Apple cider vinegar is really versatile and we can use it for almost anything. From the expected use as a spice to an all house cleaner.
Here are 101 uses of apple cider vinegar:
- Sooths sore throat
If a cold announces itself with the sore throat, ward it off immediately. Mix ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with warm water and gargle every hour. Most germs won’t be able to survive the acidic environment that the vinegar creates.
- Prevents indigestion
If you suffer from indigestion you should definitely try this folk medicine: add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey in a glass of warm water and drink it 30 minutes before you eat.
- Solves problems with your stomach
If you have a bacterial infection that causes diarrhea, mix some apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and sip slowly. Apple cider vinegar will be helpful thanks to its antibiotic properties.
- Clears a stuffy nose
Apple cider vinegar contains potassium which thins mucus. Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it.
- Cures hiccups
If you have the boring hiccups, take a tablespoon of vinegar. The sour taste will overstimulate the nerves responsible for the spasm.
- Lowers cholesterol
According to a study, published in Life Science Journal, apple cider vinegar can lower LDL cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”) and raise HDL cholesterol (“good cholesterol”).
- Helps you lose weight
Use apple cider vinegar if you are trying to lose weight. The acetic acid will suppress your appetite, increase your metabolism and reduce water retention.
- Boosts energy
Whenever you are feeling tired, add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of vegetable juice or a glass of water and drink it. The potassium and enzymes found in apple cider vinegar will relieve you from that feeling.
- Prevents leg cramps
If you often suffer from leg cramps, that’s a sign of low level of potassium. Apple cider vinegar is rich in potassium so it can be very helpful for this condition. Mix two tablespoons of vinegar and one teaspoon of honey to a glass of warm water and drink it before going to bed.
- Fades Bruises
Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties, so dabbing or laying an apple cider vinegar compress on a bruise can help fade the discoloration.
- Controls Blood Sugar
Apple cider vinegar can also keep your sugar levels balanced. According to a study conducted on people who had diabetes type 2 and who were taking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed and weren’t taking insulin, resulted in lower glucose levels in the morning.
- Detoxifies Your Body
Apple cider vinegar helps balance your body’s pH. It stimulates cardiovascular stimulation, bowel motility and lymphatic drainage.
- Treats Acid Reflux and Heartburn
Unbalanced pH, lack of enzymes and probiotcs in the body are main causes of acid reflux and heartburn. Apple cider vinegar contains those nutrients and will be very helpful in this condtion.
- Kills Candida (Yeast)
Apple cider vinegar contains probiotics, and probiotics are good in fighting candida. Consume 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar three times a day and cleanse your body from candida.
- Regulates pH in your body
Apple cider vinegar consists of acetic acid which is acidic in nature but has alkaline effect on the rest of your body.
- Sooths Sunburn
Put 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in a lukewarm bath to sooth sunburn. You can also add ¼ cup of coconut oil and lavender oil.
- Heals Poison Ivy
Potassium and minerals in apple cider vinegar help reduce swelling and inflammation, healing poison ivy more rapidly.
- Fights Seasonal Allergies
When you first notice the allergy attack, put a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in your Neti Pot solution and fight allergies.
- Kills Fungus on Toes and Skin
Rub some apple cider vinegar in the area of fungus twice a day. The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial compounds in apple cider vinegar are a great natural cure for skin fungus.
- Cures Varicose Veins
Apple cider vinegar improves circulation in the vein walls and it also has anti-inflammatory effects, so it reduces bulging veins. Mix some apple cider vinegar with witch hazel and rub this mixture in circular motion.
- Cures Warts
Put some apple cider vinegar on the warts, cover with a band aid or bandage and leave it to react overnight. Do this for at least a week and you’ll see results.
- Removes Moles
Take a piece of cotton and dip it in apple cider vinegar, and put it on the mole. Cover with band aid and leave it over night to remove the mole.
- Brakes Carbohydrates
Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to each serving of pasta in order to break carbohydrates faster.
- Fights Arthritis
Add 2 tablespoons in 8 oz of water to help relieve arthritis symptoms.
- Relieves PMS symptoms
Add a tablespoon of vinegar in a cap of water and drink it to soothe PMS symptoms.
- Boosts the Immune System
Mix warm water, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar and honey and drink it.
- Gives Energy
Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, tablespoon of raw honey, a little lemon juice and a pinch of ginger in 8 ounces of water. Drink it before you eat.
- Helps with Mastitis (breast infection)
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce inflammation, fight infection and prevent it from spreading further.
Mix one part apple cider vinegar with two parts warm water. Apply the mixture on the affected area with a cotton ball. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse it with warm water. Do this twice or three times a week until the infection clears.
29. Cures Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Apple cider vinegar helps control blood sugar and keeps your body from producing too much insulin. And less insulin means less testosterone.
Add two teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink this daily in the morning on an empty stomach. Do this for several weeks until you notice improvement.
30. Clears Sinuses
Add a teaspoon in a pot of boiling water and inhale to clear the sinuses.
32. Treats Dermatitis
Make a mixture of equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar. Apply the solution on the affected skin. Let it sit for about half an hour and then clean the area with a damp cotton cloth. Do this once a day for several weeks to see positive results.
- Reduces Fever
Soak two cloths in a bowl of apple cider vinegar. Squeeze them well so they won’t drip. Place one cloth on the patient’s tummy and the other on the forehead. Leave the cloths on for at least an hour so the fever could come down.
- Treats Urinary Tract Infections
Apple cider vinegar is a natural antibiotic in the treatment of urinary tract infections.
Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. Add some lemon juice and sweeten it with honey if you like. Mix well. Drink this mixture twice a day for a few days.
- Prevents Gallbladder Attack
Take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before each meal to prevent gallbladder attack.
- Treats Bursitis
Use a mixture of apple cider vinegar and raw honey to treat bursitis. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of vinegar into 12 ounces of water. Drink some in the morning to prevent and treat bursitis.
- Cures Earache
Put a few drops in your ear to cure earache.
- Treats Fibroids
Add two tablespoons of apple cider juice to 8 ounces of water. Mix well and drink it daily.
- Treats Nausea
Add a tablespoon of vinegar in 8 ounces of water and drink daily to treat nausea provoked by food poisoning or morning sickness.
- Resolves Respiratory Problems
Use apple cider vinegar and distilled water in 4:1 ration in the humidifier in order to treat respiratory problems like asthma, cold, allergy, bronchitis etc.
41. Prevents aches and pains
Put a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water to get rid of pain and aches.
42. Helps with morning sickness
Add a teaspoon in a glass of water with a little stevia. Drink it in the morning to neutralize the acid in the stomach.
Apple Cider Vinegar as Household Cleaner
43. Dishes Detergent
Wash your dishes with apple cider vinegar to kill off any unwanted bacteria and keep dishes clean.
- Cleans your Jewellery
Soak your silver jewellery in a mixture of ½ cup apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons baking soda. After 30 minutes rinse with clean water, dry and shine them with a soft cloth.
- Cleans your Fridge
Wipe the door seals with full-strength vinegar to remove mildew from them. Then clean the whole fridge with 1:1 water vinegar solution.
46. Removes Odor
Clean your thermoses, lunch boxes and portable coffee mugs by putting in them a piece of bread soaked into vinegar. Let it sit through the night.
- Cleans Ice Trays
Just soak them in straight vinegar for several hours. Wash them thoroughly and they are ready for use again.
- Cleans your Coffee Maker
Pour 2:1 solution of water and vinegar into the coffee maker and run a normal brew cycle. Do it every 2- 3 months to ensure yourself that the coffee maker is clean.
- Cleans your Tea Kettle.
Put 3 cups of vinegar in your kettle and boil it for 5 minutes. Let it sit overnight. Rinse with hot water in the morning.
- Use it as an All House Cleaner
Pour a mixture of 50% water and 50 % apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle and clean your windows, kitchen and counters. Since apple cider has anti-bacterial properties and balanced pH, it is great for cleaning the house.
51. Cleans your garbage disposal
Pour some apple cider vinegar in the garbage disposal and let it sit for a while. Then turn on the water and the disposal too.
- Use it as Rinsing Agent in the Washing Machine
Add one cup of apple cider vinegar to the rinse cycle.
- Keeps Ants Away
Put some apple cider vinegar where ants like to invade. You’ll get rid of them immediately.
- Cleans the Humidifier
Remove the filter and rinse it with water. Add apple cider vinegar in the tank of the humidifier and let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Cleans the Drains
Use some apple cider vinegar to unclog drains.
- Kills Weeds
Just pour some apple cider vinegar and get rid of weeds.
- Cleans Menstrual Sponges
Wash your menstrual sponge with 50/50 apple cider vinegar and water mixture.
- Keeps Away Cats
Cats don’t like its smell, so pour some apple cider vinegar to the places where cats shouldn’t be.
- Preserves the Colour of Clothes
Wash your new clothes in water where you’ve added some apple cider vinegar to preserve their colour much longer.
- Acts as Fabric Softener
Use 1 cup of apple cider vinegar as fabric softener.
- Cleans the Mooncup (menstrual cup)
Make a mixture of 50/50 apple cider vinegar and water and wash your menstrual cup.
- Whitens Laundry
Mix ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar and a little baking soda and put it in with the white laundry.
Use Apple Cider Vinegar To Help Your Pet
- Repels fleas of your pet’s fur
Help your pet friend get rid of fleas by giving him a bath in which you have added a cup of vinegar.
- Use it as Flea Spray
Make a mixture of 50/50 water and apple cider vinegar and put it in a spray bottle. Spray onto your dog whenever it goes outside.
- Wards off parasites
Add a capful of apple cider vinegar into your pet’s bath.
- Cures Conjunctivitis of Dogs
Make a mixture of 1 part apple cider vinegar and 2 parts of water. Dab a cloth in it and apply some under the eyes.
- Cures Ear Mites in Cats and Dogs
Mix 50/50 apple cider vinegar and water. Rinse their ears with the mixture twice a day for two weeks. You won’t have to visit the vet.
- Use it as Dog Shampoo
Combine 1 part water, 1 part apple cider vinegar and 1 part baby shampoo and put it in a bottle.
Use Apple Cider Vinegar As Beauty Product
- Helps You Get Rid of Dandruff
Treat dandruff with apple cider vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar changes the pH of the scalp thus making it harder for yeast to grow. Mix ¼ cup of water with ¼ apple cider vinegar, put it in a spray bottle and spritz it on your scalp. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then wash your hair as you normally would.
- Clears Acne
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties which are helpful in removing acne. Malic acid and lactic acid found in apple cider vinegar are good for exfoliating the skin, reducing red spots and balancing the pH.
- Removes Bad Breath
Dilute some apple cider vinegar with some water and gargle with it to kill odor- causing bacteria.
- Whitens Teeth
Remove stains and whiten your teeth by gargling apple cider vinegar every morning before your usual brushing.
- Removes Body Odor
Apply some undiluted apple cider vinegar to your underarms and eliminate body odor. Try adding 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar in a footbath and remove food odor.
- Makes Your Hair Shine
Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water and pour it in an old shampoo bottle. Use it as a conditioner two times a week.
- Acts as Skin Tonic
Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water and use this mixture as a skin tonic.
- Improves Your Facial Mask
Improve the effects of your facial mask by adding some apple cider vinegar to it. One advice is clay mask.
- Use it as Make up Remover
Add 1 part of apple cider vinegar in 2 parts water. Dab a small cotton piece in the mixture and wipe out the make-up.
- Use it as Facial Wash
Mix one part apple cider vinegar with two parts water and rub it on your face. Then rinse your skin with warm water.
- Softens the Skin
Add some apple cider vinegar in your bath and have softer skin.
- Cures Eczema
Cure eczema by putting some apple cider vinegar on it.
- Removes Skin Tags
Dip a piece of cotton in apple cider vinegar, place it on your skin tag, cover it with a band aid and leave it to react over the night.
- Break Cellulite
Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink on a daily basis to break fat in cells.
- Prevents Hair Loss
Apple cider vinegar is good at stimulating blood circulation to the hair follicles. The blood caries all essential nutrients to the hair follicle cells thus encouraging hair growth, strengthening the roots and preventing hair loss.
- Balances Hair and Sebum pH
Many shampoos and other products that we use are disruptive for the pH level of the scalp (between 4.5. and 5.5). Apple cider vinegar is high in acetic acid and has a pH level close to that of the scalp. If you wash your hair regularly with it, this vinegar will bring your scalp and hair to the ideal acidity especially if you have oily hair.
- Cleanses and Clarifies Your Hair
Use apple cider vinegar to cleanse and restore life to your hair. Mix 1/ 2 cup of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water. Mix them well by shaking it in a bottle. Apply some of this on your hair and let it sit for at least three minutes. Then wash your hair.
- Defines Curls
Apple cider vinegar can make your curls look more natural and more bouncy without weighing individual strands down.
- Helps You Have Shiny Hair
After rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar, the cuticles will be down, and the hair will be more able to reflect light, giving it glossy healthy appearance.
- Reduces Frizz
Lifted cuticles cause frizzy hair. Calm down frizzy hair with apple cider vinegar then wash it and enjoy in smooth hair do.
- Prevents Split Ends and Breakage
Use apple cider vinegar rinse regularly and you’ll remove tangles from your hair, close cuticles, improve porosity and encourage stronger strands. This will prevent split ends and breakage.
- Cleans Dentures
Clean dentures with apple cider vinegar.
90. Cleans Your Toothbrush
Use the antibacterial properties in apple cider vinegar to clean your toothbrush. Mix 2 tablespoons (30ml) of apple cider vinegar, half a cup (120 ml) water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Mix it well and then leave the head of your toothbrush in the mix for 30 minutes. Then rinse your brush thoroughly.
92. Retains Colour Longer
Wash the newly –coloured hair with mixture of equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and a cup of water. The vinegar will retain the colour longer.
Cooking Uses Of Apple Cider Vinegar
- In Chutney
Add some apple cider vinegar when cooking chutney to soften the fruit.
- To Make Buttermilk
Mix a cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Let it sit at room temperature until the milk thickens.
- Use it as Marinade
Apple cider vinegar gives the meat a nice and sour flavor and that’s why it is used to make marinade in cooking.
- To Wash Fruit and Vegetables
Wash vegetables and fruit with apple cider vinegar to remove pesticides and kill dangerous bacteria.
- To Boil Eggs Better
Add some vinegar to the water in which you boil the eggs to produce consistently good eggs. This is the case because the protein in egg whites firm up faster when exposed to a more acidic liquid.
- To Preserve Food
Apple cider vinegar is an effective preservative. It makes the food more acidic, which deactivates its enzymes and kills any bacteria in the food that can cause spoilage.
99. In Homemade Cookies and Cakes
Apple cider vinegar is used in baking because it enhances the flavor and texture of baked goods. Add some extra flavor to homemade candy and caramels.
100. In Hot Drinks
Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of honey into 12 oz (355 ml) hot water.
101. In Sauce
Use apple cider vinegar to prepare tangy sauce for your food. Try it in tomato-based sauces.
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