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By Danielle Brady
You enjoy some vinegar with your fish, use a couple of cups of it when your coffee pot needs a good cleaning, and maybe you even use it to wash your windows.
But you may be surprised to hear that you can also use this versatile liquid as a part of your daily beauty regimen.
Vinegar for Your Hair
This may sound a bit weird at first—but give it a try. And, don’t worry—the vinegar smell won’t linger on your hair after you’re out of the shower.
When you make homemade shampoo with vinegar, it works by getting rid of any build up from other products you use on your hair. It also makes your hair shiny and lustrous.
Use ¼ cup of baking soda, and mix with apple cider vinegar until it forms a paste. (Some women skip the baking soda step and just mix one part vinegar with two parts of water) What may surprise you is that this mixture, rubbed into your hair during your shower, leaves your hair surprisingly tangle-free.
Some women will use this “shampoo” once a week, and others use it as often as three times a week.
#2) Healthy Scalp
For a healthy, dandruff-free scalp, mix ½ cup vinegar and 2 cups of warm water. Rinse with this after using your regular shampoo. This can be done daily, and some women leave the rinse on their scalp for half an hour.
If you color your hair, you might want to test out a small patch first to make sure the vinegar won’t hurt it.
Vinegar for Your Skin
#1) For Beautiful Skin
Vinegar clears your skin of blemishes, and also makes it feel smooth and tight. (Some even claim it prevents wrinkles and lines.)
Apple cider vinegar makes a great astringent (as well as just making your skin feel pretty good!). To use it, wipe a cotton ball soaked with the vinegar on your face. Or, just dab it where you need to—to get rid of a pimple that has suddenly appeared, for instance.
And, as with using vinegar on your hair, you won’t end up smelling like vinegar all day one your face dries.
Another way that vinegar can help your skin is by drinking it—mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with water and drink some everyday.
#2) Sunburn Relief
Vinegar, mixed with water and dabbed on painful skin, can also provide some sunburn relief. Or, you can add about a cupful of vinegar to your bath.
Vinegar for Nails
#1) Icky Nail Fungus
If you suffer from nail fungus, a vinegar soak can help. (Vinegar is too acidic for fungus to live.) Or, just pour a good amount of white vinegar over the nail two or three times a day. Keep doing this everyday until the fungus disappears—this could take a couple of weeks.
#2) Before You Polish Your Nails
If you want your nail polish to last longer, take a cotton ball soaked in vinegar and rub it over your nails before polishing.
#3) For Nail Nourishment
If you have brittle nails, drinking a glass of water with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar can help.
Or, you can mix apple cider vinegar with one tablespoon of honey, an egg yolk, and a teaspoon of vegetable oil. Use the mixture on your nails two to three times a week.
Sure, you can have a shelf full of beauty products for your skin, nails, and hair—and you can spend hundreds of dollars on them as well. Or, you can just invest in a couple of easy to get, inexpensive bottles of vinegar.
Vinegar—is there anything it can’t do?