When it comes to personal care, we sometimes forget about our feet. But is this any wonder, considering how expensive professional pedicures and foot scrubs can actually be? Luckily, however, there’s a natural alternative to spa treatments that can easily be done in the house. But it doesn’t stop there, because apple cider vinegar actually has a host of other benefits too. So with that in mind, let’s explore a few of them.
20. As a homemade foot soak
Interestingly, soaking your feet in a tub of apple cider vinegar can tackle a number of foot-based ailments. And it’s a relatively simple process too; it requires only two cups of warm water for each cup of vinegar used.
Due to its antimicrobial qualities, vinegar is very good for combating foot odor and warts. It also has anti-fungal properties; so it can soothe the pains brought on by athlete’s foot. However, because vinegar is acidic, you should only take a soak if your feet are free from cuts. Otherwise, you might find the experience more distressing than relaxing.
19. To combat symptoms of the common cold
As much as we love looking forward to Christmas and New Year, winter certainly has its drawbacks. Chief among these is the common cold, as the condition regularly appears at this time of year. Currently, there’s no cure for this infection; but apple cider vinegar can at least make those suffering from it feel a little better.
There’s no clinical backing for apple cider vinegar as a cure for the common cold; however, its ingestion can ease some of the virus’ symptoms. The condiment creates an alkaline and it is thought that the latter element may destroy a number of viruses and bacteria which flourish in acidic environments. Moreover, it can also help loosen mucus lodged in the throat and strengthen the immune system more generally.
18. As a block against hair loss
Forget Regaine; when it comes to hair loss, there is apparently an even easier and more readily available treatment. According to alternative health food supporter and author Paul Bragg, the human scalp contains a bacteria called bottle bacillus – which can cause thinning hair. In turn, apple cider vinegar contains enzymes and acids that can kill this bacteria before it has a chance to thrive.
In order to make use of apple cider vinegar’s restorative powers, one must first mix it with water in equal measures. Then, it should be applied to the scalp in the shower before the person washes their hair with shampoo. For the best results, it’s advisable to get an organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized version of the condiment that has a super-nutritional element called “the mother.”
17. As a deterrent against dandruff
One of the most common ailments people experience when it comes to hair care is dandruff. For many of us, costly conditioners are often the best bet to keeping these irksome flakes of skin at bay. Nevertheless, apple cider vinegar stands as an inexpensive alternative for those on a tighter budget.
As argued by dermatologist Lavanya Krishnan, apple cider vinegar’s acidic quality counteracts the damage done by certain harmful yeasts. The skin expert told Good Housekeeping in 2018, “[It] has a certain level of acid content that decreases itching and flaking and calms down the reaction to Malassezia yeast.” Users are recommended to mix it half and half with water, and then apply it to the scalp for a few minutes before rinsing.
16. As an anti-acne agent
Acne is most prevalent among adolescents going through puberty; however, the condition can last well into adulthood. But what many people don’t realize is that apple cider vinegar can actually help alleviate the condition. Thanks once again to its acid content, the condiment may be effective against the Propionibacterium acnes – the bacteria which helps leads to the condition.
Little research currently exists on the potential links between apple cider vinegar and acne. Nevertheless, many remain confident of the acidic cure-all’s success. In 2016 Healthline cited a study in which use of a lotion with similar acidic properties caused a decrease in acne for the majority of 22 participants taking part in the trial.
15. As an aid to weight loss
Anyone who’s ever tried to lose weight will know that finding a diet that fits can be tricky. In order to simplify meal times, nevertheless, potential weight watchers may want to consider increasing their intake of apple cider vinegar. And it’s not just because adding a dressing to a drab salad will spice it up a little.
A study conducted by Lund University in Sweden suggested that consuming apple cider vinegar could potentially stop somebody from craving after-dinner snacks. This is because the condiment keeps food in the stomach for longer – therefore prolonging a sense of fullness. Another study published by Nature Communications has also found that the condiment can also numb parts of the brain that drive food cravings.
14. As a way to control blood sugar levels
What do humans and rodents have in common? No, it’s not a love of cheese; it’s a mutual appreciation for apple cider vinegar, of course. And while mice and rats don’t necessarily seek it out, ingestion of the substance by these creatures has led to some astounding results which could be helpful to those with diabetes.
In multiple studies, apple cider vinegar ingestion has reportedly strengthened the liver functions of rodents, as it improved their ability to process sugar. It has also been shown to reduce the levels of insulin in their bodies as well. Of course, if proven applicable to humans, this would naturally help people balance their blood sugar levels.
13. As a means of reducing cholesterol levels
Most of us had heard of “good” and “bad” cholesterol,” but what exactly is the difference between the two? These terms essentially refer to lipoproteins, which are used to transport cholesterol around the body. And while one strain – high-density lipoproteins – can reduce unwanted, harmful cholesterol buildups in the body, the other strain – low-density lipoproteins, or “bad cholesterol” – do the opposite.
Naturally, having high-density lipoprotein levels helps maintain a healthy body; and apple cider vinegar can assist with this. According to a 2018 report in the Journal of Functional Foods, a group of participants were found to have reduced LDL numbers following a diet rich with apple cider vinegar. Conversely, the study found that their HDL had increased as well.
12. As a handy, homemade deodorant
A recent alarming trend in self-care has seen many stop applying aluminum-based deodorants to themselves for fear of ill side effects. And while studies have ruled out links between off-the-shelf under-arm sprays and cancer among women, it has still left people seeking out alternatives. And apple cider vinegar is one possible substitution.
Due to its antiseptic qualities, apple cider vinegar is a great way to eliminate unwanted smells. That being said, the substance comes with its own distinctive fragrance that lingers for a short while after its application. But it is an effective pong-blocker in its own right, provided you can stomach the small amount of time that this smell hangs around.
11. As a way to make your fruit and vegetables last longer
Of course, apple cider vinegar is most commonly used as a dressing on food. But did you know that its uses go beyond merely making your meal taste more interesting? For instance, the website Don’t Waste the Crumbs recommends soaking fruits such as strawberries in the condiment as a way of removing unwanted leftover grime and grubs.
And that’s not all; the dressing is also widely used as a way to pickle vegetables and thus allow them to be stored away for future consumption. When using homemade apple cider vinegar in this way, an acidity level of six percent or more is often recommended.
10. As an egg substitute
Amid concerns over climate change and animal cruelty, veganism is rapidly on the rise around the world. And with a whole range of alternatives to meat and dairy on offer, it’s never been easier to take on an entirely plant-based diet. That being said, with products such as eggs being in so many of the foods which we love, making the switch can be quite a challenge.
In baking, at least, eggs remain a vital ingredient in breads and cakes. Luckily, though, it seems that apple cider vinegar can fill in the gaps. According to the website Madhuram’s Eggless Cooking, one tablespoon of the vinegar and a teaspoon of baking soda can work as the equivalent of one egg – so you can bake to your heart’s delight.
9. As an aid to boiling eggs
While veganism may be growing in popularity, plant-based diets are nevertheless not for everyone. And besides its use as an egg substitute, apple cider vinegar can also help those who still like snack on the protein-rich food.
When a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar is added to a pot of boiling water, for example, any eggs boiling inside are less likely to crack. This is due to a chemical reaction with the egg which helps harden the shell. And should any breaks in the shell actually happen, then the vinegar will clot the egg whites inside – leading to a cleaner cook.
8. As a house cleaner
Take a trip down any convenience store’s cleaning aisle and you’ll notice tons of products designed to be used in just one room of the house. Luckily, apple cider vinegar counteracts the need to have so many cleaning sprays; the handy substance can in fact be used to spruce up all parts of your home.
In the bathroom, diluted apple cider vinegar can eliminate gross bathtub mildew also to unblock clogged drains. Elsewhere, the substance works a wonder against stubborn stove stains, streaky windows and annoying white rings left on tables. You can even use it to clean your cleaning appliances such as the washing machine.
7. As a homemade weed killer
With the chemicals present in some off-the-shelf products, gardening enthusiasts may be wary of using store-bought weed killers – especially with pets or children around. As a result, many are turning to natural remedies to get rid of bothersome weeds. And one of these organic herbicides is none other than apple cider vinegar.
Preparing apple cider vinegar for garden use isn’t hard at all; simply mix two cups of it with half a cup of Epsom salt and you have a pretty crafty weed killer. But be careful, because apple cider vinegar is a strong substance and careless use could inadvertently damage other plants too.
6. As a scourge of free radicals
For those who have never come across the name before, free radicals are essentially unstable atoms. Electrons surround atoms in our body in what are known as shells; however, if an atom has a shell which isn’t full, it may bond with another atom to complete the shell. These are known as free radicals, and they are associated with a number of conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Luckily, many food stuffs contain antioxidants which are believed to combat the cell damage caused by free radicals. And according to a 2014 paper by the Journal of Food Science, apple cider vinegar is rich with helpful antioxidants such as caffeic acid and catechin.
5. As a way to alleviate heartburn
As many of us know, heartburn is a particularly unpleasant sensation to cope with. What’s more, there are a lot of reasons why this common complaint can strike. From smoking to consuming fatty foods, heartburn can strike as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle. However, it also occurs due to factors such as stress and pregnancy.
Although it doesn’t act as a cure for heartburn, apple cider vinegar may help alleviate the discomfort brought about by it. According to a dissertation by Zoe Yeh from Arizona State University, apple cider vinegar was effective in nulling symptoms among seven people with the condition for roughly an hour. Nonetheless, the paper recommended antacids as a more effective remedy.
4. As a quick and easy facial toner
Due to its acidic qualities, apple cider vinegar works can be an effective tool to protect the face from certain bacterias. And this isn’t even all the dressing can do for healthy skincare; it can also work as a toner.
At the moment, there are several off-the-shelf toners that use apple cider vinegar as its main component. But a homemade facial mask can be created simply by mixing a tablespoon of the condiment with a quarter of a cup of liquid castile soap. Moreover, for additional antiseptic qualities, one can add a hint of apple juice and tea tree oil too.
3. As a denture cleanser
Everyone knows that good dental care is the cornerstone of a healthy smile. And those who aren’t brushing their teeth at least twice a day should consider a change in their routine. For people wearing dentures, keeping them clean is also of prime importance; however, this can be a little more difficult than a simple brush.
In most cases, dentures should be left overnight in a bowl of clean water to eradicate any germs and grime. However, those whose false gnashers contain extra buildup and stains will benefit from applying apple cider vinegar to their denture’s nightly soak. In the morning, they will find the vinegar’s acetic features have scrubbed their teeth clean.
2. As a way to put an end to unwanted pests
One of the downsides of using apple cider vinegar around the house is its smell. But while humans may be turned off by its strong scent, household bugs like fruit flies find the aroma irresistible. And according to the website Cool Tools, pouring the condiment into a cup and adding a few drops of dish detergent can create a handy way of attracting and drowning these pesky insects.
On the flip side, there are just as many pests who – like humans – can’t stand the smell of apple cider vinegar. Insects such as fleas will disappear at the first whiff of this acidic compound. Mix in equal pars water and the vinegar, and you have yourself an effective pet flea spray; though the cat may not like it too much.
1. As a potential prevention of cancer
According to Lancet, over 90 million people had cancer worldwide in 2015. The medical journal added that diagnoses are projected to reach as many as 23.6 million a year by 2030. And though it may sound like an odd remedy to the condition, a number of studies have looked into apple cider vinegar’s role in combating it.
A number of studies have found that different vinegar types can not only destroy cancer cells, they can also shrink tumors. However, these tests have been done on rats and in isolated cells in test tubes, so the impact on humans remains to be seen. Indeed, much more research still needs to be carried out before apple cider vinegar can be recommended as a potential treatment for cancer.