Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

by Merissa on November 4, 2013

in Frugal Living Tips, Stretch It!

Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar - Little House Living


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.

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Now when I'm talking about apple cider vinegar here I'm not talking about this ---->

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<-----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 unpasturized. Similar to milk, unpasturized apple cider vinegar still retains all it's 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!

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.

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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, it can 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 on your face as a mask.

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 in a spray bottle and spray on pets. Rub 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 is a spray bottle and use for an all purpose cleaner on counter tops, 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.

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Some great recipes that include apple cider vinegar:

Here are some other good uses for apple cider vinegar from some other great bloggers:

Apple Cider Vinegar Fruit Fly Trap
Rose Petal Herbal Syrup
How to Make Vinegar Oxymels

What are your favorite uses for apple cider vinegar? Have you tried any of these? How did they work for you?

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1 Robynne E. Miller November 5, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Hi Merissa!

Love, love, LOVE your site and all your fantastic resources! This particular blog post is just awesome, too. . .I have long known about many of the virtues of vinegar, but keep finding out new and wonderful ways to use it! Aiding in getting more female goats than males?? Who knew!!

I am about to attempt to make my own apple cider vinegar, Mother and all, for the first time, too. . .now that I have a million ways I want to use it, and considering how expensive Bragg’s is, I thought I would give it a go! (looks easy, but time will tell!)

You are doing an awesome job providing great information. . .thanks for all of the time and effort you put into it! I’ll be coming back regularly!

Blessings,

Robynne

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2 patricia Jones November 9, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Apple cider vinegar w the mother will also releave cramps and charle horses, just add a cap full to a 4 oz. glass of water…

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3 Kristen Cragin November 23, 2013 at 12:17 am

I have my kids use ACV with water in place of hair conditioner. It does help with the itchy flakiness. I also use it a lot in canning pickles and pickled veggies. I tried making my own but it got moldy and I had to throw it away. Our house had a lot of mold in it though. Since then we have moved to a non-moldy house. Does anyone make their own? If so how did you do it and how did it turn out?

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4 Lynette January 9, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Can you tell me how to get rid of skin tags?
I love your site, I have tried a few things found on your site and so far I have been very satisfied with results!!

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5 Merissa January 9, 2014 at 6:54 pm

I’ve heard you are supposed to place a cotton ball soaked with apple cider vinegar (held on with a bandaid) for several hours a day and it’s supposed to make them go away :)

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6 Dominique April 8, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Hello Merissa! I love reading your blog, thank you so much for the time you dedicate to these wonderful posts. We use apple cider vinegar in our 3 shih tzu’s water (1 TBSP per gallon of water) for tear stains. It changes the acidity of their tears and makes them less staining on teary breeds like my short nosed shih tzus. It works very well and I can tell when my husband has been skimping on putting the ACV in their water :)

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7 Irene April 8, 2014 at 11:43 pm

Apple cider vinegar, lemon juice; honey.hot water ..very good for colds and sore throats….Really enjoy your page..

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8 Jennifer June 29, 2014 at 9:05 am

I just came across your website and am enjoying reading through everything. Thank you for providing all these greats recipes, the information, and the simple ideas to living.

I have another use for apple cider vinegar. My newly adopted puppy who was about a year old at the time contracted canine papiloma virus from the dog park. He had these awful warts in his mouth that were multiplying weekly. I had emailed the vet asking about them and he said they only they could do was surgically remove them if they got too bad and he could no longer eat. It was a virus so no medication would get rid of them. I started researching online and saw dozens of photos of dogs with their mouths filled with them and they couldn’t eat, drink, sometimes couldn’t breathe! It was horrifying. I was not going to let that happen to him. So I started my own little research on helping him with natural remedies. And this is what I ended up doing, a combination of things.

Firstly I found out they are very contagious and dogs under 2 years are more likely to get them because they do not have fully developed immune system yet. The other thing is that whatever they put their mouth on gets contaminate, toys, dog dishes, anything. So if you do not wash their things DAILY they will just reinfect themselves and the virus can last for months.

-Firstly you need to snap off a couple of the warts (didn’t hurt him) to increase and set off his immune system to start fighting the warts. Because his was a puppy, and under 2 his immune system wasn’t fighting them the way an adult dogs would. You will see a little bit of blood when you do this, but do not worry, that is normal and didn’t seem to bother my dog, he wasn’t in any pain. You just do this one time, not everyday. And just snap off 1 or 2 warts. Snapping off all of them is not going to make the virus go away or keep from coming back either, so don’t bother and it will just be messy and uncomfortable for your dog. Just doing a couple will set off his immune system to kick in.

- I ran his food and water dishes through the dishwasher nightly so they were clean and virus free for the start of the next day.

-I washed ALL his toys, balls, bones in hot soapy water every night and let them soak in the water for at least 30 minutes. After they air dried on the counter overnight I rubbed each one with apple cider vinegar on a dishcloth.

-I washed all his bedding and my bedding (since he sleeps with me at night) every single morning in hot water and dried on high. So we had clean bedding every day for the next night.

-I gave him 1 TB of apple cider vinegar, Braggs with the Mother like you have shown above. I gave this to him once a day in his breakfast mixed with a little water and a few pieces of meat to make it more palatable.

-I also dabbed apple cider with a cotton ball onto his warts once a day usually around midday.

-I then gave him 5 drops of pure vitamin E oil that came in a dropper bottle so I didn’t have to deal with cutting open vitamins and squeezing it on. I gave him the oil every night before bed. I would put the oil directly onto the warts and I did it at bedtime so he wouldn’t drink water afterwards and dilute it. You have check the IU amount you can give for your size dog. My dog is 34 lbs and about 100-200 IU a day is good, so that equaled 5 drops or so. You have to do some math to figure this out correctly.

Then the magic happened. In only 5 days, his warts were completely gone! I continued to wash his toys, bowls daily for a week after they were gone and also continued the vinegar and oil regime for that next week but then stopped and they never came back. That was about 8 months ago. Apple cider vinegar, Vitamin E oil, and daily disinfecting did the trick. I had told me vet how I got rid of them and she was shocked. She said she has seen cases were they are they and multiply for months. About a month after I had told her about what I did, she called me because she had another patient with the warts and wanted to recommend my remedy. I think the western vets are starting to see that medicine, surgery isn’t always necessary.

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9 Merissa June 29, 2014 at 11:28 am

Thanks for sharing all these great tips!

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10 Carrol July 10, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Put a little apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball and dab a fresh mosquito or fly bite. It immediately stops the itch.

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