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I’ve always got a bottle of Heinz Vinegar in my cupboard, just like my mom did, and her mom before her. But unlike them, I really only use it once or twice a year.

In recent years more of my recipes have called for Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar so now a bottle of that sits next to its white counterpart. I know that white vinegar is known for its green cleaning capabilities, but I’ve never explored them because the thought of my kitchen floor smelling like pickled vegetables just didn’t sound appealing to me.

However I do want to start using vinegar more often in the kitchen. It’s already in many of the salad dressings I choose but I knew there had to be more ways to use it, What does With the Mother on Vinegar Mean? #HeinzVinegar @HeinzVinegar Sponsoredespecially because there have been recent studies that show it has some real health benefits including lowering glucose levels (1).

Apple Cider Vinegar is made from apples. That part is obvious from its name. But what I didn’t know is that the only other ingredient is filtered water. That’s it! During fermentation, the alcohol becomes vinegar and then it’s bottled as either filtered or unfiltered.

The unfiltered had an odd notation on the bottle that I didn’t understand so I did a little digging. “With the Mother,” is said to be the most natural vinegar because it’s not pasteurized. It’s a “gelatinous substance” which is formed during the late stage of fermentation. It’s the best version to use for consumption. The strained is great for cleaning.

The unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a little harder to find than the filtered version, but it is available at most Walmart Stores. Prices range from $1.69 for the pint and $2.69 for the quart for the filtered and $3.99 for the unfiltered (only available in quarts) so it is very affordable.

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Top 5 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV):

  • Hair Rinse – Mix ½ Tbls of ACV and a cup of cold water, plus 3-5 drops of mint essential oil. Use after shampooing and before conditioning. I mix two 1-time use shots for the shower at a time. Writing the formula on the bottle with a permanent pen means quick and easy remixing.
  • Toner – Dilute 1 part ACV to 2 parts water plus 3-5 drops of mint essential oil – shake before using. Apply to a cotton ball and gently clean your oily t-zone. Or purchase pads, soak them in the solution (press down and pour off extra liquid), and store in an airtight container. I have a REALLY good nose and I can smell the vinegar on my skin for about an hour after use. My husband’s nose loses the scent much more quickly.
  • Sunburn Relief – Add a cup of ACV to your cool bathwater and soak for up 10 minutes or longer or wet a washcloth with the diluted vinegar and apply it to the affected area.
  • Detox and Weight loss – To 16 oz of filtered water, add 2 Tbls of ACV. It’s believed to help you feel fuller, longer and regulate blood sugar.
  • Household Cleaners
    • Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Pour a cup into your toilet bowl and let it soak overnight. Brush away in the morning.
    • Dishwasher Detergent: Use it as a dishwasher detergent next time you run out.
    • Kitchen Surface Cleaner: mix 2 parts water to 1 part ACV plus 3-5 drops of mint essential oil.
    • Glass Cleaner: add 2 Tbls rubbing alcohol to 2 cups of kitchen surface mix.

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My DIY and homemade skin care, household cleaners, and detox results:

The kitchen and glass cleaner worked beautifully. I made toner, rinse, glass spray, and drank 16 ounces of water with vinegar and I used less than ¼ of the bottle – talk about economical! The pads are fabulous and perfectly moistened. I’m looking forward to making these again because the cost is so affordable. I had the essential oils on hand but you can buy them online. Everything else I purchased at Walmart.

Will I ever get used to the smell of vinegar in my house? That I’m not sure of. I may experiment some more with essential oils, but for now, I’m going to concentrate on convincing myself that drinking ACV it is necessary. I’m not going to lie and tell you it tastes good. It tastes like vinegar in water, but there’s just too much proof about the benefits of drinking not to make myself do it.

Heinz has been making natural vinegars since 1869 and they make a wide range of flavored vinegars which can be used in canning and cooking.

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(1)  http://www.webmd.com/diet/apple-cider-vinegar?page=2