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How to Make Effective Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drinks (Easy Recipes)

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How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drinks

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is very versatile and has many all-natural uses in food, household cleaning and health. Many health enthusiasts praise the healing properties of apple cider vinegar to cure almost everything. I’ve already written about the 16 amazing health benefits of apple cider vinegar and honey (research based), and in this article I am to explain specifically how to use ACV to cleanse and detox and I am going to share with you apple cider vinegar detox drinks.

The Cleansing Properties of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

ACV has great cleansing properties due to its rich content of minerals, vitamins and enzymes. It helps the body to remove toxic waste more efficiently before it has time to accumulate and damage the body.

It is known to aid digestion and improve bowel movement. It also helps to detoxify the liver, purify the blood and improve circulation due to its powerful enzymes that break down bad cholesterol and prevent it from clogging your arteries.


ACV also helps in maintaining a healthy alkaline pH level to prevent inflammatory processes in the body that are associated with high acidic level in the body (you can read more about this subject in my article on how to balance your pH and find out if you’re too acidic).

It helps to break up mucus and cleanse the lymph nodes and improve lymph circulation which in turn helps to improve your immune system.

There are also claims that ACV helps in weight loss in a subtle way, and while ACV is no weight loss miracle on its own, it can still help you on the way. It speeds up metabolism, helps to break down fats instead of storing them. It is rich in pectin that helps you feel fuller, and the acetic acid suppresses your appetite and reduces water retention. So combining ACV with exercise and a proper nutrition can help in weight management too.

Which Type of Apple Cider Vinegar to Use

Choosing the right type of apple cider vinegar is very important if you want to get the best results.

Real ACV is made by fermenting pressed apple juice until the natural sugar turns into vinegar. Always choose organic apple cider vinegar which is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and unprocessed and not the clear and refined stuff you find in most stores.

If you really want to use a good quality apple cider vinegar, it needs to have the “mother” of vinegar, which is the cloudy matter that floats or often sinks to the bottom of the bottle. This substance contains beneficial enzymes, bacteria and trace minerals that make ACV so beneficial for you. Also don’t forget to shake the bottle each time before using the apple cider vinegar to distribute the good elements. You can also easily make your own natural ACV – find the recipe here.


How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for Detox

1. Internal Use

Apple cider vinegar is very acidic so don’t drink it undiluted as it could harm your tooth enamel and your esophagus (although when we take ACV internally, it has an alkaline effect in our body). The fact that ACV alkalize the body could play a major role in its healing properties as mentioned previously.

Don’t use a lot of ACV – dilute 1 to 2 tablespoons in a large glass of water, and drink it along with your meals once or twice a day. Consuming ACV in (normal) food amounts is likely safe, but in some cases consuming a big amount of ACV is not recommended. Consuming large amount of ACV on a daily basis for a long-term might lead to problems such as low potassium levels and lower bone density. Also ACV may interact with certain medications, such as diuretics, medicines for diabetes and heart disease, so if you take medications and intend to use ACV on a daily basis for a long term, make sure to consult your doctor first.

2. Detox Bath

Your skin is the largest organ in your body and plays a major role in detoxifying your body. While not everyone likes a steam room or has access to it, your body cleansing can start in the comfort of your own bathroom. While the smell of ACV can be off-putting, the benefits of using ACV for the skin are abundant (and you can always add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a better scent).

Add one cup of raw apple cider vinegar with the mother to your bath and soak for at least 20 minutes. ACV is great for softening the skin and rebalancing your skin’s pH. It’s also an effective treatment if you’re suffering from a fungal or bacterial infection or skin irritations, due to its antifungal and antimicrobial properties.


You can take this detox bath twice a week but I have other amazing ideas for cleansing and rejuvenating detox baths.

3. Face Wash

Using ACV as a face wash helps to treat age spots, acne and pimples. You can refer to my previous article on why you should wash your face with ACV to get the full details including instructions on how to use ACV to cleanse your skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drinks – Quick and Easy Recipes

Lemon Water with Apple Cider Vinegar

I’ve already written about the health benefits of drinking lemon water for digestion, weight management as well as other merits. This drink also contains cinnamon, which in addition to its many other benefits, it also metabolizes glucose to prevent fat storage and helps food digestion in a way that makes you feel fuller for longer. Cayenne pepper increases your temperature (thermogenesis) and as a result your body works to cool it down. In this process your body needs to burn more calories as it cools, so it helps in weight management too.


1 glass of water
1 Tbsp. quality ACV
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
Honey to taste (or other natural sweetener like raw maple syrup or stevia)

Stir well all the ingredients and drink right away.


Cranberry ACV Detox Drink

Raw cranberry juice and water help to cleanse the kidneys, the liver, the bowels and the lymphatic system from harmful toxins. Cranberries contain multiple substances that help to remove fat from the lymphatic system, as one of the functions of the lymphatic system is the absorption of fats from the digestive system and transporting them to the blood circulation.

When you buy cranberry juice, look for pure unsweetened and organic juice (many of the stuff found in most supermarkets is loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners). You can find more information about the healing powers of cranberries and other berries in my e-book The Healing Berry Guide which will teach you how to transform your health with berries and is a must for berry lovers.


1/4 cup pure cranberry juice
1 Tbsp. quality ACV
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
Water to dilute
Honey to taste

Combine the water with the rest of the ingredients. You can dilute it as strong or as weak as you prefer.

Green Tea ACV Drink for Weight Loss

Green tea is known for boosting your metabolism and helps to burn fat faster and I’ve already explained how to use apple cider vinegar to lose weight.

I have already mentioned in my article about weight loss drinks that, the combination of the medicinal and metabolic properties of green tea, apple cider vinegar and honey creates a mixture that can help to manage your weight while suppressing your appetite as well.

Don’t expect this mixture to be a weight loss miracle on its own, but it may be helpful for weight loss. When you add the ACV to the green tea, make sure the green tea has cooled down and is not boiling hot as not to destroy the active culture in the ACV.


1 cup green tea
1 Tbsp. quality apple cider vinegar
Honey to taste

Prepare 1 cup of freshly brewed green tea with honey. Wait for the green tea and honey mixture to cool down before adding the ACV.

You’ll also like these related articles:

If you want to find helpful information about the concept of detox, have a look at my e-book The Detox Guide which will teach you how to cleanse and energize your body naturally and safely.

For more ingenious ways on how to use ACV read my other posts:
1. How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) For Weight Loss
2. Why You Should Wash Your Face With Apple Cider Vinegar
3. See What Happens When You Wash Your Hair With ACV

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54 Responses to How to Make Effective Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drinks (Easy Recipes)

  1. K.K says:

    I have a recurring cancer of the thyroid. I again feel weak most of the time, despite meds. When I’ve read that acv gives energy, I started to search where I could buy it. I have no credit card so I can’t have it online.

    Luckily, when a friend learned that I really want to have an acv (I specifically announced I want Bragg’s acv), she scouted stores in Manila & was able to buy 2 bottles (the maximum allowed in that store). She sent me one, for free! Yehey! I started drinking 1tbsp of that mixed with 1tbsp of honey in a glass of warm water. Never felt stronger since the 1st day! Praise God!

  2. Frank says:

    Couldn’t find the Bragg acv is Heinz unfiltered acv with the mother raw unpasteurized ok

    • Jenny says:

      You can use any brand that is unfiltered, raw, etc. Some people don’t like to buy Heinz as it is owned by Monsanto, but it’s up to you.

      • Coco says:

        What’s with Monsanto? Is the food they make hazardous?

        • Jenny says:

          Monsanto uses GMO technology (genetically engineered foods). There is a growing body of evidence that connects GMOs with health problems and environmental damage. Many people who oppose GMO foods don’t want to purchase products from Monsanto because of it.

  3. dawn says:

    I mix mine with a little apple juice and you cant even taste it!

  4. Maddy says:

    For how long is it okay to drink the green tea, ACV & honey combination?

    • Jenny Hills, Nutritionist and Medical Writer says:

      This is a healthy drink which can be used long term: Some people drink it on a daily basis, others drink it several times a week – it’s really up to you.

  5. Becky says:

    How long do you continue this concoction? I have been doing it for six days. Do I do it everyday, or do I need to take a break?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Becky, there are no clear rules as for how long to drink ACV drinks and it doesn’t need to be limited to a certain period of time. Many people drink it on a daily basis or several times a week. Others prefer to drink it for a week or two and then take a break for several days. It’s really up to you.

  6. Yaya says:

    What is the recommended duration for a detox? One week? One month?

    Thank you

    • Jenny says:

      You can incorporate it as part of your daily nutrition. Many people consume ACV diluted with water and a little bit of honey in the morning every day or several times a week to enjoy the many health benefits of ACV. It doesn’t need to be limited to a certain period of time.

  7. Rafiq says:

    Jenny, I take my ACV in the morning with:
    – water full glass
    – honey 1tsp
    – turmeric half tsp
    – cinnamon half tsp
    – blackseed oil (nigella) quarter tsp
    – baking soda half tsp
    I add the ACV right at the end, slowly so that the bubbly drink doesn’t spill over!
    Thank you!

    • Jenny says:

      I’m personally not aware of downsides to this concoction. The amount of the ingredients that you take are not excessive and within the normal food quantities. The only thing I would comment is that there are some medications that can interact with baking soda (for example certain drugs that require stomach acid to work) so you may not be able to drink it in proximity to taking certain drugs – consult with your doctor if you are unsure. I also have an article about cases where you should limit or avoid turmeric consumption, however half tsp. is within the normal food quantity.

  8. Stephanie says:

    Hello there, I’ve been diagnosed with MS about 10yrs ago.I’m having a hard time finding an (sorry but hard time controlling my weight) easy way to lose weight. I use to be able to just go to work and I could work fat off, but now, I’ve got to excersize excessively, which leaves me exhausted with NO benefits. 🙁 so with this website I’m going to try some of the ACV tricks and tips. Thank~You: Stephanie p.s. if there’s anything else you know of, please send it my way.

    • Patti says:

      Stephanie check out JJ Smith’s Green Smoothie Cleanse book. Several ladies have MS and it has helped them tremendously.

  9. Deanna says:

    I have heard that diarhea is a problem when takinb keto and ACV. Is this truth or a (scare) tactic?

    • Jenny Hills, Nutritionist and Medical Writer says:

      I personally haven’t heard about it. You can start from a small quantity of ACV (for example 1 tsp. per day mixed with a glass of water) and see how you feel. If you feel fine, you can gradually increase the dosage.

  10. Louise says:

    I just started the ACV drink and at first didn’t like the taste. I have started to mix 8 oz of (10 cal/cup) of cranberry juice (unsweetened) and mix it with 1/4 tsp cinnamon and AVC. I don’t add water but wondered if it was necessary to do so. It taste quite good this way.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Louise, you can change the recipe and adapt it to your own taste. The reason that the cranberry juice is diluted with water is because unsweetened cranberry juice is sour and may not be palatable to some people (and this is why honey can be added to improve the taste), but it’s really up to you.

  11. Pat says:

    Hi Jenny
    This is for your readers.
    Most ACV with live culture are marked as having “With Mother” where the mother refers to the actual Live Culture.

    Bragg’s website

    Having spent many years living overseas, I can also tell you that getting ACV (with Mother) is not always easy in some countries so it is often easier to carry a starter culture with you when you travel.

    100 mls is all you can legally carry on planes these days (approx. 3 ozs)

    So here is the problem to avoid.

    IF the temperature is between 23C – 30C (73F – 86F) you will have a good fermentation process.

    If the temperature is too cold you will just end up with hard Cider and get drunk.

    We often use a hot-plate-warmer when we are in colder locations.

    One other important point which most people miss about ACV is that the ACV with the (Mother) live culture helps your body break down and process food much more efficiently thereby allowing greater access to the vitamins and minerals in the foods we eat.

    Allowing for the fact that soils which are commercially farmed are depleted of minerals, the plants grown there-on are also less nutritious so we need to extract as much as we can from the foods we eat.

    All the best

  12. Marl says:

    In order not to lose its propertie, HONEY should not be overheated – max 40°C.

  13. Bh says:

    is there any alternative of honey? As I am diabetic, I want to avoid honey.

  14. A M F says:

    I have tried drinking diluted ACV on two separate occassions. Both times resulted in severe itching on my torso that lasted for days, even after ingesting the drink had stopped. Unsure if this is toxins leaving the body or an allergic reaction. Can’t find any info online of this being a side effect, or other people having this issue… but I know for certain it is caused by the ACV. Thoughts?

    • Jenny says:

      According to Livestrong website “It is possible to have an allergic reaction to apple cider vinegar, including Bragg. Reports of reactions include itching and swelling, hives, rash, and breathing problems. If you experience an allergic reaction, stop taking the vinegar immediately and consult a health care practitioner”.

    • Star says:

      Sounds like histamine intolerance. You need to stay away from foods high in histamines and salicylates (which includes any aged foods like bacon, cheese, wine, and even leftovers unless they are frozen), repopulate your gut with low-histamine probiotics and then slowly start consuming fermented foods (like ACV) again.

  15. Kristine says:

    Can I drink the ACV with only just water ?

  16. hally says:

    Does it increase urination during detoxification? I’ve been peeing since I started taking it religiously.

    • Jenny says:

      Perhaps it’s because you’ve increased your fluid intake (I’m not sure how many of these drinks you consume per day).

  17. Stella says:

    I’ve been drinking the lemon detox once a day for three days now and have not had a need to take my prilosec for two days now. Before the detox I would be in heartburn misery within a day and need the meds. I’m guessing studies show it also benefits acid reflux?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      This study from Arizona State University found that ACV showed comparable results to antacids and alleviated heartburn symptoms. The researchers said that it may be useful for people who don’t respond well to antacid heartburn treatment. Regarding lemon juice, although it’s acidic, small amounts mixed with water can have an alkalizing effect when it’s digested (similar to ACV), and this can help neutralize the acid in your stomach.

  18. Flavia says:

    Please I am pregnant and too fat, can I also use the ACV for weight lost or it’s not good for pregnant women.

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Pasteurized form of ACV is safe for pregnant women. However, raw, unpasteurized ACV is not recommended for pregnant women due to the risk of food poisoning.

  19. Alice Boyd says:

    The properties of cider vinegar and lemon juice, combined with cranberries are absolutely miracle supplements. I do shots of vinegar every day. And living the life I have, I find this is just what I need to do now. Again, this is marvelous. VINEGAR!!!!!!

  20. CC says:

    Hi Jenny,

    Thank you for this information regarding detox ACV recipes. It would be helpful if you would speak to what recipe to use if you have YEAST/CANDIDA issues. From what I understand, using any type of sweetener or juice would NOT be a good idea if you have this issue!

  21. Kevin says:

    Does ACV have to be refrigerated after it is opened? I thought I could use it during work hours, but we have no refrigerator

  22. Flor says:

    What happens if I use regular acv? Not raw?

    • Jenny says:

      Most of the ACVs sold in supermarkets are processed, pasteurized and filtered and don’t contain the many nutrients and enzymes of raw unprocessed unfiltered ACV, hence will not benefit the body.

  23. Dee says:

    I mix bentonite clay with ACV for a mask for face, neck, decolletage. I ditched the expensive glycolic cleansers, chemical peels, and retin A moisturizers for this mask and coconut oil. My lines improved faster as well as pores smoother and overall smoothness.

    • Catherine says:

      Dear Friends; Please understand that I am NOT a medical person; NOT a health care provider of any sort. I simply want to share the wonderful thing that happened to ME !!! I have had absolutely horrible vaginal bacterosis, and vaginal yeast infections. Understand now, that I am not “prescribing” this, or even saying to try this = not= I am simply saying, this is what HAPPENED TO ME : In desperation, after the absolutely WORST symptoms of BV/ vaginal yeast culture, I began “WASHING” as much of my “GENITAL URINARY TRACT,” as I could reach – including pushing this concoction inside my vagina with my fingers, A COUPLE TIMES EACH DAY = recipe : 6 parts water / to one part apple cider vinegar . ALTHOUGH you MAY NEED TO WORK UP, if you are a virgin, or think you might have very delicate tissue “down there.” ( Like two tablespoons ACV per half gallon of water or more H2O ) Monitor your progress = if you have ANY SORT OF NEGATIVE REACTION ——DISCONTINUE and seek MEDICAL HELP IMMEDIATELY. IF you are successful and the symptoms CLEAR, continue process for at least I WEEK MORE at least. Again, continue to REGULARLY MONITOR DAILY, VERY CAREFULLY. Blessings.

  24. Ginny says:

    Can these ACV recipes for weight reduction and reduction of waist size be safely used by seniors healthy 70-80 years of age?

    • Jenny Hills, Nutritionist and Medical Writer says:

      At these ages it is very common even for healthy seniors to take some medications, so I’d consult with your doctor just to make sure there are no interactions between the ACV and the medications you take.

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