How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

By Jenna Kilpinene | Last Updated: February 27, 2017

Apple vinegar. Bottle of apple organic vinegar on wooden background. Healthy organic food.
Apple vinegar. Bottle of apple organic vinegar on wooden background. Healthy organic food.

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People have been using vinegar for ages to do all kinds of things from cooking to cleaning. One kind of vinegar that has a number of interesting uses is apple cider vinegar or ACV. This unique kind of liquid uses, you guessed it, apples to give it a different taste and appearance. Even though ACV has some similarities with normal vinegar, because it’s made with apples, it has more of an amber color. We won’t get into the specifics here, but VegKitchen.com touches more on the nitty gritty details of apple cider vinegar, so be sure to head over there for the benefits of apple cider vinegar.

Regular vinegar and apple cider vinegar do have differences, but there is some overlap as well. Therefore, it’s difficult to know which vinegar to use for what thing more specifically. In order to get the most out of your vinegar, both regular and apple, we found some interesting uses for ACV. Here’s how to reap the benefits of apple cider vinegar and use apple cider vinegar!

Salad dressing

Apple cider vinegar is a great substitute for salad dressing, especially balsamic vinaigrette. You can use just ACV or you can try a more concrete recipe. Here’s a great one for Tangy Tahini dressing to try!

Multi-purpose cleaner

Just like vinegar, apple cider vinegar is a great substitute for more traditional chemical cleaners for your home. Most recipes call for ACV, water, and some essential oils, and then you can clean almost anything you want in your house! It’s safer, less expensive, and overall just better for you. We even found a quick recipe for you to make your own!

Facial toner

If you don’t use a facial toner, you should definitely consider trying apple cider vinegar. It’s a great option because it’s natural, and it will help keep your face cleaner and make it less oily. Toner finishes the job that facial cleansers start. It helps get rid of the last layer of toxins that still exists after you wash your face. Try ACV for a great DIY toner!

Cure the hiccups

We’ve all heard of the typical hiccup cures like peanut butter and having someone scare you, but have you tried apple cider vinegar? If you take a shot of it, those annoying hiccups should go away then and there.

Wash your hair

Everyone says you should stop using shampoo to wash your hair because it’s not natural and it can cause your hair to be unnecessarily oily. A great substitute is apple cider vinegar!

Use it for cats

Cats hate the smell of apple cider vinegar, so if you need to protect your wires or various things in your house, just dab on a little bit of ACV and keep your cats away! Additionally, if your cats tend to pee on anything (likely), you can use ACV to get rid of the smell of cat urine.  

Ease sunburns and bug bites

Forget about aloe, and try apple cider vinegar the next time you get sunburned! It’s a great way to soothe your skin. It also works for itchy skin from bug bites or poison ivy.

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