Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is without doubt one of mother nature’s best cleaners, purifying everything from our bodies to our counter tops. There are many uses for this powerful fermented liquid, apple cider vinegar has been used for about 10,000 years, after discovering a particularly sour wine. The ancient Egyptians used apple cider vinegar for weight loss as well as an antiseptic, while Hippocrates recommended it to his patients as an energizing tonic and healing elixir.
Simple to make, in apple cider vinegar’s raw form the only ingredients are apples, filtered water, and honey, check out this great recipe to make your own! Let’s explore some of the uses we have discovered in the last 10,000 years, and how we can apply them today.
The fermentation process of the apples creates a compound known as acetic acid, this can slow digestion, help blood pressure, fight ear infections, and much more. Apple cider vinegar also works like a probiotic, fighting human pathogens in the body, it can also kill pathogens on surfaces. This quality is what makes ACV a great prevention from becoming sick. According to a study published in the journal of “Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry”, the acetic acid can lower your blood pressure by decreasing renin enzymes created in the kidneys.
Like many other healthy tonics and elixirs, vinegar is not exactly something that will agree with your taste buds, try these creative ways that you can better handle the sour taste, or get rid of it all together.
Face and Hair
Apple cider vinegar is just as effective on the outside of your body as it is on the inside. ACV is a great way to replace expensive and chemical dense face washes with a organically sourced wash. The strong acids help to fight acne, prevent wrinkles, and balance the ph of your skin, fighting both oily and dry skin. A fair warning, ACV is powerful, start by washing your face with a 50% diluted mixture and adjust from there. Here is a face wash recipe you can makeat home!
As for your hair, apple cider vinegar also balances your scalps ph, which can stop dandruff and help prevent fungus that causes hair loss. Aside from the health of your hair apple cider vinegar has been known to improve shine, reduce frizz, prevent split ends, detangle hair, as well as define curls. Check out this recipe to make your own hair wash at home.
All Purpose Cleaner
House cleaning is usually thought to require harmful chemicals to get the tough stuff out, but surprise, surprise….apple cider vinegar can replace those as well.
Run some ACV through the dishwasher to get stains out of cups and plates, as well as clean your dishwasher itself. The ACV will kill human pathogens on almost all surfaces, making it a great go to for a sticky spill in the kitchen. Check out this video showing you how to clean your drain with ACV baking soda, and boiling water. Here’s another video that will show you how to use ACV as a window cleaner. For more cool ideas take a look at this huge list of cleaning uses for apple cider vinegar.
So many uses with such simple ingredients, what can you replace with apple cider vinegar? Using more organic cleaning products will assure the health of your children, who touch almost everything you clean. You will also reduce the amount of harmful chemicals going down our drains, sometimes the simple stuff works best, and the little things always add up.