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22 Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar To Improve Your Health

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Last Updated on March 19, 2021 by Lori Geurin

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a well-known home remedy that’s been around for centuries. It’s great for your hair and skin and has gained popularity in recent years for its ability to help boost weight loss and regulate blood sugar. Keep reading to get 22 apple cider vinegar uses for your health.

This versatile vinegar is affordable and has many benefits. Some people even call it miraculous. This common kitchen staple is antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. It’s also easy to find in most grocery stores. And, most importantly, it’s all-natural.

When you’re shopping for ACV, be sure to look for one that is raw, unfiltered, and organic, such as Bragg’s ACV. Also, make sure it includes the mother – a colony of healthy bacteria, enzymes, and protein that looks kind of like a cobweb.

(But don’t let that scare you because it’s worth it be a little freaked out by the strange-looking ACV mother.)

Keep reading to learn about all the ways you can use ACV to improve your health and life.

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22 Apple Cider Vinegar Uses For Health

1. Soothes A Sore Throat

For throat pain, you can make an elixir by mixing 1 teaspoon ACV with 2 to 3 teaspoons of clover honey. Then simply swallow this comforting mixture.

Or, you can mix 1/4 cup ACV with 1/4 cup water and gargle.

2. Defeats Dandruff

Mix equal parts of water and ACV in a spray bottle. After shampooing, spray the mixture on your scalp to get rid of dandruff. Do this 2 to 3 times per week to keep dandruff or dry scalp away.

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An apple cider vinegar rinse makes hair super shiny.

3. Cleansing Hair Rinse

ACV helps remove product build-up and unveil gorgeous, shiny hair. My mom taught me this trick as a girl, and it really works!

First, make a rinse with 1/3 cup ACV and 4 cups of water. Then after washing your hair, apply the rinse. Leave it on for a few seconds, then rinse it out.

And, voila! You have super shiny, squeaky clean hair!

4. Deodorant

Dab a bit of ACV under your arms to kill odor-causing bacteria. And don’t worry about the strong vinegar scent because it fades when it dries.

5. Calms Bruises

Apply ACV to bruises to relieve swelling and discoloration faster.

6. Cuts Foot Odor

Wipe smelly feet with ACV to kill odor-causing bacteria, which cause stinky feet. Dilute it with water first, especially if you have sensitive skin.

7. Fabulous Facial Toner

Mix 1 part ACV with 3 to 4 parts water. Apply with a cotton ball after washing your face. This can help eliminate and prevent acne by killing bacteria.

Just don’t overdo because it could dry your skin out if you use too much or do it too often. You might try a small area first, especially if you have sensitive skin.

8. Wipes Out Warts

Soak a cotton ball in ACV. Apply a bandage to hold the cotton in place. Wear it overnight and remove it in the morning. Apply this nightly until the wart disappears. Voila!

Related: 8 Proven Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

9. Sensational Sunburn Relief

There are several ways ACV can help your skin and sunburn relief is one of the best!

You can soothe a sunburn by gently applying ACV with a cool compress to the affected area. Or, add 1 or 2 cups of ACV to your bathwater. (And the next time you’re in the sun, you might want to try using coconut oil as a low SPF sunscreen.)

You can learn more about coconut oil in 81 Uses For Coconut Oil.

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10. Eliminates Acid Reflux

To relieve digestive problems, drink 1 tablespoon ACV in a large glass of water, tea, or juice daily. If the taste is too tart, simply add a drop of liquid Stevia or clover honey.

(For more about drinking ACV, check out the video in number 19 below.)

Despite what you may have heard, acid reflux is caused by having too little acid in your stomach. With this in mind, drinking ACV can help raise the acid level and reduce the symptoms of acid reflux.

11. Whitens Teeth

This one should be done with caution only, or you could risk damaging your tooth enamel. To eliminate stains and whiten your teeth simply rub ACV directly on your teeth. Then brush your teeth with your favorite toothpaste and rinse with water.

Likewise, you can swish a dilution of ACV and water, then rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.

But please note, because ACV is highly acidic it’s best to only do this occasionally. If you do it too often, the ACV can eat away at the enamel of your teeth.

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ACV is a great addition to a variety of dishes, dressings, soups and salads.

12. Enhances Cooking

Because of its many health benefits, ACV is a great addition to tangy marinades, sauces, soups, meats, and salad dressings. Just keep in mind that a little goes a long way.

One of my favorite ways to include ACV in my diet, especially in the summer, is by making a cucumber salad:

  1. First, chop a cucumber and an onion.
  2. Then, mix equal parts ACV and olive oil.
  3. Finally, add Himalayan pink salt, pepper, and a few drops of Stevia (optional) to taste.

This dish is best chilled in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Related: Stevia Health Benefits, Safety And Inside Information

13. Wicked Weed Killer

According to The Dirt Doctor, this recipe is effective at killing weeds in your garden:

Herbicide Formula:

  • 1 gallon of 10% vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid soap or other surfactants such as Bio Wash
  • Add molasses at 1 tablespoon per gallon to the vinegar formula.
  • 1 ounce of orange oil or d-limonene
  • Do not add water.


Just be sure to only apply the solution to vegetation you want to get rid of. It will damage whatever it comes into contact with!

14. Germ-Killing Cleaner

Mix equal parts ACV and water and use it to clean almost any surface in your house. The vinegar smell goes away after the solution dries.

15. Neutralizes Odors

Put some ACV in a small bowl close to the offending odor. This works just as well as Febreze at neutralizing odors without the cost and chemicals.

Win-win.

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16. Beats Bad Breath

To eliminate bad breath simply mix equal parts of ACV and water. Then swish the solution and spit it out in the sink.

The ACV works to kill the bacteria that cause bad breath. Brilliant!

17. Fantastic Fruit And Veggie Wash

ACV is great at removing bacteria and harmful pesticides from your fresh fruits and vegetables. Briefly soak your produce in a solution of 10 percent ACV to 90 percent water. Then rinse.

This solution is not intended for use with berries because the ACV can soak into their delicate skin.

18. Diabetes Prevention

Drink a tablespoon of ACV in a large glass of water before bed to lower your blood sugar. Always make sure you dilute it before drinking!

Related: 6 Natural Ways To Prevent Diabetes

19. Weight Loss Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

Because of its many health benefits, drinking a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water each day can be good for you. Plus, it cleanses and removes toxins from the body and can even help you lose weight.

Below is my favorite recipe for apple cider vinegar drink.

Dr. Berg recommends diluting ACV with water and adding a teaspoon of lemon juice and 2 ounces of pure cranberry juice.

You can also add a couple of drops of whole leaf Stevia to sweeten it up a bit if it’s too tart for you. This drink is so delicious that I crave it. You can watch Dr. Berg’s video on how to make your own ACV weight loss drink below.

20. Cures Congestion

Apple cider vinegar helps break up and rid the body of mucus to relieve congestion symptoms.

21. Enhances Baking

Using a bit of ACV in baked good recipes makes them light and fluffy. Here are some yummy baking recipes with apple cider vinegar.

22. Improves pH

(Updated: Since I first wrote this post, I’ve learned that using apple cider vinegar to lower your pH is a myth. You can learn about how to restore the pH balance in your body here.)

Many health conditions and diseases thrive in an acidic environment. These include:

  • cavities
  • cancer
  • allergies
  • acne
  • weight gain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • joint pain
  • lactic acid buildup
  • immune deficiency
  • chronic fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • heart problems
  • free radical damage
  • osteoporosis


Drinking diluted ACV daily makes your body’s pH balance more alkaline. Being in this alkaline state is essential to good health and can prevent disease.

Summary – 22 Apple Cider Vinegar Uses For Health

I hope you enjoyed this article about the many uses of ACV and learned some new ways you can include it in your everyday life. Apple cider vinegar can be used to improve your hair and skin and makes a wonderful, all-natural cleaner.

I love it because it’s healthy, easy to use, and cost-effective so I always keep it stocked in my pantry and you may too.

How do you use ACV for better health? Share your apple cider vinegar uses and benefits below.

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22 Apple Cider Vinegar Uses For Health

You may enjoy watching the short video below for more ways you can use apple cider vinegar to improve your health and life.

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36 thoughts on “22 Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar To Improve Your Health”

  1. Thanks for sharing ACV Benefits. I’m going to make cucumber salad with ACV and himalayan salt. I have been using Himalayan salt in my cooking from saltean.I’m really impressed with your article. keep it up 🙂

  2. I had no idea that you could use ACV on half these things. I have used it for cooking and had heard about the hair rinse back when I was a swimmer. I have some in my cabinet so maybe I’ll get it out more.

    1. It’s great as a hair rinse, isn’t it?!

      The smell is definitely strong. 🙂 Some people mix it into a drink (other than water) to dilute the strong taste. I love it in spicy tomato juice but throw it back in water too. It’s a personal preference.

  3. Now I knew apple cider was definitely a GREAT home remedy for some things, but this list is great. I can see myself using it for so many of these things. Definitely sharing the diabetic solution with my husband, who has Type 1 Diabetes, and have issues with his blood sugar at nights. Thank you very much for sharing.

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  4. I used to make an ACV drink every night. The taste got a little getting used to but it did help with my digestion. I love how ACV can be used for so many things. It’s nature’s little miracle.

    1. “Nature’s little miracle” it is! Others have told me how much it helps them with digestion issues when they drink it before bed too. So glad you’ve noticed this benefit too, Cindy.

  5. Kaity | With Kids and Coffee

    I love using Apple Cider Vinegar in our house! It’s seriously one of the best fruit and veggie washes out there.

  6. I heard of detox, hair rinse and veggie cleaning but a lot of these are new to me and didn’t know there were so many uses.

  7. A few of these are surprising and didn’t know this product had so many uses! That’s pretty cool! Good for our bodies, cooking and cleaning!

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