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10 Tips for Using Apple Cider Vinegar

10 Tips for Using Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is my favorite new DIY household product. Just as baking soda has a huge range of uses from personal self-care to household cleaning, apple cider vinegar can do pretty much anything–for your skin, your hair, your house, and even your pets.

I learned about apple cider vinegar when I was researching ways to get rid of the fleas that had unfortunately begun cropping up in my apartment from my roommates’ two cats. Apple cider vinegar, apparently, when rubbed on the pet and added to the pet’s water, can greatly help repel the fleas from the animal.

Why should we all start using more apple cider vinegar? First of all, apple cider vinegar is a completely natural product: apple juice is fermented to hard apple cider, which is fermented a second time to apple cider vinegar. In integrating this natural product into our homes, we instantly decrease the consumption of unnatural chemicals in our daily lives.

Here are many other benefits of apple cider vinegar that can be applied to your lifestyle. Read the list below.


Hair: It is widely known that apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing to add healthy body and shine. Recycle an old shampoo bottle and fill it with 1/2 a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour through your hair after shampooing several times a week.

Face: Did you know that apple cider vinegar can help regulate the pH of your skin? Dilute apple cider vinegar with two parts water, and spread the concoction over your face with a cotton ball as a toner. You can do this at night after washing, and in the morning before you apply your moisturizer. You can also dab apple cider vinegar directly onto age spots and leave them on overnight to lighten their color.

Hands and Feet: Are your hands and feet feeling tired and swollen after a long day? Treat yourself to a personal spa massage by rubbing apple cider vinegar onto them.

Sunburn: Suffering from a bad sunburn? Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath and soak for 10 minutes.

Teeth: Did you know that apple cider vinegar can help remove stains from teeth? Rub teeth directly with apple cider vinegar and rinse out.

Aftershave: Fill a bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water and shake to blend.


Weight-Loss: For daily weight and pH balance maintenance, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 oz of water. Sip this concoction throughout the day.

Detox: Add 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a 1 or 2 liter filtered water bottle. Drink this throughout the day to cleanse your body and kidneys all day long.


Cleaning: Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. You can use this concoction to clean microwaves, bathroom tiles, kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses and mirrors. This mixture also works as a disinfectant.

Flea Reduction: Rub apple cider vinegar onto your pet’s skin. Add a little bit of apple cider vinegar to their water. Spray apple cider vinegar, diluted 50 percent with water, onto your pets and onto your furniture to repel the presence of fleas.

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12:21AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

8:56AM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

I hear that apple cyder vinegar helps to de-acidify your body in the inside. Anyone know if this is true?

6:39AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Great versatile product to add to my natural cleaning products like plain soap and baking soda.

12:00PM PDT on Mar 23, 2014

Interesting, definately will try it on the flea problem with my cats nothing else seems to work, it is driving me crazy.

6:44PM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

One thing to be careful of when adding Apple Cider Vinegar to your pet's water and/or applying it to their coat is that they will tend to develop diarrhea if too much is given at any one time. Start as low as possible, and build up.

7:28PM PST on Mar 6, 2014


12:58AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Thanks for the info good stuff.

12:49AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

7:03AM PST on Dec 18, 2013


10:13PM PST on Nov 21, 2013

Just wondering how often can you apply acv and water spray on cats with fleas?? How many times a day?? Thank you

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