Apple cider vinegar is one of those items that everyone should have in their pantries and their bathrooms. Like coconut oil, apple cider vinegar its uses extend far beyond salad dressings. The powerful vinegar contains useful components like malic acid, as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E that make it a strong contender for many DIY products for your hair, skin, and home. Plus the potassium and enzymes provide great health benefits! We provided a list of easy ways to use your apple cider vinegar (ACV) below.
1. For Beauty
- Dandruff: Combine 1/4 cup of ACV with 1/4 cup of filtered water and pour into a spray bottle. Spray your scalp and massage in. Leave in your hair for up to an hour before rinsing out.
- Acne: Mix ACV with filtered water (ratio 1:1 – it’s very important not to put the vinegar directly on your face without diluting it as it may burn your skin). Rinse with the diluted ACV to help fight acne and balance your skin from being too oily or too dry.
- Age Spots: Dab diluted ACV directly to age spots with a cotton ball or pad. Leave on for 30 minutes and then rinse face with cool water and pat dry with a towel. Do this once or twice a day and you should see a difference within six weeks.
- Hair Rinse: Mix half a cup of ACV with half a cup of filtered water. Once in the shower, massage the mixture into your hair, starting at the scalp and working down into the tips, and wash out. Once you’ve done this for a few weeks, you’ll eventually no longer need conditioner!
2. For Health
- Energy: Mix 1 tablespoon of ACV into 1 cup of water and drink each morning.
- Soothe a Sore Throat: Mix a quarter cup of ACV with a quarter cup of warm water and gargle for a few minutes. You could also add a pinch of cayenne and honey and drink it instead of gargling.
- Yeast Infections: Add half a cup of ACV to warm bathwater and soak for twenty minutes.
3. For Home
- All Purpose Cleaner: Mix one part ACV and one part filtered water and fill a spray bottle.
- Garden Weed Killer: Pour your ACV directly on areas infected by weeds.
- Get Rid of Fruit Flies: Pour a few tablespoons of ACV in a mason jar. Cut a small hole in a corner of a ziplock bag (big enough for the flies to get in, but small enough so they can’t get out). Cover the jar with the ziplock but push the holed corner in the jar so it is 1 inch above the vinegar. Secure with a elastic band and position the jar where you see the most fly action.
4. For Taste
- Salad Dressings: like our favourite recipe, Apple Honey Vinaigrette
- Vegan cream cheese frosting: Cream together 1.5 cups vegan margarine, 5 cups icing sugar, 3 tbsp non-dairy milk, 1 tbsp ACV, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp fresh lemon juice. No one will ever know this isn’t real cream cheese!
- Buttermilk: Whether you are looking for a non-dairy milk, or don’t have time to grab a carton of buttermilk, you can make your own using ACV! Simply mix 1 cup milk with 1 tbsp ACV and let it sit for 5 minutes for dairy milk, and 10 minutes for non-dairy milk.