Who here owns a tub of coconut oil? Most of you, I hope – seeing as it is a complete lifesaver and can do everything from make your hair shiny to polishing your wooden furniture.
Well, I’m here to tell you to buy a bottle of apple cider vinegar to put next to it in your cupboard.
Here are some of the things apple cider vinegar can do:
1. Smelly feet
I realise you were probably expecting something a bit more exciting for the first item on the list, but foot odour is a serious problem, okay?
Washing your feet in diluted apple vinegar will kill the smelly bacteria on your feet. Hallelujah. But, uh, it’s worth pointing out that they might smell a bit like a salad afterwards.
2. Remove product build up
Sometimes your hair gets a bit bogged down under product build up from conditioner, dry shampoo, hairspray etc. One way to get rid of this is with a clarifying shampoo. Or, you can rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar for a much m ore natural and effective remedy. Just prepare yourself for the shiny hair that will follow!
3. To lighten dark skin spots
According to some sources, applying undiluted apple cider vinegar to sun or aging spot with a cotton bud and leaving it overnight a few times a week should help to lighten it.
4. For indigestion or a stomach ache
Apple cider vinegar may help with peskyindigestion. Mix one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of warm water, add one to two tablespoons of honey. Drink slowly.
5. Alleviating a yeast infection
Well. This got serious fast. Should you find yourself with an infection of the yeast variety, ACV is a natural way to help it make a swift exit. This can be done either by ingesting it, see number 4, or by actually putting it… down there. You get me?
This can done by soaking cotton balls in a diluted ACV mix and putting them down south.
6. Fruit and veggie wash
Vinegar is one of the best natural agents for removing pesky pesticides and bacteria from your fresh produce. Try a solution of 10 percent vinegar to 90 percent water as a bath to briefly soak produce.Make sure to rinse thoroughly afterwards, though. Unless you particularly enjoy the taste of ACV.(dont use this process on fragile fruits like berries since they could be damaged in the process or soak up too much vinegar through their porous skins).
7. Flea- proof your pets
When you need to keep fleas away from your furry friends, turn to apple cider vinegar for the solution. Dilute it with water (one part of each) and rub the mixture into their fur and work it into their skin to repel those pesky pests without using any harsh chemicals. (Do be sure to check with your vet to make sure its safe for your pal, especially if they have a skin condition)
You could actually just eat it on a salad. I’m hilarious, I know. Here’s the recipe.
9. Remove warts
According to legend, ACV can naturally remove warts. Admittedly, I’ve yet to have a wart to try this on – so I can’t vouch for it. Soak a cotton ball in ACV, whack it over the wart – and secure it with some medical tape or similar overnight. And in the morning it should just.. be gone?
10. Banish bad breath
In case you hadn’t gathered, ACV is good at killing odourous bacteria. Just gargle a diluted solution to banish the bad breath. Only for those witha s trong stomach though, it doesn’t taste like a chocolate bar – I can tell you that much for free.
11. Up your baking game
It turns out ACV isa welcome addition to baked goods. Vinegar in general can help give batters a little lift. And because its mild flavor is undetectable(and may even enhance the flavour of other ingredients) in sweets, its an especially good option for those homemade treats. Less is more though, guys. I beg you.
12. Improve your complexion
Use it as an astringent (just dilute it and apply it to your face), or use it as a spot treatment to target blemishes.Holistic health experts also suggest taking it orally as well as adding it to an Epsom salt bath to help draw toxins and impurities out of your skin.