Apple cider vinegar is said to have been discovered a long time ago, even as far back as 5000 BC. It is a French word which means sour and is mostly used in the kitchen as an addition to salads and for marinating. You probably have a bottle in your pantry right now. It is said to have some amazing health benefits such as lowering blood sugar levels and helping in weight loss. Additionally, apple cider vinegar has the following 7 surprising uses.
1. An all purpose cleaner
Apple cider vinegar can be used for cleaning purposes. It is an odor-absorbing, non-toxic, antibacterial alternative to the harsh chemicals available in the stores. As an all purpose cleaner, you can use it to wipe and clean surfaces. You will need to add the apple cider vinegar to one part water and filter it into a spray bottle then get to work.
2. Acts as an anti-dandruff
Dandruff is caused by yeast growth on the scalp. As an anti-dandruff, apple cider vinegar changes the pH levels of your scalp and halts yeast growth. It also has other benefits to your hair like stopping your scalp from itching, soothing irritation and stopping your hair from looking all greasy.
Combine one or two teaspoons of vinegar with water in a glass and use the mixture to rinse your hair while you are in the shower. To get best results, combine the mixture of water and vinegar into a spray bottle and spray your hair with it. Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing it off.
It is recommended that you do not use apple cider vinegar too frequently on your hair, since over-use can leave your hair dry.
3. Can be used as a deodorant
The same way you can use apple cider vinegar for cleaning surfaces and leaving them fresh, you can use it as a deodorant. It helps keep body odor at bay. It helps in fighting odor-causing bacteria present in your underarms. You do not have to worry about its smell because it evaporates.
4. Helps with bad breath
Bad breath is caused by bacteria in your mouth. Apple cider vinegar kills the bacteria that cause bad breath. Mix equal portions of vinegar and water, and swish around the mouth for fresh breath.
5. Soothes a sore throat
Having a sore throat or feeling signs of one? Not to worry. Apple cider vinegar is a germ fighter that helps with sore throats. A mixture of the vinegar with warm water will do the trick. Gargle the mixture and it will really help with the sore throat. It works by creating an acidic environment that stops the cold-causing germs from thriving in your throat.
6. Cleaning sinuses
Stuffed noses can be so irritating. Water and apple cider vinegar can help with this condition. In much the same way it stops germs from growing in your throat, it will stop them from growing in your sinuses. The potassium in the vinegar is said to help thin the mucus in your nose.
Mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with 6 oz of warm water, and drink this to get relief from the sinus.
7. Weed killer
Apple cider vinegar can be used as a fertilizer on plants like blueberry bushes and azaleas. It can also be used as a weed killer. If you are having trouble with weed in your garden, pour the vinegar directly onto the weed infected area and it will stop the weeds on their tracks!