Though you may think of apple cider vinegar as an ingredient in salad dressing or something you cook with, it actually has a number of surprising uses around the home. Apple cider vinegar has natural antibacterial properties which make it a good choice for homemade cleaning products and it can even be used for your skin and hair.

Here are 12 surprising ways you can use apple cider vinegar at home:
  1. Facial Toner - Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 3 to 4 parts water then use the mixture as a facial toner. Simply apply it to clean skin using a cotton pad and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing. Repeat this treatment three times a day for the best results.
  2. All-Purpose Cleaner - Combine equal parts apple cider vinegar and water then mix in a few drops of your favorite essential oil to make an all-purpose cleaner. Lemon essential oil is a great option because it has a fresh scent and natural antibacterial properties of its own.
  3. Detoxifying Bath - Relax your body and mind while cleansing yourself of toxins with a detoxifying apple cider vinegar bath. Add a cup of apple cider vinegar plus 2 cups of Epsom salt and a few drops of lavender essential oil to a hot bath and soak away.
  4. Catch Fruit Flies - If your house is plagued by fruit flies during the summer months, set up some traps by pouring a little apple cider vinegar into a cup and add a drop of dish soap. Set the traps out on the counter and the fruit flies will come swarming and not be able to escape.
  5. Shiny Hair Rinse - Give dull, lifeless hair a beautiful shine with apple cider vinegar. Simply shampoo and rinse your hair then soak it with 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar and rinse with warm water.
  6. Remove Odors - Looking for a simple way to remove stubborn odors? Try apple cider vinegar! Simply add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your laundry and it will soak up the odor.
  7. Soothe a Sore Throat - If throat lozenges aren't doing the trick, try apple cider vinegar to soothe a sore throat. Simply dilute some apple cider vinegar in water then gargle for 30 to 60 seconds.
  8. Produce Wash - Washing your produce is extremely important to remove dirt as well as pesticide residue. Start by filling the sink with water then add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before you soak and rinse.
  9. Dandruff Treatment - If you struggle with an itchy, flaky scalp then apple cider vinegar may be the solution. After shampooing and rinsing, massage some diluted apple cider vinegar into your scalp then let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing and conditioning.
  10. Weed Killer - Though apple cider vinegar is healthy for you, it's bad for weeds. Spray undiluted apple cider vinegar directly on unwanted weeds to kill them or mix it with lemon juice and soap to create an extra-strength weed killer.
  11. Mouth Wash - The antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar make it a great natural mouthwash. Simply dilute 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar per 240ml of water then rinse with it as you would regular mouthwash.
  12. Whiten Teeth - The acidic quality of apple cider vinegar can actually whiten your teeth. Simply rub a little bit into the surface of your teeth using cotton swabs then rinse well.
If you want to try some of these uses for apple cider vinegar, start by purchasing a high-quality product. Look for organic apple cider vinegar and, if you're really serious, go for the unfiltered kind. Regular apple cider vinegar will work as well, but you may not get the same benefits.

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