25 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

When apple cider vinegar is mentioned, many people dream of deliciously sour, handmade pickles. While it’s super useful for pickling and canning, there are tons of other uses for this amazing liquid. You can buy the ready-to-use version at any grocery store, or pick it up from your local farmer to ensure that you know exactly where it was made and what went into it.

Made from juiced apples that have been crushed in a press, the mixture is first left to sit before bacteria and yeast are introduced. The yeast starts the alcoholic fermentation process, where the sugars in the juice are turned into alcohol.

Then, in a second process that happens later, the alcohol in the liquid is turned into vinegar. Many enterprising DIYers make their own apple cider vinegar at home, using cores and scraps from various apple recipes. You can keep these scraps in the freezer as you add to the pile, which ensures that they all stay fresh until you’re ready to use them. Once you get enough scraps, mix it with water and let it sit for at least six months, until the alcohol has turned to vinegar. You should be able to smell it!

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Studies have found that ingesting apple cider vinegar has tons of health benefits, including soothing digestive issues, curing hiccups, and even assisting in weight loss. All of these uses involve either drinking apple cider vinegar, or putting it on your skin.

When ingesting apple cider vinegar, you need to make sure that you dilute it well first- either in apple juice, or in water. If you don’t, you risk burning your esophagus or injuring the enamel on your teeth, since the vinegar is so acidic. While many doctors tout drinking apple cider vinegar as the next best thing to improve your health, drinking too much has been found to put a strain on your kidneys and bones due to the increased acid levels in your bloodstream. If you want to try ingesting it, let your doctor know so they can keep an eye on your blood sugar levels.

When you buy apple cider vinegar, make sure to buy the type labelled “all-natural” and/or “unfiltered”. You can usually tell this apart from the regular kind because the all-natural version is cloudy, and often has some floating particulate matter in the bottle. This floating substance is known as the mother, and it’s a remnant of the bacteria and yeast that were added to the vinegar to turn the alcohol into vinegar. The mother is an all-natural probiotic culture, and it’s perfectly safe to drink.

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Here are a few uses for apple cider vinegar (ACV) that will come in handy in daily life.

1. Treat dandruff

Apple cider vinegar changes the pH balance of your scalp, making it harder for yeast to grow there.

2. Stir up a tasty vinaigrette

Apple cider vinegar is a key ingredient in many vinaigrettes, since it has a lighter and fruitier taste than most other vinegars.

3. Clean your countertops

ACVhas anti-bacterial properties, so mix some up with water in a spray bottle before tackling the dirtiest or smelliest areas of your home.

4. Clear your nose out

Doctors have found that apple cider vinegar contains tons of potassium, which thins out the mucus that causes stuffy noses.

5. Ward off a sore throat

Next time you’re feeling a tickle, gargle with some ACV and warm water- the germs lurking in your throat won’t survive in the acidic conditions, which will leave you feeling better in no time.

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