Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

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First of all, as I talk about apple cider vinegar, I’m talking about raw, unfiltered, organic, unpasteurized vinegar. Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is what I’ve found to be the most widely used product and is what I experimented with.

Apple cider vinegar is completely natural, made from apple juice and fermented to hard apple cider. It’s then fermented again to apple cider vinegar. The main ingredient is acetic acid, along with vitamins, mineral salts and amino acids. When purchasing apple cider vinegar, shake the bottle. You should see the strand-like sediment floating at the bottom, which is called “the mother”, and contains raw enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria that promotes healing.


These were the easiest for me to research and try myself.

  • As a hair rinse – Mix 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 1 cup cold water. Pour through hair after shampooing and rinse. Use this a couple of times a week for added body and shine to your hair. I have been using this for the past couple of weeks and I actually saw the benefits. The smell dissipates pretty quickly, even though I actually like the scent. You can make up a larger mixture and keep in a squeeze bottle next to the shower.

  • As a facial toner – Apple cider vinegar helps regulate the ph of your skin. Mix 2 parts water with 1 part water in a container. Shake before each use. Apply with a cotton ball at night and in the morning before moisturizing. This works with all skin types, regulating the ph and can actually help tighten and plump the skin. After just a week’s use, I could see a reduction (just a bit but I could see it and I only used it for a week when I wrote this) in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles!

  • Blemishes – Apple cider vinegar can help dry and heal blemishes. Apply apple cider vinegar to acne spots with a cotton ball and leave on overnight. Or apply several times a day to the blemish. I had a pimple starting on my chin and instead of treating it with acne medicine, I used the apple cider vinegar. It dried it up before it ever actually became a pimple.

  • Fade age/sun spots – Over the counter and prescription creams that fade age and sun spots are expensive and I haven’t had much luck with most of the products I’ve tried. But I haven’t tried any of the prescription creams. I have been applying apple cider vinegar to one particularly noticeable age spot (I dab a little extra on that spot) and after 1 week, have noticed a slight fading. I’m definitely going to continue using this, at least for the next month so see if it continues to fade. It’s natural and inexpensive so why not?

  • As a deodorant – I personally know a woman who has used apple cider vinegar as a deodorant for years and she swears by it. It naturally absorbs and neutralizes odors. Simply dab on underarms with a cotton ball. I did notice this didn’t keep me “dry” on a couple of really hot days as I worked in the yard but it did keep me from being “stinky” and even with my usual antiperspirant/deodorant, on really hot days, I still sweat.

  • For sunburn – Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath and soak for 10 minutes to relieve sunburn. You can also dab it on with a cotton ball for immediate relief. This too worked quite well for me.

  • Dandruff/greasy build-up and itchy scalp – Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and apply to your head. Rinse well. I don’t have dandruff or greasy build-up but I have been suffering from an itchy scalp and as I used this as a rinse, I found that not only did it make my hair shinier, it did relieve the itch.

  • As an aftershave – Mix equal parts water and apple cider vinegar and shake well before applying to the face. Now since I don’t shave my face, I didn’t actually try this. And because I use olive oil when I shave my legs, I don’t have problems with any rashes or irritations from shaving.

  • Soothe achy feet and hands – This worked for me. My feet taking a beating when I’m gardening because of the way I sit/stoop and by simply rubbing it into my feet at night, I could tell a difference. Again, the smell dissipates pretty quickly.


  • Toilets – Pour apple cider vinegar into your toilet bowl and let sit overnight. It naturally cleans and deodorizes. I tried this and it pretty much got rid of all the stains in the toilet but for the most part, when I’m cleaning, I want immediate results! If you can remember to do this at night, it does work.

  • All-purpose cleaner – Mix 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water in a spray bottle. Always shake first before using. You can use this on the microwave, kitchen surfaces, windows, glass and mirrors, and floors. Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties and absorbs odors so it’s easy to see why this would work. I experimented on the microwave, kitchen floor and windows. It worked great on the glass but my pictures just weren’t that great with the way the sun was hitting and I couldn’t get pics without my shadow in them! With the microwave, I sprayed it on our gunk-covered inside door, waited a minute and it all simply wiped off! I also had great results on our kitchen floor. On really tough stains, you can increase the apple cider vinegar to 1 cup with the 1 cup water. I used the 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar solution in testing. (I could say I purposely let certain areas of the house get dirty just so I can experiment with cleaners but I’ll be honest and just say, our dirt and grime comes naturally with four cats and lots of cooking!)

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