9 Unexpected Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Updated: Jan. 05, 2022

You've heard that apple cider vinegar benefits your health—but did you know ACV can also boost your beauty routine?

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Refresh Your Hair

Looking for luscious locks? You only need a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and some water to make this natural hair cleanser. It’ll remove all that built-up product clogging your follicles while improving hair breakage and balancing the pH level of your scalp.

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Soothe Itchy Skin

While the benefits of a daily shot of apple cider vinegar are highly debated, there’s no denying that vinegar’s antiseptic properties can help soothe itchy skin (especially for people living with psoriasis). Drinking diluted apple cider vinegar—1 tablespoon diluted in 8-ounces of water—can promote smoother, healthier skin.

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Soften Your Skin

If drinking vinegar isn’t your thing, take a bath in it instead. Just add eight ounces of apple cider vinegar to a warm bath to help balance your skin’s pH while killing any bacteria or fungus on your skin. You’ll emerge with softer, smoother skin.

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Refresh Your Mouth

Talk about unexpected apple cider vinegar benefits—you can create a DIY toothpaste! Make a paste by mixing apple cider vinegar and baking soda. It’ll brighten your teeth while killing the bacteria that cause bad breath.

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Neutralize Bug Bites

Dabbing undiluted apple cider vinegar directly onto a bug bite works wonders. The acids help neutralize the itch while the pH balancing affects speed up healing. Instant relief without any chemicals!

For more natural remedies, check out the amazing benefits of honey.

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Say Goodbye to Foot Fungus

Foot fungus isn’t exactly an exciting topic, but its existence is uncomfortable. Treat fungal conditions like athlete’s foot by soaking your feet in 1 cup of apple cider vinegar diluted in 4 cups of warm water. This bath also works wonders for deodorizing stinky feet, too.

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Zap Body Odor

The same antiseptic power that kills foot fungus can also zap your body odor. Create DIY deodorant wipes by dunking a cosmetic pad into undiluted apple cider vinegar. You’ll smell like pickles for five minutes, but the odor goes away as soon as the vinegar dries.

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Fight Acne

Using apple cider vinegar as a natural skin toner is a great way to prevent breakouts. The acid is antibacterial and removes oil while the vinegar’s pH balancing properties calm your skin. Simply dab a cotton ball with the vinegar and gently rub it over your face before going to bed.

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Defend Against Sore Throats

There are a hundred natural remedies for soothing sore throats—like this incredible hot toddy recipe—but combining apple cider vinegar with honey, cayenne pepper and hot water always works for me. The vinegar has antibacterial properties and the capsaicin in the peppers reduces pain. The honey is immune-boosting, but it also makes the drink go down easier!

You can also try this ACV drink to help digestion, too.