How to make apple cider vinegar

This easy DIY method uses your leftover fall apple cores and peelings to make an authentic batch of nature’s best natural remedy.

How to make apple cider vinegar

Fall is the time of year for lots of apple eating and pie baking, so why not put those scraps to use and make your own raw apple cider vinegar? It’s easy to do, with all the peels and cores you’ll have leftover from fresh apples.

The benefits of apple cider vinegar are endless. Of course, it’s good in salad dressings and other recipes that need an extra zing, but it’s a great natural remedy as well (the FarmersAlmanac has published countless articles on its use over the years, see below) — every household should have a bottle on hand. Making it yourself is easy and fun, and ensures you have the purest, freshest batch.

Apple cider vinegar can be made in large batches in a crock or a jug when peeling and coring large quantities of apples. But, for your first attempt, it’s wise to make a quart jar.

Apple Cider Vinegar Making Tips

How to make apple cider vinegar

  1. Use organic apples free of pesticides.
  2. Select fruit free of mold, fungi or rot.
  3. Rinse fresh apples under running water.
  4. If you’re using whole apples, soak them in a bowl of water along with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar for five minutes before peeling. The apple cider vinegar serves as a fruit wash to kill bacteria and remove any fungicide or pesticide residue.

How to make apple cider vinegar

Supplies and Ingredients:

  • Quart canning jar
  • Canning lid and ring
  • Muslin cloth, or you can use a clean, unused coffee filter.
  • Apple cores and peels
  • Spring water
  • Sugar (optional)


  1. Fill a sterilized quart jar with clean apple peels and cores. Or add apple scraps over the course of several days from your snacking apples (be sure to cut away bitten areas). Add spring or filtered water, free of chlorine, to the jar, ensuring that the apple scraps are completely covered.
  2. (Optional step) To speed up the fermentation process add ¼ cup of sugar to the jar and stir.
  3. Cover the filled jar with a circle of muslin cloth or the coffee filter and secure it with a rubber band or canning jar ring. This will help keep fruit flies out of the jar and permit the mixture to breathe.
  4. Place the jar out of direct sunlight, in a warm place, near a hot water heater, refrigerator, wood stove, or on top of the gas range, (but not directly on a burner), to speed up the fermentation process.
  5. After a few days, the contents of the jar should start to thicken. The mixture will begin to foam and bubble.
  6. After two weeks, strain out the apple scraps and pour the liquid into a clean quart jar. Cover as you did before with a muslin cloth and canning jar ring. Store on a pantry shelf.
  7. After a few weeks, the mixture should appear cloudy and a film will form on the surface. This is the “mother,” which can be used to start future batches of ACV.
  8. At six week from the start, the fermentation process should be complete. There will be a residue inside the bottom of the jar and the vinegar will taste tangy. If the ACV smell or taste is undeveloped, allow it to sit longer. Once the ACV has developed, cap the jar with a lid and store in your pantry until needed.
  9. When you’re ready to make another jar of ACV, remove the “mother” and add it to a new batch of apple scraps and water and repeat the process.

Now you have a homemade batch of nature’s best natural remedy! Want more ideas for ways to use apple cider vinegar? Check out these Farmers’ Almanac articles:

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No ferment could be easier than homemade raw apple cider vinegar! The result is one of the best natural remedies featured in 5 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar & 50+ Unique Ways to Use It!

How to make apple cider vinegar

Each fall, where I live, in the Pacific Northwest, there is one good fruit that always goes to waste: apples!

No matter how much people love them, there are still too many. Apple branches hover over their fallen fruit, destined to decompose and feed the scavengers.

My solution? Gallons of homemade apple cider vinegar!

No ferment could be easier. The result is delicious and healthy!

How do you make homemade raw apple cider vinegar?

Many people save up their apple scraps! If you don’t have a bounty of free or inexpensive apples, apple cider vinegar (ACV for short) can be made from apple cores and peels.

Or, whole chopped up apples can be used.

Either way, we combine apples with sugar or honey and water, place the ferment in a warm spot, and wait about 6 weeks.

The hardest part is the waiting.

How much ACV does each batch make?

This recipe produces about 3-1/2 cups of ACV.

But not a lot of measuring is required, so you can make a really big batch without too much more work. You’ll just need more apples and more time to chop them.

Or, you’ll need to save up more cores and apple peels.

Feel free to double, triple, or quadruple this recipe!

Does ACV keep well?

Yes! Once your ACV is made, it is true vinegar, a preserved product. Apple cider vinegar lasts indefinitely at room temperature.

What are some tips to ensure my apple cider vinegar will turn out well?

The most important tips follow:

  • As with all ferments, make sure your cutting board, knives, and jars are clean and sterile.
  • Keep your ferment warm. Use either a seed mat, a yogurt maker, or, as you’ll see in the photos below, your Instant Pot with steamer insert on the Yogurt setting.

A seed mat is the best option for multiple jars, but any warm spot will do.

Does raw apple cider vinegar have any documented health benefits?

Yes, the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar has been shown to affect obesity, skin pH, and digestion:

    showed that daily intake of vinegar might contribute to weight loss. found that ACV improved blood sugar and insulin levels.
  • Apple cider vinegar hair rinses help restore the scalp’s and hair’s natural pH balance. (Most hair products aren’t the right pH for the scalp and hair, usually too far on the base side of the pH scale. DIY ACV-based conditioners are slightly acidic.)
  • Regarding digestion, apple cider vinegar improves digestion by increasing stomach acid production. ACV may also help the liver to detoxify. (Source.)
  • ACV can have multiple antimicrobial effects against various microbial species. (Source.)

How to consume my apple cider vinegar?

    . This beverage can be enjoyed before meals or at the start of each day.
  • You can also enjoy switchels: Try Mixed Berry Switchel and Strawberry-Basil Switchel.
  • Enjoy as a hot beverage to fight colds in this Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Garlic and Lemon Drink.

Note: Apple Cider Vinegar should not be consumed undiluted or applied to the skin undiluted.

What are some common uses for raw apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is used not only for hair rinses and to amend the stomach pH. Here are some additional recipes you may enjoy:

  • Make Hot and Spicy Tonic to boost the immune system.
  • Use it to neutralize phytic acid in grains.
  • Enjoy in bath water for a detox bath and to benefit skin health. Learn how here.
  • For use after shampoo, make a DIY hair rinse here.
  • Find Sunburn Relief Spray here. are some tips and recipes for cleaning your home with apple cider vinegar.
  • Use apple cider vinegar if you raise goats. Here’s how.

Homemade Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Recipe

How to make apple cider vinegar

Fill your Mason jar(s) 3/4 of the way with apples or apple scraps.

Stir sugar or honey into warm water until dissolved.

Pour sweetened water over the apples. Leave 2 to 3 inches of room at the top of the jar.

How to make apple cider vinegar

Cover with cheesecloth, thin fabric, or coffee filter and a rubber band or Mason jar screw-top lid.

How to make apple cider vinegar

Set in a warm, dark place for 2 weeks. Use either a seed mat, a yogurt maker, or your Instant Pot with steamer insert on the Yogurt setting (as pictured above). You can also simply place it on a warm surface and cover with a tea towel. The smell is wonderful during this process!

After 2 weeks, strain out the solids, pressing on them gently to extract extra liquid.

(Taste the vinegar at this point. It is super delicious!! It’s basically a fermented apple cider!)

How to make apple cider vinegar

With the solids removed, you will be able to ferment in a smaller jar. Cover with fresh cheesecloth.

Set the fermenting cider in a warm, dark place for about 4 weeks.

The apple cider vinegar is complete when it has a strong apple cider vinegar smell and taste. Allow to ferment longer, if not.

Also, don’t be alarmed if you notice a mother culture forming on top. This is normal!

Which raw materials are needed? How to make apple cider vinegar by yourself? And why is cider vinegar so healthy? We would like to explain these questions briefly in this article.

The raw materials

You can use any of the following materials to make your own apple cider vinegar:

  • Fresh apples
  • apple juice
  • Cider
  • Apple brandy

If you use fresh, aromatic and fully ripe fruit, you will produce the most tasteful vinegar. On the other hand, even a rich and tasty noble brandy only has a very slight apple taste when fermented into vinegar.

The fermentation to apple cider vinegar

How to make apple cider vinegar and what are the vinegar production methods? Before the vinegar fermentation can be carried out, alcohol must be produced in the liquid or an alcoholic raw material must have been used. Depending on this, there are the following production methods:

  • Use of fruit or juice: Here no alcohol is present yet, therefore the alcoholic fermentation must be carried out first. The apples are processed to pulp. Now the fruit pulp – and if you only use juice according to the apple juice – is fermented with yeast, liquefier etc. You will find details on our homepage about distilling spirits.
  • Vinegar from cider or wine: there is already alcohol in the liquid. Depending on the alcoholic content, the liquid has to be diluted a little bit. To start the vinegar fermentation, an optimal acid and alcohol content is adjusted. Then the mother of vinegar or starter liquid is added.
  • Spirits as raw material: here too, alcohol is already present and the procedure is the same as in the previous point.

There are two methods of vinegar fermentation available for hobby purposes:

  • The surface method: you put the liquid to be fermented into a container with the largest possible surface area and leave everything covered for several weeks.
  • Generator process: here you need vinegar making equipment and work with a vinegar plant, the quality of the vinegar is much better compared to the surface procedure.

Cider vinegar is good for you!

Apple cider vinegar is said to have numerous health-promoting effects such as slimming, detoxification, protection against colds, beautiful skin, etc. However, only “living” apple vinegar can have all these effects, i.e. the finished vinegar must not be boiled or pasteurised. You can recognize “living” vinegar simply by the fact that it forms a mother of vinegar or becomes cloudy after a few weeks.

How to make apple cider vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar – Classes and Vinegar Generator

Naturally we will also discuss making apple vinegar as part of our “how to make vinegar”- classes and courses.

Do you need vinegar making equipment? Then the Schmickl vinegar generator is suitable for this. Analyze the acetic acid concentration with the Acetic acid analysis kit, and the alcohol content with the Alcohol Content Determination Kit.

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Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a common cooking ingredient, and some people report that it has helped them lose weight, improve their immune system, and regulate their blood sugar. You can add a little ACV into your diet each day to cleanse your body and detox. Whether you mix it into drinks or your meals, you can start your ACV detox easily! While some people think apple cider has a positive effect, current research is conflicting. [1] X Trustworthy Source Mayo Clinic Educational website from one of the world’s leading hospitals Go to source

Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, is so simple and easy to make! For years I never knew how to make apple cider vinegar but last winter I embarked on an adventure to give it a try. Honestly I think the toughest part of the process is having the patience to sit and wait for it to work its magic over the course of several months! Since that first batch of ACV last winter, I’ve made several more batches and also started experimenting with fermenting other homemade fruit scrap vinegars. Making homemade fermented vinegar is so easy and fun!

How to make apple cider vinegar

In my free time, I love reading historical fiction books based in the pioneering homesteader days. That is where I first read about how to make apple cider vinegar and was inspired to try it myself. In the homesteader books I read, they made huge vats of apple cider vinegar in wood barrels by putting in apple scraps and water then letting it sit to ferment. I couldn’t believe that was all it takes to make apple cider vinegar!

Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits and in the pioneer books I read they often tried to drink some of the apple cider vinegar daily to stay healthy. One book I read talked about how important apple cider vinegar was to helping them fight off scurvy when food became sparse. In my favorite fermenting book Wild Fermentation, it states “….vinegar’s effectiveness in preventing arthritis, osteoporosis, and cancer, killing infections, soothing itches, burns, and sunburns, aiding digestion, controlling weight and preserving memory.” I personally love to use apple cider vinegar in our favorite all natural cold remedy and I also use it as a digestive aid.

How to make apple cider vinegar

Since we don’t need a large barrel full of apple cider vinegar like the pioneers did, I prefer to make our homemade ACV in large glass jars that I can sit in a dark corner of the kitchen counter. For the first batch I made, I used a 1 gallon glass jar and put in organic apple cores and skins left over after I made an apple crisp. The apple parts filled the jar about 3/4 full. I then f illed the jar full of water. I’ve read of some people adding sugar to the water with the apples but I didn’t because the apple scraps I used were sweet and naturally have a lot of sugar in them. (I do add sugar water to other types of homemade fruit scrap vinegar that don’t have as much natural sugar. The book Wild Fermentation recommends a ratio of 1/4 cup sugar to 1 quart water)

Next I put a piece of cheesecloth over top the mouth of the jar and put a rubber band around it to keep the cheesecloth on and fruit flies out. Then I stuck the jar in a corner on the counter out of direct sunlight. I stirred it once a day for the first week or two since the apple pieces were floating then and I didn’t want mold growing on it. Within a few days of starting the apple cider vinegar, you can see bubbles in it as it ferments. Here’s a close up picture of my second batch of homemade apple cider vinegar where you can see the fermenting bubbles.

How to make apple cider vinegar

How to make apple cider vinegar

After a couple weeks the apple parts sink to the bottom and the bubbles stop.

The jar of fermenting goodness continues to work its magic and transitions to a hard cider and then as it sits longer will turn into apple cider vinegar. I started my first batch in early January and strained it and bottled it a couple months later. Some people will strain the apple parts off after the first couple weeks but some say to leave them in the whole time. For my first batch, I left the apple scraps in the vinegar the whole time it fermented which was a couple months (I probably could have strained and bottled the vinegar after about a month but I got so busy with spring gardening season I didn’t get around to it for a couple months-and no harm done!) For my second batch of homemade ACV this fall, I strained the apple scraps off after about a month. I put the liquid back in the jar, put the cheesecloth back on and let it sit on the counter for another month to continue fermenting before I bottled it.

The most amazing part of this process is that the homemade apple cider vinegar I made grew its own Mother! For those of you who may not know what that means, the book Wild Fermentation explains it quite well, “You may observe a film or disk collecting on the surface of the vinegar. This is called the ‘mother-of-vinegar’, or ‘mother’ for short. It is a mass of vinegar making organisms that can be transferred to your next batch of vinegar as a starter. The mother is edible and nutritious, so there is no need to be afraid of it.” I actually tore off a piece of the mother from my first batch of homemade apple cider vinegar and gave it to a friend who used it to ferment her first batch of homemade ACV and it worked great!

How to make apple cider vinegar

I was curious to see how the acidicity level of my homemade ACV compared to our store bought Braggs ACV. I have a pack of PH test strips in the kitchen that I use primarily during canning season to test the acidity level of the foods I’m canning to know whether to water bath or pressure can (you can find the PH test strips here). I read that the PH level for a good quality apple cider vinegar should be 2.8-3.0. My test strips aren’t fancy enough to show decimal points of levels but are color coded. I was so amazed to see that my homemade ACV and the Braggs ACV had a similar dark orange acidity level which correlates to a 3.

I was so excited that I learned how to make apple cider vinegar that I began experimenting with other homemade fruit scrap vinegars which I read about in my Wild Fermentation book. So far I successfully made a quart of pear vinegar from pears we grew in our orchard and this vinegar also has a PH level in the 2-3 range. Next summer I want to experiment with making a homemade apricot vinegar and even a wild huckleberry vinegar. I think they’ll make really delicious additions to some homemade salad dressing!

Apple cider vinegar is touted as a cure-all for dogs, but is it worth the hype?

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The essentials

  • Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a natural remedy Many dog parents use it as a supplement, a skin-soothing tonic, and odor eliminator.
  • Check with your vet before administering Always ask your vet before introducing a new supplement such as apple cider vinegar to your dog’s diet or fur-care routine.
  • Proper dosage and administration is key Make sure to follow dosage instructions depending on what you’re using apple cider vinegar to treat and your pup’s weight.

What is apple cider vinegar?

In recent years, apple cider vinegar has become a popular household remedy (not unlike coconut oil) for dog owners for just about everything from itchy skin to flea repellant to deodorizing laundry. But what is apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a type of vinegar made from fermented apple juice. When the sugars in apples undergo the fermentation process, acetic acid is created — the primary compound in vinegar. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar is what gives it the sour smell and flavor, but it’s also believed to be what provides a number of health benefits for dogs.

Apple cider vinegar uses

When used in small doses, apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be a great addition to your pet care routine across the board. Here are some of the potential ways apple cider vinegar helps pet parents and their pups.

Using apple cider vinegar on your dog’s skin

Benefits of apple cider vinegar for your pup’s skin range from repelling fleas to soothing irritation. See below for how to make the best mixture to spray on.

  • Flea and tick repellent. Apple cider vinegar can help prevent flea and tick bites when sprayed before going outside. It won’t entirely prevent an infestation, but fleas and ticks don’t like the smell of the vinegar, which will help repel them.
  • Soothe dry, itchy, and flaky skin. You can add apple cider vinegar to your dog’s regular grooming routine to help soothe itchiness and dry skin, get rid of dandruff, and improve your dog’s coat. Simply spray on any hot spots on your dog’s skin.

👉 Just make sure you never use apple cider vinegar on broken skin or open wounds such as scrapes, cuts, or scabs.

  • Ear cleaner. Acetic acid can kill harmful bacteria, which can prevent ear infections. And it can also help soothe itchy ears caused by bacteria or ear wax. Spray the water and vinegar mixture on a cotton ball and lightly swab the outside of your dog’s ear.
  • Treat paw yeast infections. Because of its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, it can help soothe your dog’s infected paws when you soak them in the mixture.

Dosage for skin application

Recommended dosage: You can mix equal parts water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle to use as a tonic for your dog’s coat and skin

For irritated skin, you can also mix ½ cup of apple cider vinegar, ½ cup of green tea (another at-home remedy that can soothe skin), and 1 cup of water to spray on your pup’s coat.

Using apple cider vinegar (ACV) as a supplement

Apple cider vinegar can also be added to your dog’s diet to help improve their overall health. It acts as an antibacterial and probiotic, which is great for gut health. And there are studies that it lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels (heart disease risk factors) in animals.

While there isn’t enough scientific evidence to support apple cider vinegar as a replacement for medication, adding it in small doses to your dog’s diet could improve your pup’s overall health. It may:

  • Fight tooth decay and can improve breath
  • Prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) and kidney stones
  • Calm an upset stomach and prevent constipation
  • Lower blood sugar levels
  • Lower heart disease risk factors
  • Improve overall immune health

Dosage for supplement use

Keep in mind that dosage is very important. Too much vinegar in your dog’s diet can cause adverse reactions. Here are some general dosage recommendations based on your dog’s weight, but we highly recommend talking to your dog’s vet before adding apple cider vinegar as a supplement to their diet.

Recommended dosage based on weight:

  • 1 teaspoon for dogs up to 14 pounds
  • 2 teaspoons for dogs 15 to 34 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon for dogs 35 to 84 pounds

*Make sure to mix in with water or food.

Similar to using apple cider vinegar on your dog’s skin, you don’t want to give it to them straight. Mix it in with your dog’s water or dog’s food. And if you do mix with water, make sure you have a fresh water bowl on hand in case your doggy doesn’t like the taste or smell. You don’t want your pup to become dehydrated because they refuse to drink the water that contains apple cider vinegar.

Using apple cider vinegar (ACV) for cleaning

Not only can apple cider vinegar play a role in your pup’s health, but it can also be a great addition to your cleaning routine.

Dosage for cleaning

Recommended dosage: You can mix 1 part distilled apple cider vinegar with 3 parts water.

Then use it as a pre-wash spray on bedding or as a pet spot stain remover on carpet. It’s also great for deodorizing because it can eliminate bacteria that causes foul smells.

Frequently asked questions

Is apple cider vinegar safe for dogs?

Yes, it is safe for dogs in small doses. Just make sure you’re diluting your apple cider vinegar the right amount (generally 50/50 with water for topical uses and mixing it with drinking water or food for dietary uses) and following the recommended dosage based on your pup’s weight.

Are there any risks or side effects?

Apple cider vinegar has a high acidity level, so using it in too large of a concentration can irritate the skin, eyes, and digestive tract. This is why diluting your mixture and using small doses is important.

Additionally, keep in mind that apple cider vinegar doesn’t smell or taste that great, so your dog may not enjoy it for those reasons.

What kind of apple cider vinegar should you buy?

It’s best to get organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. You can find it at most grocery stores, but make sure to check the label.

At the store, you’re likely to see some bottles of apple cider vinegar that are clear. Those are fine for cleaning uses, but they won’t be as effective otherwise. What you’ll want to look for is a cloudier bottle. The cloudy, sometimes stringy, matter floating around in organic apple cider vinegar is called the “mother” and contains enzymes that help digest food and add other health benefits.

Learn how to make apple cider vinegar at home with this easy recipe. All you need are apple cores or scraps, water, sugar, and a clean jar. When it’s ready you can use it for recipes or it’s many health benefits.

How to make apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is known for it’s abundance of health benefits and uses.

It’s been known to lowers blood sugar level to help fight diabetes, lead to lose weight, lower cholesterol, and improve heart health.

Whether used for medicinal purposes, to aid in weight loss, or in a vinaigrette, this is great to keep around.

This easy to make recipe uses scraps leftover from apple pie and apple cobbler so nothing goes to waste.

I only use the apple cores so I can make apple simple syrup with the peels. However, if you prefer you can use the peels too.

Some people recommend not using peels unless they are organic.

Other things you can easily make at home are:

Recipe Tip:

You can use this batch to start another which will help it ferment more quickly. Do so by saving “the mother” that has floated to the top.

Or, alternatively, use a small amount of this finished apple cider vinegar to start a new batch.

While I like apples, it’s not a fruit that I eat a lot.

However, when we reach fall, I can’t resist eating more apples than usual, they have so much more flavor when they’re in season. And now that my parents’ apple trees finally are giving fruit, I can’t wait to eat some of these delicious apples. And make apple pie!

But inevitably, peels and cores are being wasted, when they could be used. You know I’m all about reducing our food waste.

How can I use all those apple cores and apple peels?

Make apple cider vinegar.

Yes, you can make apple cider vinegar at home! With scraps!

Apple cider vinegar is one of the easiest things you can make at home.

Even if you don’t want to spend too much time making things from scratch this is very quick to make as you only need to use scraps and sugar to make your homemade apple cider vinegar.

This is a good fermentation first project to make. And if you’ve kids you can all make a small experiment by whipping up your first batch of apple cider vinegar.

Why should I make my own apple cider vinegar?

First of all, it’s fun! The excitement of an experiment, seeing something that would go to waste turn into something useful.

Realizing that, sometimes, not everything is as complicated as it seems to be.

And that nature really is wonderful. I live in an apartment and being able to ferment in such a tiny place, without any fancy equipment, just seeing bacteria do their job, it’s magical.

There’s nothing like making something that you usually buy. You’ll feel so empowered that you can make your food from scratch and you’ll have a nice feeling in your belly, good handmade food that you can wait to tell everyone about.

And let’s not forget! Reducing your food waste it’s so important, why not make the most of what you have?

What if I eat apple peels?

Don’t worry. I do too.

I love eating apple peels. And also I’m super lazy to peel apples, even when making an apple pie. I rarely peel my apples. Life’s too short for that. Plus vitamins, let’s just say that I care more about that than my time.

You can make apple cider vinegar with just apple cores.

What if I don’t have enough apple scraps to make vinegar?

Just freeze them so you can use them later. When you’ve enough, you can make a batch of apple cider vinegar.

I see sugar in your recipe, do I really need to use it?

Sugar is the food that will be eaten during fermentation that will help your apple sugar water become into vinegar.

If you’re avoiding sugar in your diet there’s no reason to not use it in this recipe. To make vinegar, the microbes need something to consume so once you’ve your vinegar ready all of it is gone.

If you still don’t want to use sugar in this recipe, you can try honey.

Fair warning: it’s not the same thing and I never tried it so cannot guarantee that it works. If you do try it let me know in the comment section below.

Where can I use my homemade apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar has a variety of uses in the most different categories.


Apple cider vinegar is really popular right now for health purposes. From what I can gather most of it it’s absolute crap. There’s this awful trend of using it as a cure for everything and I don’t think it’s right.

However, from what I researched for this post, there are benefits of taking 1-2 tablespoons a day before meals to increase your stomach acid which will consequently aid your digestion. If you’ve issues because your stomach has a hard time breaking up food do give it a try but know that this might not be the cure to the actual problem in your digestive issues.

If do you decide to take it, make sure to mix it with a glass of water, if you take it without mixing it with water, it may lead to tooth sensitivity which will then lead to tooth decay.

Apple cider vinegar helps keep the pH level of the scalp balanced which alleviates your scalp itch.

Apple cider vinegar is also used as a homemade conditioner, I couldn’t help but feel surprised the first time I used apple cider vinegar in my hair. It felt so soft! And after drying, there was no vinegar smell at all.


Instead of using store-bought vinegar why not use your homemade version instead? I’m a big fan of using vinegar in my salads but you can use it pretty much everywhere.

I also use it to make buttermilk when called out in a recipe. Buttermilk is not something that exists in Portugal but it appears often in pancake recipes. I just put 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar for 1 cup of milk and after 5 minutes I’ve buttermilk!

Please keep in mind that this vinegar is less acidic than store-bought vinegar and shouldn’t be used for pickling.


You can use your homemade vinegar to clean! Use it diluted to wipe down surfaces.

If you’re cleaning drains or toilets, you can sprinkle a bit of baking soda and finish it off with apple cider vinegar. The chemical reaction of the base and the acid will help remove some of the gunk and just scrub afterward to remove what’s left.