Top 5 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is not just that sweet-smelling stuff you use as salad dressing. Believe it or not, this little honey-hued liquid has many health, beauty and cleansing benefits. The best benefit is its low price; you can find it in most convenience and grocery stores for $1 or less.

5 Fly Catcher

Apple cider vinegar is also an insect killer (fruit flies, to be exact). These little critters are perhaps the most annoying of all household bugs. They come from seemingly nowhere, speed in and around your face with annoying frequency and are hard to catch and kill. Thankfully, apple-cider vinegar can help: Simply fill a small dish or cup with the sweet brown liquid and add a few drops of dish liquid on top. Place the trap where the offenders roam. After 24 hours, you’ll likely notice a remarkable reduction in the airborne assailants.

4 Cleaner

Apple cider vinegar is also an excellent cleaning agent. It has both antibacterial properties and absorbs odors. This makes it the perfect choice for cleaning kitchen and bathroom countertops, hardwood floors, bathroom tiles, cabinets, toilets, windows, glass and more.

3 Hair

In addition to improving the appearance of your face and body, apple cider vinegar also gives hair a nice beauty boost. After shampooing, just add it to your hair as a rinse. The result will be hair that’s full of body and shine. You can even use apple cider vinegar as a clarifier before shampooing to help remove oil and dirt from your precious strands.

2 Skin and Teeth

Not only can apple cider vinegar make you feel good on the inside, it can also make you look good on the outside. Got a few stains on your teeth? Rub a little vinegar on them and then rinse with water. Or how about a few unsightly warts? Soak a cotton ball in vinegar, then place it on your ugly friend overnight, sealed by a bandage. You can also use apple cider vinegar to enhance your great looks. For example, you can mix with water and use as an aftershave, beauty mask, or toner. (Before using apple cider vinegar on your body, though, do a patch test to ensure it doesn’t irritate you.)

1 Overall Health

Apple-cider vinegar has numerous potential health benefits. Studies indicate it can help balance the body’s pH levels, reduce sinus congestion, detox impurities from the body, and help reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Of course, it’s not to be considered a treatment for any ailment, and results vary by individual—these benefits only kick in as part of a healthy overall diet and exercise plan you’re following in consultation with your doctor.

Stephanie is editor and publisher of the progressive blog The Sauda Voice and author of the forthcoming novel "Losing Faith." When not writing or exposing her silly side for all to see, she routinely works as a policy analyst and legal consultant. You can follow Stephanie @SaudaVoice and @StephanieWatts.

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