Handy uses for apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been an essential part of every kitchen cupboard and home medicine chest for generations. Here are some handy uses for this natural vinegar.


  • Extend the life of fresh cut flowers by adding two tablespoons cider vinegar and one teaspoon sugar to each litre of water.
  • To remove lint from clothes add half a cup cider vinegar to rinse cycle.
  • Remove perspiration stains from clothes by applying one part cider vinegar to four parts water then rinse.
  • Adding two tablespoons cider vinegar to water when boiling eggs can prevent the egg from cracking.
  • Clean and disinfect wooden cutting boards by wiping with full strength cider vinegar.
  • Rinse glasses and dishes in water and cider vinegar to remove spots and film.
  • Clean windows with cider vinegar and water.
  • Remove stains from stainless steel and chrome with a vinegar-dampened cloth.
  • Add cider vinegar to pet’s drinking water to eliminate odour and encourage shiny fur.
  • To clean woodwork, painted walls and Venetian blinds, mix one cup of ammonia, half a cup of cider vinegar and 4.5 litres of warm water. Wipe with a sponge, then rinse. 
  • Place a cup of apple cider vinegar inside the refrigerator for two days to deodorise and freshen.
  • To clean gold jewellery, submerge in apple cider vinegar for 15 minutes, then dry with a soft cloth.
  • To stop peeled potatoes discolouring, add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a bowl of water and submerge potatoes. A teaspoon added to a saucepan will keep boiled potatoes white.
  • For mild sunburn, rub skin lightly with a cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar.
  • A traditional treatment for arthritis is one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, one teaspoon of gelatine and a half a teaspoon of honey mixed in a glass of water.
  • A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey mixed in water and sipped slowly is a traditional remedy for morning sickness.
  • Added to virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar makes a delicious sharp salad dressing, which can reduce the glycaemic index (GI) of a meal as well as improving digestion.
  • When taken with a meal, cider vinegar helps keep blood sugar and insulin levels lower after the meal. Cider vinegar increases satiety ­– your level of fullness. So sipping some cider vinegar mixed with water will even help to stop you having that second serving!
  • To counter stomach acid drink two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water after a particularly fatty meal, or when you wake up in the middle of the night feeling nauseous.

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