Apple cider vinegar: weight loss booster, all-purpose cleaner, stomach soother. A popular kitchen staple, apple cider vinegar (ACV) dates back to ancient times: it’s said to have been used by Hippocrates himself. And while times have changed a lot since then, ACV is still a versatile, well-known item in many homes.
There are tons of ways to incorporate ACV into your daily routine, as you’ll see below and in the comments from Facebook fans (near the end of the post). One of the most popular ways to add ACV to your diet, specifically, is by making a tea or other drink. For example, check out this recipe for homemade Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar Ginger Spice Drink or look below for the perfect drink recipe for new users of apple cider vinegar.
Check out all of the awesome and creative ways to add the benefits of apple cider vinegar to your life, and let us know if you have any other creative uses!
Top 15 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar:
1 Use ACV in place of balsamic vinegar in salad dressing. (See below for an awesome salad dressing recipe!)
2 Add to your morning smoothie, but be careful—it has a pretty strong taste, so add a little to begin.
3 Use it as a facial toner. Mix one part ACV to 3-4 parts water. Apply to skin with a cotton pad, let it sit for about 10 minutes, then rinse. Repeat three times a day.
4 DIY Apple Cider Vinegar All-Purpose Cleaner: 1 part water, 1 part ACV, 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix in a spray bottle.
5 Stomach Soother —Try a "digestion mocktail" with 2 teaspoons ACV, 1 tablespoon each of fresh ginger water and fresh lemon juice, 8 ounces of sparking honey and raw honey to taste. Pour over ice and enjoy! (Ginger is also known for its stomach-soothing properties. Learn more about ginger uses and benefits.)
6Stop cats from biting cords around the house—rub a bit on a cotton ball and onto the cord every 4-5 days.
7 Use ACV in your bath. Add ½- 1 cup to your bath water along with Epsom salts and lavender essential oil for a relaxing and detoxifying bath.
8 I like using apple cider vinegar to get rid of hiccups—the sour taste of a straight teaspoon can stop hiccups.
9 Make a fruit fly trap—Put a thin layer of ACV in a cup with a drop of dish soap. Set it out on the counter and the fruit flies will (hopefully) fly in and get stuck.
10 Get rid of cat urine smell—add it to the laundry when you wash the clothing, blanket, etc.
11 Get rid of bad breath—add ½ tablespoon to a cup of water, and gargle for 10 seconds at a time until the cup is empty.
12 Use apple cider vinegar for a healthy throat. Mix 1/4 cup ACV with 1/4 cup of warm water and gargle every hour.
13 Beat exercise exhaustion—lactic acid buildup in the body causes fatigue, while the amino acids in ACV act as an antidote. Add a tablespoon to a glass of water after a workout.
14Create shiny, untangled hair by adding 1/3 cup ACV to 4 cups of water and pour over your hair after shampooing. Leave on for a few seconds and rinse with cold water.
15 Use it as a teeth whitener by gargling with it every morning. The vinegar helps remove stains and clean the mouth and gums.
15 More Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar...
When we asked our Facebook fans how they like to use apple cider vinegar, we got tons of comments! Many of them were about drinking it in the morning with a glass of water. Our fans simply loved all the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. Highlights of the top uses include:
16I love to make "buttermilk" by souring my rice milk to make yummy stuff like Cornbread or biscuits (Gluten Free and Dairy Free). ~ Amy O.H.
17Mixed with sparking water; very refreshing and good for the liver ~ Louise F.
18I have a multitude of uses for this product... it seems to enhance the taste of the water, encouraging me to drink more. I sprinkle it over my foods, to get rid of the chicken smell of chicken and enhance the flavors of other foods. I use the regular distilled vinegar as a toner, it is a little less expensive. ~ Carol Z.
19I use it to rinse my dreads. It works great to clean your scalp and remove build up ~ Alysha C.
20I take mine twice a day with distilled water, honey and cayenne pepper. I use it my salad dressings. I use it for a hair rinse and a facial toner. ~ Robin B.
21Marinate my steak with it. ~ Rick B.
22This makes my home made tomato juice really tangy every morning! YUM ~ Kay B.
23I use it with my cucumbers and onions (with some mayo)...makes a great cucumber salad! ~ Audra P.
24In water with a packet of stevia each day and a T to a cup of chamomile tea water as a rinse for my hair following a rinse of 1 T baking soda to 1 cup of water. No need of shampoo... ~ Jaime L.
25I use it in my smoothies.... ~ Jo Ann G.
26I LOVE this stuff!! I put a capful into my raw rice before cooking and its nice and fluffy. No vinegar taste!! ~ Jody W.
27To stop hiccups.... One capful usually works ~ Carroll S.
28Anywhere it calls for vinegar ~ Patricia F.
29It is a great hair detangler, facial toner, internal cleanser, fruit and veggie wash, salad spritz.....I love this stuff! ~ Mandy E.
30I use with baking soda as a facial scrub and then ACV for toner. ~ Beverly D.
The Best Apple Cider Vinegar to Buy
We recommend buying an organic ACV that is raw, unprocessed, unfiltered, unpasteurized and contains "the mother." Here are our two top recommended apple cider vinegar products.
These products are nearly identical and get our seal of approval for meeting our quality criteria listed above. Here is a comparison chart.
|Swanson Organic ACV||Bragg's Organic ACV|
What Is "the Mother”?
It’s a natural complex of friendly bacteria, proteins, enzymes and fiber. It gives the vinegar a cloudy appearance, but that’s good—filtered, refined versions of apple cider vinegar that don’t contain the mother aren’t as beneficial.
Our 5 Favorite ACV Uses
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Apple Cider Vinegar Recipes
Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Recipe
Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a product with a wide range of health benefits... but there are only a select few who can handle drinking it straight. Being an acidic product with no sweeteners, it can be very hard for anyone’s palate to handle, but there are recipes and home-made solutions that people make to help either mask the flavor or to work with the flavor to make a drink that is more appealing to the taste buds. The problem is that no two palates are the same, so which apple cider vinegar recipe concoction will taste the best is difficult to say with any certainty.
Some like to mix it with other acidic juices like orange juice or other flavors that are similarly acidic, while some just drink a shot of the ACV and follow it with something to mask the taste, like bread. It often takes some trial and error to see what works best for your palate, but there are some good drink recipes that tend to be popular with a variety of people that you can try starting with:
- 1 to 2 tablespoons ACV in 8 oz glass purified water...stop there or:
- Add 1-2 tsps organic honey
- Add a few drops of liquid stevia
- Add 1-2 tsps of organic maple syrup
- You can also add 1-2 tablespoons of ACV to your favorite juiced veggies/fruits and smoothie recipes
Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing Recipe
I found this awesome recipe for Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Vinaigrette Dressing, and decided to give it a try. Really, any combination of these ingredients would make a great salad, so feel free to adjust the recipe to your taste!
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Cheese of your choice
- Combine vinegar, water, honey, salt and pepper in a blender.
- Drizzle olive oil into blender until combined.
- Combine dressing & toppings; serve.
Which of the Apple Cider Vinegar Uses above were the most surprising to you? What are your favorite Apple Cider Vinegar benefits? How do you Use Apple Cider Vinegar?This post was last updated on November 4, 2016. It was originally published on April 24, 2014.