50+ Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

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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117 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 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.

        • Lisa  March 20, 2016

          Why does it have to be warm water?

          • Gale Compton  March 20, 2016

            Lisa, Room temperature water is fine.

    • 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!!

      • Marsha  November 30, 2016

        My daughter and her husband swear by ACV. I’ve been having sinus issues and have gained 10 lbs from relocating our home. I used my daughters recipe she gave me and it’s not bad: cup of hot water, honey and fresh lemon juice. It wasn’t bad. You can add cinnamon too.

        • Kym Votruba  November 30, 2016

          Thanks for the tips, Marsha!

  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—

      • Patience  April 18, 2016

        Please how do I use ACV on boil or inflammation.

        • Gale Compton  April 18, 2016

          Patience, Apple Cider Vinegar combined with an equal amount of destilled water, can be blotted on minor cuts, boils, or wounds. Note that some slight stinging may occur when applied. The solution can be applied sereral times daily. This vinegar is a good choice.

  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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

    • Adrienne Sullivan  January 13, 2015

      strange, but good

    • Jane  November 26, 2016

      Ang22 I am so with you! I enjoy drinking ACV! Just the thought of it makes my mouth water. I have always used Heinz brand. I’m curious about the differences between it the one that is recommended on here. I have several of the medical conditions that are listed on here. What is recommended for an overall dose?

      • Gale Compton  November 28, 2016

        Jane, There isn’t a specific amount as it depends on the issue. There are a lot of legit articles on the internet. Maybe goole your
        question and check out articles on repubtable sites only. ๐Ÿ™‚

  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.

      • Jane  November 26, 2016

        My son is 16 and has terrible acne on his face, back, & chest. I know part of his problem is getting him to wash his sheets every week! His father has the oilest skin I have ever seen. My has oily skin too but not as bad as his father. Would using ACV topically and internally be his best option? He is such a handsome young man and I’d hate for him to end up with scaring.

        • Gale Compton  November 28, 2016

          Jane, It is a good alternative for me issues, but I can’t say for sure how much it will help your son’s acne. That’s a tough one!
          Has he seen a dermatologist?

  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

    Iยดm 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Billy  February 5, 2016

    How can ACV be used to cure arthritis?

    • Gale Compton  February 5, 2016

      Billy, It doesn’t cure arthritis, it helps to reduce inflammation from arthritis.

  37. Sheela  February 9, 2016

    Hi, is it good idea to give kids as young s 2 and 4 yrs old ACV, maybe once a week? Also, does it help to reduce the scar from burn mark?

    • SkinnyMs.  February 10, 2016

      It is always a good idea to check with your pediatrician first when working with children, but we don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be effective.
      Yes! Apple cider vinegar does help reduce scar tissue from burns.

  38. Analiza  February 12, 2016

    Hello there.can you give me direction on how to use ACV in facial cleanser?

    • Gale Compton  February 12, 2016

      Sure! Combine 2 tablespoons ACV with 2 tablespoons water, gently dap on face with a cotton ball to clean. Be sure to avoid eye area.
      That’s it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Billy  February 14, 2016

    Kindly give me direction on how to use ACV to treat fingers’ severe joint pains and stiffness.

    • Gale Compton  February 14, 2016

      Billy, First, it’s important that you check with your doctor about any diet changes, especially as related to joint pain/arthritis.

      According to the Livestrong website, “The University of Florida recommends mixing 2 tsp.of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water. Drink the mixture before each meal to relieve arthritis pain. Although there may be stories of people claiming to feel real benefits of apple cider vinegar in relation to arthritis, no research has validated these claims.”

  40. Jhen  March 13, 2016

    ,can I ask f dis aple cider vinegar can remove a freckles in face tanz

    • Gale Compton  March 13, 2016

      To be honest, I doubt it. Freckles are permanent as far as I know. Why not embrace your freckles? Some of the most beautiful women in the world have tons of freckles on their face. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jane  November 26, 2016

      Jhen, embrace the unique beauty you have been blessed with! As a child I had many freckles, now that I am older most of them are gone and I miss them. My youngest daughter is 14 and she has the most beautiful freckles on her face! They are her angel kisses! There is a gradual decline of people not only having freckles but red hair as well. At some point there won’t be anyone left with these beautiful traits. So you see now how unique your beauty truly is. One more thing; make sure you use a moisturizer with an spf of no less then a 20! Your skin type is very fair and it puts you at a greater risk of skin cancer. Remember; Embrace your unique beauty, be proud of who you are!

  41. niny  March 19, 2016

    can it be used to remove stretch marks?? I also have a problem with severe heart burn….how can I use it??

    • Gale Compton  March 19, 2016

      Niny, There are no guarantees, but some people have reported heart burn relief by taking 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar followed by a large drink of water.

  42. Tina  March 24, 2016

    How do you use it to help with cellulite?

    • Gale Compton  March 26, 2016

      Tina, Combine 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar with 8 ounces of water. Drink up! ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. weng  April 2, 2016

    Hi..i have this sciatic pain..almost a month..is it ok to take 1 tablespoon of avc to 1 glass of water 30 mins before breakfast?

    • Gale Compton  April 3, 2016

      Weng, Please check with your doctor on this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Nicole  April 4, 2016

    Can I remove acne and acne scars with apple cider vinegar? How do I use it?

    • Gale Compton  April 4, 2016

      Nicole, I don’t think it removes acne scars. It can be used as a facial cleanser to boost the pH of your skin. It’s really good at keeping bacteria at bay and new pimples from forming. When using as a facial cleaner, dilute 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon water. Soak a cotton ball with the vinegar/water solution and gently clean the skin. I recommend checking with your doctor or dermatologist before beginning any new product on your skin. ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Aurelia  April 29, 2016

    I made the detox tea and had it first thing in the morning. How long after should I wait to eat breakfast?

  46. Icattin  April 30, 2016

    K Didn’t read your comments but was sold by what I read here and from what ppl have told me so I’ll try it and let u know how it goes

  47. rajkumari amuthalan  May 2, 2016

    I am having heel pain for the past 15 days. how will apple cidar vinegar help me to relive the pain. i tried all the exercise, ice pack,message etc. please help

    • Gale Compton  May 2, 2016

      Try soaking your feet in a combination of apple cider vinegar, a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, and warm water. Set back and relax for about 15 minutes while your feet soak. There are no guarantees that this will work but since it’s a natural remedy, it’s worth a try. Keep us posted. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Combine 1 gallon warm water, 1 cup apple cider vinegar, a pinch of cayenne pepper.

  48. Bronxlady1  August 14, 2016

    I thought it was too easy, but I dabbed some ACV on some of the larger uglier varicose veins I have on my legs. I saw results almost immediately. They actually faded. Sometimes I forget so I’m still working on them, but they faded and haven’t come back as bad as they were before.

  49. Cherbear  September 28, 2016

    I have resently started a low sodium diet to help lower my HBP. I eat, almost exclusively, fresh foods, and do my own cooking. However, since going low sodium I suffer from gas after almost every meal. Would ACVhelp? And do you have a recipe?

    • Gale Compton  October 1, 2016

      It certainly couldn’t hurt to give it a try. Here’s the formula, take 1 tablespoon of ACV diluted in 1/2 cup water or tea before a meal. Give a try and let us know if it worked for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Grace  October 11, 2016

    How does it work for weight loss and how fast is it?

    • Kym Votruba  October 12, 2016

      Weight loss varies by individual based on many other factors, including diet and exercise, but studies have shown that ACV can lower blood glucose levels, which blocks the digestion of starch and reduces caloric intake during mealtime.

  51. mel  October 23, 2016

    can you do acv in something else other than water ?

  52. evelyn  November 8, 2016

    Can acv help in taking away or Lipomas a swelling under the armpit? If yes, what is the procedure and for how long should I use it?

    • Gale Compton  November 11, 2016

      Evelyn, That’s a question for your doctor. ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Barbara  January 1, 2017

    Daily honey and Apple cider help with pain .just one table spoon each morning good luck.

  54. Vanessa  January 4, 2017

    Before every meal or only in the mornings?

    • Gale Compton  January 5, 2017

      Vanessa, I prefer only in the morning and on occasion. Everyone is different but that works for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Mellissa  January 19, 2017

    Had my first dose this morning!!! Looking forward to seeing the results!!!

    • Kym Votruba  January 20, 2017

      Keep us posted, Melissa!


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