Uses And Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar - And How To Make Your Own!
When it comes to apple cider vinegar, the possibilities are endless - seriously, have you ever considered all of the things you can do with this pungent liquid? From cleaning your home to clearing your skin, we've listed just a few of the many ways you can use it; And we even have directions on how to make your own batch!
Apple cider vinegar makes a great household cleaner because it is anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-septic. In fact, it kills 98% of all germs - only 1% less than bleach, which is known to kill the most germs out of any other cleaner or solution.
An organic household cleaner can easily be created by mixing equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water together in a spray bottle. Add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil for smell, and voila! No more need for harsh chemical cleaners on the home-front!
The anti-bacterial properties of apple cider vinegar also make it a great facial toner! When applied to a clean face with a cotton ball, it can help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, calm inflammation of the skin, and it may act as an astringent that kills bacteria and removes dirt and oils.
You've had balsamic vinegar dressing, but have you had apple cider vinegar dressing? This is a wonderful alternative to fatty, creamy salad dressings for those trying to lose weight. Studies have even shown that vinegar has the ability to lower blood sugar and insulin levels, helping you to feel fuller, and therefore, eat less.
Eliminate Body Odors and Fungal Problems
Adding 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar to your next bath can help to cleanse your body of smelly bacteria and rid your feet of problematic fungus (no matter how gross that sounds). Body odors are caused by the build-up of bacteria, so by soaking in an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal bath, you'll kill any excess bacteria that would otherwise lead to B.O. - something no one wants - or worse, fungal problems like athletes foot and warts.
Fruit Fly Trap
No one likes pesky fruit flies, but they somehow manage to get into our homes every now and then. Instead of using a nasty chemical bug spray, make a fruit fly trap with apple cider vinegar! Pour a thin layer of your vinegar onto a plate or into a cup, and add two drops of dish soap. The vinegar scent will attract the fruit flies, and the soapy mixture will cause them to get stuck once they land in it.
Anti-bacterial Gargle Solution
Our mouths and throats house millions of germs and parasites that can cause us to develop problems like strep throat if we do not routinely cleanse them. Because of its strong antibacterial properties, gargling with apple cider vinegar can help to kill some of this bacteria. Simply mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of warm water, and gargle it. The best part? Doing this can even help to get rid of bad breath and whiten the teeth!
Beautify Your Hair
Add 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar to 4 cups of water, and pour it over your head after shampooing your hair. Leave it on for a few seconds, and then rinse.
Apple cider vinegar works great for giving hair shine and acting as a de-tangler. It also helps to balance the pH of your scalp, and it has antimicrobial properties that will help to combat dandruff and hair loss.
Do you find yourself feeling tired after a workout? If you do, this is because during exercise, your muscles produce something called lactic acid. This acid makes the body feel exhausted.
Reverse the effects of this natural process by adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to water, and drinking it right away after a workout. This works very well as a post-workout drink because the amino acids of the vinegar can combat the tiresome effects of lactic acid.
Now It's Time To Make Your Own!
- 3 apples (include the cores and peels, but remove the stems)
- 3 teaspoons of raw sugar
- Enough filtered water to completely submerge your apples
- Wash your apples and chop them into medium-sized pieces.
- Place your apple chunks in a clean, sterilized wide-mouth mason jar.
- Mix your sugar with one cup of water and pour it over your apples, adding more water if needed to completely submerge them.
- Cover your jar with a cheese cloth, or paper towel, and secure it with a rubber band.
- Place your jar in a warm and dark place for 2-3 weeks.
- Once time has passed, strain the liquid and discard the apples.
- Pour your liquid back into the jar and cover it once again with the cheese cloth or paper towel, securing it with a rubber band.
- Place the jar in the same warm and dark place and allow it to sit for 4-6 weeks. Be sure to stir it every few days.
- Once 4 weeks passes, you may taste your vinegar and decide whether or not you want to begin using it, or allow it to become more acidic.
Important things to note:
- If bubbles appear in your jar, that's OK! This is a sign that your apple cider vinegar is beginning to ferment.
- If a white substance begins to appear on the surface of your vinegar, that is also OK! This is a natural part of the fermentation process.
- If a green, blue, black, or grey substance begins to appear, this is mold. In the case of mold, discard your vinegar entirely and start with a new batch.