50+ Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

by SkinnyMs.

50+ Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

For health, beauty, and around the house there hasn’t been a more versatile, natural, and affordable product since we introduced 101 Uses for Coconut Oil. Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries for its healing properties. Use it daily as a safe, natural alternative to chemicals and as an overall health boosting tonic. You won’t believe all the benefits in this little glass bottle!

As a Beauty Treatment

Apple cider vinegar is very useful for treating the skin, teeth and hair. Check out all the ways you can incorporate a little ACV into your beauty regimen.

Use as a hair rinse to fight dandruff and add body and shine
Use as a facial cleanser to boost the pH of your skin
Add to bath water to relieve the redness and pain of sunburn
Reduces buildup on the scalp
Helps in the removal of warts
Skin toner for blemishes
Reduces cellulite
Helps control bad breath
Whitens teeth and kills mouth bacteria
Reduces swelling and fades bruising
Use as an overnight soak to clean dentures

For Your Health

Apple cider vinegar is one of the most useful, affordable and versatile supplements you can take for your overall health. It fights infections and inflammation, eases pain, and helps with many digestive issues. Taken daily, ACV will provide numerous health benefits.

Use as a detox to cleanse the kidneys
Drink or supplement to prevent flu
Reduces inflammation from arthritis
Relieves sinus pressure and fights infection
Aids weight loss by decreasing appetite and increasing fat burn
Relieves allergies and asthma symptoms
Relieves Gout
Balances the body’s pH level
Lowers cholesterol
Reduces blood glucose level in diabetics
Removes nail fungus
Soothes bug bites and other minor skin irritations
Aids digestion
Taken with warm water and honey before bedtime, ACV may help with sleep issues
Strengthens bones
Has anti-inflammatory properties
Relieves pain from jellyfish stings
Aids in relieving chest congestion
Promotes bowel movements and eases constipation
Relieves heartburn
Can help stop hiccups
Promotes sinus drainage
Treats ear infections
Soothes rashes
Promotes growth of healthy flora
Helps control sugar cravings
Helps cure strep throat
Helps treat eczema
Increases energy and boosts metabolism
Relaxes sore muscles
Disinfects wounds
Boosts immunity
Lowers blood pressure

For more information check out Apple Cider Vinegar: Folk Remedy or Weight Loss Secret?

Around the House

Get rid of the toxic chemicals around your home. Many commercial cleaning products and deodorizers have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, chronic respiratory conditions, and other serious health problems. Create your own products easily and inexpensively using natural items like ACV.

Use as a natural disinfectant cleanser
Use it to wash windows and leave a streak free shine and clean scent
ACV is a natural deodorizer
Use it to deter cats from having accidents they won’t go where they smell vinegar.

Try using ACV in our Slow Cooker Cranberry Chutney or Southwestern Kale Chips.

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68 Comments on "50+ Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar"

  1. STacy  March 13, 2013

    Yep it's true folks , It got rid of my dandruff! Do u have any facial recipes though? Or do u just dab it on your face ?

    • Skinny Ms.  March 15, 2013

      Stacy, Sorry, no facial recipes yet. A dab will do ya! :)

    • Bernadette  April 18, 2013

      Doesn't it have to be a special kind of ACV not the kids you buy in the grocery store? How much do you take daily? Like for weight loss.

      • Skinny Ms.  April 19, 2013

        Bernadette, Add 1 tablespoon ACV with 1/2 cup warm water and drink. Drink 3 x’s daily.

    • lacey  October 16, 2013

      add it with aztec indian healing clay found on amazon.com and it is the greatest facial you will ever have!

  2. Neecee  March 13, 2013

    I found THE thing for my naturally curly hair! Apple Cider Vinegar. It makes your hair so soft and shiny. I was using it as a conditioner before I read this. Believe me, it works! What I found out is that Apple Cider Vinegar is the most natural thing to use on your hair. Try it.

    • Elizabeth  September 15, 2015

      I have naturally curly hair too, how are you using it as a conditioner? Are you just pouring it out of the bottle straight onto your hair or are you mixing it with something? I don't want my hair smelling like ACV all day! Gross!

      • SkinnyMs  September 16, 2015

        Elizabeth, you can make a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water and rub into your hair after shampooing. Let it sit for one minute and rinse it out. The rinse should get rid of any smell.

  3. Mervi  March 13, 2013

    How much apple cider are you supposed to take daily?

    • Skinny Ms.  March 15, 2013

      Mervi, That really depends on what you are taking the vinegar for. I have about 1 tablespoon when eating an afternoon salad.

    • 123  March 30, 2014

      2 teaspoons in a 16 oz water.

  4. Wendy  March 13, 2013

    I'm really trying to stomach this stuff. I know it's really good for you. Are the capsules just as good?

    • Skinny Ms.  March 15, 2013

      Wendy, No, the real thing is always best.

    • Cheyanne  July 27, 2014

      I don't know if it will hurt the effectiveness but I was afraid to try it in just water as I same suggested other places. Someone recommended mixing it with orange juice for your salad so I just added 2 tsp to my glass of OJ. It -slightly- alters the taste but hardly enough to notice!!

  5. Tom  March 18, 2013

    Do you have a recipe for using apple cider vinegar for nail fungus?

  6. Diane  March 18, 2013

    Is it important to use organic apple cider vinegar?

    • Skinny Ms.  March 19, 2013

      Diane, That’s a personal choice. I suppose for eat it would be best. However, I’ve yet to find the organic version.

      • Brian Hamric  July 4, 2013

        Braggs ACV are in some stores in the Organic section.

        • tony  August 20, 2014

          I get mine at the Vitamin Shoppe

      • Liz  September 2, 2013

        The organic Apple Cider Vinegar by Braggs–it is the best and it does not have the bad taste of the cheap Apple vinegar—

  7. Paula  March 24, 2013

    My Mom wants to try it as a detox to cleanse her kidneys, how much does she need to take, is there recipe by any chance?

    • Skinny Ms.  March 25, 2013

      Paula, Add 1/2 cup of water with 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and daily before eating meals. Apple cider vinegar helps prevent kidney stones from forming. I do recommend she check with her doctor before beginning any new regimen.

  8. Dena  April 6, 2013

    Does it work to clear up seborrheic keratosis?

  9. Jada  April 18, 2013

    To get the benefits of all of this you really need to use a really good quality organic ACV and it must contain "The Mother" Braggs is the most popular and trusted brand.

  10. OZO  June 11, 2013

    I have acid reflux problem, they said it can help cure it. Is it true and how can i use it to cure it? . I am in Italy, can Braggs brand be found here in Italy or can any brand equally work well?

    • Skinny Ms.  June 12, 2013

      Lucky You…I love Italy! :) Vinegar helps to neutralize the stomach. I don’t know if Bragg’s can be purchased in Italy…probably not. Try another brand. Also, one of the best solutions is: to switch to a healthy, real food diet.

    • JohnnyB  November 19, 2013

      I would recommend any brand with atleast 5% acidity level. Also try a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water twice a day after meals. I suspect that your acid reflux like in most cases has been caused by your diet. I know it may be difficult, but reducing consumption of sugar and fried foods will help tremendously.

  11. darlene  June 29, 2013

    hi, can you actually put acv on your eyelashes? what about the brows?

    • Skinny Ms.  June 29, 2013

      Darlene, I would NOT recommend putting acv near your eyes.

  12. SnoopyNut  July 14, 2013

    As Jada pointed out – you want the ACV with "The Mother" – Braggs is the most common,my Wal-Mart carries a large bottle of it. Shake it good before using. I have gallstones and some time ago ran across a suggestion for when having a gallbladder attack. Mix 1- 2 tablespoons of ACV with 1 cup Organic Unfiltered Apple Juice (Trader Joe's has a nice size bottle at a decent price) and drink. Takes the gallbladder attack pain away within 20-30 minutes for me.

  13. Allison Wright  July 14, 2013

    I'm in the process of using ACV diluted with equal parts H2O as a douce for 2 year long Bacterial Vaganoisos Infection. 10 rounds of antibiotics couldn't get rid of it, only made me feel like crud being on the drugs, so I figured it can't hurt to try ACV along with a few other homeopathic remedies. Praying this works.

  14. Nina  July 17, 2013

    Allison, you could have systemic Candida. Google the spit test for Candida. That many antibiotics can do it!

    I also agree with Jada and SnoopyNut, the ACV with "The Mother" is the only kind that is effective!

  15. June Roush  July 18, 2013

    what do you mean by " the Mothere "in it it also helps with releaving leg cramps just rub on the area

  16. Paul  July 21, 2013

    Can it be used as a weed killer in the yard

    • Skinny Ms.  July 22, 2013

      Paul, According to many online articles, Yes. Please google to find out more information.

  17. ang22  October 2, 2013

    I've been drinking vinegar since I was a little girl. I like it, my mouth waters just thinking of it…odd huh.

  18. deskjockie  November 8, 2013

    Dr. John R. Christopher, Master Herbalist, recommended taking 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg's) with 1 tablespoon of raw honey in a glass of water three times a day. Several people have said they lowered their blood pressure, healed hiatal hernias, cleared their skin of liver spots, and cleaned out their gall bladders of sludge in about three weeks doing this. There is an old book titled, "Arthritis and Folk Medicine" written by a medical doctor, Dr. D. C. Jarvis in the early 1900s where he describes his experience using acv to cure mastitis in cows, and bacterial infections in other animals as well. Apparently Vermonters used this drink, which they called 'swizzle', for all kinds of ailments.

    • GaleCompton  November 8, 2013

      Thanks for the info!

    • Jayant  November 15, 2013

      Very Useful information Thanks.

  19. Online Fashion  February 18, 2014

    Thanks for more info.

  20. Yeast Infection Cure  March 3, 2014

    Apple Cider Vinegar plays a major role in treatment of yeast infections. It is commonly used to help relieve and cure candida symptoms.

  21. Hair care tips  March 8, 2014

    Well I have found using things like lemon and baking soda to work very well. At the end of the day I think just try a couple of differnet methods. What works for one person may not work for another. Nice article overall! Also don't just try something for a day or two and then give up and change to another method! You need to give it time to work

  22. organic ACV  April 17, 2014

    Dilute 0rganic ACV onto hands face for a softer clearer skin it does work! it helps get green tint out of coloured hair. I also drink half a cup diluted with water most days. Healthy and cheap
    anti inflammatory :))

  23. norman  June 13, 2014

    i have a pretty severe case of eczema or tsoriasis both on scalp and lower back , have 3 qts of bragg apple cider vinegar but do not know how or what ways to use……need help

  24. Patricia baldridge  June 19, 2014

    I have several aging problems….endless & growing pain from osteoarthritis & fybomyalgia…also now have neuropathy,at times I can barely walk..none wants to give you pain meds…do you think vinegar could give some relief????????????

    • SkinnyMs  June 20, 2014

      Patricia, I'm sorry you are dealing with all of that. It won't hurt to try the vinegar and other homeopathic or natural treatments. With the seriousness of those conditions, consulting a Dr. for relief is of course your best option.

    • Rosemarie  July 5, 2014

      Hi Patricia, my name is Rose and I am dealing with the same problems you have. I just now started on the apple cider vinegar from Braggs, I am so hoping it helps with my pains, and also loosing some weight. If you would like to keep in touch you can e-mail me at quilter1128@yahoo.com I would love to keep in touch to see if it helps either one of us. I got my information about this from a lady at church, and she says it helps her leg cramps. That is what made me decide to try it. If you e-mail me put Braggs at the top of the message because I am leary about opening mail from just anyone. Good luck in your attempt with the vinegar. I will be praying you and I both succeed.

    • kafayat Hijama  November 10, 2014

      Hi Patricia, how is your pain now? We are in the same boat, I started ACV with mother a teaspoon a day later increased to a spoon in water. My pain and Muscle spasm are things of the past as I detox and have smoothie for breakfast and go organic and gluten free. I do Hijama which I am trained at and i have being pain free for 2 months now

  25. cadmus398  June 25, 2014

    It is also effective in repelling fleas to pets.

  26. csm  July 11, 2014

    Taking internally everyday for 2 months and it has changed me. I had dry lips and acne around my chin which cleared up in 2 weeks. Misquetos who normally attach me, I have only had 2 bug bites so far this season. I'm not as swee as I used to be. I take about 2 teaspoons in 1-2 oz of water and take it like a shot every morning when I wake up.

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  28. Ochuba Edosio Onome  November 6, 2014

    I cant get Braggs ACV in West Africa so what do I do and also how would ACV help a pregnant woman with gestational diabetes?

    • SkinnyMs  November 6, 2014

      Ochuba, You can use regular apple cider vinegar and still get the benefits. There are even recipes out there to make your own. I'm not sure about pregnancy and gestational diabetes. Good luck in your research:)!

  29. TJMTZ  December 31, 2014

    I was recently diagnosed with a rare condition called CRPS. Most symptoms are simular to fybromyalgia. The ACV has REALLY helped reduce the nerve pain. I take a 1/2 of all nutural pineapple juice mixed with 2 tbl of ACV morning and night. What a big difference it has made. I am almost pain free even during the weather change.

  30. Coleman  April 10, 2015

    Has anyone tried the ACV for cellulite? If so please give directions on use and comments on how it helped.

  31. Monica Cosgrove  May 4, 2015

    I've used it as a natural cleanser for my kiddo's bathtub for years, cause I don't like her soaking in bleach or any other chemical residue right after I clean it – and it's nearly impossible to be sure you got the surface entirely rinsed with most cleansers. In addition to keeping cats from peeing where they aren't supposed to, it also removed urine odors, including soaked in cat pee, which is nearly impossible to get out usually. Not long ago I discovered the wart removing thing, so I tried it on my daughter's wart that I've been battling for 3 years with medications that practically ate her skin and still left the wart behind – 1 week with a cotton ball dipped in ACV (I add a small drop of Tea tree oil to it (another natural remedy) to make it smell better and a bit of aloe so it keeps her skin moisturized) taped to her finger over night each night and that thing is almost completely gone. So, I decided to try the other things. The facial cleanser and toner works. I've battled my skin my whole life only to find that the solution all along was vinegar… I no longer feel like I need make up to leave the house. It does help with bruising, makes hair shiny, and gets rid of fleas naturally (If you don't want your animals smelling like vinegar, peppermint oil, lavender oil and tea tree oil also repel fleas and make the mixture smell nice)… this stuff is the greatest. I've traded a ton of expensive items I used to buy for one big bottle of ACV a week at only 3 bucks a bottle for the organic stuff. It's amazing.

  32. Barbara Clay  September 22, 2015

    Can ACV be used on wrinkles?

    • SkinnyMs  September 23, 2015

      Yes! Apple Cider Vinegar is an excellent natural skin care product and can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, as well as age spots, scarring, and acne.

  33. reinigung putzfrau  October 25, 2015

    I'm really trying to stomach this stuff. I know it's really good for you. Are the capsules just as good?

    • SkinnyMs  October 26, 2015

      Probably not as good as the real deal.

  34. lauren  January 7, 2016

    Has anyone heard of using ACV to massage over spider veins on legs to reduce/remove them ?

    • Melissa Florero  January 7, 2016

      Lauren, There are several sources that mention trying ACV or coconut oil for spider veins. We have not yet tried it.

  35. Bex  February 1, 2016

    I´m definitely going to add acv into my diet daily. But can it be simply taken straight (eg.on a spoon) ?

    • SkinnyMs.  February 2, 2016

      Yes, you can take it straight, but mixing a tablespoon in a glass of water will help it go down a little easier. :)


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