We’re always looking for products that are versatile and inexpensive. For me, I love something I can use for multiple things. When a family member told me apple cider vinegar was “God’s Product,” I was skeptical, but intrigued.
As it turns out, ACV has been known to have health benefits, household cleaning cred, and even bug repellent for years. And, to top it all off, it’s pretty inexpensive to buy a bottle or two from your grocery store. After reading up on all of the incredible benefits of ACV, I always keep a bottle in my house. So, why stock up on it?
1. It soothes sunburns.
For those who spend way too much time in the sun, apple cider vinegar can be a way to get relief from painful sunburns fast. Most experts say that diluting the vinegar with water, even in a bath, can be the best way to use it. Also, combining the apple cider vinegar with other natural remedies–like coconut oil–can help.
2. It cures hiccups.
If you have a bad case of the hiccups and can’t get “scared,” taking a spoonful of apple cider vinegar can do the trick. Apparently, the vinegar stops the overstimulation in the throat nerves to halt it in its tracks.
3. It can cure an upset stomach.
Everyone knows how uncomfortable it is to have gas pain, upset stomach, and indigestion. Apple cider vinegar contains pectin, which is known to help stop intestinal spasms, which could cause your stomach pain. If you have a stomach bacterial infection, the vinegar also contains antibiotic properties.
4. It can help with your cold.
Instead of taking cough syrup when you get a bad cold and cough, reach for the apple cider vinegar instead. It contains potassium, which can help thin out your mucus. Additionally, the acid prevents germ growth and, can help clean out your stuffy nose.
5. It helps promote weight loss.
According to research, acetic acid (present in apple cider vinegar) increases your metabolism, promoting weight loss. Additionally, scientists say that the vinegar can interfere with your body’s ability to digest starch, which can result in fewer calories entering your bloodstream and becoming fat.
6. It whitens your teeth.
If you’re looking to get a brighter smile, brushing your teeth 1-2 times a week with apple cider vinegar can be the key. However, professionals say to limit the number of times you use it, as it can strip away your enamel.
7. It’s great for your hair.
For men and women looking to grow their hair or get a natural shine, using apple cider vinegar masks and washes can help. Not only does the vinegar help prevent dry scalps and dandruff, it also keeps hair shiny and glowing.
8. It kills bugs and wards off fleas.
For humans and animals, apple cider vinegar is great for preventing bug bites and fleas. Diluting the vinegar in water creates a natural bug spray that’s safe for adults, children, and animals. If you have a fruit fly problem at home, you can also put apple cider vinegar in a cup with some dish soap, and it acts as a natural attractant for the flies–but, also kills them.
9. It can help lower blood pressure.
Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar helps lower blood pressure levels. The studies show that individuals with type 2 diabetes who took two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed reportedly had lower sugar levels in the morning.
10. It can be used as a natural deodorant.
If you run out of deodorant and can’t get to the store, or you want to ditch the store-brands, rubbing some apple cider vinegar on your underarms can prevent any bad body odors. The antibacterial properties in the vinegar also prevent any weird growths and fungus.
11. It’s great for your skin.
Apple cider vinegar is known to help with acne and other skin blemishes, such as warts and even poison ivy. Using a toner or cleanser with apple cider vinegar helps keep skin glowing and fresh–plus, smelling great. The antibacterial properties help keep away the bacteria present in some acne and blemishes.
12. It can help make your food last longer.
If you have food that easily spoils, using apple cider vinegar can help prevent it from spoiling so quickly. The enzymes in the cider kill bacteria that causes the food to go bad, so it’ll help make anything in your fridge last a bit longer.
13. It balances your pH levels.
For women who have a problem with pH level imbalances, apple cider vinegar is known to help balance them out. Taking a teaspoon a day can help regulate these imbalances and promote overall better health.
14. It can soothe a sore throat.
For those who have a sore throat, it may be caused by a bacterial infection. Diluting apple cider vinegar in hot water and gargling with it can help prevent the infection from spreading any further. Be sure to dilute it, so it doesn’t cause any more throat irritation.
15. It can be used as an all-purpose house cleaner.
Many people say using apple cider vinegar in the house–on windows, tables, the shower–is an inexpensive and safe alternative to cleaning chemicals. Mixing it with water and using it as a spray, or a scrub can help make surfaces shiny and clean. It also helps unclog shower drains and sink drains. And, to top it all off, it can be used as an alternative to dish soap.