Deciding to go chemical-free can be overwhelming, hence the reason for this blog. Take one day at a time, learn about your options, and make baby steps. An easy way to start is by doing research about the items you may already have in your house that can take the place of other harsh, toxic products! Today I am going to highlight one of my favorites: apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be used for so many different things it should be a staple in your home. In fact, one week ago I went to the doctor with bright red, swollen, spotted tonsils, a fever, and chills. A positive strep test sent me into hysterics because I am severely allergic to most antibiotics. I went home and decided I was going to cure my strep throat with apple cider vinegar, and I did just that. For a week I gargled the vinegar diluted in warm water. Within 12 hours, my sore throat was gone. I went back to the doctor after 6 days to get another strep test and lo and behold, it came back negative! From extensive online research, apple cider vinegar has been known to cure strep throat along with several other ailments. Please note, strep throat can be a very serious sickness with potential life threatening side effects if not treated. See your doctor and choose the best treatment plan for you.
When choosing an apple cider vinegar brand, the more organic and natural the better, as with most things. My favorite brand is Bragg, it contains something called “the mother” which looks like a big ball of snot in the bottom of the bottle. Do not be afraid. This goopy, snotty looking mass is what makes the vinegar so good for you. It has a ton of enzymes and good bacteria!
So, what else can apple cider vinegar be used for?
(suggested amount is 2 teaspoons per day diluted in water)
- High cholesterol
- Weight loss
- Skin disorders (eczema, psoriasis, acne, warts)
- Diarrhea (if bacteria is causing the problems)
- Prevents indigestion
- Sinus congestion
- Sore throat
- Stomach ulcers
- Teeth whitening
- Leg cramps
- Gas and bloating
- Sunburn relief
- Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties and absorbs odor so it makes a great cleaning product! Simply mix one part ACV and one part water and spray on any hard surface in your home (even wood). Wipe immediately with a dry towel
- Mix one tablespoon of ACV with water and rinse your hair with it. You will be amazed at how shiny and healthy your hair looks!
- Dab onto your skin blemishes for quick healing
- If you are brave, try using ACV as a deodorant. The vinegar smell only lasts for a few minutes and it has been known to keep people smell-free!
- Rubbing ACV onto your pet’s skin or adding a little to his or her water bowl can help repel and kill fleas
- Clogged drain? Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda into the drain and chase it with 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. Rinse with hot water
- Mix one part ACV with one part water and clean your windows. You’ll be amazed at the streak-free, shiny results
- Garlic, onion, and fish smelling hands can be fixed by simply washing with the ACV
- Smell remover- place a bowl of ACV on the floor and let sit overnight. It has been proven to work on cigarette smoke, beer, vomit, and several other unpleasant odors!
What other uses have you found for apple cider vinegar?
By Courtney Perry