The typical American home is filled with a number of household products, many of which we tend to take for granted. Several of these items have a surprising number of uses, and the key to maximizing their full potential is information.

While you should always do your proper research and handle any product with care, you shouldn't be afraid to explore all the possibilities. In today's article on apple cider vinegar, for example, we're going to explore some of the best uses for this American staple. Take a look at the options below, and see if you've been using your ACV at its maximum potential.

Food Preservation

Vinegar has long been used as a natural preservative, and apple cider vinegar works the same way. It does this by increasing the acidity of the foodstuff, which in turn kills bacteria and prevents spoilage.

You can use any type of vinegar to do this, but apple cider vinegar creates a tangy flavor that turns your preserves into a delicious snack or topper. Try this Tablespoon recipe for preserved vegetables and see for yourself.

Skincare Solution

ACV has gained popularity as an affordable yet effective skincare solution, and we're going to explain how. Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, and also contains acetic acid and alpha hydroxy acid. This means not only is it a good choice for cleaning your face and reducing the chances of acne, it can also work as a mild exfoliant.

And that's not all ACV can do. In our previous article on 'How to Protect Your Skin This Summer', we talk about needing a soothing regimen for sunburns and other summer-related woes. Diluted apple cider vinegar is actually great for this, as it speeds up the healing process and helps lessen itching and inflammation.

Healthy Snack

Vinegar might not be at the top of your list when it comes to things to snack on, but you'd be surprised at what apple cider vinegar can do. ACV has a ton of health benefits, including improving digestive health, boosting your immune system, and even lowering the risk of heart disease. That's enough for anyone to put it in their diet.

But consuming ACV, even in its safe, diluted form, isn't all that fun. So, how do you get the benefits of apple cider vinegar, then? Well, you can try them in gummy form instead. The ACV gummies produced by Brightcore are easy to ingest, portable, and can help you avoid tooth enamel damage or throat pain while reaping the benefits of ACV. A big plus in our books!

Cleaning Agent

Finally, like many other vinegars, apple cider vinegar makes a great natural home cleaning agent. ACV has acetic acid, which is a natural antibacterial that can kill most common household germs. Its acidic nature also helps dissolve dirt, grease, and other kinds of grime, making for a cleaner and healthier home.

Cleaning with vinegar is recommended if you have young children or pets, or suffer from ailments that could be worsened by the fumes from chemical cleaning products. It's also affordable and easy to use. Apartment Therapy recommends a 1:1 solution of ACV and water for cleaning the home. It can remove stains on your countertop, appliances, and much more.

These are a few of our many favorite uses for apple cider vinegar, but this list only scratches the surface. One quick look at the Internet will reveal a dozen more ways that you can use that bottle of ACV to the fullest. And to top it all off, apple cider vinegar makes for a pretty good summer vinaigrette, too.

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