid to build up in the body, causing fatigue. Apple cider vinegar contains potassium & enzymes that may relieve that tired feeling. Next time you’re feeling beat add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of chilled vegetable juice or to a glass of water.
10. Relieve nighttime leg cramps
ACV taken diluted in water twice daily will dissolve acid crystals in the blood & provide potassium, calcium & other essential minerals to the body needed to ease the leg cramps.
11. Natural deodorant
Most commercial deodorants are antiperspirants, which block your ability to sweat. Since sweat is one of your body’s natural means of detoxification, blocking your ability to sweat can block your ability to detoxify. Most deodorants also contain aluminum which has been linked to breast cancer. ACV absorbs and neutralizes odors. Simply rub a bit of ACV in your underarms. The vinegary smell dissipates once it dries.
If you are feeling a bit hesitant to try ACV of the taste you can do a few things to mask the bitterness. Add agave/honey, stevia, or mix with apple juice. Once you start reaping the rewards you wont have as much of an issue with the taste, I promise.
There are countless ways to use ACV but I hope you enjoy the few that I provided here. Have some fun with it & do your research. Let me know if you find something that isn’t on here, I’d love to know!