There are so many uses for apple cider vinegar (ACV)! This “do-it-all” product is incredibly healthy, and affordable.
This common kitchen staple is antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. It’s also easy to find in most grocery stores.
And best of all, it’s all natural!
When shopping for ACV, look for one that is raw, unfiltered, and organic, such as Bragg’s.
22 Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
1. Sore Throat
You can make an elixir by combining 1 teaspoon ACV with 2 to 3 teaspoons clover honey. Simply swallow.
Or, you can mix 1/4 cup ACV with 1/4 cup water and gargle.
Mix equal parts water and ACV in a spray bottle. After shampooing spray the mixture on the scalp to get rid of dandruff. Doing this 2 to 3 times per week should keep dandruff at bay.
3. Hair Rinse
ACV helps remove product build up and unveil shiny hair. (My Mom taught me this trick as a girl, and it really works!) First, make a rinse with 1/3 cup ACV and 4 cups of water. After washing your hair, apply the rinse. Leave it on for a few seconds, then rinse it out.
Dab a bit of ACV under your arms to kill odor-causing bacteria.
Apply ACV to bruises to relieve the swelling and discoloration faster.
6. Foot Odor
Wipe smelly feet with ACV to kill odor-causing bacteria, which cause stinky feet.
7. Facial Toner
Mix 1 part ACV with 3 to 4 parts water. Apply with a cotton ball after washing your face. This can help eliminate and prevent acne by killing bacteria.
8. Remove Warts
Soak a cotton ball in ACV. Apply a bandage to hold the cotton in place. Wear it overnight and remove it in the morning. Apply this each night until the wart disappears.
Soothe a sunburn by gently applying ACV to the affected area. Or, add 1 or 2 cups ACV to your bath water. (And next time you’re in the sun, you might want to try using coconut oil as a low SPF sunscreen.)
10. Acid Reflux
To alleviate digestive problems, drink 1 tablespoon ACV in a large glass of water, tea or juice daily. If the taste is too tart, simply add a little clover honey. (For a video about the drink, please see item number 19 below.)
Acid reflux is cause by having too little acid in your stomach. Drinking ACV helps raise the acid level and relieve the symptoms of acid reflux.
11. Whiten Teeth
To eliminate stains and whiten teeth simply rub ACV directly on your teeth. Rinse with water. Or, you can swish a dilution of ACV and water, then rinse with water.
Because ACV is highly acidic it’s best to do this only occasionally. If done too much, the ACV can eat away at the enamel of your teeth.
12. Use In Cooking
Due to its numerous health benefits, ACV is a great addition to tangy marinades, sauces, and salad dressings. Just keep in mind that a little goes a long way.
One of my favorite ways to include ACV in my diet in the summer is by making a cucumber salad:
First, chop a cucumber and an onion. Then, mix equal parts ACV and olive oil. Add Himalayan pink salt, pepper and Stevia (optional) to taste. This is best if chilled in the fridge for a couple of hours.
13. Weed Killer
According to The Dirt Doctor the this recipe is super effective at killing weeds in your garden:
1 gallon of 10% vinegar
1 ounce orange oil or d-limonene
1 teaspoon liquid soap or other surfactant such as Bio Wash
Add molasses at 1 tablespoon per gallon to the vinegar formula
Do not add water
Just be sure to only apply the solution to vegetation you want to get rid of. It will damage whatever it comes into contact with!
Mix equal parts ACV and water and it to clean almost any surface in your house. The vinegar smell goes away after the solution dries.
15. Neutralize Odors
Put some ACV in a small bowl close to the offending odor. This works just as well as Febreze at neutralizing odors (without the cost and chemicals).
16. Bad Breath
To eliminate bad breath mix equal parts ACV and water, swish and spit out. The ACV works to kill the bacteria that cause bad breath.
17. Fruit And Veggie Wash
ACV is excellent at removing bacteria and harmful pesticides from your fresh fruits and vegetables. Briefly soak your produce in a solution of 10 percent ACV to 90 percent water. Rinse.
Please note that this solution is not intended for use with berries because the ACV can soak into their delicate skin.
18. Diabetes Prevention
Drink a tablespoon of ACV in a large glass of water before bed to lower blood sugar.
19. ACV Drink
Due to its many health benefits, drinking a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water each day is good for you. Plus, it cleanses and detoxifies the body.
It does have a strong taste, but if this bothers you feel free to add some honey or hold your nose like I do ;).
Here’s a video tutorial on how to do it:
Apple cider vinegar helps break up and rid the body of mucus to relieve congestion.
Using a bit of ACV in recipes for baked goods makes them light and fluffy.
22. Improve pH
Many health conditions and diseases thrive in an acidic environment:
- weight gain
- nausea and vomiting
- joint pain
- lactic acid buildup
- immune deficiency
- chronic fatigue
- shortness of breath
- heart problems
- free radical damage
Drinking diluted ACV daily causes the body’s pH balance to become more alkaline. Being in this alkaline state is essential to health and can prevent disease.
Can you think of more uses for apple cider vinegar?
Were there any that were surprising to you?
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You may want to watch the short video below with more uses for apple cider vinegar for more information.