Use Vinegar and Save

Vinegar:

Environmentally safe,

environmentally friendly,

healthy

and extremely cheap!

Don’t you find that the most expensive items on your grocery bill are household cleaning agents such as tile-floor liquid, glass/mirror cleaning spray, bench top spray, bathroom spray…? Whether you buy local or imported brands, the toxic cocktail within each bottle is the same albeit sometimes more economical.

My mother put me onto Vinegar and although I was a little skeptic at the time, I’ve grown to swear by it’s cleansing and antibacterial qualities. I can buy this miracle liquid cheap and buy enough in bulk to keep in the cupboard for cleaning around my home; rinsing through my hair; and for antibacterial applications.

Here are some of my favourites

HEALTH & HYGIENE

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insulinImproves Insulin Sensitivity:

Studies performed by the American Diabetes Foundation (2004) found that both diabetics and pre-diabetics’s blood glucose readings improved when taking Apple Cider Vinegar during their meals. (American Diabetes Association)

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Sore Throat:sore throat

Mix 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar (antibacterial), 1 tsp cayenne pepper (helps get rid of the pain) and 3 tsps honey (antibacterial) in a glass of warm water and sip. (Dr Oz)

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Stuffy Nose:sinus

Mix 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water to drink. The potassium aids in thinning the mucus and the acetic acid aids kill bacteria. (Reader’s Digest)

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Aid digestion:digestion

Add 1 tbs Apple Cider Vinegar into a glass of water or a cup of tea before a meal. The vinegar’s properties help break down food, helps combat constipation and reduce gas. (Dr Oz)

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Restore pH levels in your hair:long hair

Restore pH levels in your hair or to remove product buildup, work a solution of 3 caps full of apple cider vinegar diluted in a small cup of water, through your hair, slightly massage and rinse through for squeaky clean hair. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, which might linger on for an hour or so, simply add a drop of your favourite essential oil into the solution. (Dr Oz)

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teenage faceRestore pH levels of your skin:

Apple Cider Vinegar can be used a natural astringent and to help clear up pimples by simply applying the vinegar to a clean face washer and applied to your face after showering. (Dr Oz)

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Remove dandruff:teens

Add ¼ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar to ¼ cup water in a spray bottle and spray onto wet hair after shampooing. Rinse after 15 minutes. Repeat this twice a week until the dandruff has disappeared. (Dr Oz)

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Sunburnt?:sunburn

Add 1 to 2 cups of Apple Cider Vinegar to your bath and soak for 15 minutes to help sooth and restore your skin’s pH levels. (Dr Oz)

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Mouthwash:mouthwash

Mix 1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar with a cup of water to use as a mouth-wash. This also helps in neutralizing bad breath by killing odour-causing bacteria. (Reader’s Digest)

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Bitten?:

mozzieTo help ease the pain of insect bites, apply a 50/50 mix of Apple Cider Vinegar and water applied to the affected area.
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AROUND THE HOME:

clean sink

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Wooden Chopping boards:

If you only ever clean one surface in your kitchen, it should be your chopping board. Wipe your boards with white vinegar after each use – and if you’re not too sure, you can wipe them before you use them as the acetic acid helps fight off bugs such as Salmonella and E.coli.

Deodorising chopping boards:

apply baking soda over your board and spray vinegar. Allow to foam for 10 minutes, cold rinse and dry thoroughly.(Reader’s Digest Home)

Light carpet stains:

Mix 2 tbs salt and ½ cup white vinegar into a solution and apply to the carpet stain. Allow to dry and vacuum.

For tougher stains:  Reader’s Digest Home

Smelly lunch box?:

I love this one! Soak 1 slice of white bread in white vinegar and leave in the lunch box overnight.

Tiles:

Remove heavy mildew buildup with white vinegar.

There are literally hundreds of applications for vinegar,

so I have included some links below for you to check out.

Check out these sites for more tips:

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