If it is too sour and started to turn to vinegar, let it continue to culture for a total of 30 days and you will have kombucha vinegar. You can move it to another pot if you would like to use the vessel for more kombucha. It won’t hurt it to do this, but it will form another mushroom. Bottle it after the 30 days and you have lots of vinegar for all kinds of things.
- Clean your house
Bottle it up and use as an all-purpose cleaner. Use it as you would distilled vinegar for cleaning.
- Ease a sore throat
Blend tea and honey and gargle like you would salt water.
- Soak your feet
Use one part room temperature water and one part kombucha for a foot soak.
- Use as a natural pesticide
You can use kombucha as a natural pesticide in your garden. Just pour into a spray bottle and go to town. You can also combine with a few tablespoons of dishwashing liquid in a bowl and set out to help get rid of fruit flies.
- Fruit and Veggie Wash
You can make your own just by filling up a sink with water and adding one cup of kombucha vinegar. Let your produce sit in the vinegar wash for about 10 minutes and then rinse.
- Laundry Booster
Got clothes with that stinky scent even after a wash? Try adding 1/2 to 1 cup of kombucha vinegar to your load and wash as usual.
- Wash your hair
Just like vinegar can do some good for your hair, so can kombucha. In fact, it is gentler on hair than regular vinegar, and can serve you well as a hair rinse. Because you want stronger kombucha, making your own hair rinse is also an excellent way to put over-brewed kombucha to use. Consider infusing it with some rosemary while you’re at it.
- Give yourself a facial or use as toner
Some are so addicted to kombucha that they swear by using it for making your own facial creams. You can add a bit of it to your regular moisturizer as well. Like vinegar, kombucha can also be used as a facial toner – it helps balance the skin’s pH levels. You can use it on its own, applying with a cotton ball, or make a toner with a few other ingredients like this kombucha aloe toner.
- Mix a cocktail
Kombucha is fizzy, why wouldn’t you want to make a cocktail out of it? Because of its strong taste, you can think of kombucha as a sour mix. Kombucha Rita anyone? Summer drinking just got a whole lot more appealing.
- Mix up a salad dressing
You can make a basic vinaigrette by switching out kombucha in recipes that call for apple cider vinegar. Try using kombucha as a substitute for vinegar in your favorite dressing recipes and marinades.