30 Uses Of Apple Cider Vinegar You Need To Know About
When I was a young girl, one of my abiding memories from childhood was my grandmother treating everything with apple cider vinegar.
It always seemed that, whenever anything went wrong, my grandmother would whip out her trusty bottle of apple cider vinegar and save the day. She called it her “magic potion” and convinced me that if she didn’t keep a bottle stocked all the time, things would go very wrong indeed.
As children, we can be either very trusting or very sceptical. And it wasn’t long before I decided that my grandmother was crazy.
“It’s an old wives tales,” I told her as I get a bit older. “Apple cider vinegar doesn’t really work, grandma.”
But as I’ve gotten even older, I now know how very right she was.
Apple cider vinegar, which is made from apples (obviously, I know!), has been used over the centuries for many many things. People have used it to kill weeds, make pickles, polish their armour, dress salads, and even clean coffee makers.
Sounds amazing, right? A substance that can polish armour and dress a salad!!
Its potency and versatility is largely down to its high content of minerals and vitamins, including calcium, potassium, copper, magnesium, vitamins A, B1, E and C. It’s also acidic, and helps your body to get the most out of the nutrients you consume.
If you’re wondering what things apple cider vinegar can do for you, here are 30:
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Control Your Blood Sugar Levels
You might be thinking “but my body already produces insulin, which regulates the amount of sugar in my blood. It’s got me covered. Why do I need any further help?”
Because insulin can’t do it all alone all the time. As recent times have shown us, too many of us are putting the wrong foods into our body which is leading to insulin resistance.
Apple cider vinegar can boost insulin sensitivity, and anyone who happens to already have insulin resistance is advise to take a drop of apple cider vinegar each time you eat a meal. All you need to do is mix a single tsp of the stuff with a glass of water.
I recommend that you drink this up to 3 times each day, as it will help to better regulate your blood sugar levels.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Whiten Your Teeth
There are many reasons for off-white (or even yellow) teeth, and it’s down to your lifestyle choices. For example, coffee drinkers are more likely to have stained teeth, as are wine drinkers. There isn’t really anything to be embarrassed about, but just in case you are embarrassed, apple cider vinegar can save the day.
Using apple cider vinegar to whiten your teeth is a much cheaper alternative to the dentist. It kills the bacteria that is hanging around in your mouth, and removes stains.
All you need to do is drop a pinch of apple cider vinegar into your cup each morning before gargling just before you brush your teeth.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Be Mixed With Sparkling Water
I’ve done this a few times, and if you love sparkling water too, you should definitely try it. Mixing apple cider vinegar with sparkling water is not only good for your liver, but it’s also very refreshing.
It also tastes quite nice (remarkably).
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Rinse Dreadlocks
If you have dreadlocks and are finding it difficult to rinse them quickly and effectively, apple cider vinegar could be just what you need.
It really penetrates your scalp, and can remove even the most stubborn of build-up.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Treat Sunburn
You know how it goes. The summer is here and the sun is out. It’s Saturday and you’re gonna hit the beach.
And no one is gonna stop you.
But despite covering yourself in sun screen, you still wake up on the sand with burning skin. Gosh darn it!
Should we be made to pay for wanting a bit of sunshine after such a long, miserable winter? It just doesn’t seem fair!
Fortunately, if the sun decides it’s going to kill your mood, you can treat sunburn effectively using apple cider vinegar. All you need to do is soak a facial cloth in the stuff before applying it to any affected area.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Treat Constipation
Constipation can be a bit of an embarrassing problem, especially when everyone in your house knows that you’re heading upstairs to “have a try”.
Fortunately, there are remedies that can ease your shame – and apple cider vinegar is easily one of the most potent.
It’s also one of the most simplest to take, and thanks to its water-soluble fibre content, it fires up your bowels in no time at all.
All you need to do is drop a pair of tbsp of the stuff into a glass of water three times a day – and drink it.
If you dislike the taste, you could add some fruit juice, such as grape or apple juice.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Cure Bad Breath
Although bad breath is certainly not going to kill you, it does make like hellish if you can’t get rid of it. It knocks your self-esteem, and can stop you from going out. After all, it’s really embarrassing when you know someone can smell your bad breath.
To eliminate a bout of halitosis, add half a tbsp of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water before gargling.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Remedy A Sore Throat
You can also treat a sore throat in the same way as the method above. Just be careful not to swallow, as it doesn’t taste all that fab!!
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Treat Acne
Acne is a skin condition that can be terribly debilitating. If you’re not careful, it could end up covering your entire face.
But even just a few spots here and there can be enough to wreak havoc with your self esteem, as anyone who has suffered with acne will tell you.
And even when it does decide to finally pack up its bags and leave, you’re still left with scars that seem to linger forever.
And it’s really these scars that apple cider vinegar can help you with. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, apple cider vinegar is able to reuse inflammation, stop infection, and thereby prevent any more outbreaks.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Relieve Itchy Skin, Too
Itchy skin is a nightmare. Dab ACV over the affected areas for instant relief.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Aid Weight Loss
Losing weight is hard work. I know, I’ve been there. Finding the motivation is hard, while actually sticking to all these new diet plans and workout regimes is even harder. Is it even worth the effort?
It’s always worth the effort. Moreover, it doesn’t actually have to be all that difficult.
There are many simple weight loss hacks that help you to shed the pounds quicker, and regularly consuming raw apple cider vinegar is one of them. It might sound nasty – but it’s hugely effective.
Studies have indeed shown that overweight people who consume acetic acid (which is found in apple cider vinegar) show a much bigger decrease in body weight than overweight people who do not.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Lower Blood Cholesterol
The whole world now seems to be so obsessed with blood sugar that we’ve forgotten all about blood cholesterol. But blood cholesterol is bad, and can cause diabetes and heart disease.
Apple cider vinegar has been proven to boost your blood’s profile. How? It does this be lowering the amount of bad cholesterol in your system while boosting the amount of good cholesterol.
In this way, it is able to ward off a number of debilitating diseases, including diabetes.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Marinate Your Steak
If you’re fond of a good steak but are tired of marinating in the same way all the time, try apple cider vinegar as an alternative!
Your friends might think you’re crazy, but it tastes divine.
It’s probably best that you don’t request it at a restaurant.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Trap Flies
I’m a vegetarian who can’t even bring herself to harm a fly. If a spider ever enters my house, I’m like “take it! I’ll pop out for a few hours!”
But if you don’t mind trapping pesky flies in a fly trap so that they don’t land on your food or just generally annoy you by buzzing around your house as you try to work, you should put a layer of apple cider vinegar on a bar of soap and lay it out on your counter.
It will attract the flies who will invariably get stuck.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Lighten Dark Skin Spots
Dark skin spots, which are otherwise known as age or sun spots, aren’t really all that attractive to look at, are they? They’re pretty hideous, and many of us will do all that we can to get rid of them before we have to leave the house.
And if we can’t get rid of them, we lie to all our friends that we’re locked indoors and can’t see them for like a week.
To eliminate dark skin spots, take a cotton ball and dab it in apple cider vinegar, before applying it to your sun spots. Then, leave over night.
Apple Cider Vinegar Is Good For Your Hair
Hair troubles are the worst. Your friend might convince you that her relationship woes are worse – but, No. Seriously, hair troubles are always the worst. Whether our hair is thinning or falling out in great clunks, it’s a nightmare that can scare us to death.
A solution of water and apple cider vinegar can be your saviour if you’ve got hair that is unhealthy and lacking its usual shine and lustre right now. It makes for a fab conditioner, nourishing and replenishing your mane.
Apple cider vinegar also targets fungus that leads to dandruff, and it levels out your pH levels.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Stop Hiccups
Hiccups are bad news. We’ve surely all had the persistent hiccups that just don’t seem to want to go away, and which you think you will have forever (surely this can’t just be me?).
There are many home remedies for treating hiccups, but not all of them are effective. My grandma always brought out her trusty bottle of apple cider vinegar whenever my brother had the hiccups and although I didn’t like to admit it at the time, ACV actually did work.
Apple Cider Vinegar Warms Your Muscles
We all could do with a massage every now and then. I know I certainly could! And did you know getting someone to massage you with apple cider vinegar is very effective?
This is because it contains acetic acid, which is known to soothe and warm up your aching muscles. It can even provide relief from back pain.
To penetrate your muscles and give yourself a break from the pain, mix together apple cider vinegar with some water, before rubbing onto any affected area (you could get your partner to do this for you, as it will be much more effective).
Warn him about any cuts and cracks you might have, though, as it can be painful!
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Fend Off Infection
Infections are bad news, but did you know that some people are more vulnerable to infection than others?
If you find that you’re getting way more infections than your friends, you might just think you’re terribly unlucky and that there is nothing you can do about it. But, actually, you’re not unlucky and, yes, there are things you can do to reverse the situation.
Apple cider vinegar comes with anti-septic properties, which means that it can battle fungal and bacterial infections – and win. For example, it can be used to treat bladder infections, ear infections and even candidiasis.
Ear infections are common. To treat it, rinse your ear with a pinch of apple cider vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Protect Your Wires From Your Cats
I LOVE cats. Although I don’t have any cats myself (I’m not allowed any in my apartment, drat), my friend has two that I love to play with.
The thing with cats, though, is that they’re all really mischievous. When they see something worth playing with, they don’t hesitate.
And they love to play with our wires and cords!
If you have wires lying around that your cat keeps biting into, such as a phone charger lead, you should try dabbing a pinch of apple cider vinegar on it. The smell alone will repel the cat!
Apple Cider Vinegar Eliminate The Smell Of Cat Urine
Also, if you do have cats, you know what it’s like when your cats urinate.
Again and again and again.
Eventually, it starts to smell real bad. And although you’re pretty good at clearing it up, someone always pops round to your house unexpectedly when you haven’t cleared it up.
And he’s usually a really cute guy. Gosh darn it!
Well, if your cat’s blanket stinks of urine, all you need to do is add apple cider vinegar to it before you put it in the washing machine.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Be Used As A Deodorant
If you need to smell nice for a meeting, a date or whatever, you might want to swap your usual deodorant for apple cider vinegar.
The problem with deodorants bought from cosmetic stores is that, although they make us smell great, they are laced with potentially harmful chemicals and toxins.
Apple cider vinegar is a more natural way of smelling nicer.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Rejuvenate Your Skin
Your skin is your largest organ. It’s also your most visible one. If something goes wrong with it, other people are probably gonna notice. This can affect your self-esteem.
Glowing, healthy skin is what we all long for. If yours isn’t looking at its best right now and needs a bit of a rejuvenation, there are many methods you can try. Applying apple cider vinegar is just one method – but a very good one.
Apple cider vinegar can treat all kinds of skin issues, including wrinkles and blemishes. All you need to do is take a cotton pad before soaking it in apple cider vinegar. Then, apply it to any affected areas.
You can also use the vinegar as an effective toner. To do so, you just need to mix together a glass of water with half a cup of the vinegar, before applying to your face. If you do this regularly, you will restore your skin’s pH balance, and ward off future skin infections.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Treat Bruises
It’s not that bruises are necessarily painful – it’s more that they look unsightly.
If you’ve got a pretty big bruise that you’d like to heal quicker, dabbing a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and applying to your bruise always works. It speeds up the healing process, quickly reducing your bruise’s size.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Tackle Leg Cramps
If you suffer from night time leg cramps, you’ll know just how painful they can be. Help is at hand, though, and it comes in the form of good old apple cider vinegar.
Whenever your legs seize up in pain in the middle of the night, simple drop a pinch of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water before drinking. The effects are almost instant, and after just a few minutes your aches and pains should have soothed.
For a bit more taste, add honey.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Be Added To Your Soups
As well as adding a bit of a flavoursome kick, apple cider vinegar will also create a bit of colour to your home-made soups.
Be careful not to overdo it, though!
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Cure Smelly Feet
If someone in your house has smelly feet (let’s face it, it’s probably your partner), you can treat them with a dose of apple cider vinegar.
All you need to do is get them to soak their feet in a bowl of ACV mixed with water for instant relief for the whole house!
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Treat Coughs And Colds
I always used to say that I didn’t mind a cough or a cold because at least I knew what it was. The worst thing for me is being sick and having to wait for a diagnosis.
However, after some rather nasty coughs and colds, I now admit that there are no positives whatsoever.
My grandmother would always treat our coughs and colds when my sister and I were children with apple cider vinegar – and now I know why. It’s a potent remedy that always works.
All you need to do is mix together a single tsp of apple cider vinegar with warm water and a pinch of honey before drinking.
For it to be even more effective, add ginger.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Kill Weeds
Got weeds in your garden that you can’t seem to get rid of? Instead of using weedkiller, try mixing a gallon of ACV with a quarter cup of salt and dash of dish soap. Then, lace the weeds with it. It will attack the roots and kill!
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Be Added To Your Smoothie
I always start my day off with a delicious smoothie, and although I don’t add apple cider vinegar each time, I know that when I do add it, it’s going to bring me some awesome benefits.
The only thing you’ve got to be wary of is putting too much vinegar in your smoothie. It has a very strong taste that can be overpowering, so just add a dash.
Use It For Anything You’d Use Vinegar For!
Apple cider vinegar is vinegar after all. So the next time you get your bottle of vinegar out, stop for a second and use ACV instead.
And, yes, it can be added to your fish and chips!
Do you know other benefits and uses of apple cider vinegar?