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Well, it’s officially autumn and with that comes some of the best seasonal flavors and scents. While some people go wild for pumpkin, I tend to forego the crowd favorite and opt for apple cider vinegar to help me through all the sudden shifts in weather! Dry face? Not on my watch. Dull hair tucked into my sweater? Nope! We’ve rounded up some of the best ways to incorporate this vinegar power player into your routine.
The best way to get apple cider vinegar (ACV) into your system is to drink it right down. Since apple cider vinegar is associated with weight loss, fighting infections (amongst many other health issues) and increasing energy, it’s a great ingredient to introduce into your beverages of choice. Vinegars aren’t exactly the most pleasing of tastes, but there are ways to incorporate it into your favorite drinks without even noticing it.
Soothe Irritated Skin
I love the fall season—except for the sudden drop in temperature leaves my skin dry. Get your complexion feeling fabulous by adding apple cider vinegar to your facial routine. One of the main ingredients of ACV is acetic acid along with lactic acid, citric acid and malic acid. All of these components are natural exfoliants that help get rid of unwanted flakiness. Another bonus? All of the vitamins that get absorbed into your skin as well!
Hello Glow gives a super simple DIY for you to try out. Mix apple cider vinegar with organic applesauce and apply to your face for about ten minutes. Wash the mixture off with a soft washcloth and cold water and you’re ready to go.
While we’re on the subject of fickle skin, let’s talk makeup shall we? It’s a pain! Lucky for you this multipurpose vinegar will help with makeup woes. Washing your face at the end of the day is necessary and often dreaded since all that scrubbing does a number on sensitive skin. Whip yourself up a three-ingredient facial toner to help calm your skin down afterwards.
Kate over at Root + Revel tells her secret of combining apple cider vinegar, rose water and witch hazel to make the ultimate toner. After you’ve washed your face, spray this mixture on and let it settle before applying your moisturizer. Trust us, your skin will be thanking you. By the way, apple cider vinegar is a disinfectant so you can go ahead and use it to clean your makeup brushes too!
Get Shiny Hair
The fall is a great time to up your sweater game, and what compliments your cozy sweaters perfectly? How about shiny hair you’ll be sporting after conditioning it! As noted above, this vinegar is chock-full of amazing acids and vitamins that do wonders. These bad boys will help balance hair’s pH levels, resulting in endless good hair days. All of these elements will leave you with hair that is glossy, tangle-free and also eliminate dandruff.
Coconuts and Kettlebells has an informative article about why ACV is great for your hair and all of the specific nutrients that benefit your follicles. By combining apple cider vinegar, water and lavender oil (this step is optional but recommended since the vinegar won’t smell great), you’re putting together the best deep conditioning hair rinse imaginable.
Summer may be over, but cold weather escapes are right around the corner (sorry for daring to mention frost!) Beach days are always great, however the sunburns from long hours spent in the sun are not. Nothing is worse than that stinging sensation while you’re trying to fall asleep with a fresh sunburn. You guessed it! Apple cider vinegar is your best friend for those ouch moments.
The Beauty Section breaks down how to DIY your way to natural sunburn relief. Get this? All you need is apple cider vinegar, coconut oil and a cloth to apply it. You’ll wake up feeling a lot better and have hydrated skin.
Safe Flea Repellant
Flea talk isn’t as glamorous as beauty regimens, but we love our pets! Autumnal walks through parks with our favorite four-legged pals are in full swing. It’s important to keep them safe so they don’t end up with fleas though. Natural flea remedies are important especially for cats since they are constantly cleaning themselves!
Everyday Roots suggests putting together an apple cider vinegar spray or mild shampoo to help prevent your cat from getting fleas and getting rid of them if they already have them. By simply spraying the vinegar onto their fur and letting it sit for about five minutes before washing it off, you’ll be good to go. The preferred method by blogger Claire is mixing equal parts apple cider vinegar with pet shampoo and lathering them up if they’ll stay still long enough!
Wash Produce Naturally
Even if you’re buying organic or pre-washed product, you should still be taking the additional time to wash them off again. A little dirt won’t hurt you, but there are so many toxic pesticides that can be lingering on your favorite fruits and veggies. Although a quick wash under the faucet is normally what I do, after reading about just how clean apple cider vinegar gets your produce, I’m ready to up my game.
Tiffany of Don’t Waste the Crumbs shows the before and after of soaking fruit in a bowl of apple cider vinegar and water and the results are shocking. Mix one tablespoon of ACV with one cup of water in a bowl and place your produce in and let them sit for about five minutes. Be sure to give them a stir part way through to get things moving. After they are done soaking you will be surprised to see how much dirt and residue is leftover in the bowl!
Whiten Your Teeth
Keeping that smile as bright as possible is a chore all in itself. I’ve tried to commit to leaving whitening strips on my teeth for 30-minute sessions, but I hate the taste and the way that my mouth feels afterward. There are plenty of all-natural ways to whiten those teeth of yours and apple cider vinegar is one of them.
PaleoHacks suggests that you only mix half a teaspoon with apple cider vinegar into one cup of water. The acid in vinegar can be harmful to your teeth enamel so you want to make sure your mixture is properly diluted. After putting the two together, gargle the mixture in your mouth for a few seconds. Heads up, this isn’t going to taste too great but you’ll be very pleased with the results.
Soak Those Feet
It’s not a fun topic, but we all know feet can be pretty gross. Thanks to all of the beneficial properties of apple cider vinegar, a quick foot soak can help you eliminate athlete’s foot, odor problems and cracked heels. From improper footwear to changes in the weather, these issues are common and are something you can eliminate in a natural manner.
DIY Remedies fills you in on all of the ways that ACV will help you with your feet. They have shared a complete list of different ways to incorporate this vinegar into your foot soak to help you with your specific problems. Have aches? Try mixing it with epsom salt and warm water. Some odor issues because of those adorable shoes? Combine it with thyme essential oils.
Get to Disinfecting
Apple cider vinegar is the perfect natural disinfectant. I’ve already eliminated most harsh chemicals from my cleaning routine, but I’m always looking for alternatives to use to help clean surfaces. ACV really helps gets the job done. From cleaning off touchscreen devices to sanitizing cutting boards, this blend will do the trick.
One Green Planet shares the basic rule of diluting apple cider vinegar with water in a 1:1 ratio. You can mix in other cleaning elements like lemon juice, salt and essential oils to get your cleaning product to the smell you like. They have gone ahead and rounded up a list of 37 ways for you to use your new cleaning solution around the house and give tips along the way of how to exactly use it. Go ahead and learn how to naturally clean your washing machine and remove wrinkles your clothes!
What other ways do you use apple cider vinegar? Let us know in the comments so we can try them out!