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The Many Apple Cider Vinegar Uses

Apple cider vinegar has so many uses, it’s like liquid gold — but much less expensive! Learn more about health, body, and household uses here!

The Many Apple Cider Vinegar Uses

Ready for a miracle liquid that can do it all? One that is surprisingly, ridiculously inexpensive? Then you need to check out apple cider vinegar. Much like other household staples — baking soda, for example — cider vinegar has a ton of uses for health, beauty, cleaning, and much more. Let’s dive in!

1. Apple cider vinegar benefits for your health

There is some research that shows cider vinegar could have some potent benefits for your health! In some studies, researchers have discovered that if you take apple cider vinegar after a high-carb meal, it can help improve your insulin sensitivity, which lowers your blood sugar. Other studies have found that it can help with weight loss. 

Since doing shots of cider vinegar doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun, what’s the best way to drink it? Scroll down!

2. Mix your own apple cider vinegar drink

It’s perfect when you want something hot, but aren’t feeling coffee or tea — plus you can get the health benefits above. Just add 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar to 12 ounces of hot water. You can flavor it with a teaspoon of cinnamon, a tablespoon of honey, and two tablespoons of lemon juice.

Pro-tip: You can use this remedy not only as a relaxing (and healthful) beverage, but also to soothe a sore throat.

And if you’re not a fan of cider vinegar drinks to get the health benefits? Try apple cider vinegar gummies, instead!

3. Make DIY fly traps

Ever brought home fruit or forgotten to take out the trash and ended up with a small swarm of fruit flies? It happens — and apple cider vinegar can fix the problem fast. Make a fly trap by filling a small bowl or container with about an inch of cider vinegar, then mix in a couple of drops of dish soap. The cider vinegar’s fruity scent will attract the flies — and the dish soap reduces surface tension so they get trapped in it.

4. Cider vinegar as a household cleaner

It kills mold, and it’s acidic enough to dissolve a mild scale buildup or to kill bacteria. You can use ACV for everything from cleaning your shower to your dishes, sinks, bathrooms, or a smelly garbage disposal.

  • Pour the vinegar into drains or the disposal to freshen them up.
  • Mix ¼ cup ACV to one pint of water for a cleaning solution to clean windows, counters, and more.
  • Spray it on grout lines in the shower to kill mold and mildew.
  • Mix with baking soda to make a scrubbing paste to polish grimy sinks, faucets, silverware, or other items that need a good polish.

5. Your next holy grail beauty product

This article has a recipe for an awesome ACV toner that you can add to your skincare routine. And if you’re a fan of Aztec Secret clay (or other types of clay) for masks, cider vinegar is typically the recommended mixer to make a paste since its acidity neutralizes the clay’s alkalinity — which prevents it from burning your skin.

You can also use it as a purifying hair rinse that adds shine and removes product buildup — or as a dandruff treatment. To create a hair rinse, mix 50/50 ACV and water, pour it on your hair, and rinse it out after a few minutes. Massage a 50/50 ACV and water mixture into your scalp to treat dandruff.

Save on apple cider vinegar and other pantry staples!

What are your favorite pantry staples to have on hand? If apple cider vinegar isn’t among them, it should be! There are lots more ways to use it than those we’ve listed here. Next time you’re out shopping, be sure to pick some up — but before you shop, don’t forget to check your weekly Save mailer for savings and deals on those must-have staples you need.