Home & Garden Home 18 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar That Will Surprise You By Katherine Martinko Senior Writer University of Toronto Katherine Martinko is a writer and expert in sustainable living. She holds a degree in English Literature and History from the University of Toronto. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Katherine Martinko Updated May 13, 2021 Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Share Twitter Pinterest Email Home Natural Cleaning Pest Control DIY Family Green Living Thrift & Minimalism Sustainable Eating Apple cider vinegar is an amazingly versatile ingredient. From cleaning and disinfecting to cooking and beautifying, it seems there are few household problems that apple cider vinegar can’t help solve. Ever since I discovered its countless uses, the big jug that used to sit mostly abandoned in my pantry now sees daily action, its usefulness extended beyond the occasional salad dressing. Check out the following list and, soon, you too will find yourself incorporating apple cider vinegar (ACV) into your life! 1. Natural toner Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Apple cider vinegar is a great natural (and cheap!) toner for your skin, since it neutralizes pH and leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft. If the smell is too strong, dilute 50/50 with water and wipe over your face. 2. Hair conditioner Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Use ACV to condition your hair. This is necessary after a baking soda wash to neutralize the overly basic soda, but it can add extra conditioning even after using regular shampoo. It will also make your hair shiny. 3. Tub time Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Add a cup of ACV to the bathtub for a relaxing soak. It can calm itchy skin and relieve sunburn. 4. Soothing aftershave Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Apple cider vinegar can be a natural soothing aftershave. Dilute 50/50 with water, shake well, and apply to face. 5. Tummy calmer Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Aid digestion, gas, and bloating by drinking 1 tbsp ACV mixed into a cup of water before meals. ACV contains pectin, which calms intestinal spasms, and it can fight bacteria that cause diarrhea. 6. Fungus fighter Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Get rid of toe fungus and warts by applying undiluted apple cider vinegar. For warts, you can tape on an ACV-soaked cotton ball and leave overnight for as long as it takes. 7. Halt hiccups Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Stop hiccups with a spoonful of pure ACV. The idea is it over-stimulates the nerves in the throat that are responsible for spasms. 8. Soothe a sore throat Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Cure your sore throat by gargling with a 50/50 mix of water and ACV. It will kill off germs that can’t survive in an acidic environment. 9. Nasal cleanser Clear your nasal passages by adding 1 tsp ACV to a glass of water. The acetic acid kills off bacteria, and the potassium in ACV thins the mucus. 10. Bye bye, dandruff Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Eliminate dandruff by spraying a 50/50 mix of water and ACV onto your scalp. Let it soak for 15 minutes, then rinse out. The smell will disappear once your hair dries. 11. Reduce swelling Treehugger / Sanja Kostic ACV can reduce swelling when massaged into swollen parts of the body. 12. Energy boost Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Boost your energy by adding a tablespoon of ACV to a glass of water. It contains potassium and enzymes that can help prevent a sense of exhaustion. 13. Stop stinky breath Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Get rid of bad breath by gargling with water and ACV for 10 minutes. 14. DIY facial Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Use ACV to make a homemade facial mask. Mix with bentonite clay and honey, apply to skin, and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing off. 15. Lighten liver spots Treat liver spots on your skin with undiluted ACV. Dab it on, leave overnight, then rinse off. 16. Neutralize B.O. ACV is a natural deodorant. Apply to your armpits and it will neutralize odours. 17. Chemical-free cleaning Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Use ACV to clean your house. Mix with water in a spray bottle and wipe off with a clean cloth. 18. Acne fighter Treehugger / Sanja Kostic Treat acne by applying a 1:4 ratio of ACV and water to the face. Severe acne can be treated with undiluted ACV.