· By Kendell Funk
Beyond the Belly, Topical and Household uses for Apple Cider Vinegar
You may have heard of apple cider vinegar being associated with a wide variety of health and wellness benefits. But apple cider vinegar’s benefits go beyond what they can do for your health. Here are some other ways you can use apple cider vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar as a Cleaner
If you’re looking for a multi-purpose cleaner that’s non-toxic and eco-friendly, apple cider vinegar can be an effective, nature-inspired substitute for harsher formulas.
Apple cider vinegar is made by crushing apples, then distilling and fermenting them. The result is a product high in acetic acid, which kills bacteria. Apple cider vinegar also has a slightly sweeter scent than most vinegars, so your house won’t smell as strong after using it to clean. Just dilute it in a little water and you’re good to start scrubbing.
*Pro tip: add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mix for a great smelling solution.
As a cleaner, apple cider vinegar is especially effective on glass, as the acetic acid eats away at the grime for a streak-free clean.
Apple Cider Vinegar as a Food Preservative
Apple cider vinegar’s ability to kill bacteria also makes it a natural food preservative. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar inhibits the growth of E. coli, keeping your food fresh.
By mixing apple cider vinegar with lemon juice and spraying it on your produce, you can keep your produce fresh and may even be able to keep them more sterile.
Apple Cider Vinegar as a Salad Vinaigrette
Paired with a few ingredients like honey, olive oil, garlic, and Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar also makes a tasty salad dressing. You can add a variety of ingredients for numerous different flavors. Plus, vinaigrettes tend to be much lower in fat than many other types of dressings.
Here’s a simple recipe for a great-tasting apple cider vinaigrette:
¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
⅓ cup Dynamic Health Certified Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
2tbs maple syrup or honey
1½ tsp Dijon mustard
1tsp kosher salt
1½ tsp oregano
½ tsp garlic powder (or two cloves garlic, minced)
Freshly ground black pepper
Stir, shake or blend ingredients until well-mixed and smooth. Adjust seasoning and ingredients to your preferences. Adding more vinegar gives the dressing more punch, while more honey sweetens and mellows the vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Dandruff
Due to its acidic quality, apple cider vinegar may be an effective way of treating dandruff. The scalp’s natural PH is 5.5, which is slightly acidic. However, according to a study by the International Journal of Trichology, the majority of shampoos tested had a PH of greater than 5.5. Some think that apple cider vinegar’s low PH might help balance the PH levels of the scalp.
Additionally, acetic acid has been shown to have antifungal properties, which also support healthy scalp and hair.
So whether you’re looking to use apple cider vinegar around the house, in recipes, or for health reasons, try Dynamic Health’s certified organic Apple Cider Vinegar.