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If you’ve got a bottle of apple cider vinegar collecting dust in the back of your kitchen cupboard, it’s time to bust it out.

With multiple health-boosting benefits, the all-natural (and inexpensive) ingredient has been a go-to beauty remedy since ancient times. Ahead, eight reasons why you need to add this easy grocery staple to your daily routine now.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits

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Prevent dandruff and itching by combining two ounces of apple cider vinegar and equal parts water to apply on your scalp. Its acidity eliminates germs, flakes and dryness. Bonus: rinse your hair with it to restore shine and remove buildup.

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Got a pesky pimple? Mix ACV with water and apply on a cotton pad to sweep across your face to remove bacteria, oil, dirt and leftover makeup.

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Avoid the mid-day slump by opting for a glass of apple cider vinegar instead of coffee. Drink one tablespoon with a glass of water to allow its enzymes and potassium to wake you up sans the crash.

apple ciderPrevent bloating and discomfort post-meals by drinking two tablespoons of ACV with water 15-20 minutes prior to eating. This increases stomach acid, which is crucial in digesting all your food properly and completely.

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Gargle one teaspoon of ACV with a cup of water to remove plaque, which is a major culprit of a smelly mouth.

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Refuse to spend $50 on a teeth whitening kit? Swish the vinegar through with water to remove stains and kill bacteria on teeth and gums.

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No matter how cute your shoes are stinky feet are never desirable. Tackle foul odor by soaking your feet in half a cup of ACV and five cups of warm water for 15 minutes. Its anti-fungal properties will eliminate the stench.

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Whether it’s a bug bite or a sunburn, its ability to balance pH levels soothes pain, swelling and redness.

 

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