Apple cider vinegar is something we can all use a little more of in our lives. Here are 10 great uses for apple cider vinegar you may not have heard about yet!
Apple cider vinegar has become a bit of a staple in our house the last couple of years. It may have had it’s time in the “trendy health-related things” spotlight lately, but it’s been around since forever. No really. Forever. Like since I was a kid. OK, I’m thirty one, so I don’t think I can pull that joke off quite yet, but it has been used to treat all kinds of ailments and household needs for thousands of years. And I definitely remember a bottle always being around in my gramma’s cupboard when I was growing up. Here are 10 of my favorite uses for apple cider vinegar to get you started if you haven’t yet dipped your toe into the apple cider vinegar world yet (By the way, it’s good for toe-dippin’ too! See number 4 below!).
10 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar
1) Eat it
It’s a food first and foremost, isn’t it? Anywhere that you would normally use regular vinegar, you can use apple cider vinegar for a great zippy flavor and get a little health boost too!
2) Remove Dandruff
Just spray into your hair after you wash it, let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse it out. The vinegar makes it difficult for the fungus that causes dandruff to grow on your scalp! Don’t worry about the vinegar smell. It will dissipate once your hair dries.
3) Clear up a Cough or a Sore Throat
We make a great homemade cough syrup (pictured above) that really works using apple cider vinegar all the time.
4) De-Stinkify Your Feet
Use a cloth, paper towels, or baby wipes soaked in apple cider vinegar to wipe smelly feet. The vinegar works by altering the PH level of your skin, which will fight off the bacteria that causes smellyness! Great for kids feet after sports!
5) Balance Your Digestive System
If you feel like you may have eaten a bit too much or that something you’ve eaten isn’t really agreeing with you, make yourself a glass of water with a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a bit of honey. Stir it up and drink it down. I make this all the time just because it’s surprisingly delicious and a great thirst-quencher!
6) Heal a Sunburn
A cup or two of apple cider vinegar added to a bath after a day in the sun will soothe over-exposed skin.
7) Stop Hiccups
Just swallow one teaspoon full of apple cider vinegar. It works by over-stimulating the nerves in the throat and cancelling out the message to your brain to hiccup! Neat, right?
8) Boost Your Energy
Stress and strenuous exercise can cause lactic acid to build up in your muscles, causing fatigue and soreness. The amino acids in apple cider vinegar act are like a magical antidote to this lactic acid, and the potassium and enzymes found in apple cider vinegar help to relieve that tired feeling. Next time you’re feeling exhausted at the end of a long day try a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. I love my coffee and my tea, but this really works just as well a lot of the time!
9) Remove Cooking Smells from Hands
Just wash them with a little apple cider vinegar and those onion and garlic smells left over from making dinner will wash right away!
10) All-purpose Cleaner
Apple cider vinegar isn’t just for your hands and hair, (oh yeah, and your kids’ smelly feet), you can use it on your whole house too! The same antibacterial properties apply when you use it on your kitchen and bath as well. Just make a mixture of half apple cider vinegar and half water in a spray bottle and you’re all set!
Make sure the apple cider vinegar you pick up is a good, high-quality one. There are a few on the market that I like, just make sure it says that it has “the mother”.
Try it Yourself!
Try some of these out! If you’ve never used apple cider vinegar before, I just know you’ll be so amazed by all that it can do for you! Do you have any tested and true uses for apple cider vinegar that you think the world needs to hear? Share the love and the knowledge below!
If you need it, here’s a link to a good, high quality apple cider vinegar, like the one pictured above. I have a few different favorite brands, but this is a really popular one.
Update: Since I first shared these tips my wonderful readers have shared many of their own amazing tips and testimonials in the comments. Keep scrolling and check them all out! Here are some highlights:
“…killing mold and mildew spores on clothes and flat surfaces” -MaryLena
“ACV works wonders on acne and breakouts!” -Linylou
“…stir it up ‘n drink once every day….it stops any arthritis pain or stiffness” -Dave
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.