5 Antibacterial Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is known to make your hair shiny, help with weight loss, balance your pH, cleanse your lymphatic system, kill bacteria and so much MORE. Today, I’m going to be sharing 5 ways you can use ACV to get rid of BACTERIA! 


I’ve said it a million times before, but I’ll say it again – SWEAT + BACTERIA = BAD ODOR. Wearing deodorant alone will NOT keep smelliness at bay, you NEED to eliminate the odor causing bacteria. That’s where ACV comes in. ACV has ACETIC ACID  which kills bacteria by passing through into the bacteria’s cell membranes and neutralizing it.

TIP: Use a gentle antibacterial soap formulated with ACV, like the underarm bar. Or splash some ACV on a cotton pad and swipe onto your underarms after showering.

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Does your carpet have a funky smell? Carpets are essentially giant sponges that soak up odors from cooking, pets, and moisture from humidity/spills. Trying to cover up the scent with an air freshener is like spraying perfume as a substitute for a shower – gross and ineffective! Solve the problem at the root by killing the bad bacteria with ACV! 

TIP: Make your own fabric/surface cleaner by diluting 1 tbsp of ACV in 1 cup of water. Add a few drops of lemongrass or lavender essential oil to get rid of the ACV smell.


More than 50% of people have bad breath, and reportedly 80 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic halitosis (bad breath). The reason? The temperature inside of your mouth can reach up to 37°C with 96% humidity – perfect for bacteria to thrive and grow. And guess what? Your mouth is home to over 500 strains of bacteria! Drinking ACV can help fix bad breath!

TIP: Every morning, dilute 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water and drink on an empty stomach. You can add some lemon juice and maple syrup if you can’t stand the smell/taste of ACV. This drink will not only cure bad breath, but will also help with digestion!

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As many as 1 in 4 women in the United States have BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS (BV). The most common symptom of BV is a foul-smelling, fishy odor coming from the vagina – caused by, you guessed it, bacteria. The antibacterial properties of ACV will help alleviate odor.

TIP: Make a vaginal wash by diluting 2 tbsp ACV in 1 cup of water and use as an in-shower rinse.


Two causes of dandruff are an excess of the bacteria, MALASSEZIA YEAST, and a scalp pH impalance. ACV has both antibacterial properties to kill off yeast and a highly acidic pH which can help balance out the scalp.

TIP: Dilute 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of water and rinse your hair with it in the shower. Allow the solution to sit on your scalp for a few minutes before washing out!

It’s important to remember that ACV is a very POWERFUL and POTENT ingredient, often too strong to be used alone! Always DILUTE with water!


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