Uses for white & apple cider vinegar


Things we use vinegar for– what can you add to the list?!
1st, here’s an article discussing the general differences between white & apple cider vinegar:

For those that don’t like the smell of vinegar, here’s a simple idea for using a by-product of your kitchen: Orange-peel infused vinegar:

White Distilled Vinegar (WDV) (most often used for cleaning)
• Put in washer as a water softener
• Also can run through washer to clean and get off stains
• Glass Cleaner
• Use to shine silver pieces/toilet/sink in kitchen/bathroom
• Deodorizer (laundry, sinks, etc)
• Put in Dishwasher for clear glasses and to eliminate odors
• Get Bumper sticker residue off cars, various surfaces (undiluted)
• Weed killer (undiluted)
• Shines showers/shower doors
• Dilute WDV and run through coffee maker to clean
• Mix with milk to make buttermilk (works great in a pinch!)
• Vinegar + baking soda = great unclogging recipe (unfortunately have had to do this one often)
• Use it undiluted to get rid of mildew
• ½ c WDV + 2 tbsp baking soda + soaking silver for 2-3 hours = shiny silver! Great to clean other jewelry too!
• Wash yucky scissors with vinegar (not water, it’ll rust!) *Use this for kids scissors a lot!
• Wash walls, baseboards, etc to help get smoke and other ‘smells’ off/out of rooms
• Use to remove carpet stains (2tbp salt + ½ c. WDV)
• Disinfect cutting boards
• Clean out fridge
• Remove water stains and water rings (furniture, pots, pans, etc)
• Use in marinades to make meat super tender
• And of course, homemade vinaigrettes

Apple Cider Vinegar (beauty and health…a couple others too)
• ACV + water = great no poo conditioner
• ACV in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, poke holes…trap fruit flies:
• 1 part water, 2 parts ACV to balance pH of your skin, use like a toner
• Use undiluted to remove stains from teeth, use towel to apply
• Rub onto pet’s skin to get rid of fleas
• 2 tsp + 16 oz of water is supposed to help with weight loss
• Can also be used to clean kitchen and bathrooms the same as WDV can
• Can be used to disinfect, polish, and deodorize
• Known to cure sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, candida, acid reflux, sore throats, contact dermatitis, arthritis, and gout.

Oatmeal & Sugar Body Scrub

oatmeal sugar bath scrub

Oatmeal & Sugar Bath Scrub!
This super easy recipe leaves your skin feeling marvelous! Use in bath or shower, but best in bath as soaking in the coconut oil & oats is wonderful for the skin. Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer & sugar is a great exfoliator! Pat dry with a towel after getting out & you’ll have no need for additional moisturizer. A little bit goes a long way!
Did you know?
•Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and is perfect for most skin types, even the most sensitive skin
•Oatmeal contains saponins, a cleansing agent, and can therefore be used as a mild soap
•Oatmeal is moisturizing and helps remove dead skin cells.
•Oatmeal can help treat acne, eczema, rosacea and rashes

This is my recipe for a 4 oz. mason jar:
**I fill my jar 3/4 full of coconut oil, you don’t have to melt it, just be able to stir it.
**Add 2 TBSP each raw turbinado sugar & oats (I use quick oats)
**Add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils (lavender or orange are my favorites- of course this is optional)
**Blend well, & go enjoy a bath!

Yes, coconut oil can leave a bit of grime behind in your tub, but I don’t mind it one bit. I gave a jar of this as a gift to several friends & family members for Christmas, and all are enjoying it!

FB comments, Q & A:

Homemade Air Freshener

air freshener

Homemade Febreeze without nasty, synthetic fragrances!! I’m use just essential oil & water. Baking soda is great to include if you are spraying on fabric, like a dog bed or something you want the baking soda to absorb into, as it’s a natural odor absorber. Or, just shake baking soda on 1st, spray & let sit an hour or so & then vacuum up. I keep one spray bottle in both our bathrooms w/ just the oils & water, as I just want that nice, fresh smell. Right now we have one orange scented, one lavender-scented, and one rose-scented in the kitchen. Very cheap, using a reusable bottle, and avoiding synthetic scents which are NOT good for us!!

FB comments, Q & A:

Paper Towel, Kleenex & Napkin Alternative


My alternative to paper towels, kleenex & napkins. These are old t-shirts that I cut into various sizes & keep in the kitchen, and my husbands shop. My co-op has a community free clothes closet, which I help sort clothes for once/month. Although we ask for no ripped or stained clothes, we always get them. I toss them aside, and bring them home for rags. They get washed & reused, unless hubby uses them for an oil change or something nasty. Haven’t bought paper towels, Kleenex or napkins in nearly 1 year. Saves money, and more than 1 tree 🙂

FB thread with comments, Q & A:

Orange Peel Vinegar All-Purpose Cleaner

orange peel vinegar

The only cleaner I use. Soak the peels of 3-4 oranges for ~2 weeks in white vinegar & remove peels. Dump into spray bottle & dilute (some do 50%, I do 25% water) and use for an all-purpose cleaner. Can use lemon, lime or grapefruit peels, oranges are my favorite & the only fruit we consume by the bag which is why I use it.

For TONS of Q & A, please visit the Facebook thread here:

Truly All-Natural Homemade Deodorant


Homemade deodorant- the BEST natural deodorant I’ve ever used!! Photo taken from Google images- I’m a lousy photographer, and just couldn’t get a good shot of my jar, but this is the consistency it should be, and that’s about how much I apply to each pit.

For a perfect 4 oz jar-full follow this recipe:
**Fill your 4 oz glass jar 2/3-3/4 full of coconut oil, set on stovetop to melt.
**Add 1 1/2 TBSP each organic arrowroot, cornstarch, baking soda.
**Add ~5-10 drops your favorite essential oil. I use Tea Tree oil for it’s beneficial antibacterial properties, and either orange or lavender for a pleasant scent
**Consult this list for oils to avoid during pregnancy, or oils that have other concerns:
THAT’S IT!! Mix together & stick in fridge or let sit out to harden!!

AND, this is finally available for you to purchase, for those who don’t have the time/desire to get the ingredients and make your own. Here’s the note with all the info:

There are TONS of Q & A in the original thread on Facebook, here’s the permalink to it:

Jolene’s No Borax Laundry Detergent

No Borax laundry detergent

1 cup washing soda
1 cup baking soda
1/2 bar Dr. Bronner’s castile bar soap finely grated (any is fine but I love lavender)

*I use about (just about) 1/8 of a cup of the detergent mix if I am going to be doing a full load (and I love adding a few splashes of vinegar too as it softens my towels and keeps odors from staying)
**This can also be used as just a booster… a few tablespoons of the mix can be added to soap nuts, eco nuts, or any other alternative soap (even to traditional detergent powdered or liquid)
***If the castile bars are pricey where you are, you can get away with just using 1/3 of the bar and it will still work great. Any scent of the bars is fine
****This works well with cloth diapers (that I’ve noticed so far)
*****I have a traditional (old) top loader and this works great in that. It also works great in HE front loaders, as it is not a ‘sudsy’ kind of detergent, and perfectly safe to use in those too!!

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