Lately we’ve all been hearing about the amazing uses of lemon or coconut oil but we seem to keep forgetting apple cider vinegar and the long list of things we can do with it. We’ve created a list of 40 creative uses for ACV and they’ll rock your world, we’re sure. You can use it in your first aid kit, in your beauty bag, for cleaning and cooking and as a natural remedy for a number of medical conditions. Just make sure that it’s 100% organic if you’re using it as a natural remedy or beauty product.
- Sooth your sore throat
ACV has antibacterial properties which means that it can help you eliminate the bacteria causing the inflammation. If you use it in combination with honey, the most effective antiviral an anti-inflammatory agent, you’ll get a natural remedy 100 times more effective than any cough syrup.
Mix 1 tsp. of ACV, 1tsp. of cayenne pepper and 3tsp. of raw honey in a glass of warm water. Drink it every day until your pain disappears.
- Ease gas and constipation
ACV is similar to hydrochloric acid, the acid produced by your stomach which helps the digestion process.
Just add a teaspoon of ACV in a glass of warm water or tea and drink it before a heavy meal.
- Relieve heartburn
Heartburn is usually caused by your body producing too little stomach acid. Many people advise taking a tablespoon of ACV mixed with some honey if you feel any symptoms coming on.
- Sooth sunburns
ACV is highly effective in relieving sunburn pains. Prepare a lukewarm bath and add 1-2 cups of CV in the water. Get in and soak for 10 minutes or so. It will bring your skin’s pH levels back to normal, giving you instant relief and lowering your body temperature.
- Relieve burns
Just as it can help with sunburns, ACV can help you with first degree burns as well. Apply some undiluted ACV to the affected area and it will give you an instant relief. Be advised not to apply ACV directly onto open wounds in case of second or third degree burns.
- Heal bruises
If you have a bruise ACV can help you heal faster. Warm up a cup of ACV and add a teaspoon of sea salt. Apply it on the affected area as a hot compress every day until the bruise disappears.
- Eliminate fungal infection
ACV can be effective against ringworms and athlete’s foot. Apply it directly on the infected area using a cotton pad or soak your feet in an ACV and water solution in a 1 to 5 ratio every day for 30 minutes.
- Soothe sore muscles
Mix 1tbsp. of ACV with some water and apply it topically on the painful muscles. If your entire body aches, prepare a hot bath with a cup or two of ACV and soak in it for 15-20 minutes.
- Relieve a stubborn itch
Some itches can be really stubborn and sometimes impossible to eliminate. Instead of taking the polysporin, dip a cotton swab in some ACV and apply it on the affected area. It may sting at first but you’ll notice the itch is gone in a few minutes.
- Combat insulin sensitivity
ACV can help you control your blood sugar levels and glucose metabolism. Dilute a teaspoon of ACV in a glass of warm water before and after meals to get your diabetes under control.
- Clear sinuses
It can help you with your sinuses as well. One tablespoon of ACV in a glass of warm water can help you break up mucus and breathe easier.
- Circulates lymph
Half a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of lemon infused water can help you improve your blood and lymph circulation.
- Boost energy
If you want a quick morning boost add just a bit in your morning tea.
- Heal an upset stomach
ACV is the best universal remedy for any type of nausea and stomach pains. Mix 2 teaspoons of ACV, 1 tablespoon of grated ginger and one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to get a paste. Add it to a glass of sparkling water and just mix in some honey for a better taste.
- Relieve exercise fatigue
Mix 1tbsp. of ACV in a cup of water after strenuous workout to alkalize your system and fight lactic acid. It’s also rich in amino acids which help repair and rebuild muscles and fight exhaustion.
- Heal yeast infection
Yeast infections are pretty common, especially in women after antibiotics treatments. But luckily for you ACV can help you in this situation. Prepare yourself a warm bath and add one and a half cup of ACV in it. Soak for 20 minutes.
- Allergy medicine
We already mentioned that ACV can help clear congestion and ease a sore throat, which means tht it can be used against allergy symptoms. Just drink a glass of water with 1 tablespoon each of ACV and raw honey and your allergies will soon disappear.
- Cramp relief
If you suffer from regular cramps just rub some ACV onto the affected area to ease the pain and their intensity.
- Boost weight loss
ACV is rich in acetic acid and fibers which can help you feel full for longer. Add half a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water before you eat to reduce the food intake.
- Liver detox
For an effective liver detox add 1-2 tsp. of AV in a glass of hot water and drink it on an empty stomach.
- Fight candida
Candida is the most common reason for fungal infections in humans. According to the CDC, there are over 20 species of Candida yeasts that target humans. ACV can be applied topically to areas affected by the fungus, although it should be diluted if used on sensitive skin.
- Relieve gout
We already mentioned that ACV is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent which is why it’s very effective against uric acid crystallization and prevent gout. Just dissolve 2-3 tbsp. in a glass of water, 2-3 times a day. To avoid damaging to your tooth enamel, quickly rinse out your month after taking it or drink it through a stainless steel straw.
ACV can help you balance the pH levels in your skin if your skin is too oily or prone to acne. Apply some ACV to a cotton pad, diluted in water (1 part ACV 2-3 parts water) and apply it on the affected area. Wash it off only if your skin is too sensitive to avoid irritation, otherwise leave it on.
- Teeth whitener
ACV can whiten your teeth just don’t apply it undiluted; it may damage your enamel. Mix a few tablespoons in a glass of water and rinse your mouth. Rinse again with water.
- Dandruff treatment
Irritated skin or a fungal infection can be the root cause of dandruff, which is why ACV can help you in such a situation. It’s a powerful antifungal agent and will restore your skin’s pH levels, reducing dandruff significantly.
Wash your hair like you normally do and then spray it with a combination of equal parts vinegar and water. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse. Apply conditioner and you’re done. Use it once a week, even as a precaution.
- Breath deodorizer
Bad breath is usually a result of by bacteria overgrowth in your mouth. To eliminate it, mix 1 tablespoon ACV in a cup of water and gargle for 10 seconds. Rinse with water.
- After shave
ACV can prevent ingrown hair and soothe your skin after shaving. Just mix 1 tablespoon of ACV with a tablespoon of water and apply directly to your face. Don’t rinse it off.
- Detox bath
Epsom salt and ACV can make up an excellent relaxing and restorative bath. Add 1 cup of the salt and 1 cup of ACV to your bath and enjoy. For an all-around spa experience add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil, or a ¼ cup of baking soda for a deeper detox.
- Hair conditioner
ACV makes a great natural conditioner. It’ll make your hair shiny and smooth, and remove tangled tips. Mix 1 tablespoon of ACV with a cup of water and a few drops of orange essential oil. Apply it on your entire hair after shampooing and leave it in for 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and don’t apply conditioner afterwards.
- Facial toner
Mix 1 tsp. of ACV and 1tsp. of water and apply it on a cotton pad. Clean your face after you’ve washed it from any dirt residues. If your skin is sensitive maybe you’ll need to mix and match until you get the right ration ACV to water, but after a few tries you’ll get the right amount. Let it dry and soak into your skin and apply some coconut oil afterwards. It should be gentle and effective enough to use every day.
- All-purpose cleaner
ACV is an excellent disinfectant for your entire home. Mix equal part of ACV and warm water into a spray bottle and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to make your home smelling fresh and clean!
It’s more effective than most chemical cleaners against food-borne pathogens like E.coli.
- Odor remover
ACV stops odors by eliminating the bacteria or fungi that causes them in the first place. You just need to mix equal parts of water and vinegar (1/2 cup each) and spray around the house. Don’t worry about the acidic smell, it will disappear after a few hours, leaving behind a nice, clean smell.
- Flea repellent (pets)
If you have a pet which spends more time outside than inside you’ve probably had your fair share of flea problems and you’ve tried everything to no success. Commercial flea repellents can make you pet’s skin irritated and dry, but ACV doesn’t have those side-effects. Apply it topically and spray your pet’s bed, the fleas will soon be eliminated.
- Eliminate stains and smells
If you have badly stained clothes ACV can come to your rescue. Add ½ a cup to your wash load along your regular detergent and admire the results.
- Stop pets from chewing
Almost all animals can’t stand the smell of ACV and stay away of it at all costs. If you want to protect your furniture and electrical cords apply some ACV on it once a week and your pets will stay clear of the forbidden objects. You can also clean pee spots to stop your pet from peeing there again.
ACV is an excellent flytrap. Just pour a small amount of ACV in a small bowl, add a few drops of dish soap and place it next to your fruit bowl.
- Dish detergent
Mix 1 or 2 tablespoons of ACV in your dish detergent to cut grease and prevent streaks on glassware.
- Condiment enhancer
ACV is an excellent addition to different types of sauces and marinades, giving them a deeper and more balanced flavor. It can be added to soups, baked goods and smoothies, but it goes especially well with salads.
- Veggie wash
Vinegar can help you remove any pesticides or harmful chemicals from fruits and veggies. Just mix equal parts of water and ACV and spray it on your fruits or veggies. Rinse with water.
- Neutralize spices
If you’ve gone overboard with cayenne pepper or another spice ACV can help you balance the taste. Add a teaspoon at a time until you’re satisfied with the results.