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DIY Beauty Using Apple-Cider Vinegar

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Make your own skin toner, deodorant, nail soak, and more using apple-cider vinegar.

  1. Improve your scalp health, combat dandruff, and prevent buildup of hair products with ACV’s antimicrobial and pH-balancing properties, suggests Carmichael. Create a mixture of 1/3 cup ACV and 4 cups water; pour or spritz on your hair after shampooing (conditioning optional) and rinse with water.
  2. Fight body odor with a DIY deodorant. Dilute 1 teaspoon ACV with 1 tablespoon water and use a washcloth to apply it to your armpits. For moisture reduction, follow by powdering with a one-to-one mix of cornstarch and baking soda.
  3. Make a nail soak to fight fungus. Mix 1 cup ACV, 5 drops tea-tree essential oil, 5 tablespoons baking soda, and up to 3 cups of warm water. Soak feet or hands for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Rejuvenate your skin and restore its natural balance of oils and pH with an ACV skin toner. Combine 1 cup warm water and 1/3 cup ACV. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply directly to the face and neck. Use once or twice a week, storing any remaining mixture in a cool, dark place.
  5. Relieve a sunburn by adding 2 cups ACV to a bath of cool water and soaking for 30 minutes.
  6. Discourage mosquitoes and soothe the itch and sting of bites with a DIY insect repellent spray made from 1 cup ACV and 1/4 cup water.

This originally appeared as “Body Care” in “20 Uses for Apple-Cider Vinegar” in the December 2018 print issue of Experience Life.

is a writer, editor, and farmer based in northern Minnesota.

Photos: Terry Brennan; Food Stylist: Lara Miklasevics

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