You’ve probably made salad dressing with apple cider vinegar, but did you know it’s been used for centuries for various household and beauty purposes? It has potent antimicrobial properties and makes an excellent non-toxic cleaner.
Purchase a large bottle or jug to replace your common household cleaners and beauty products and you’ll start to see the savings add up. By swapping out common household products for apple cider vinegar you can save up to $1,000 this year! Sound too good to be true? Check this out:
To save $1000 this year, you’ll have to save just $19 per week. One large bottle costs about $3 and can be used to replace:
- One $3 bottle of household cleaner
- One $6 bottle of face cleanser
- One $5 bottle of conditioner
- One $4 stick of deodorant
- One $3 tube of toothpaste
- And so much more
Replace just these five items and you’ll save nearly $20 a week. And that’s just the beginning! We’ve rounded up 19 absolutely incredible apple cider vinegar uses that will save you even more.
1. Shiny, flake-free hair
Skip the expensive conditioning rinse and reach for apple cider vinegar. It makes your hair soft and shiny, and helps remove product build-up. For a weekly hair cleanse, mix up 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar and 4 cups of water. Rinse after shampooing, then rinse again with cold water.
2. Facial toner & cleanser
If you suffer from breakouts, replace your pricey toner or cleanser with apple cider vinegar. Dilute it with water and apply it to a cotton ball. Wipe your face or apply it directly to pimples, as this will help balance your skin’s pH levels.
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Commercial deodorants contain ingredients that may harm your health, so why risk it? Not only will you save a bundle by switching, you’ll be fighting underarm bacteria without any harmful toxins. Simply apply apple cider vinegar directly on your armpits. Once dry, it won’t leave a scent. Add a few drops of essential oil if you desire.
4. Teeth whitener
Stroll down the aisle of your pharmacy and check the prices of teeth whitening agents. They’ll make a big dent in your wallet. Instead, dilute one part apple cider vinegar in two parts water and swish this solution around in your mouth. Brush as usual for sparkling white teeth and savings in your wallet.
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5. Mouth rinse
No need to buy mouthwash. Apple cider vinegar kills bacteria that cause bad breath. Mix 2 teaspoons with 1/4 cup of water, gargle for 20 seconds, and rinse!
6. Sinus spray
Use it to break up sinus mucus. You’ll save a ton on over-the-counter sinus sprays, and it works just as well, if not better. Since apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties, it can also prevent a sinus infection or cold.
7. Wart remover
Don’t spend money on a visit to the doctor’s office or an over-the-counter wart remover. Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and cover the wart, keeping the cotton ball in place with a bandage or medical tape. Leave it on overnight and repeat until the wart falls off.
8. Fabric softener
If you have sensitive skin, apple cider vinegar can condition your laundry without harsh chemicals. Replace regular fabric softener with 1/2 a cup of apple cider vinegar to relieve itchy skin caused by the chemicals, and you’ll also find this saves you money!
9. Non-toxic cleaner
Apple cider vinegar makes an excellent household cleaner due to its antibacterial properties. Mix up equal parts apple cider vinegar and water in an empty spray bottle. You may need to use a little elbow grease for built-up dirt, but your home will be free of toxins leftover from commercial cleaners.
You’ll also be saving a ton of money by making your own cleaning product, since commercial products are pricey. The vinegar smell will go away after it dries, but if it bothers you simply add a few drops of an essential oil, such as lemon, to the spray bottle. Use this cleaner on floors, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, or any other area of the house that needs cleaning.
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10. Drain cleaner
Never buy drain cleaner again! Mix 1/2 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, then pour it down the affected drain. Next, pour in 1/2 a cup of apple cider vinegar. The vinegar and baking soda will react with each other and give off harmless carbon dioxide gas. After 2-3 hours, flush the drain with water.
11. Mildew buster
You really don’t need toxic cleaners to get rid of mildew in the bathroom. Use full-strength apple cider vinegar for heavy mildew and use a 1:1 vinegar mixture diluted with water for lighter stains. Add essential oils for a fresh scent.
12. Window cleaner
Combine 1/2 a spray bottle of apple cider vinegar with 1/2 a bottle of water. Spray the solution on your windows and wipe it dry with paper towels. For really dirty and stained windows use undiluted apple cider vinegar. Let the solution dry and wipe clean with paper towels for a smear-free finish.
13. Stainless steel cleaner
If you’ve ever bought stainless steel cleaner at the store, you know it’s mighty expensive. Use straight apple cider vinegar to clean your stainless steel instead.
14. Wood polish
Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil to bring back shine and luster to your wood furniture.
15. Electronics cleaner
Skip the fancy screen cleaner and use apple cider vinegar to wipe down fingerprint-laden screens. It not only de-germs your digital devices, it gets them shiny again.
16. Silver polish
Polish your silver with a 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar mixed with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Soak your silver in the mixture for several hours, then rinse it clean.
17. Sticker remover
Soak stickers with apple cider vinegar and let them sit for 20 minutes, then scrape off the sticker and residue with a butter knife.
18. Weed killer
If you have kids and pets running around your yard, you may be hesitant to use a powerful and toxic weed killer. Apple cider vinegar is very effective at ridding your yard of weeds, and kids and pets can still run around after you apply it. Better yet, it’s a cheap alternative to expensive weed killer.
In a spray bottle, mix together a 1/2 gallon of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap. Spray the mixture on each plant individually and avoid any plants you want to keep.
19. Odor neutralizer
Even if you don’t have pets, certain house smells can be overwhelming. If your trashcan emits a funky odor or if you cooked fish the night before, leave out some apple cider vinegar in a dish near the offensive odor to help get rid of it quicker. Skip that bottled fabric spray and you’ll see the savings add up.