10 Effective Vinegar Remedies (For Health and Home)

10 Effective Vinegar Remedies (For Health and Home)

After starting my journey with essential oils, I learned how harmful everyday household products can be. The possibilities with essential oils seem as vast as the ocean. And they smell good too! But, what if I’m just looking for a basic non-toxic remedy that is super cheap? And what do I have on hand?

Researching different remedies continues to send me back to one household product. To be honest, you might have some forgotten about in your pantry right now.

This magical kitchen staple has been around for thousands of years. Vinegar. While it’s known for an unpleasant odor, it has super cleaning powers. According to DifferenceBetween.net, white vinegar is used more for cleaning purposes and is known to be more acidic and sour smelling. Apple cider vinegar is used more for health purposes.

Did you know that a $3-4 jug can be used to remedy these 10 things? And even better, the smell disepates over time so you and your home won’t smell like a pickle.

White Distilled Vinegar For Natural Cleaning

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Kills Fleas

Just dilute one cup into your pet’s bath water to kill these microscopic terrors. A 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water can also be used in a spray bottle. Spray onto your pet before they go outside to keep fleas off. (More info.)

Kills Fruit Flies

Have fruit flies? No problem! Remove the source and set a fly trap! Using a small dish, add a cup or two of water, a couple tablespoons of vinegar, and a drop of dish soap.

Eliminates Urine Odor

Did you make the flea deterrent for your pet? You can use the same spray bottle of that 1:1 ratio (water and vinegar) to rid your house of urine and other odors. So pet owners and parents of potty trainers, you may want to remember this one! You can even use a diluted spray bottle of pine, rosemary, or lemon oil to get rid of that lingering smell!

Cuts Grease and Lime

The acidic properties are effective enough to cut grease and grime from pots and pans. You can also add some to your dishes that got the best of your hard water. Just add undiluted vinegar and a dab of dish soap to scrub away that lime!

Kills Weeds

Spray weeds generously with pure vinegar. Do this when rain isn’t in the forecast to avoid it washing off.

Whitens and Brightens Laundry

When I was a kid, my grandma accidentally grabbed the vinegar bottle next to the bleach. I was a bit perplexed. We had a good laugh when we all realized it was an accident. However, vinegar really does whiten after all. Add 1/4 cup to laundry for a better wash. Here are 10 reasons it’s good for your laundry!

Apple Cider Vinegar (AVC) For Natural Beauty

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Balances Your Body’s PH level

Cleaning my house with vinegar is one thing, adding it to my pet’s bath is another. Adding it to my bath is out of my comfort zone. However, I was willing to give this a shot in a super diluted form. You can add a cup or two of vinegar to your water to kill bacteria, and fungus on your body. The bath particularly helps treat skin conditions like eczema. (More Info.)

Makes Your Hair Shiny/Grow

If you follow my Instagram account, this is the wash I tried recently. I’ve been using natural shampoo and conditioner. My natural curly hair is a lot less unruly. But one step farther, I diluted vinegar and water on a 1:1 ratio for a hair wash. This was best done in the shower where I wasn’t making a big mess. You can add the dilution after shampooing your hair. Here’s a video.

Tones Your Face

Here’s a tutorial on how to do it. Basically, for oily skin, it’s the same 1:1 ratio as the hair wash. You want to wash your face first, then apply toner with a cotton round or spray bottle. This stays on

Aids in Weight Loss

About a year ago I started hearing about people adding AVC to their water in order to help lose weight. I honestly thought, “If I have to drink vinegar to lose weight, I’d rather stay where I’m at.” But after seeing the popularity in this method, I may consider it before my next cleanse. (And by cleanse I mean a mostly fruit/veggie and lots of water diet for a few weeks.) Supposedly this one helps regulate weight loss, blood sugar, and a lot of other internal/external functions.

 

Try it out!

If the vinegar smell is really too much for you, try diluting the solutions a bit more. You can always finish off with a couple sprays of purification, lemon, or rosemary essential oils!

Lastly, before you reach for your toxic cleaners and beauty products, try these out first. You may even save a lot of money in the long run! While the big businesses are out there selling solutions for every little thing, we have a cheap jug for multipurpose remedies!

 

Week 1 of Essential Oils [What It Did For My Family]

Week 1 of Essential Oils [What It Did For My Family]

Let's have a cup

Here’s what essential oils really did for my family on the first week!

Last week, I was anxiously waiting the arrival of the delivery guy with my Young Living starter kit. When I saw him pull in, I paced around the house, snatched the box, then had that thing opened up before he could even pull away. 😀

Yes, I was that excited!

Included in the Young Living starter kit was:

  • The Desert Mist Diffuser
  • 10 Essential Oils
  • + Stress Away
  • Sample bottles/roll on top
  • Ningxia samples (delicious detox drink)
  • Thieves household cleaner sample
  • Tons of informative packets
  • Thieves household cleaner (concentrate, which I added on to my order)
  • Extra Lemon vitality (as a bonus for ordering Thieves)

 

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Top row left to right (vitality): Lemon, Copaiba, Digize, Thieves, Peppermint                   Bottom row left to right: Panaway, Raven, Citrus Fresh, Frankincense, Lavender
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All of this hidden glory was under the bottom portion of the box! (2) Ningxia samples, Thieves household cleaner sample, Stress Away, (bonus bottle) Lemon Vitality, roll-on top, sample bottles (to share with friends), and cards to send with those sample bottles!
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There were some booklets on other products and the purpose for each oil.

 

Everything was so beautifully packaged, I felt like a friend sent me a care package!

So, first thing I set up my diffuser, which was really easy. Just add water to the reservoir and 8-10 drops of essential oil. Lavender was first on my list of things to try because which Mom of 3 little boys doesn’t need to relax, right?

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And to my surprise, not only did the diffuser run much longer than expected, but something amazing happened that night. I usually struggle to get the kids to bed when my husband is at work. Sometimes I spend over an hour from the time they brush teeth to this Momma Bear finally sitting on the couch. Instead, after about an hour of enjoying the lavender mist, they walked right up to bed and each laid down without a fight.

I was shocked!

The next day, I knew I had to try something new to diffuse or I’d run out of lavender too soon. My oil friends had talked about the use of peppermint. So, I thought, let’s try that! In the early morning I added 8 drops of peppermint to the diffuser and it really started to perk me up. (Not like my morning coffee, but in a more subtle, longer-lasting way).

I’m still learning about all of the different uses and mixtures of the oils, but so far, stress-relief has been the biggest change in our home with the essential oils. Not to mention, I’ve needed less coffee and less naps.

So far I’ve had a lot of fun adding oils to a glass of water, spray bottles, and cocunut oil… etc. to try out. I’m also trying the frankinsense on my face to help with dark under eye circles and blemishes. So, hopefully will be glowing in the next week or so! (Thanks to the girls who shared that tip with me!)

 

For those of you who are learning with me, these are some basic perks of essential oils:

Diffuser (8-10 drops)

  • Naturally mood enhancing
  • Supports immune health
  • Non-toxic (candles actually can be toxic)

Vitality drops added to water (1-2 drops each glass/once daily):

  • Peppermint for refreshing pick-me up
  • Lemon to help restore the body’s PH levels/detox
  • Thieves for immunity

 

Balms/Roll-on mixes:

  • Lavender/coconut oil for relaxing
  • Stress Away (relieves headaches and stress)

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Thieves household cleaner

  • Makes my house smell like a spa
  • It actually cleans, leaves a shine
  • It is versatile/great for frugal families
  • Is said to support immune system
  • Is safe for everyone from kids to pets

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My favorite part of having essential oils in my home is knowing we won’t suffer from side effects because the oils replace harsh chemicals (and are just as effective).

The coolest part is essential oils go all the way back to Jesus’ time. It’s so neat to see old, traditional ways becoming trendy again. In an ever-changing world it is nice to go back to our roots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hopping on the Essential Oil Bandwagon

Hopping on the Essential Oil Bandwagon
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Essential oils have really made a break into society. When they became really popular a few years ago, I wondered why. Here is my discovery.

Why Essential Oils?

After going to an oil party a few months ago (for Young Living), I fell in love! At the party, oil diffusers set the mood with relaxing lavender, lemon oil flavored the water (while detoxing), and the Thieves household cleaner actually works! I was given generous samples to try at home and absolutely loved the results!

With some previous knowledge of natural remedies, I knew I wanted to try some products with less side effects. Think about it, every medicine you take has possible side effects. Natural is just safe.

There are so many more benefits to using essential oils and I will share those with you along my personal journey.

I had never really thought about how many toxins are in my house, and how they may be affecting our overall health. But after that, I’m going to be much more mindful!

 

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Going for it

So, I just wanted to share that I am finally hopping on the essential oil bandwagon. And I am so excited! This has been on the top of my wish list for months! Thanks to a friend who got me started ;-)!

When I hear mindful living, this is what I think of. Taking out all the extra. All the bad. And transitioning to bringing the right things into our home. I know it will be a slow process to making the switch, but I know that we will be living a happy, healthier lifestyle.

Not to mention, we could all use a little mood-enhancing diffuser, sending quiet steam puffs of relaxation, all throughout our homes! (By the way, I went to that party with all three of my kids, and left there relaxed, so that’s why I’m this excited!)

My package will be here any day now and I cannot wait to share with you how awesome all of the Young Living products are!

 

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One of the samples I received from the oil party!

Did you know

They also carry natural products for:

  • kids
  • hygiene
  • makeup
  • detox
  • food
  • laundry
  • dishes
  • pets
  • more

Learn more about essential oils here!

 

 

For those of you who use them already, which is your favorite essential oil (and use)?