Apple cider vinegar isn’t just a trend: It’s a prepping essential. There are many uses for apple cider vinegar in a survival scenario. So much so that the word “versatile” doesn’t even begin to describe it. Any prepper worth their salt knows just how much mileage they’ll get out of apple cider vinegar. But if you’re still doubtful, then here are five big reasons why apple cider vinegar is in every prepper’s pantry. (h/t to NewLifeOnAHomestead.com)
It keeps your home clean. As a potent antimicrobial and antibacterial, there’s little that apple cider vinegar won’t clean. A cup will spruce up your drain, dishwasher, countertop, air conditioner, humidifier, and bathroom. A half cup will give your jewelry a brilliant new sheen and sanitize your baby’s cloth diapers. You can even use it on your laundry as a fabric softener, rinsing agent, or laundry whitener. Best of all, apple cider vinegar is more effective a cleaner than most commercial chemical cleaners, and it won’t stink up your home either.
It helps you feel good inside… Drinking a bit of apple cider vinegar everyday may sound weird, but doing so will greatly benefit your health. Diluting one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in eight ounces of water is said to improve gut health, regulate blood sugar, support heart health, and support your weight loss goals. Apple cider vinegar can also provide relief from certain ailments. Coming down with a cold? Drink a glass of water and apple cider vinegar thrice a day. Dragged down by aching muscles? According to HappyPreppers.com, soaking yourself in a tub of water and a cup of apple cider vinegar will do the trick. Dry throat and coughs bothering you? Gargle with a glass of water, apple cider vinegar (one to two tablespoons), and honey. Plus, this can help whiten your teeth too.
...And out. Did you know that apple cider vinegar may just be your skin and hair’s best friend? A blend of one part apple cider vinegar and two parts water can serve as both a facial wash and makeup remover, while a combination of equal parts water and apple cider vinegar does well as a skin toner. Additionally, topically applying apple cider vinegar has shown positive results against acne, insect bites and stings, and sunburn. You can improve your hair’s appearance as well by adding a bit of apple cider vinegar to warm water and using it like conditioner. If you still want to look your best in a survival scenario, then you need to keep apple cider vinegar on hand. (Related: Apple cider vinegar benefits hair, skin and teeth.)
It’s useful in the kitchen. Enjoy better food preparation with apple cider vinegar. Utilizing it can enhance how you wash fruits and vegetables, scale fish, tenderize and marinate meat, and hard boil eggs. The inclusion of apple cider vinegar in salad dressings, homemade mayonnaise, buttermilk pancakes, and chutney can do wonders. And, if you really want to step up your prepping game, you can take advantage of how efficient a food preservative apple cider vinegar can be. Use apple cider vinegar to pickle eggs, cucumbers, beets, peppers, beans, cabbages, and so much more.
It’s good for your pets and against pests, too. Dog owners know just how expensive dog shampoo is, so get around it by making your own. Simply combine one part apple cider vinegar, one part baby shampoo, and one part water for homemade dog shampoo worthy of your precious pup. Plus, if you take away the baby shampoo, you’ll have yourself a spray to keep fleas, mosquitoes, and ants at bay. If flies are your problem, then simply cover a bowl of apple cider vinegar with plastic wrap and create holes using a toothpick to make a fly trap.
To get the most out of apple cider vinegar, choose the raw and unfiltered variety. This type has what’s known as the “mother,” which is the colony of bacteria that gives apple cider vinegar the majority of its benefits.
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