The Top 5 Household Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar

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Vinegar is a product of the same fermentation process used to make wine, beer and liquor, in which bacteria and yeast convert carbohydrates in fruits and grains to sugar and then to alcohol. If the alcohol is then allowed to ferment further, the result is vinegar. White vinegar is made from corn; wine vinegar from grapes; apple cider vinegar from apples. The uses of vinegar are legion, and many go back centuries. But they’re not just folk medicine; they are backed up by credible scientific research. Apple cider vinegar in particular has received a lot of attention as of late for a multitude of uses, from chronic pain management to gardening to pet care.

5 Plant and Garden Uses

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Apple cider vinegar makes a good fertilizer if mixed with water in the proper proportions. You should aim for 1 ounce of apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon of water. Be aware, however, that apple cider vinegar has a 5 percent acidity content, which means that you should only use it to fertilize plants that thrive in an acidic environment, like blueberries, gardenias and azaleas.

4 Pet Care

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Pet care experts widely agree on apple cider vinegar’s many uses, especially for dogs. It neutralizes odors (even skunk stench), makes a great litter pan cleaner and soothes insect stings. It’s an effective treatment for fleas and ticks and clears up yeast infections. It adds shine to your dog’s coat and alleviates skin infections when applied as a rinse after shampooing.

3 Sunburn and Insect Bites

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Apple cider vinegar provides great pain relief for sunburns and insect bites, as well as for other painful or unsightly skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. You can either apply a half-and-half mixture of apple cider vinegar and water directly to the skin, or add a cup of apple cider vinegar to warm bath water and soak in the tub.

2 Beauty Aid

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Apple cider vinegar is famous among beauty experts for its many beauty-enhancing properties: as a hair rinse after shampooing that gives your hair body and shine; as a pre-moisturizing skin treatment that can help give your skin a healthy pH level and lighten age spots as well; as a massage for hands and feet to reduce swelling and muscle aches at the end of the day; and as a stain remover for teeth. Apple cider vinegar also makes a great aftershave for men.

1 Nontoxic Cleaner

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Combine equal amounts of water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle for a completely organic cleaning product you can use to clean wood, glass, ceramic and metal surfaces, as well as drinking glasses, mirrors, windows and microwaves. Apple cider vinegar also can be used as a disinfectant and deodorizer.

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