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Everyday Cheapskate: 6 Surprisingly Effective Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

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We cannot declare apple cider vinegar to be a modern-day miracle cure. Vinegar has been used as a remedy since the days of Hippocrates. The ancient Greek doctor treated wounds with it. In recent years, people have explored apple cider vinegar as a way to lose weight, improve heart health and even treat dandruff.


When choosing apple cider vinegar, or ACV, make sure you get one that includes the "mother." The mother of vinegar is used to accelerate the fermentation process and ensure an effective product. Bragg is considered by many to be the gold standard for high-quality vinegar that is packed with vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Be sure to shake it well before use.


If you're a Costco member, the Kirkland brand of apple cider vinegar includes the mother and is an excellent and cheaper alternative.

Here are a few of the ways that ACV may work well for you to treat everyday issues in the same way that it works for so many others.



Forget all the pricey salon sprays that promise to destroy the fungus that grows on your scalp. Apple cider vinegar's acidity changes the pH of your scalp and also has antibacterial properties. Make your own dandruff treatment at home by mixing equal parts ACV and water in a spray bottle.

To use: Shampoo with your cheap shampoo of choice, and then rinse and towel dry. Spray this ACV dilution onto your hair, and work it through to the scalp. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse. Do this twice a week, and in no time, you'll send away embarrassing dandruff forever. For routine maintenance, use ACV as a conditioner, which follows.



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