Apple cider vinegar, the amazing magical elixir. What can’t it do?

Natural mamas like us use apple cider vinegar for just about everything, from the expected (salad dressing) to the… surprising (cleaning the Mooncup). It’s like the Swiss Army knife of a real food kitchen.

But just how versatile is apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is something the mamas in my community talk about all the time. In fact, I give it a name check in part 2 of our Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say series.

But just how many uses are there for apple cider vinegar? To find out, I asked our community on Facebook how they use ACV. The result? 492 comments.


Ready to dive in? Want to see if your suggestion made the cut? Start scrollin’, mama.

Note that some of this user-generated content involve natural remedies. Of course, the information on this page is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

101 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar Skincare

Apple Cider Vinegar for Skincare

1. Eczema remedy

I dab ACV on my little one’s eczema. – Amber Nicole Snowder

2. Skin toner

I use equal parts water and ACV for a skin toner. – Vanessa Orlick

3. Natural astringent for acne

Mix 1 part water 1 part cider vinegar dip cotton ball apply to face until dry then rinse. -Sheena Struelens

4. Facial mask

I’m about to mix it with some green clay. -Aria Phillips

5. Mole remover

Dip a piece of cotton (I use a small piece if a cotton pad) in ACV, ring out a bit then place it on your wart, skin tag or mole, then place a bandaid over it. I like to leave it on over night. -Tanae Potter

6. Wart remover

Soak a cotton ball in ACV, place over wart and cover with medical tape. Repeat daily till the nasty thing vanishes. -Laura Ann Nixon Endsley

7. Facial wash

Simply mix 1 part ACV and 2 parts water and rub on your face.  Add some raw honey to the mixture if your skin is dry. Then rinse with warm water. -Lindsey Thomason

8. Make up remover

Mix 1 part ACV and 2 parts water. Dab a cotton ball with the mixture and swipe on makeup to remove. -Dimple Yadav

9. Soften skin

We even soak in it for our skin is so soft afterwards. -Brooke Wright

10. Sunburn

Soak washcloth and place on sunburn. Takes the sting out and reduces the redness. -Megan Brugge-Yardley

11. Healing all sorts of skin issues

-Tiffany Lang

12. Skin tags

Dip a piece of cotton (I use a small piece if a cotton pad) in ACV, ring out a bit then place it on your skin tag then place a bandaid over it. I like to leave it on over night. -Tanae Potter

101 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar cleaning

Apple Cider Vinegar for Cleaning

13. Fabric Softener

I use 1 cup of ACV. -Coral Davison-Ray

14. Cleaner

Cleaning: Spray on surfaces, or pour on scrubby…add baking soda, scrub away. Pour down garbage disposal w/baking soda and a lemon. Let sit for a few minutes, then turn on the water and the disposal. – Sarah Buttell

15. Rinsing agent in washing machine

Add one cup of ACV to the rinse cycle. -Ceci Richardson

16. Cleaning the mooncup

Wash your menstrual cup in a 50/50 ACV and water mixture with some gentle soap. -Elísa Arnarsdóttir

17. Keep ants away

Ants avoid that stuff like its poison, just pour. -Teresa Munoz

18. Fruitfly trap / fly trap / gnat

In a bowl with plastic wrap on top tightly. Poke holes with tooth pick to catch flies. -Jennifer Duncan

19. Cleans humidifier

Remove the filter and rinse with water. Then add ACV to the tank of the humidifier and let sit for 30 minutes, swishing around occasionally. Rinse and dry. -Lacey R. Foster

20. Drain cleaner

Acv and baking soda to clear a clogged drain. -Deanna Moody-Linzmeier

21. Whiten laundry

I also put 1/4 cup in with my white laundry and baking soda to brighten it up. -Raquel Arteaga de Dicuru

22. Jewelry cleaner

Mix 1/2 cup ACV and 2 tbsp. baking soda and let silver jewelry sit in the mixture for a few hours. Rinse with clean water and dry and shine with a soft cloth. -Danielle Fantis

23. Weed killer

Just pour ACV on the weeds! -Bethany Holt

24. Cleaning menstrual sponges

Wash your menstrual sponge in a 50/50 ACV and water mixture with some gentle soap. -Elyse Fox

25. For cloth diapers

Add 1/2 cup to the first rinse of a load of cloth diapers. -Emily Blakey

101 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar pets

Apple Cider Vinegar for Pets

26. Keep away cats

The cats aren’t fans, so we use it to keep them away from places they shouldn’t be! – Kate Parlee McCullough

27. Flea spray

Spray a 50/50 mixtures of ACV and water on your pet before they go outside.

28. Ward off parasites

I put a capful in my dogs water bowl. – Karen Lopez-Walker

29. Conjunctivitis of dogs

Mix 1 part ACV and 2 parts water. Dab a cloth in the mixture and apply BELOW the eyes. reapply every few hours. -Anny Chen

30. Ear mites in cats and dogs

50/50 acv and water rinse 2 times a day for 2 weeks. works like magic, and no trip to the vet! -Sarah Norton

31. Homemade dog shampoo

Mix 1 part ACV, 1 part water, and 1 part baby shampoo (not Castile soap). -Sandra Mason

32. Chicken immune system booster

Put 1 tbsp per gallon to boosts my chickens immune system. -Nichole Leah Bowen

101 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar wellness

Apple Cider Vinegar for Wellness

33. Helps slow the breakdown of carbohydrates

Also add 1tbls to each serving of pasta. -Coral Davison-Ray

34. Arthritis

I drink 2 tsp in 8 oz of water to help relieve my arthritis symptoms. -Kelly Cockrell Young

35. For weight loss

I love drinking a tablespoon in a glass of water! It quenches your thirst so much better than just water. -Cara Igoe

36. Help blood glucose levels

I drink it in water all day. -Titus Alexis

37. Prevent mastitis

Drink it in water on a daily basis. -Brooke Carlson

38. Regulate PCOS symptoms

I drink about a tbsp in 8 oz of water before meals. -Janet Adkins

39. PMS Symptoms/cramps

Helps with PMS symptoms, mostly cramps. -Caitlyn Tracy

Add a teaspoon of ACV to a cup of water 3 times a day.

40. Lowers cholesterol

Add a teaspoon of ACV to a cup of water 3 times a day. -Bree Petty

41. PH balance

Can help regulate your body’s pH which can ward off disease. Consume 1 teaspoon mixed in a cup of water daily. -Shanxon Lemasters

42. Immune system building / booster tea

Warm water, ACV, cinnamon & honey. Tastes like hot apple cider. -Aimee Villella McBride

43. Tea/tonic/drinks

Drink 2 tbs. of ACV, 1 tbs. of raw local honey, 1 tsp. of cinnamon, and half a lemon to 1 cup of water. -Julia Olson

44. Energy drink

A teaspoon to a tablespoon of ACV in 8 ounces of water. With a tablespoon or so of raw honey, a splash of lemon juice, and a dash of ground ginger. Mix it all up and drink before every meal. -Amanda Hamilton

101 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar beauty

Apple Cider Vinegar for Beauty

45. For dry scalp / dandruff treatment

Add ACV to your shampoo before washing.

46. Hair rinse / hair wash / hair soak

I usually do about a cap full of it into a water bottle along with filling the bottle up to half with warm water and leaving it in my hair for a few minutes then rinse out. -Rhianna Marie

47. Cellulite cleanser

ACV helps break down fat in cells. Add a teaspoon of ACV to a cup of water every day. -Kinga Fronczak- Loforte

48. Gargle

Use a 50/50 ACV and water mixture to gargle with. -Kinga Fronczak- Loforte

49. Hair conditioner / detangler / hair spray

I dilute it with water and use it as conditioner. -Jennifer Kemp

50. Teeth whitener

Brush your teeth with ACV before you brush with regular toothpaste. -Rachel Goakes

51. Grow in balding spots of hair / helps fix alopacea

Add a teaspoon of ACV to a cup of water every day. -Kayleigh Hunt

52. Soften hair

Use a 50/50 mix of ACV and water as a hair rinse. -Lacey Macdonald Noran

53. Bath soak / detox bath

I use it in the bath as a detoxifying soak along with epsom salts and coconut oil, really helps with skin issues. -Natalie Grace

54. Set hair dye.

Dilute with water and rinse after dying, rinsing and conditioning. -Carin Najjar

101 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar natural remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar for Natural Remedies

55. Heartburn / fighting pregnancy induced heartburn

I mix a tablespoon of acv with a glass of freshly pressed apple juice and drink. -Danielle Jacqueline Whaley

56. For sore throats, coughs, lost voices

Hot water, 2 tbsps cider vinegar, 2 tbsps honey. -Casey-Jane Rand

57. Indigestion / upset stomach

I throw a tablespoon of ACV into my water every day to give it some flavor. -Michele Bath Kus

58. Fungus-like ring worm / kill toenail fungus

Soak feet every day in it. -Kylene Ward Alvich

59. Kill candida

Ingest a tablespoon mixed with water daily to rid body of candida overgrowth. -Laura Joseph Meehan

60. Dermatitis

Use it on contact dermatitis. -Denise Passero

61. Aches and pains (especially joint pain)

Consume 1 teaspoon mixed in a cup of water daily. -Amy Gray Quinn

62. Plantar wart removal

Soak for 10 mins each night before bed until gone. -Breanna Williams

63. Morning sickness

I put a teaspoon or so in a glass of water with a little stevia. It neutralizes the acid in the stomach! -Allisyn Krause

64. Acid reflux/GERD

I add one tablespoon to a glass of water and drink for immediate relief of acid reflux pain. -Jodi Jones

65. Cold / sick / fever remedy

Mixed in with honey, lemon, cinnamon, (sometimes garlic) for a cold remedy. -Sheila Virginia Miller Rice

66. Diaper rashes

Put it in the bath for diaper rashes. -Sheila Popovich

67. Clear sinuses

Boil it with water and inhale to clear sinuses. -Jillian Nichole Pardo

68. Foot soak / for athlete’s foot/ foot scrub

1 part ACV to 4 parts water. -Danvier Wille

69. UTI’s.

In a bath for UTI’s. Add a cup or two of ACV to your bath. -Rachel Goakes

70. Strep B tests

Consume 1 teaspoon mixed in a cup of water daily. -Rachel Goakes

71. Thrush

Water and ACV mixture swabbed onto my nipples after breastfeeding during a thrush in babies situation. -Jera Sue Dean

72. Stop a gallbladder attack

A tablespoon before every meal keeps me from having gallbladder attacks. -Cassandra Deardorff Stapp

1 T acv + 1 cup apple juice = stops gallbladder attacks. -Ria Barnett

1/4 C for gallbladder attacks. -Julie O’Connor

I would drink a mix of half ACV and half water or better, apple juice. -Kelly Jones Brown

73. Deodorant

I splash a little on my underarms before I use my homemade deodorant. Otherwise, the baking soda in it makes me itch. The acv balances out the pH. – Suzy Provine

74. Nausea / vomiting / diarrhea

Equal parts ACV and raw honey..enough water to drink it down. -Amanda Jurosco

75. Muscle cramps

A shot helps with muscle cramps. -Tomeka Scheuerman

76. Bursitis

My doctor has me drink two tablespoons in warm water to treat my bursitis. -Sarah Hiatt

77. Natural antihistamine

Consume 1 teaspoon mixed in a cup of water daily. -Bonnie Woods Alford

78. Cures molloscum

Either taken internally or place on warts with cotton ball and bandaid for an hour. -Alex Guise

79. Fever blister remedy

I put it straight on a few times a day. -Brendi Shepard Edge

80. Yeast infection

Mix in douche bottle 1/4 bragg’s raw ACV with 3/4 lukewarm water. 2x per day for 3 days. -Brittany F.

Pour one cup into a bath. -Audrey McCabe

81. Cradle cap

Apply to a baby’s head to kill the bacteria that causes cradle cap. -Tara Eippert

82. Soak new clothes in it to set color

-Tasha Wiebusch

83. Shrink my fibroid

Consume 1-2 teaspoon mixed in a cup of water daily. -Sinead Byrne

84. Earache

Few drops in the ear for an earache. -Melissa Andrews

85. Cellulitis

Consume 1-2 teaspoon mixed in a cup of water daily. -Jodi Jones

86. For respiratory problems

It is wonderful for respiratory problems (cold, asthma, bronchitis, allergy, etc) used in a humidifier 4:1 with distilled water. -Glennia J Chitwood

101 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar food and cooking

Food & cooking

87. In bone broth

Add 2 tablespoons to your homemade bone broth. – Doreen Conrad-Busque

88. For washing fruits and veggies/wash produce

I also have it in a spray bottle diluted with water for cleaning, especially veggies. -Glennia J Chitwood

89. Make buttermilk

Add 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of milk.  Allow to sit at room temperature until the milk thickens. – Titus Alexis

90. Salad dressing

With EVOO, lime and pinch of salt as a my every day salad dressing. -Maria Cabrera-Duran

91. Pickle bologna

-Dave N Kathy Stangl

92. Soaking grains

Add 1-2 tbsp to your soaking grains. -Amanda Jurosco

93. Cooking

-Veronica Perrine

94. Vinaigrette

-Lindsay Fowler

95. Homemade mayonaise

-Rachael Johnson

96. Buttermilk pancakes

Add to milk to make “buttermilk” pancakes. -Christina Fossa

Add 1 T ACV to dairy free milk (soy, almond, etc) and let sit to curdle. Makes vegan/dairy free “buttermilk” for baking! -Jennifer Finnegan

97. Baking

Add ACV and baking soda to get baked goods to rise better. -Janelle Pavey

98. Roast

I add it to my roast so it’s juicy. -Elizabeth Michelle Weaver

99. Chutney

Add some ACV while cooking Chutney to soften the fruit.

100. Hard boiled eggs

Add some ACV to the water when boiling eggs to help avoid broken shells.

101. Marinade

Use ACV in your marinade recipe to help tenderize the meat and add a richer flavor.

Did we cover every use for apple cider vinegar? I think not!

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