22 Amazing Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

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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.

2. Dandruff

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.

4. Deodorant

Dab a bit of ACV under your arms to kill odor-causing bacteria.

5. Bruises

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.

9. Sunburn

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:

Herbicide Formula:
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!

14. Cleaner

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:

20. Congestion

Apple cider vinegar helps break up and rid the body of mucus to relieve congestion.

21. Baking

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:

  • cavities
  • cancer
  • allergies
  • acne
  • weight gain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • joint pain
  • lactic acid buildup
  • immune deficiency
  • chronic fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • heart problems
  • free radical damage
  • osteoporosis

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.

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Can you think of more uses for apple cider vinegar? Were there any that were surprising to you?

Please share in the comment section below.

You may want to watch the short video below with more uses for apple cider vinegar for more information.


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  1. I had no idea that you could use ACV on half these things. I have used it for cooking and had heard about the hair rinse back when I was a swimmer. I have some in my cabinet so maybe I’ll get it out more.

    1. It’s great as a hair rinse, isn’t it?!

      The smell is definitely strong. 🙂 Some people mix it into a drink (other than water) to dilute the strong taste. I love it in spicy tomato juice but throw it back in water too. It’s a personal preference.

  2. Now I knew apple cider was definitely a GREAT home remedy for some things, but this list is great. I can see myself using it for so many of these things. Definitely sharing the diabetic solution with my husband, who has Type 1 Diabetes, and have issues with his blood sugar at nights. Thank you very much for sharing.

    Thrifting Diva

  3. I used to make an ACV drink every night. The taste got a little getting used to but it did help with my digestion. I love how ACV can be used for so many things. It’s nature’s little miracle.

    1. “Nature’s little miracle” it is! Others have told me how much it helps them with digestion issues when they drink it before bed too. So glad you’ve noticed this benefit too, Cindy.

  4. Wow that’s a lot of uses I didn’t know about before. I tried drinking ACV but was adding a full ounce…not a tablespoon. No wonder it was so pungent! lol

  5. I heard of detox, hair rinse and veggie cleaning but a lot of these are new to me and didn’t know there were so many uses.

  6. A few of these are surprising and didn’t know this product had so many uses! That’s pretty cool! Good for our bodies, cooking and cleaning!

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