Great Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): Low Waste Living on a Budget #13

Apple cider vinegar is a vinegar that is made from fermented apple juice and is known for its many health benefits, like aiding in weight loss, lower blood sugar, and strengthening the immune system, among others. Apple cider vinegar also has many other uses besides its health benefits, making it a very versatile product to have in your kitchen. Some of these uses are more commonly known than others, but I decided that I should just include all that I could find.

For the sake of you reading and me writing this post, henceforth, all mentions of apple cider vinegar will be abbreviated as ACV.

ACV Hair Rinse

This is one thing that I personally do in order to help with my dandruff and just help out my scalp a bit. I have my ACV in a little spray bottle mixed with water in a 1:1 ratio. After I wash my hair with my shampoo bar, I take the bottle and spray it all over my scalp and then give myself a good scalp massage in order to work in the ACV and also disrupt any flakes trying to cling onto my scalp. When I feel like I got the ACV in good enough, I just rinse my hair. Some people worry about the smell of the ACV lingering after your hair is dry, but from what I’ve experienced, the scent evaporates with the ACV and your hair doesn’t smell at all. 

ACV All-Purpose Cleaner

I didn’t know this until researching this video, but you can use ACV to make an all purpose cleaner in the same way that you can with the vinegar and orange peels. Just mix 2 parts water to 1  part ACV and you have an all purpose cleaner. Keep in mind that you should clean everything with vinegar, even though this is touted as an “all purpose cleaner.” Vinegar is acidic and can harm certain surfaces. 

ACV Deodorizer

That mixture you made for the all purpose cleaner can also be used to deodorize stinky fabrics and shoes. 

ACV Toner

If you’ve followed this blog for long enough, then you know that I personally do not like or use toners. But if you mix 2 parts water to 1 part ACV in a jar, you can use it as a toner for your face. This has become popular in recent years because anecdotally, ACV has been said to help repair the skin and have anti-aging properties. 

ACV Weed Killer

ACV and vinegar are great ways to get rid of weeds in your garden or lawn. Just spray undiluted vinegar onto those pesky weeds to get rid of them. You can also add dish soap or lemon juice for more potency. 

ACV Mouthwash

ACV has antibacterial properties, which has led some people to use it as a mouthwash that helps bad breath. The mixture you make for this has to be very diluted since the acidity of ACV can be more harmful than helpful to your teeth. The common ratio that I have see is 1 tablespoon ACV to every cup of water. 

ACV Deodorant

Some groups have come across the fact that ACV is a great natural deodorant. Again, the ACV has to be diluted, since straight ACV can hurt your skin. I would go with the same ratio for the toner (2 parts water, 1 part ACV) for this little hack if you want to give it a try. 

ACV Pest Control

ACV is great for getting rid of unwanted pests like fruit flies and fungus gnats. I personally use this around my plants to  get rid of fungus gnats whenever they show up. Basically, all you need is a bowl, ACV, water, and dish soap. I do a half and half mixture of ACV and water in a bowl and then add a few drops on dish soap to the mixture. The fruit flies and fungus gnats are drawn to the fermented fruit smell. The dish soap helps break the water tension so that when the flies land on the water, they sink instead of floating on top of the water like they normally would. I change or add to the mixture every three days until the problem is gone!

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