Apple cider vinegar is one of those natural products that should be found in every household because it offers a very wide range of benefits. Although its primary use is culinary, it has many medicinal properties, and it can also be used as a safe and natural household cleaner. This vinegar is made through fermentation of pure apple juice. In order to reap all the benefits this amazing product offers, it is necessary to only use it in its pure, unpasteurized form, without any preservatives or additives.
Culinary uses of apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be used instead of white vinegar, for making salad dressings, sauces, marinades and soups. It can be added to the water used for cooking cauliflower, to keep that vegetable from turning brown. When boiling eggs, a few drops of this vinegar will keep them from cracking. If used when preparing cooked or caramelized fruit, apple cider vinegar will keep it from darkening.
Apple cider vinegar can also be used as a healthy and natural preservative for pickled vegetables and fruits. This vinegar basically improves the texture and the flavor of almost every dish, from rice, meringue and fish to salads, soups and desserts.
Medicinal uses of apple cider vinegar
A spoon or two of apple cider vinegar, mixed in a glass of water with some honey, is a great elixir that helps with many diseases. It relieves the symptoms of arthritis and gout, normalizes blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improves the immune system and fights infections.
Diluted apple cider vinegar can be used as a mouthwash since it has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It keeps the teeth clean and healthy and prevents gingivitis. Sore throat can be soothed by gargling some diluted apple cider vinegar as well.
A few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar added to the water for soaking the feet make an excellent remedy against athlete’s foot, which is a fungal infection of the skin.
This vinegar, when it is ice cold, can be applied on sunburns for immediate relief. It can be added to the water used for inhaling vapors, especially in treatment of nasal congestion and sinus infections.
Cleaning uses of apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be used instead of harsh chemical products for cleaning silverware and stainless steel, glasses, etc. It removes grease stains from stoves and microwave ovens, oil stains on wood and plastic, and it can even be used to remove mildew on doors, windows, cabinets and such. In bathroom, it cleans faucet stains, tiles, toilet bowls and sinks.