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What’s Apple Cider Vinegar good for?

Now that you’ve bought that Organic Apple Cider Vinegar for that 1 recipe that called for a tablespoon of it, what are you going to do with the rest of it?  (See the difference between organic & non-organic at the bottom, and why one is better than the other)

Betcha didn’t know this about Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (but neither did I until I did some research and found this info):

Face: Apple cider vinegar regulates the pH of your skin. Combine 1 cup apple cider vinegar with 1 cup cold water in a plastic bottle and apply with a cotton ball morning and night in lieu of a toner, astringent, or age spot remover.

Feet and Hands: Rubbing apple cider vinegar on to swollen hands or feet reduces swelling. A wonderful thing to have during pregnancy!

After-Sun Exposure: Diluting 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar in a warm bath after excessive sun exposure – that may have yielded a sun burn – relieves symptoms and lessens the duration of a burn.

Hair: Use apple cider vinegar as a shampoo/conditioner replacement. Combine 4-5 Tbsp. baking soda with 1 part apple
cider vinegar and 1 part water for a clarifying and chemical-free shampoo. Rinse and then apply 1 cup apple cider vinegar as a conditioning rinse. If you have a difficult time with the smell in the shower, add essential oils to your mixes.

Weight Loss: Have an extra 10-15 stubborn pounds you need to shed? Try adding a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to every 8 oz. glass of water you drink throughout the day. If you maintain the daily intake of 64oz. of water, you may start to see the pounds shed fast!

Detoxification: If you are looking for a healthy detox, look no further than apple cider vinegar. Combine 1 ½ cups apple cider vinegar with one gallon of water and drink throughout the course of a day for an overall body and kidney detoxification. You can repeat this process for up to three days, but one to two days is generally sufficient.

Organic vs. Non-Organic 

Apple cider vinegar is produced from aged, crushed apples. The fruit sugar in the apple is converted into alcohol through a process called yeast fermentation.  Then the alcohol is converted into acetic acid, and this substance is what has all the health benefits associated with apple cider vinegar.  Organic apple cider vinegar is not pasteurized, therefore the enzymes associated with health benefits is still intact. Non-Organic  has undergone pasteurization, meaning that it has under gone extreme heating during the process, which kills the enzymes. There are many things to consider when purchasing either organic or non, organic may contain bacteria because of the lack of pasteurization, and non may no longer have any health benefits.  Then there is the taste, either have the strong taste that some can’t stomach or stand.  Try them both and make your own decision.

Window Cleaning done Dirt Cheap

34934TS-Trigger-SprayerEasy to make, and cleans amazingly.  First keep all those old spray bottles you collected when you bought those chemical cleaners.  You know, back before the environment was important, and the economy wasn’t in the toilet.

Anyway, cleaning your windows can be easy, and not cost an arm and a leg using this homemade window cleaner.

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent
  • 2 cups of water
    Combine ingredients in a spray bottle.  Shake to blend and spray on windows.  Use old newspaper to wipe off.  Almost invisible windows, dirt cheap.

Cleaning your kitchen with Vinegar

Vinegar, phew, it can smell; especially if you stick your nose right up to the mouth of the bottle once you’ve opened it, (nope never done that, like ever, I swear); but, you’d be surprised how great it is to use as a cleaner.

Here are some tips and “mixtures” that you can use to clean your kitchen.

Cleaning your microwave

  • 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
    Mix together in a microwave safe bowl.  Bring the mixture to a “rolling” boil inside the microwave, let boil for approximately 1-2 minutes, depending on how dirty the inside of your microwave is. Wipe clean.  Will loosen baked-on food and help eliminate odors.

Can Opener Wheel 

Face it that wheel on your can opener gets “yucky”, and generally doesn’t get very well cleaned.  Use one of those old toothbrushes that you saved, and a little white distilled vinegar to scrub it clean.

Smelly Sponges 

Don’t throw them away immediately, first place them in a container with just enough water to cover them.  Then add 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar.  Let them soak overnight.  No more smell.