26 Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar
This Apple Cider Vinegar is packed full of good for you like iron, calcium, and potassium that may help keep the germs in our bodies under control. It can also add flavor to your dishes and freshness to all corners of your house.
1. Mix up a non-toxic, all-purpose cleaner.
Just mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part water, filter that into a spray bottle, and get to work.
2. Stamp out the smell in any room.
To knock out smoky smells in particular, pour the apple cider vinegar into a shallow bowl and place it where the odor is strongest . Leave it out for as long as it takes for the smell to vanish.
3. Make your garden grow—without a single weed.
It can be used as fertilizer (particularly on plants that love acids, like blueberry bushes) and also as a weed killer. Pour it directly onweed infested areas , and mix 10 ounces ofApple Cider Vinegar (with a five percent acidity) with 10 gallons of water to fertilize soil.
4. Keep pets flea-free.
When you need to keep fleas away from your pets, turn to apple cider vinegar for the solution. Dilute it with water (one part of each) and rub the mixture into their fur and work it into their skin to repel those pests.
5. Do away with dandruff.
With apple cider vinegar, it’s possible. Rinsing your strands can actually stop dandruff by changing the PH of your scalp (which halts yeast growth, one of the main dandruff culprits). Plus, it gets rid ofgreasiness, itchiness, and irration. Try combining a tablespoon or two in a glass of water and rinsing your hair with the mixture while you’re in the shower. To really target dandruff, combine a quarter cup apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup water, pour it into a spray bottle, apply the mixture to your scalp, and leave it on for up to an hour before rinsing.
6. Improve your complexion.
Use it as an astringent (just dilute it and apply it to your face), or use it as a spot treatment to target blemishes.
7. Swap out your deodorant.
Just as it can freshen up your bathroom, apple cider vinegar can also help keep B.O. at bay. Simply swipe some of it in your underarm area to fight odour casuing bacteria. And don’t worry: The vinegar smell evaporates.
8. Get rid of warts.
Your plan of action: Douse a cotton ball in the vinegar and secure it to the affected area overnight.
9. Relieve burnt skin.
Add about a cup of the good stuff to your bath water to help soothe the burn.
10. Fade bruises.
Fade the purplish-bluish hues by smoothing on some apple cider vinegar—its anti-inflammatory properities help minimize the painful-looking tint.
11. Whiten your teeth.
As it turns out, working it into your teeth and then rinsing may lead to a whiter grin. You can also try using it as a mouthwash- dentists suggest combining two parts water to one part ACVand swishing it around for about a minute.
12. Banish bad breath.
How? It’s thought to kill the bacteria that cause odor—just gargle with it or sip a teaspoon to reap the fresh breath benefits.
13. Deodorize your feet.
Through its ability to balance the PH of your skin. By doing so, it worksagainst the bacteria that are responsible for that less-than-pleasant foot odor. Splash some ACV onto a paper towel or baby wipes and wipe those toes down.
14. Treat your skin after shaving.
Diluted with water (you’ll want to do one part apple cider vinegar and one part water), this solution can help soothe your skin. And remember: the smell of this natural aftershave will dissipate with a little time!
15. Mix up condiments (vinaigrettes, sauces, and marinades).
It’s an excellent ingredient to liven up vinaigettes, sauces and marindades.
16. Make your own tasty juice.
While drinking apple cider vinegar in general is linked to a range of health benefits, you can also create your own concoctions.. After all, why swallow it solo when you can pair it with much more palatable ingredients, like grape juice or honey.
17. Add a punch of flavor to soups.
Apple cider vinegar can also add just the right punch of flavor to soups. Try adding it in a veggie soup.
18. Boost your baking game.
It can help give batters a lift. And because its mild flavor is undectable in sweets, it’s an especially good option for those homemade treats.
19. Soothe an upset stomach.
When your stomach is feeling less than well (i.e. you’re constipated, have food poisoning, are bloated, etc.), drinking an apple cider vinegar and water mixture may help set it straight, thanks to the antibacterial and antiviral properties found in ACV.
20. Help relieve muscle soreness.
Some suggest that acetic acid, a component in apple cider vinegar, can soothe sore muscles when applied topically. While science doesn’t necessarily back this up, we’d say it’s definitely worth using this over regular lotion (or Tiger Balm!) when our muscles are screaming for a rubdown.
21. Stop the itch, stat.
Whether your scratching is due to a bug bite,or even a sting, apple cider vinegar can help with these painful and uncomfortable side effects. Just apply the solution directly to your itchy area, and let ACV take you to an “Ahhh” moment of relief.
22. Help prevent diabetes.
Ingesting apple cider vinegar might be another small step to keeping well . Research suggest sipping ACV helps improve insulin sensitivity (particularly in those who are insulin-resistant), which, in turn, may delay or prevent typ 2 diabetes.
23. Soothe a sore throat.
Mix a quarter cup of ACV with the same amount of warm water and get your gargle on. Doing so creates an acidic environment that may stop the icky cold-causing germs from thriving in your throat. Another mix: warm water, ACV, cayenne pepper, and honey.
24. Clear your sinuses.
Clear your sinuses—and get ready to breathe easier—by sipping on a home remedy of water and ACV. Just as it helps fight sore throat causing germs, it may also stop bacteria from growing in your sinuses. Plus, its potassium content could help thin all that lovely mucus that’s made itself at home in your nose.
25. Detox, detox, detox.
Adding in a splash or two of apple cider vinegar to your meals may improve lymph circulation (which can help build immunity and fight disease).
26. Feel more energized.
If you’re hitting a slump, try mixing up a natural booster—one that includes apple cider vinegar, which contains potassium and enzymes. Those health boosters may help rocket you into a higher gear. Try simply mixing it together with water (2 teaspoons ACV per 2 cups of water), and add some honey if you want a little hint of sweetnes