15 ways apple cider vinegar can benefit your health and home

One of my resolutions this year is to move away from using harsh commercial products for my health and home, and instead opt for powerful, all-natural remedies.

In an exclusive guide below, we explore one of the most powerful and nontoxic products around: apple cider vinegar.

Just like organic coconut oil, apple cider vinegar is a great all-natural alternative that can be found in any grocery store — and yields many wonderful health and home benefits!

When unfiltered, unpasteurized, and raw, apple cider vinegar contains "mother of vinegar" — a concentrated, nutritional element that has bacterial and fungal-fighting properties.

Apple cider vinegar can be used to improve your life in various ways, from neutralizing smelly odors on your body and in your home, to helping your body break down food and clearing your sinuses.

Scroll further to click through all the fantastic benefits of apple cider vinegar, and let us know what you think in the comments below!

1. Soothes A Sore Throat

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Apple cider vinegar has a surprisingly powerful host of abilities, including the ability to fight germs and bacteria.

Next time you feel pain or discomfort in your throat, try mixing about 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with a cup of warm water.

Gargle this mixture once every hour, for the acidic components of the vinegar to deplete the germs.

2. Relieves Heartburn

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Many people turn to apple cider vinegar, and not antacids, to relieve symptoms of heartburn.

Reflux and heartburn are often caused by too little acid in the stomach, rather than too much.

Apple cider vinegar can aid digestion in giving our stomachs the heathy acid it needs, by mimicking the acidic conditions of the stomach to help break down food.

Try taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with water to soothe stomach troubles!

3. Clears A Stuffy Nose

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Apple cider vinegar can also be used to effectively treat a sinus infection. It contains healthy levels of B and E vitamins, calcium, potassium, and magnesium — all of which can help clear sinus cavities, and soothe allergy symptoms and breakouts.

Apple cider vinegar also has a relatively high pH level, that can help thin mucus, and break down bacteria growth.

Combine a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water to drink next time your nose is stuffy.

4. Gets Rid Of Dandruff

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Dr. Oz suggests using apple cider vinegar to treat dandruff.

The high levels of acidity in the vinegar balances out the pH on your scalp, preventing further growth of yeast and bacteria.

Combine 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water, and spritz with a spray bottle. Wrap your hair with a towel, and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing.

5. Relieves Nocturnal Leg Cramps

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At times, leg cramps can signify that you have low levels of potassium in your body.

Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a teaspoon of honey and one glass of warm water to make a home remedy.

The high levels of potassium in the cider vinegar will help soothe any cramps you may have.

6. Soothes Itchy Skin

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Apple cider vinegar is a highly effective antiseptic with great antifungal properties. This could all have an amazing effect on itchy, burning skin.

You can apply the apple cider vinegar to areas on your own skin, and even use small amounts on your pets with dry, itchy skin.

To use, add a few drops of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar onto a cotton ball, and dab it onto the affected areas.

7. Removes Warts And Moles

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Warts can appear anywhere on the body. They're caused by the HPV virus, which can enter the body through tiny cuts and injuries on the skin.

To naturally remove warts, try mixing one cup of apple cider vinegar with water, and apply it onto the skin with a cotton ball.

You can also soak the area in a bowl of diluted apple cider vinegar. Do this for 20 minutes every night until you see a visible change.

8. Gets Rid Of Smelly Feet

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Apple cider vinegar can effectively fight off the bacteria that is causing unpleasant odors on your feet, by naturalizing the pH levels on your skin.

Pour a cup of apple cider vinegar on baby wipes, and soak the wipes in the fridge overnight. Rub the wipes on the soles of your feet as often as you need to.

You can also soak your feet directly in the apple cider vinegar as another odor-fighting remedy.

9. Reduces Gas And Bloating

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Many health practitioners recommend using apple cider vinegar to treat digestive issues, according to LIVESTRONG.

To prevent gas and bloating, drink a glass of cider vinegar diluted in water before taking your meals.

This will get your digestive system going much faster, so that food can be broken down at a more efficient rate.

10. Neutralizes Odors At Home

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Next time you're about to dish out money for a new set of air fresheners, remember that apple cider vinegar works wonders for neutralizing smelly odors.

Dilute a cup of cider vinegar with a cup of water, and spritz it using a spray bottle. This should clear up any nasty smells you have in your home.

11. Is Used As A Nontoxic Cleaner

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Apple cider vinegar can also work wonders as a multipurpose household cleaner.

Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar has powerful bacteria-fighting components that many commercial cleaners and vinegars do not have.

Simply combine equal parts cider vinegar and water to make your own cleaning solution, and use it to scrub down dirt and stains.

12. Unclogs Drains

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Not all clogged drains need to be resolved by chemicals.

Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with a cup of apple cider vinegar to create a bubbling "volcano" effect for your drain.

This should work just as well as other solutions.

13. Gets Rid Of Mildew

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Apply unfiltered apple cider vinegar to surfaces with mildew to destroy the mold. Wash over the area with a brush, and let it dry.

Unlike harsher substances like bleach, apple cider vinegar is completely nontoxic, and is more than 80 percent effective at getting rid of mold and mildew.

If you're cleaning something more specific, say, your shower curtain, simply toss it into the washing machine with 1/2 cup baking soda and a cup of vinegar for the rinse cycle.

14. De-Wrinkles Clothes

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There are several hacks to iron out the wrinkles in your clothes — without using an iron.

Combine apple cider vinegar and water with a one-to-three ratio into a spray bottle, and spritz directly onto the wrinkles.

Then, simply let the clothes hang dry.

15. Removes Furniture Stains

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As you can probably tell by now, apple cider vinegar is the magical solution to practically everything related to cleaning.

The substance can even remove water and food stains from furniture, carpets, and cloth!

Use unfiltered vinegar, and maybe even add a few tablespoons of salt, to make a solution to rub onto the stain. Let it dry, and then vacuum over the surface.

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