7 Ways to Save Money Using Apple Cider Vinegar
My life literally changed the day I discovered that I could save money using this liquid gold called “Apple Cider Vinegar” (ACV).Having left full time employment, I started researching on ways I could cut down my expenses and save money without necessarily compromising my lifestyle.
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And that’s when the ACV fever kicked in. God bless everybody who played a part in its invention, production, and in bringing it to my local store.
“I adopted a healthier diet. I take at least a tablespoon of apple-cider vinegar a day. It’s an old wives’ tale, but it really is one of the best things you can put in your mouth – Mellisa Etheridge : Singer / Songwriter
From my research, I have learnt that vinegar has been in use for more than a thousand years and traces its routes to China from around 2000 BC. Louis Pasteur was the first person to research and produce vinegar through the natural fermentation process in the year 1864.
Now back to my story. When I discovered that Apple Cider Vinegar was the most natural and safest solution to cutting down most of my expenses, I went on a testing spree to see if the claims on the uses are actually true.
I discovered that there are two types of apple cider vinegar:
1) Raw, Organic, Unprocessed, Unfiltered Vinegar
This type of vinegar is made from organically grown apples and retains many beneficial components because raw apple cider vinegar is not pasteurized. The murkiness of this vinegar is caused by a cobweb-like substance called the “mother” found in the vinegar. It is indicative of a high quality product. The “mother” is made up of living nutrients and bacteria. You can actually see it settled in the bottom on the bottle. This type of vinegar is more expensive of the two and I use it for beauty and health purposes.
The test results of using this type of vinegar were as follows:
2) Distilled / Clear Vinegar
Clear vinegar has none of the benefits of raw organic apple cider vinegar. Through its processing and distilling, it’s been stripped of everything beneficial and can be detrimental to your health since it is dead instead of alive. This type of vinegar is cheaper and I use it for various home activities. The test results of using this vinegar were as follows:
How I Saved Money
A litre of Bragg’s Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar costs about Kshs 1,600 ($16). By using it as a facial toner, deodorant, after shave, mouthwash and hair rinse, it takes me 6 months to restock. This is because, I have to dilute it for most (actually all) of the uses and therefore there is more quantity available for use. The combined cost of a facial toner, deodorant, after shave, mouthwash and hair rinse is way higher than the cost of the vinegar.
A litre of Distilled American Garden Apple Cider Vinegar costs Kshs 500 (5$) and I use it for about 2 months as a herbicide and cleaning agent. The combined cost of a herbicide and multipurpose cleaner is way higher than the cost of the vinegar.