I first heard of the wonders of Apple Cider Vinegar from my old Nan to cure an upset stomach, but like many things it wasn’t until the beginning of this year when I had an actual need for it. I can honestly say that I have more than one use for it now and, while it is a little more expensive than the conventional vinegar that we all smother on our chips, it is worth every single penny; it’s natural, and I don’t know how we lived without it.
In this post, I am going to go through some weird and wonderful uses for this. But first things first – let’s learn a little about it.
What Is It?
Apple cider vinegar is made by crushing apples to a pulp and extracting the liquid. Add yeast and bacteria and this will start the fermentation process, turning the sugars into alcohol.
It then goes through a second fermentation method, where the cider is turned into vinegar by acetobacter (acetic acid-forming bacteria).
ACV was even known to be used in the time of the Egyptians and even Hippocrates hailed it as a remedy for all kinds of ailments. Even today there is some scientific research that says it’s beneficial for a variety of health reasons.
There is a form of tablet that is readily available, however; I would strongly recommend buying the liquid for all of the uses below, the best of which contains ‘The Mother’. This is a colony of bacteria that’s said to contain amazing health benefits.
As with anything, any consumption of this product must be done so in moderation; so if you are thinking of using it for medical purposes then it is best to follow the simple guidelines for each purpose. Consuming large quantities suggests that it can lower bone density and cause osteoporosis, amongst other things.
Those that suffer from diabetes must also consult with their GP before using cider vinegar for medical purposes.
Now you know what it is, and the scary part about health risks is out of the way, it is time to consider its many uses.
In the Home
Before doing my research at the beginning of the year (2013), I knew of two uses for the vinegar that we had successfully incorporated into our daily lives at home. I quickly learned that I really should have listened to you, Nan.
Cleaning Solution – Mix one cup of water with half a cup of cider vinegar into a large spray bottle, and you have yourself a great cleaning solution for cleaning surfaces and kitchen gadgets. It’s also very good for cleaning windows and floors.
Disinfectant – Do you want your bathroom to smell like apples? Simple! Pour 50-100ml of the liquid into your toilet and allow it to settle overnight. In the morning give it a flush and you will have a clean and lovely smelling toilet.
Fleas – Although we are considering getting a dog at home, I am glad we do not have any infestations of the flea kind. To get rid of those pesky bugs, mix one part vinegar to one part water and rub on your pet’s fur, making sure to cover the entire area. Repeat this method for a few days and voila; you should have no more flea problems.
Removing Odours – We all, at some point, have a bad smell in the home that we cannot get rid of. Whether it’s from cigarette smoke, paint or even beer that may have been spilled, all you need to do is fill a bowl of cider vinegar and leave in the middle of the room overnight. Wake up in the morning and the smell will have disappeared.
Mould Remover – Anybody that has experienced mould growing in their bathroom will know how difficult it is to remove. Make a cleaning solution as directed above and spray onto affected areas to ‘kill off the mould’. Repeating a few times may be necessary, but you will soon have a mould free bathroom. Find some other ways to remove bathroom mould here.
Drain Cleaner – Smelly drains can be very persistent and can also be a nightmare to get rid of. The use of 3 common ingredients will solve this problem. Mix half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of salt and pour down the plug hole. To finish off the process, pour half a cup of apple cider vinegar into the hole and wait for the reaction. The vinegar and baking soda will react with each other causing a release of carbon dioxide. After a couple of hours flush the drain with cold water for ten minutes.
Today’s busy lifestyles and the constant need to look good means there are so many unnatural products on the saturated beauty market. Some work, but most don’t, and these natural concoctions will soon put a stop to you ordering all of those ‘miracle cures’ that just don’t cut it.
Upset Stomach – Nan, I truly loved you and your wisdom has got me out of more than one sticky situation over the years (no pun intended). This little recipe is absolutely amazing and is worth its weight in gold. Mix two teaspoons of vinegar with a glass of cold water and drink. Try it and see.
Weight Loss – It seems like everyone wants to lose weight nowadays; me included. Mix two teaspoons into a pint of water and drink before eating, or sip during the day. Improve the flavour by adding a squeeze of honey. Research suggests you should see an improvement within 6-12 weeks.
Teeth – If you need to remove stains from your teeth – perhaps from drinking coffee or smoking – rub ACV direct from the bottle onto your teeth and rinse thoroughly.
Energy – To get an extra boost of energy this remedy suggests that there is no more need to reach for one of the many energy drinks that are sold today. Mix one tablespoon into a glass of ice cold water and drink.
Detoxification – Do you need aid to recover from the night before? We have all been there, and while a fry-up is normally a very good remedy, this is said to cleanse your body and kidneys if you drink it all day. Grab a 2-litre bottle and fill it with water, then mix in 2 tablespoons of the vinegar and give it a shake.
Sunburn – In Britain we can really get caught short by the sun. Due to the constant rain and rare sunshine, those days can creep up on us when we least expect it. Who actually takes a bottle of sun protector out unless you have children? If you do suffer the effects of sunburn add a cup full of ACV to your bath to aid your recovery.
Acne – As a teenager I was plagued with spots, not overly bad, but enough to try every remedy under the sun. I only wish I had known this a little sooner. Mix an equal amount of water and vinegar and apply to the affected areas using some cotton wool after showering. The solution won’t dry your skin and the smell will dissipate once dry. If you have made up a solution, keep it in the fridge to keep fresh.
Warts & Verruca’s – Certainly not the most pleasant of things to experience, so if you have this problem simply soak a cotton wool ball in the vinegar and attach to the affected area with micro pore dressing tape. Repeat every day for two or three days and the wart or verruca should fall of or disappear.
Hair – Everybody likes to have nice hair, don’t they? This concoction it is said to leave your hair shiny and smooth and can also get rid of dandruff. Mix two tablespoons of vinegar with a glass of water and rinse your hair thoroughly at the end of a shower or bath.
Colds and Sore Throats – While not an official cure it will lessen the effects. Prepare yourself with 24 hours’ worth of the tonic, by mixing 1 quarter cup of vinegar and 1 quarter cup of honey, making certain to keep it covered. For relief consume 1 tablespoon 6 times per day. If you feel like you are getting a sore throat, mix together one quarter of vinegar and one quarter of warm water and gargle every hour; taking care not to swallow it.
Aftershave – I am not 100% certain and neither can I guarantee that this will have the ladies nuzzling at your neck to smell your new aroma, so if you have that in mind I would suggest using something like Issey Miyake or One Million from Paco Rabanne. If however you do fancy giving it a go, fill a spray bottle with an equal amount of cider vinegar and water and shake before use.
So there we have it, the guide to using Apple Cider Vinegar comes with an abundance of uses. I could have added many more, however I think I added something for everyone. If you have any other folk remedies that I have not included then please feel free to leave us a comment and we will be sure to update it.
Disclaimer: All information within this post is for the sole purpose of education. It is in no way written to diagnose or treat illnesses and if you are uncertain on a specific problem you should consult with your doctor first. Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural product and should in no way cause harm unless used in excessive amounts. We take no responsibility for any self-diagnosis that you may impose.
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