Most green products available on the market today have one use and one use only. Take spinach, for instance. To make the most of this particular green item, you eat it, whether in the form of a salad, sautéed as a side dish, or included as a healthy ingredient in one of your favorite recipes. You’d never think to use it as a cleaner, or anything else for that matter, because that’s not what it’s meant for.
The same is true with environmentally friendly cleaners. You’re certainly not going to use them to cook with or put them in a glass and drink them to give your mouth a new, all-natural flavor to experience in an effort to hydrate your body. You’re going to clean with it and that’s it.
Well, there’s one green product that can go either way—apple cider vinegar (ACV). In fact, there are a number of uses for this product, allowing you to benefit from it over and over and over again. Here are five of the best ones to consider.
1. As a disinfectant & deodorant.
Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle and you end up with an all-purpose cleaner that is friendly to Mother Earth yet still effective. No more buying one cleaner for this room and another for a different room, as you can use it all over the house. Plus, not only is it good at getting the surfaces clean, but it also helps remove foul odors that you may find in your kitchen, bathroom, or other often-smelly area.
Speaking of foul odors, ACV is great for helping with body odors too, which makes it perfect for stinky armpits or feet. Simply pour some on a paper towel and wipe these areas down. Don’t worry; you won’t smell like vinegar for long, because the smell will evaporate pretty quickly.
2. To help you lose weight.
The effect of consuming ACV on a person’s weight has long been debated, but one study provides evidence that consuming this ingredient at specific times of the day may actually help you lower the number on the scale and fit into those skinny jeans once again.
It was published in the Journal of Functional Foods and basically revealed that people who drank a cup of water with one tablespoon of ACV before they ate had lower blood sugar levels afterward. Researchers believe that this is from the ACV hindering digestion of starches. Ultimately, this results in losing some excess weight. It may not be much, but every little counts when it comes to succeeding at the weight loss game!
3. As a garden enhancer.
The great thing about using this type of vinegar in your garden is that it can help your plants grow. The ones that respond best to it are those that benefit from higher acidic levels, like azaleas and blueberries. To make the right mix, combine one ounce of ACV for every gallon of water you use to hydrate your garden.
ACV also doubles as a weed killer, which means that it’s also a green alternative to pesticides. To use it in this way, you don’t want to dilute it at all. Simply pour it directly on the weeds you want removed from your garden and, soon enough, they will be gone.
4. For greater health.
Based on several different studies, many health experts believe that consuming ACV offers a variety of different advantages when it comes to physical health. For instance, Dr. Mercola of Mercola.com touts some of these possible body-based benefits, which include cancer prevention, lower cholesterol levels, and even lower blood pressure. Although he does admit that further testing needs to be conducted in these areas, this is a promising start.
If you want to see if it has positive effects on your health but have a hard time stomaching the taste, you can always add it to a glass of water to dilute it. Another option is to juice your fruits and veggies and add it to the mixture to help lessen the pungency of the ACV. This enables you to get all of your necessary vitamins and minerals for the highest level of integrative nutrition possible while still enjoying the potential health benefits of the vinegar too.
5. To create clearer, more beautiful skin
There are shelves and shelves of beauty products to choose from, but not all of them are good for the environment—or for you for that matter. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to live with problem skin. All you have to do is start using ACV instead.
In a post on Dr. Frank Lipman’s blog, author Deborah Burnes shares how ACV can help you create more beautiful skin. It does this by what she refers to as “digesting” old and dead skin cells, which basically means that it does the same thing as an exfoliate. It also helps you maintain your skin’s pH balance, protects it from environmental pollutants, and prevents bacteria from growing. The end result is smoother, healthier looking skin.
Although there are many different uses for ACV, these are the five best. Not only could this save you lots of money and cupboard space because it has multiple functions, but it’s also is good for the environment, making it a win/win/win!