Apple cider vinegar has been popping up more regularly in health food shops and on supermarket shelves over the last few years. It’s not often we see a product sharing shelf space with both salad dressings and multivitamins, so it can be a bit confusing to work out what exactly we’re supposed to do with it! Here are 10 ideas:
1. Food preservation
People having been using vinegars for thousands of years to preserve food, and apple cider vinegar can hold your home-made pickled onions just as well as the more well known variations.
2. Salad dressings
For a quick and easy dressing you can combine apple cider vinegar with olive oil and dijon mustard, or you can experiment with additions such as maple syrup. If you’re trying to cut down on oil then you can use tahini as a base instead for an even lighter salad accompaniment.
3. Keeping your skin clear
Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties which makes it a great option for homemade facial toner. You only need to combine it with two parts water and you’re ready to gently massage it into your skin with a cotton pad as part of your skincare routine.
4. Making your hair shine
Many shampoos are high in alkaline which can cause your hair to become dull or brittle over time. Apple cider vinegar’s high acidity makes it an excellent antidote, so you can use it as a post-shampoo rinse to get back your shine.
5. Household cleaning
Simply mix with two parts water for an efficient DIY cleaning product which is both anti-bacterial and great for tackling streaky mirrors and other shiny surfaces.
6. Keeping your pets flea-free
Help prevent fleas from being attracted to your pet by spraying their fur with a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar, rubbing in gently and repeating on a weekly basis.
7. Cleaning your fresh produce
If you like to give your fruit and veg a scrub before use, apple cider vinegar’s antibacterial properties make it an excellent DIY alternative to chemical options.
8. Looking after your gut
As a fermented product, apple cider vinegar is full of probiotics which are vital to good gut health. Adding it to your meals and even drinking a little a day can improve digestion and boost your immune system.
9. Making your teeth shine
To make an all-natural toothpaste you can combine two parts apple cider vinegar with one part baking soda, which you can then rub directly onto your teeth before rinsing with water. Add this to your routine a few evenings per week and you will begin to see whiter teeth without using any harsh chemicals or expensive products.
10. Replacing eggs in baking
More of us are following a plant-based diet and one of the challenges this can pose is adapting our favourite bakes to be egg-free. Combining 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with 1 teaspoon of baking soda will create a mixture equivalent to 1 egg, which you can use to get that perfect cake batter consistency.