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Say hello to apple cider vinegar and goodbye to household predicaments
The first time I tried apple cider vinegar I was doing what any 20-something-year-old does at one point in their life, I was dabbling in the 'eat clean, train mean' phase, essentially going to the gym a lot and eating a dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free diet based around whole foods.
Now, while I'll admit I no longer go to the gym every day, I did stay on track with bulk buying delicious and healthy foods, just with more pizza being subbed in.
Apple cider vinegar was a big one, and everyone seemed to be using it. I took a jar down to my bulk food store and filled it up, attempting to use it as a salad dressing, and I hated it.
The flavour did not bode well with me at all, so I left it in the cupboard. Recently, I made a pact to stop wasting food, so rather than shop for food constantly I tried to go through everything I had and use that first, which is when I came across that jar of apple cider vinegar. My first instinct was to get rid of it, but then I stopped and thought 'I wonder what else I could use it for, as not to waste it?
So now I bring you, a complete guide to apple cider vinegar for those who would rather starve than eat it (and those who love to eat it might even find this useful too!).
A natural deodoriser
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties. And it is thanks to this that it can eliminate bad smells.
How: Mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part water mix in a spray bottle and voila you have yourself a natural deodoriser.
To soothe a sore throat
Once again, the taste isn't my favourite, but no antibacterial throat gargle tastes great, so this still qualifies.
Make sure you mix it with a bit of water (I normally do around 20ml water and 30ml apple cider vinegar) as the acidity can cause throat burns if undiluted.
To trap fruit flies
If you're living in a humid part of the world, you might find yourself swatting away pesky fruit flies.
Try this: pour some apple cider vinegar into a cup and add a few drops of dish soap (so the trapped flies sink). It really is that easy.
Boil the best eggs
While we're veering dangerously close to considering it food, you don't actually eat it. Adding apple cider vinegar to the water helps your egg whites cook faster, allowing perfectly googy eggs. The protein reacts with the acid in the water, and firms up.
Cleaning digital devicesFrom your phone screen, tablet or computer you can wipe down devices with a towel that has been made moist with apple cider vinegar to de-germ and get them shiny again.
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To wash fruit and veggies
To remove pesky pesticide residue from fruit and veg, where you are unable to buy organic, use apple cider to give them a scrub then simply rinse with water.
Washing fruits with apple cider vinegar has been shown to remove bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella due to its antibacterial properties
As a household cleaner
Similar to straight vinegar, apple cider vinegar can make a natural multi-purpose household cleaner and has a lovely natural smell.
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As a facial toner
Apple cider vinegar is claimed to help remedy skin conditions and reduce signs of ageing (yet to test as I can't seem to age quickly enough for the blog). The general recipe is 1 part apple cider vinegar to 2 parts water then apply to the skin using a reusable cotton pad.
In the bath
For the same reason as above, many people seem to be entirely convinced of its skin softening properties, adding 1-2 cups to bath water to have silky smooth skin.
To clean dentures and mouth guards
Leaving dentures or mouthguards overnight in apple cider vinegar will disinfect and clean them, causing less harm to the skin in your mouth compared to other, commercial cleaning agents.
As a home made weed killer
Thanks to the acidity, straight up undiluted apple cider vinegar is a weed fighting machine. After trial and error, I've found this the best recipe: straight apple cider vinegar, 1 whole bulb of garlic chopped, 4 hot red chilli's chopped.
This all natural weed killer is great for the garden, I've been using variations of garlic weed killers for years, and this one seems to be the winner.
A flea deterrent for your pets
Mixing 1 part apple cider vinegar and 1 part water into a spray bottle and then spraying your pets with it creates and environment that fleas don't want to hand around.
So there you have it, Apple cider vinegar might to be something I want to eat anytime soon but since discovering is incredible anti-bacterial and household super powers, I'm proud to say I've bought two more jars since the first fateful day.