Keeping a stash of useful eco friendly, multipurpose items in your home helps to save money and keep cupboard clutter to a minimum. Here are 5 useful ways to use apple cider vinegar (ACV)…
A daily tonic
Adding a splash of apple cider vinegar to a cup of hot water and a little honey creates a natural tonic. Perfect for when you are feeling under the weather or to take during the winter months when you want to keep your immune system healthy. It is best to opt for an organic ACV which contains the ‘mother’. The mother consists of strains of proteins and probiotic bacteria (that are really good for you) these form when the ACV is left raw and unpasteurised.
Infusing herbs in apple cider vinegar is a great way to preserve their botanical properties. Combine 50g dried (or fresh herbs) with 250ml of apple cider vinegar in a sterilised jar and leave for a couple of weeks. Shake the jar every day to agitate the herbs and infuse the vinegar. After a fortnight you can strain the vinegar and store in another sterilised jar in the fridge. Use herbs of your choice such as Chamomile to ease anxiety and help with sleep, dandelion to stimulate digestion and ginger to boost circulation.
Using apple cider vinegar in vinaigrettes, pickles and chutneys is a great way of absorbing the natural probiotics found in ACV in an everyday way. But it can also be used in vegan baking; when added to bicarbonate of soda the ACV acts as a natural raising agent (one tablespoon of vinegar and one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda can be substituted for one egg). This Nigella Lawson recipe for a chocolate vegan cake uses ACV to keep the cake light and airy in the absence of eggs.
I add a little apple cider vinegar to a large bowl of water when I want to wash my veggies or salad leaves. This is especially good if you are eating non organic food (especially foods that are on the Deadly Dozen list) Adding a little ACV to water acts as a natural cleanser helping to neutralise any nasty chemical residues left from pesticides.
A mix of 50:50 Apple cider vinegar and water is a great way to clean your hair naturally. It is especially good to use if you are trying to avoid chemicals and are opting for a ‘no poo’ hair care regime. You can use a little coconut oil first and then rinse with an ACV / water mix. The acid is a good way of removing excess oil and helps your hair shine. Adding a couple of drops of essential oil can help to balance out the vinegar smell!