Remember when apple cider vinegar was just another ingredient reserved for salad and vegetable soup? Well, those days are long past. It seems everyone we know is using the fermented tonic in some way or another—but not in the way you think.
Whether it’s a spoonful of the acrid concoction in hot water or mixed with the Aztec Healing Clay Mask, people can’t get enough of the stuff. Suffice it to say, apple cider vinegar (or ACV, for short) has become a beauty staple in its own right. Even celebs are hopping on the bandwagon! Stars like Miranda Kerr, Scarlett Johansson, and Katy Perry swear by it.

Though ACV is suddenly, seemingly everywhere, its sparkling reputation is hardly new. It’s been used since 400BC, boasting natural antiseptic properties that promise everything from acne-free skin to dandruff relief and more. With a lengthy list of uses for ACV, it’s no wonder this sour substance dominates natural remedies and personal care hacks. Intrigued? Here are 8 of our favorite ways to use it—all from the comfort of your home.

8 BEAUTY USES TO USE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR


1. AS A DANDRUFF FIX
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One of the most popular ways to use ACV is to get rid of dandruff. Thanks to its acidic properties, ACV restores the pH balance in your scalp and enhances its protective layer to fight further fungal growth. This also helps in keeping your locks from losing moisture, while bringing back its natural shine.

THE HOW-TO:
Just mix equal parts ACV and water into an empty spray bottle. Spritz it onto your scalp after you’re done shampooing. Leave it on for around 15 minutes before rinsing it off. Repeat at least twice a week to see results.

2. AS AN ACNE TREATMENT
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ACV doesn’t just restore the pH balance of your hair, but your skin as well. It can be made into a toner, face mask, or spot treatment, specifically for acne. Just remember to always dilute it since it’s a highly acidic substance that may be too potent for sensitive skin types.

THE HOW-TO:
Add a teaspoon of ACV into 500ml of water. Use this with a cotton pad as a toner, or dot the solution directly onto your spots with an earbud. Use it every night until you notice a visible improvement. If you want to make a DIY face mask, mix a tablespoon (or less, if you’ve got sensitive skin) of ACV with two tablespoons of honey and apply it onto a cleansed face. Leave it on for 20 minutes for an instantly brighter and smoother complexion.

3. AS A BATH SOAK
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Believe it or not, but you can actually bathe in ACV—no need to worry about smelling sour after! The ingredient contains active components that fight bacteria-causing order, so you can expect to be the opposite of stinky. Bathing in also allow your skin’s acidity levels to be restored, resulting in softer skin. Pro tip: You can even use it as a deodorant!

THE HOW-TO:
Fill your bathtub with warm water, then add 1 to 2 cups of ACV. Stay inside the tub for around 20-30 minutes before rinsing off with cold water. If you want to try using it as deodorant, simply swipe ACV under your underarms with a cotton pad. Oh, and don’t worry about smelling like a salad dressing—we promise the vinegary stench will fade!

4. AS A FOOT SOAK
In line with the last point, ACV works as a treatment for stinky feet too! Aside from being an effective combat for odor, ACV can also relieve Athlete’s Foot and help make the soles of your feet feel super soft and smooth.

THE HOW-TO:
Mix equal parts warm water and ACV with a few drops of tea tree oil in a basin or bath tub. The essential oil helps strengthen the fungal-warding property of ACV. Soak your feet for about 15-30 minutes and repeat the process everyday for the best results.

5. AS A TEETH WHITENER
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Have yellow or stained teeth due to your love of coffee, tea, or wine? ACV can be used as a natural teeth whitener as well!

THE HOW-TO:
You can either rub ACV directly onto your teeth, or you can mix one part ACV with three parts water and use it as a daily mouthwash. This will not just make your teeth look whiter, it also fights off bad breath!

6. AS SUNBURN OR INSECT BITE RELIEF
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Coming home from a vacation in the great outdoors can leave you with a few souvenirs. Think: sunburn and possible insect bites. ACV’s acidic and anti-inflammatory properties soothe irritation on the skin while —you guessed it—normalizing its pH levels.

THE HOW-TO:
Mix one part ACV with eight parts of water. Dip a sponge or washcloth into the mixture and dab it straight onto your sunburn. If, on the other hand, you’re using it to treat bug bites, pour the same mixture into a spray bottle and spritz the solution onto your skin instead.

7. AS A DETOX DRINK
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Rid your body of harmful toxins with the help of ACV. The combination of enzymes, good bacteria, and acetic acid work together to detoxify your liver and flush all the waste out. This will result in better circulation, cleaner blood, and good digestion, leaving you feeling in tip-top shape.

THE HOW-TO:
Concoct your detox drink using just three ingredients: one or two tablespoons of ACV, a cup of water, and honey to taste. You can drink it once or three times a day if you’d like. The outcome is actually quite delicious!

8. AS A WEIGHT LOSS AID
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Yes, ladies: ACV can help you shed those extra pounds! The attribute of acetic acid in ACV is a major factor in the vinegar’s weight loss effects. This makes your body digest starch better, while suppressing the accumulation of body fat. Ingesting ACV can also reduce appetite for a brief period of time.

THE HOW-TO:
The same mixture from no. 7 can also help you lose weight. As long as you have around one tablespoon of ACV daily, you’ll help your body burn fat.

So, how would you use apple cider vinegar? Sound off in the comments section!

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