You probably have Apple Cider Vinegar in your home, but do you know all of the many ways it can be used? Here are some new uses for Apple Cider Vinegar so that you can make the most out of this common household ingredient.
Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is another one of those amazing “do-it-all” items that you have hiding on your pantry shelf. What you may consider just a great addition to a salad dressing recipe, the uses for apple cider vinegar are numerous.
Although we don’t use apple cider vinegar much in our baking and cooking (I want to start using it more, especially after doing the research for this article!) I always keep a good supply on hand for various things. Since it has so many uses I know that I’m bound to need it once in a while for the random task.
Now when I’m talking about apple cider vinegar here I’m not talking about this —->
<—–I’m talking about this. Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with “The Mother”.
What exactly is “The Mother” and why is it and raw, unfiltered ACV important?
Raw means that the vinegar is unpasteurized. Similar to milk, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar still retains all its original healthy properties. The Mother is the enzymes with which the vinegar is made. When The Mother was first discovered in around 400 BC it was found that it was naturally antiseptic, antibacterial, and could help fight germs and bacteria. It’s chock full of dozens of vitamins and trace minerals that all provide health benefits. That’s pretty powerful for something that floats in the bottle and just looks dirty! Regular apple cider vinegar has been filtered to remove The Mother and consequently the properties that come along with that.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way 🙂 we can talk about all those excellent uses for apple cider vinegar!
–Learn How to Make Homemade Vinegar
Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar Around the Homestead
- Feed it to your chickens to maintain a healthy flock. Mix a small amount into your chickens’ water to feed it to them. Around 2 tablespoons to 1 gallon of water. (Make sure it’s in a plastic container to prevent erosion.)
- Place apple cider vinegar in goat’s water during breeding time to produce more females than males. (source)
- Spray on weeds in the driveway to kill them. (See more ideas: Homemade Weed Killer)
- Remove the skunk odor from a pet. Wash with full-strength apple cider vinegar and rinse with water until the smell is gone.
- You can add up to a 1/4 cup daily to your horses’ feed to help increase their coat shine and decrease flies. It can also be used as a natural detangler on their mane.
Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar in Health and Beauty
- Use it as a rinse after you shampoo. Not only will it improve your hair health and help it shine, but it can also help remove any dry, flakiness from your scalp.
- Create a mixture of 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons water and use to dab on your face as a toner before you go to bed and before you put a moisturizer on your face.
- Use it as natural sunburn relief.
- Use it to remove warts. Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and wrap it around the wart with a bandage or first aid tape.
- Use it to whiten your teeth. Soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and rub on teeth. Rinse your mouth out with water after you are finished.
- Add some apple cider vinegar in a warm tub of water to give yourself a detox foot bath.
- Make Homemade Aftershave Lotion.
- Instead of mixing clay with water, mix it with apple cider vinegar and place it on your face as a mask.
- Use Apple Cider Vinegar to make a Vinegar Oxymels or a Rose Petal Herbal Syrup
Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar Around the Home
- Keep the fleas off your dog by mixing one part apple cider vinegar to one part water. Place it in a spray bottle and spray on pets. Rub the spray into their fur every day until the fleas are gone.
- Make a simple cleaner by mixing together 1 part apple cider vinegar and 2 parts water. Combine in a spray bottle and use for an all-purpose cleaner on countertops, bathroom surfaces, windows, and more.
- Use it to wash your produce.
- Use it to make your produce last longer.
- Use it as a disinfectant for your cutting boards.
- Use Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda as a drain cleaner.
- Make a fruit fly trap by placing apple cider vinegar in a container, covering with plastic wrap and poking holes in the top with a toothpick. The fruit flys are attracted to the vinegar but can’t get back out of the holes.
Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar in Cooking
- Use it to make a Buttermilk substitute with regular milk.
- Make a delicious and Simple Salad Dressing with ACV and just a few other staple ingredients.
- Add ACV to your marinades to help tenderize your meat.
- Adding vinegar to your homemade bone Broth to help extract the minerals and create a more nutritious broth.
Here are some great recipes that include Apple Cider Vinegar:
- Simple Salad Dressing
- Pickled Green Beans
- Salsa Recipe for Canning
- Apple Butter
- Pioneer Lemonade
- Cucumber Relish Recipe
- Homemade Mayonnaise
- Homemade Dorthy Lynch Dressing
- Zucchini Relish
- Crockpot Baked Beans
- Homemade Worcestershire Sauce Recipe from Scratch
Looking for more uncommon uses for products around your home? Here are a few to check out:
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What are your favorite uses for apple cider vinegar?
Have you tried any of these? How did they work for you?
This post on the Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar was originally published on Little House Living in November 2013. It has been updated as of November 2019.