One of those great things that your grandmother probably reached for every chance she got is the tried and true apple cider vinegar. It is the ultimate in multitasking. From treating a persistent cough to cleaning stains out of your sofa, this is a wonder liquid for the home. Here are 9 surprising ways to use apple cider vinegar that you can try at home.
1.) All Purpose Cleanser
No need to stock your cleaning cabinet with expensive cleansers for various things in your home. Not only is it non-toxic but it is also odor-absorbing and it's antibacterial. Just mix together one part vinegar with one part water and pour it into a spray bottle. It won't harm most surfaces and if you have a particularly stubborn stain just add a little more vinegar to get it out.
2.) In The Garden
It can be used on plants like blueberry bushes and azaleas because they thrive on acid. Plus, it is also a great weed killer. Simply pour it directly on areas where weeds thrive and it will stop them in their tracks. Use ten ounces of 5% acidity vinegar to ten gallons of water.
3.) De-Flea Your Pets
Of the 9 surprising ways to use apple cider vinegar your pet will appreciate this one the most. Nothing is more annoying than when your trusted furry friend comes inside and brings along a bunch of tiny fleas with him. Take one part vinegar and one part water and rub it into your pet’s fur. Get deep down so it can soak into their skin and no more fleas.
4.) Wash Dandruff Away
To get rid of those unsightly flakes, excessive greasiness, and itchiness combine a tablespoon in a glass of water and soak your hair with the mixture making sure that you saturate the scalp. Let it sit for an hour and then rinse thoroughly. No more dandruff.
Have you run out of deodorant? Rub some apple cider vinegar on your underarms and you're all set. Once the body soaks it all in, the vinegar smell goes away and no one will be the wiser.
6.) Treat Sunburn
Take a cup of the apple cider vinegar and add it to your bath and the pain of sunburn will be smoothed away.
7.) Whiten Your Teeth Or Use As A Mouthwash
To give your teeth a whitening boost, work a full strength spoonful into your teeth and then rinse. It can also be used as a mouthwash by mixing two parts vinegar with water and swishing it around for one minute.
8.) Kill The Itch
Hate getting bug bites? No problem. The next time you get a mosquito bite, poison ivy, or even get stung by a jellyfish, try applying just a touch of apple cider vinegar to the area for some relief.
9.) Remove Warts
The last one of the 9 surprising ways to use apple cider vinegar is use it to remove warts. Simply soak a cotton ball in vinegar, and then affix this cotton ball to the wart using band-aid or any other similar skin tape. After several applications, the wart will fall off. Just continue to do this until the skin has become clear.