If the only time you reach for apple cider vinegar is when you’re whipping up a tasty vinaigrette, you’re missing out. Apple cider vinegar has loads of uses beyond the salad bowl. Known as ACV among aficionados, apple cider vinegar is basically apple cider that’s fermented. The fermentation process results in a vinegar packed with probiotics and enzymes. You’ll often hear people speak of using ACV with “the mother,” which refers to a murky, globular substance found in the bottom of organic, unfiltered ACV. The mother contains beneficial bacteria and strands of proteins and enzymes—all good stuff for your body.
Apple Cider Vinegar Weed Killer
Eliminate weeds with a DIY blend of ½ gallon apple cider vinegar, ¼ cup salt and 1 teaspoon dish soap. This type of weed killer doesn’t kill plant roots—just any leaf it touches. Apply to young seedlings for best killing results. Use care not to let spray drift onto plants you want, because this brew kills plants indiscriminately.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Fevers
Reduce body temperature by wiping skin down with apple cider vinegar diluted in water (adjust the ratio as needed up to 50 percent water and ACV). Apply the water-ACV blend to arms, legs and torso to bring down fevers fast. ACV also helps cool sunburns. Apply ACV with a cool cloth to red skin, or fill a lukewarm bath with 1 cup ACV and ¼ cup coconut oil for a cooling soak.
Apple Cider Vinegar Skin Toner
Apple cider vinegar brings natural healing to skin cells, helping to prevent break-outs and reduce acne scarring (thanks to its anti-inflammatory qualities). It has antibacterial properties that help eliminate acne-causing bacteria. For a simple toner, steep fresh curly parsley in boiling water for roughly 10 minutes (parsley helps boost collagen production). Mix one-quarter to one-half cup of cooled, drained parsley water with ½ teaspoon unpasteurized ACV and up to 20 drops of tea tree oil (antifungal, antiviral). Store in a cool, dry place for daily use. Stash in the fridge for long-term storage (several weeks). Apply with a cotton ball, or use a spray bottle to spritz on skin.
Mix equal parts unpasteurized ACV and water in a clean spray bottle. Use this mixture to cut through grease, clean up grime and wipe out bacteria. The smell disappears as the vinegar evaporates. This cleaner is ideal for stove tops, counters, sinks and laundry room surfaces. It’s great for cleaning up metal tea kettles and the plastic touch pad on microwave and stove control panels. It also makes cleaning the inside of a microwave super easy. Spritz it inside the microwave on all surfaces, heat for 25 seconds, and wipe with a paper towel.
Apples make a tasty, crunchy addition to salads of mixed greens. They blend beautifully with a basic spinach salad, like this one that includes red cabbage, carrot, chickpeas, cheddar cheese and pistachios. Another yummy salad blend is apple, chopped kale, quinoa and walnut. Choose any apple variety to top salads. To prep apples, chop them, coat with a little lemon juice (to prevent browning) and add to salads. Whip up an apple-y dressing using apple cider vinegar. Blend it with Dijon mustard, seasoning and honey for a tasty sweet and sour bite.
Give classic cabbage slaw a sweet twist by swapping out some of the cabbage for thinly sliced apples. A mix of red and green apples cut into matchstick-size pieces creates a colorful dish. Add green and red cabbage, roasted pistachio nuts and shredded carrots to complete the pretty side salad. Use a traditional coleslaw dressing, or whisk together an apple cider vinaigrette. Remember to toss apple pieces with diluted lemon juice to prevent oxidation or browning.
A cross between a cabbage plant and a turnip, rutabagas have a longer growing season than both of those (about four weeks longer) but the extra time is worth it. The flavor is sweet yet savory and milder than turnips. Try it in a root vegetable gratin, mashed with carrots or roasted with a topping of fresh parsley and apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) helps neutralize the formic acid in bee venom (that’s what causes the stinging, burning sensation). Simply soak the stung body part in ACV, or soak a cloth with ACV and place it over the sting. Repeat every 15 minutes as necessary. With honey bee stings, remember to remove the stinger before applying ACV. Grab ACV for treating all kinds of bug bites beyond bee stings, as well as poison ivy rash. ACV helps relieve swelling and reduce itching thanks to potassium it contains.