34 Days of Favorites: Apple Cider Vinegar

Oh, the weirdness of this one! But it’s great for adding variety to my list!

So, Apple Cider Vinegar. It’s basically miraculous. You can use it for all kinds of things.

I bought it last fall because I was having digestive issues. I used to take expensive digestive enzymes to relieve heartburn and stomachaches, but someone suggested trying Apple Cider Vinegar instead. It’s nine bucks a bottle, and lasts a long time. But you have to get the kind that says, “With the Mother”, or else it won’t work. I just mix one teaspoon of it into a glass of water, and drink it before each meal. It has made such a difference.

I also use it instead of conditioner for my hair. One tablespoon mixed into one cup of water, poured into an old conditioner bottle. It stinks, but once it’s rinsed out, I can’t smell it in my hair at all.

But my very favorite use for it is wart removal. What?! I totally didn’t think this would work.

Here’s the deal: A certain member in our family, who will go unmentioned ;), has a wart, which the doctor offered to remove. Given the location of the wart, and the temperament of the patient, it would be very painful and traumatic. The doctor suggested we take a few days to consider when would be the best time to inflict this trauma.

After we got home from the doctor’s office, I went online to see if we had any alternatives. When I googled “natural wart treatment”, apple cider vinegar and baking soda popped up. You make a paste, put a band-aid over it, and it should be gone in a week.

Because of the location of the wart, a band-aid was not an option. I decided to be sneaky, and smear the paste on while the victim was sleeping, hoping it would work it’s magic without the band-aid.

I did it because we didn’t really have another good, pain-free option. Like I said, I really didn’t think it would work. But within a few days, that wart began to shrink. We’re been at it for about three weeks, and I think it’s taking longer because of not using a bandaid. Now, it’s almost gone. We can barely see the wart.

No trauma, no pain, completely natural. I love it. It almost makes me wish I could get a wart, just because it’s such a fun, victorious feeling to see it go away.

I have great plans for my apple cider vinegar. There are so many ways you can use it. You can cook with it, clean with it, and use it on and in your body in many wonderful, healthy ways, some of which are listed here.

One day as I was drinking my concoction (which tastes gross, I should add), my mom said, “Grandma used to drink it all the time.” Weirdly enough, I now think of Grandma every time I use apple cider vinegar. Sometimes, those old fashioned remedies can work the best!

So, have you ever tried apple cider vinegar?

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23 thoughts on “34 Days of Favorites: Apple Cider Vinegar

  1. What a terrific post! I didn’t click on the link yet to see the other uses but I know that you catch more flies with vinegar than with honey. When I see those little fruit flies around my not-so-fresh-anymore fruit, I set out a bowl of apple cider vinegar, cover it with plastic wrap and poke a few holes in it. Once the flies get in, they can’t get out. We’ve also set out honey and it didn’t attract any flies.

    I still believe that we should be sweet to others instead of sour but when it actually comes to flies, that saying “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar” is busted!

    • You and Chantelle are definitely onto something with these fruit fly-catching methods! Now I’m going to be eagerly awaiting the opportunity to try them out!

  2. Apple cider vinegar is a staple in my pantry though I don’t drink it like you do! I use it mostly in cooking but I have another fantastic use for you. Use it to get rid of fruit flies! Pour a very little amount in a shallow dish, like a plate. Drop one drop of dish soap in it and sit it on the counter by the fruit flies. They will drown in it. You would not believe how many I killed earlier when I had all my cherries to deal with. It was gross to see them all dead but so victorious! As for the warts, I will keep that in mind. The boys have waaaaay too many so we went to the doctor to have them frozen. That hurt too much so they found another non-painful thing to put on them and it is working already – the warts are falling off after only a few days.

    • I’m curious – what non-painful method did the doctor use? Our doctor did not mention any alternatives.

      And I’ll have to try the fruit fly idea! Who knew there were so many uses!

      • I don’t actually know what it is but Payton had sooo many warts and was unable to handle the freezing so his doctor contacted a dermatologist who gave us this other stuff to try on both the boys. This is a kids version of the stuff. It is stinky, smells like nail polish, is super sticky, too. They just put it on the warts and then have to keep a bandaid on for 24 hours. Then wash the stuff off and maybe come back again in 3 weeks if it hasn’t gotten rid of them all. Payton’s hands were covered in bandaids! Some have already fallen off and some are waaaay smaller. Working really well and NO PAIN!

  3. I also love apple cider vinegar but more so for the cooking aspect of it. It has a little less zing/ less potent than pure white vinegar and is the perfect base for many sauces. – specifically sweet n sour. I may have to try one or two of these cleaning remedies. 🙂

  4. I haven’t tried it medicinally (though I think I will experiment now!), but I have used it in different cooking, sauces, and dressings!

  5. Okay, so to use it as wart removal, do you have to have the kind “with the mother”? I would love to know. Thanks!

    • Yup, it has to have the mother. Apparently some vinegar which claims to be “apple cider” is really regular vinegar with food coloring, which is not anything close to the real thing. The only way you know if it’s “real” is if it says “With the Mother”. Whoever or whatever the mother is…

  6. I use it to catch fruit flies. I pour some into a small bowl, add a bit of dish detergent and they fly right into it…and can’t get out! Love it! I didn’t know it had so many other uses though!

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  12. Spot on, about vinegar as warts remover!! 🙂

    Many people are surprised to learn about different alternative, non-surgical, at-home wart removal methods but most of these home remedies do work, if applied properly and carefully.

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  15. Apple cider vinegar has a reputation for being almost a miracle cure for acne prone skin. While it is very good for eliminating pimples and preventing acne from forming, it is that more efficient for getting rid of acne scars. Apple cider vinegar is produced by fermentation, a process that turns sugar into acetic acid. While all vinegars go through the same process of fermentation, they still keep the flavors and benefits of their ingredients. So using apple vinegar is not the same as using wine vinegar. The latter is much stronger and should not be applied to the skin.^

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