The use of apple cider vinegar dates back hundreds of years. Because of its potent antibacterial properties, it was – is – a favorite to use for numerous applications including wounds, bruises, and even prophylactic cleansing.
Below you’ll find 25 ways to use apple cider vinegar and one way to save money when you buy it. This list will leave you reaching for a bottle of ACV instead of a bottle full of toxins that could be harming your family and lowering their I.Q.
Use apple cider vinegar as a non-toxic alternative to cleaners and weed killers.
- Non-toxic alternative
Vinegar is one of the best household cleaners. It’s raw, unfiltered version contains bacteria that the store-bought version doesn’t have. To make a powerful cleaning solution, mix equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle, and apply it on any surface to successfully clean dirt, bacteria and toxins. The smell goes away once the vinegar dries.
- Weed killer
Apple cider vinegar is a strong weed killer and is more effective than the harmful glyphosate. Mix half a cup of ACV, quarter of a cup of salt and half a cup of dish soap. This mixture will kill any weed you spray it on, so be careful not to spray it on the flowers in your garden.
- Eliminates odors
ACV can quickly eliminate odors in your home. Wherever the odor comes from, put a dish of ACV in the area and the odors will be gone soon.
ACV offers numerous benefits which will help you improve your health.
- Reducing serum blood glucose
ACV lowers the levels of triglycerides, HDLs and ADLs in that way preventing diabetes. This was confirmed in a study which examined apple cider vinegar’s effects on the lipid profile in rats. The rats were given ACV for four weeks, and the results showed that the HbA1C levels of the diabetic rats were considerably reduced. HbA1c is a test which measures the plasma glucose levels over a period, and is more reliable for diagnosing diabetes than testing the blood sugar levels. The results of the study are a clear sign that apple cider vinegar can successfully reduce the blood glucose levels and prevent diabetes.
- Weight loss
ACV has the ability to make you feel full for a longer time, which is crucial for weight loss. A study discovered that the acetic acid in ACV slows down the fat buildup. If the flavor is too strong for you, add ACV to juices, salads or dilute it with some water and drink it.
- Lowers cholesterol
According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, ACV lowered the cholesterol and triglyceride levels in lab rats. The rats were fed a high cholesterol diet along with ACV.
- Detoxifying the body
Detox diet are very popular, with many people believing that they help them shed some pounds and maintain their health. Apple cider vinegar is a strong antioxidant that has been proven to eliminate free radicals and clean out toxins from the body. Drink a glass of ACV in the morning and start your own detox diet today.
- Clears sinuses
Apple cider vinegar can easily break up mucus, making it an ideal choice for cleaning the sinuses. It has antibacterial properties that help it prevent infections or colds too. To breathe easier, sip some ACV diluted with water.
- Relieves sore throat
A gargle with some warm apple cider vinegar can successfully relieve the symptoms of a sore throat. Make a mixture of equal parts water and ACV and gargle the solution a couple of times (or more) every day. It will reduce the inflammation and alleviate the sore throat.
- Digestive Aid:
Having tummy troubles or know you’re going to eat something that you might regret later? Sip diluted apple cider vinegar (mixed in water or juice) to help settle that stomach. It’s the antibiotic properties and bacteria fighting power of ACV that help. Some say the pectin in apple cider vinegar also helps with intestinal spasms.
- Itchy or Sunburned Skin:
I know this is one of my favorite uses for apple cider vinegar. Just apply right to the itchy area for some relief. It also works for itches caused by bug bites, poison ivy, or a jellyfish sting. As for sunburned skin, soak in a bath with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to help ease the pain
- Itchy or sunburnt skin
- Apply some ACV on an itchy area of the skin caused by a bug bite, poison ivy or a jellyfish sting. For sunburns, soak in a bath with a cup of ACV in it to relieve the pain.
- Removes warts
Soak a cotton ball in some ACV and apply it on the wart until it falls off. Although the how and why of the effect of ACV on warts is not yet determined, it’s highly effective and dries the wart quickly.
- Post-exercise energy drink
Apple cider vinegar contains amino acids that can fight the effects of lactic acid present in the body after a workout. Drink some ACV after exercising to prevent muscle pain afterwards.
Here are some other useful applications of ACV:
- Shiny, Flake Free Hair:
Apple cider vinegar is an excellent weekly hair rinse. It leaves hair looking shiny and soft. The acid in ACV helps to remove product build up. It also helps to balance your scalp’s pH level. Mix 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar into 4 cups water and rinse the hair after shampooing, then rinse with cold water. If you are having issues with dandruff, twice a week try spraying your scalp with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Place a towel around your head and leave wrapped for up to an hour. Wash your hair as you usually would.
- Facial Toner/Cleanser:
Thanks to the antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar, it’s great for cleaning most everything, even your face. It can even help prevent break outs. Just like with you scalp, it can help balance your skin’s pH levels. Dilute some apple cider vinegar with water and apply to a cotton ball to use as a toner or on blemishes.
Many deodorants are harmful to your health. Apple cider vinegar will help fight the odor causing bacteria without the cancer causing toxins. Just apply a little ACV under your arms. You won’t be left smelling like vinegar once it dries.
- Fade Bruises:
Coming from a long line of klutzes, this was a use of apple cider vinegar I was happy about. After a bump or the appearance of a bruise dab on some apple cider vinegar. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and will help to ease the discoloration.
- Whiten Teeth:
Make those teeth sparkle after swishing around some apple cider vinegar diluted with two parts water. Then brush as usual. The bacteria fighting power of ACV is an added bonus too.
- Eliminate Bad Breath:
Use apple cider vinegar as a mouth wash and gargle to help eliminate objectionable mouth odor. It kills the bacteria that causes bad breath.
- Stop Smelly Feet:
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, apple cider vinegar helps get rid of bad smells, wherever they may be. If that just so happens to be on your feet, try this remedy. Wipe your toes and feet down with a paper towel soaked in ACV to combat the odor. The ability of apple cider vinegar to balance the pH of your feet and eliminate odor causing bacteria is what makes it a
great natural remedy. FoodYou can use ACV in your favorite dishes and recipes.
ACV works great when mixed with other juices. Pure ACV can damage the enamel of the teeth and damage your throat, so it’s better to dilute it with a fruit juice of your choice. It will add a tangy flavor to your drinks and offer many health benefits too.
To fluff up your baking goods, add some ACV – it will lift your cookies, cakes and sweets, but it won’t be noticeable in the final product.
Put some ACV in your barbecue sauce to give it a tangier and sweeter flavor. Try ACV in your favorite marinades or mix it into thick condiments.
It goes without saying that ACV is perfect for many salads. Mix some of it with olive oil and your favorite additions for a delicious, tasty drizzle over your favorite salads.
ACV gives plain soups an interesting and improved taste.
Remember – always use organic apple cider vinegar to be sure that it doesn’t contain toxins because apples are quite a contaminated fruit.
- Shiny, Flake Free Hair: