Vinegar http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/2569/all en-US 21 Surprising Uses for Vinegar http://www.wisebread.com/21-surprising-uses-for-vinegar <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/21-surprising-uses-for-vinegar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/apple_cider_vinegar_000054736252.jpg" alt="Learning unexpected uses for vinegar" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As an Englishman, I spent most of my life knowing only one use for vinegar &mdash; well, malt vinegar to be precise &mdash; and that was as something to make my fish n' chips taste great. After I discovered the fine cuisines of Guam and the Philippines, I used white vinegar in my cooking. I also heard that vinegar was helpful with cleaning windows.</p> <p>However, when I started digging, I found hundreds of uses for vinegar. It has to be one of the most <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-unexpected-uses-for-sugar">versatile and useful</a> liquids on the planet, and it's also very affordable. Here are 21 of the more unusual uses I found for several types of vinegar. All hail its mighty properties!</p> <h2>1. Calm Your Sunburn</h2> <p>You can soothe sunburn with white distilled vinegar (WDV), particularly if you keep it in the fridge. It also has properties that can help stop, or minimize, the peeling and itching.</p> <h2>2. Revitalize Your Rugs</h2> <p>If they are looking grimy from a lot of foot traffic, don't immediately reach for the carpet cleaner. Instead, mix a cup of WDV with a gallon of warm water, and apply with a clean, soft push broom. It's also good for removing stains, if you use a more concentrated form of the solution, and add some table salt.</p> <h2>3. Bring Windshield Wipers Back to Life</h2> <p>If they are starting to streak and stick, don't replace them. Instead, soak a cloth with WDV and rub it back and forth along the rubber. You will be amazed at how much dirt is removed, and how well they clean after.</p> <h2>4. Boost Your Laundry</h2> <p>Adding a half-cup of WDV to your wash will not only make whites whiter, but it will remove any musty smells that clothing of fabric can acquire after a long time in storage. It will also reduce static cling in the dryer.</p> <h2>5. Conceal Scratches in Furniture</h2> <p>Simply mix some apple cider vinegar (ACV) with iodine to make a concoction that makes most scratches disappear. The darker the wood, the more iodine you should use. Experiment.</p> <h2>6. Kill Fruit Flies</h2> <p>Take a small saucer and pour in some ACV, then add a little dish soap to reduce the surface tension. The flies are attracted to the smell, but quickly drown in the vinegar bath. You may catch more bees with honey, but for flies? Use vinegar!</p> <h2>7. Minimize a Bruise</h2> <p>If you soak a paper towel with WDV and apply it to a freshly bumped area on your body, some believe it will reduce the intensity of the bruise, or even prevent it from appearing at all.</p> <h2>8. Keep a Clear Complexion</h2> <p>Actress Scarlett Johansson <a href="http://www.elleuk.com/beauty/exclusive-scarlett-johansson-talks-beauty-with-elle#image=1">washes her face with ACV</a>, and the results are quite impressive if it's all down to that. Of course, we don't know what else she applies. But what we do know is that ACV has antibacterial properties, cutting grease and killing bacteria.</p> <h2>9. Alleviate Athlete's Foot</h2> <p>That fungal infection is not pleasant, and can cause severe itchiness, dryness, blistering, and discomfort. Take nightly footbaths using one part WDV to two parts water and you should see a massive improvement.</p> <h2>10. Turn a Chicken Bone Into&hellip; Rubber!</h2> <p>Why you would ever need this is a head-scratcher, but it can be a lot of fun at parties. If you soak a chicken bone in WDV for at least a few days, it will become as soft and flexible as a rubber bone. But it's highly doubtful the dog will go near it...</p> <h2>11. Kill Weeds</h2> <p>If you don't like the idea of nasty chemicals around the home and garden (and who does?), then reach for the WDV. There are many variations of the way it should be <a href="http://www.garden-counselor-lawn-care.com/vinegar-weed-killer.html">prepared and diluted</a>, but whichever you choose, it will definitely get rid of those nasty weeds in your garden.</p> <h2>12. Soothe Aching Muscles</h2> <p>If you've been overdoing it at the gym, or in the yard, you will have sore muscles. This is due to a build-up of lactic acid, and ACV can draw out that lactic acid. Simply dip a rag into a mixture of ACV and water (about one part vinegar to four parts water) and apply to the areas that need the most attention. Or if you've got a few gallons lying around, prepare a bath of the stuff. You may need a shower after though!</p> <h2>13. Destroy Dandruff</h2> <p>Yes, it's pesky and embarrassing, but it can be eliminated with ACV. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle (you can find them for a buck or two at your local hardware store) and apply to your hair after the shampoo, and leave for about 10&ndash;15 minutes. Then, rinse out. Do this a few times a week, and dandruff will be history.</p> <h2>14. Keep Cut Flowers Fresh</h2> <p>Adding just a tablespoon of WDV to the water of your flowers will help them stay fresh for much longer.</p> <h2>15. Cat-Proof Your Home</h2> <p>Our feline friends really don't like the smell of vinegar, so pour some WDV in a spray bottle and treat areas that you want kitty to stay away from.</p> <h2>16. Clean Your Microwave Quickly</h2> <p>After a while, the inside of the microwave becomes covered in small pieces of food that explode out from the plates and bowls during the heating process. Further use of the microwave makes them tough to remove. So, bring vinegar in to the rescue. Fill a small bowl with equal parts water and WDV, and nuke it for about two to three minutes. You want it to be steaming inside there, which will loosen up the food for you. Then, dip a cloth into the hot vinegar mixture (make sure you don't burn yourself) and wipe away the food and grime.</p> <h2>17. Make Paint Brushes Good as New</h2> <p>Whether using paint brushes for art or interior decorating, it can be tough to get them really clean. Vinegar can help. Fill a large saucepan with WDV and put your brushes in it to soak for at least an hour, but no longer than two. Then, put the vinegar pot on the stove and bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 mins. Your brushes will be completely paint-free. Any residue can be cleaned away with soap and water.</p> <h2>18. Bring Old Socks Back From the Dead</h2> <p>We all have gym socks that look well-used, but they have life left in them. You can reinvigorate them with WDV. Fill a saucepan with water, and add one cup of vinegar, and bring it to a rolling boil. Then, drop in those stained socks. Leave overnight, then rinse with cold water in the morning. They will be white again.</p> <h2>19. Clean a Litter Box</h2> <p>The odor-banishing properties of WDV come in very handy here. By pouring a half-inch of vinegar in the bottom of the litter box you have just emptied, you can neutralize those smells. Then, rinse, pat dry, and add new litter. However, as we mentioned earlier, cats do not like that vinegar smell. So, make sure it is thoroughly cleaned and dry before adding new litter, or you could find your cat protesting in the worst way.</p> <h2>20. Soothe a Sore Throat</h2> <p>It seems odd to add something as harsh as vinegar to a sore throat remedy, but it works. Add a few tablespoons of ACV to a cup of hot water, and stir in a few tablespoons of honey to counteract the acidity. Sip the mixture and make that sore throat go away.</p> <h2>21. Say Goodbye to Rust</h2> <p>Instead of paying a lot of money for a CLR treatment, or other over-the-counter rust removers, use WDV instead. Pour the vinegar into a saucepan (the size will depend on the object from which you need to remove rust) and bring to a boil. Then, add in your rusty objects, and simmer for 10&ndash;20 mins. The rust will just fall off.</p> <p><em>Now, those are the 21 biggest uses I uncovered, but did I miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments section. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-surprising-uses-for-vinegar">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-homemade-stain-removers-that-actually-work">5 Homemade Stain Removers That Actually Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-wonderful-household-uses-for-essential-oils">13 Wonderful Household Uses for Essential Oils</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-deter-garden-pests">8 Cheap Ways to Deter Garden Pests</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-eliminate-ants-without-an-exterminator">8 Ways to Eliminate Ants Without an Exterminator</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks DIY Green Living cleaning cool uses eco-friendly natural Vinegar Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:00:09 +0000 Paul Michael 1481964 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Awesome Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar http://www.wisebread.com/12-awesome-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-awesome-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000041644626_Double.jpg" alt="apple cider vinegar" title="apple cider vinegar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of the most versatile ingredients you have in your kitchen. And what's even more exciting is that its application can be extended far beyond the food world. First, it's important to understand that raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar will provide all the power and benefits versus distilled varieties. That's because that raw contains living nutrients and bacteria. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting?ref=seealso">254 Uses for Vinegar and Counting</a>)</p> <p>Once you pick up a bottle, you can use it in these vastly different ways.</p> <h2>1. Food Dressing</h2> <p>My husband uses apple cider vinegar in place of balsamic vinegar on his salads. I sometimes use a splash in place of white vinegar in my baking (for making <a href="https://veganfoodaddict.wordpress.com/tag/apple-cider-vinegar/">vegan &quot;buttermilks&quot;</a> and the like). Basically, if a recipe calls for vinegar, you can likely replace it with ACV for a new twist.</p> <h2>2. Cold Remedy</h2> <p>Kill bacteria and ease your sore throat with apple cider vinegar. Dilute a couple tablespoons ACV into one cup of warm, filtered water. You can add raw honey for taste, if you like. Drink up four to six times a day.</p> <h2>3. Facial Toner</h2> <p>If you have bad skin like I do, check out how this gal <a href="http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13304/how-i-cured-my-acne-with-apple-cider-vinegar.html">cured her acne</a> with apple cider vinegar. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you'll dilute ACV with a little (or a lot of) water. Apply twice a day with a clean cotton ball after washing your face.</p> <h2>4. Foot Soak</h2> <p>Combine one cup epsom salts, one cup ACV, and water for this <a href="http://simplymal.com/pinterest-magic-3/">soothing foot soak</a>. When you're done lounging, use a pumice stone to smooth your softened calluses away.</p> <h2>5. Tooth Whitener</h2> <p>Apple cider vinegar can even <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34oBoARmgIA">whiten your smile</a>. The acids in the vinegar eat away at the stains on your teeth. Simply pour some in a cup and swish around in your mouth for one or two minutes. Spit out and then rinse with water if you don't like the taste.</p> <h2>6. Fly Trap</h2> <p>We tried this trick for the first time over the summer, and it worked wonderfully. If you're noticing lots of fruit flies in your kitchen, pour some ACV into a small glass, cover with plastic wrap, and poke some holes in it. The flies will be attracted to the smell and congregate there so you can remove them.</p> <h2>7. Odor Remover</h2> <p>Does your room stink? Pour some ACV into a small bowl and place it near the source of the offensive odor. After a while, the vinegar will help absorb the odors until they're barely noticeable. (But it's a good idea to change the litter box anyway!)</p> <h2>8. Deodorant</h2> <p>Those of you looking for a natural stink-fighting alternative, check out this <a href="http://www.salubriousexclamation.com/2013/04/how-to-make-natural-spray-on-deodorant.html">apple cider vinegar spray deodorant</a>. Just combine ACV with distilled water and essential oils in a bottle. Shake well before spritzing under your arms.</p> <h2>9. Hair Rinse</h2> <p>If you're interested in the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment">baking soda shampoo method</a>, you'll soon discover the rinse is &mdash; you guessed it &mdash; apple cider vinegar. If the smell is too strong for your liking, dilute in a little water before pouring onto your head.</p> <h2>10. Sunburn Soother</h2> <p>Headed someplace warm on vacation? Well, you know the sunburn is likely to follow. This <a href="http://butterbeliever.com/sunburn-remedy/">two-ingredient sunburn fix</a> is simply apple cider vinegar and coconut oil. Wet a washcloth and splash on some ACV and apply to the burned area. Then nourish with the oil.</p> <h2>11. Produce Wash</h2> <p>Dilute ACV with a ratio of one tablespoon to one cup of water to <a href="http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2013/04/how-to-clean-produce-naturally-using-apple-cider-vinegar/">wash your fruits and veggies</a> naturally. All you do is soak them in a bowl for five to 10 minutes, then rinse and pat dry.</p> <h2>12. All-Purpose Cleaner</h2> <p>Just combine one part water with one part ACV (much like you'd do with white vinegar) inside a spray bottle. Add essential oils if you like. Then get to work! And don't worry. The vinegar smell will fade shortly after you clean. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-everything-with-just-3-all-natural-cleaners?ref=seealso">How to Clean Everything With 3 All-Natural Cleaners</a>)</p> <p><em>What's your favorite awesome use for apple cider vinegar?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-awesome-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-surprising-uses-for-vinegar">21 Surprising Uses for Vinegar</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quickly-removing-scratches-from-cds-and-dvds">Quickly Remove Scratches From CDs and DVDs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY General Tips cool uses natural cleaners Vinegar Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:00:08 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1283247 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Weird and Wonderful Ways to Use Vinegar http://www.wisebread.com/10-weird-and-wonderful-ways-to-use-vinegar <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-weird-and-wonderful-ways-to-use-vinegar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000012098531Smallc.jpg" alt="watering can" title="watering can" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What comes to mind when you think of Easter?</p> <p>Baskets, probably. Or perhaps the Resurrection. Maybe even cute little bunnies.</p> <p>Not for me. I think of vinegar, much more so than any other time of year. It&rsquo;s used to dye the requisite hard-boiled eggs, and in my family we pour it on top of boiled cabbage at Easter dinner.</p> <p>When I thought about vinegar for a moment, I knew there had to be tons of applications for the acidic accoutrement. And there are. A quick search will reveal plenty of practical ways to use it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-household-products-vinegar-can-replace">30 Household Products Vinegar Can Replace</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">254 Uses for Vinegar</a>)</p> <p>The practical posts have been done to death, however, which is why I sent out a query to my contacts asking for unusual uses for vinegar. The responses I received were quite surprising &mdash; and one of them might have made me blush. Take a look at the tips.</p> <h3>1. Fix Anemic Plants</h3> <p>&quot;When your large garden plants like rhododendrons and andromeda are showing signs of anemia (that would be pale leaves but darker green veins), soak rusty nails (not the Drambuie kind) or rusty anythings you might have around the garden in white vinegar for a few weeks. Then dilute the solution and pour it around the plant as far out as the leaves spread.&quot; &mdash; David Eisner</p> <h3>2. Remove Salt</h3> <p>&quot;Diluted vinegar is a great way to remove salt residue from suede and leather shoes.&quot; &mdash; Allison Dent</p> <h3>3. Try to Have a Girl</h3> <p>&quot;My friend, who is a midwife, after having two sons and desperately wanting a girl, gave herself a vinegar douche...It&rsquo;s a fact &mdash; something to do with changing the chemical balance of the womb lining, which increases your chances of having a girl. It worked!&quot; &mdash; Caroline Cheshire</p> <h3>4. Eliminate Sunblock Stains</h3> <p>&quot;To remove sunblock stains on sheets and clothing, boil the vinegar, then dissolve baking soda in it. Dip the stained area in the mixture, set it in the sun to dry, and the stain will be removed.&quot; &mdash; <a href="http://www.romantictravelbelize.com">Lara Goldman</a></p> <h3>5. Banish Blood</h3> <p>&quot;To remove blood, use room-temperature vinegar, dissolve baking soda, soak the stain, and rinse. Do not use warmed vinegar, as it will set the stain instead.&quot; &mdash; Lara Goldman</p> <h3>6. Soothe Sunburns</h3> <p>&quot;To reduce sting of sunburn, pour vinegar on it, and the sting will go away.&quot; &mdash; Lara Goldman</p> <h3>7. Remove Bruises</h3> <p>&quot;To make a bruise disappear, put vinegar in microwave until it&rsquo;s as warm as you can take it. Put sea salt in the vinegar and soak a cloth. Compress for five to seven minutes or until the cloth cools. The bruise will go away.&quot; &mdash; Lara Goldman</p> <h3>8. Settle Your Stomach</h3> <p>&quot;The best use for vinegar: Use it instead of antacids. A couple of tablespoons will help your digestion. My friends who have used antacids have confirmed this. Furthermore, a couple tablespoons will stabilize your blood sugar.&quot; &mdash; <a href="http://www.livefoodfactor.com">Susan Schenck</a></p> <h3>9. Define Dye</h3> <p>&quot;Half to one cup of distilled white vinegar in your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/does-more-detergent-make-for-more-clean">laundry</a> helps set the dye on clothing the first time you wash the item. Works great for dark denim.&quot; &mdash; Leslie Crook</p> <h3>10. Eliminate Epoxy</h3> <p>&quot;Boat builders use vinegar to clean up uncured epoxy.&quot; &mdash; <a href="http://www.daviesandcarini.com">Dana Carini</a></p> <p><em>What are some other ways to use vinegar that people might not know about? Let me know below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-weird-and-wonderful-ways-to-use-vinegar">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-carpet-stain-removers">The 5 Best Carpet Stain Removers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-get-rid-of-mold-on-common-household-items">6 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Mold on Common Household Items</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-laundry-stain-removers">The 5 Best Laundry Stain Removers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">254 Uses for Vinegar. And Counting.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Home cleaning products stain remover Vinegar Fri, 08 Apr 2011 10:36:11 +0000 Mikey Rox 520961 at http://www.wisebread.com DIY Shampoo: The Baking Soda Experiment http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bakingsodawb.JPG" alt="baking soda" title="baking soda" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="173" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pop, fizz went the sound as the baking soda and vinegar mixed together to create a volcano-like effect. Most times this experiment is conducted in science classrooms across the country, but today the experiment was in the shower. More specifically: in my hair.</p> <p>Baking soda and vinegar have long been touted to have great cleaning properties, but never did I think that they could clean hair. That was until my girlfriend attended a Mom's group where the speaker who'd had breast cancer at 30 years old clued the group to the <a href="http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/">cosmetic safety database</a>.</p> <p>Stunned by all the shampoos and conditioners with high toxicity, I decided to research the options. The problem was that the ones that scored low on the toxic index were high on the price index, and as a seasoned frugalite I had to believe there was an alternative.</p> <p>Someone mentioned that they had used baking soda before, and so I decided to try it. All you need is 1/8 cup of baking soda mixed with warm water each time you wash your hair, and at $1 or less a box, the amount needed per time is in the pennies. Still, could it really remove all the dirt?</p> <p>For a week I used it solely in place of my shampoo and conditioner. While I know that sometimes even something that doesn't feel clean is helping my hair, could rubbing something like sand into my hair really help? After more research I learned that you've got to give it at least a week to see results, so I kept plodding on, all the while unsure it was working and putting up with a weird dry feel. I've got to say that at the end of week two, I wasn't convinced. My hair felt like straw and didn't smell much better. I was tired of the no-sudsy feeling I was getting while washing that makes me feel like something is working, so I gave it up as a failed experiment. Until...</p> <p>I was tempted to try it again for a blog experiment with lots of other people watching. This time I'd use 1/2 cup of vinegar, as well as the baking soda, as recommended by another reader. This is supposed to prevent dryness and was worth a shot for sure.</p> <p>Well, gag me now if vinegar in the shower isn't the last thing I want to smell while relaxing, but it did help. I stunk at science, and I guess I just didn't realize the effects of the baking soda and vinegar, but I liked it a lot. Somehow all that fizzing and popping made me feel like it was working. Although it didn't smell sweet like shampoo, nor did it smell like vinegar once rinsed &mdash; and it certainly wasn't dry.</p> <p>All in all, I much preferred washing with the vinegar, even though the stench was a little much. It's non-toxic, incredibly cheap, and my hair looks and feels the same as when using a regular shampoo. I can honestly say I liked the experiment and have a new love for one of the world's oldest cleaning ingredients. According to Wikipedia, even the ancient Egyptians loved it and used it as soap.</p> <p>If you'd like to try it, here are the directions I used (there are two options):</p> <ul> <li><strong>Wash with baking soda regularly.</strong> Those who do this say they experience a short period of their hair feeling really dry and straw-like. You should give it at least 2 weeks.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Wash with baking soda a few times a month</strong> to get rid of shampoos, conditioners and stylers that build up. Honestly, this is probably what I'll be doing from now on. I do love the smell of my shampoo and am not sure I'm ready to give that up yet.</li> </ul> <h3>The Recipe</h3> <p>1. Mix this in small plastic container:</p> <ul> <li>1/2 cup baking soda</li> <li>3 cups of warm water</li> </ul> <p>These two ingredients will make a lot of &quot;shampoo&quot; so just use a little each time and then after you've washed with the baking soda mix, rinse with 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar.</p> <p>2. However often you wash your hair, wash it with the mixture.</p> <p>3. It won't suds up and will feel a little weird to begin with &mdash; it will also fizz and pop.</p> <p>4. Rinse and dry as normal.</p> <p><em>Tell us what your experience with baking soda and/or vinegar shampoo was like.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Clair Boone. She bought diapers for 20 cents a pack and earned the applause of the cashier checking her out. Over the past year, Clair's money-saving tips has helped thousands of people all over the U.S. save hundreds of dollars. Read more articles by Clair at her blog, <a href="http://www.mummydeals.org/">Mummy Deals</a>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.mummydeals.org/2009/01/why-i-do-my-own-hair-coloring.html">Save Around $400 Per Year by Doing Your Own Hair Coloring</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.mummydeals.org/2010/01/my-ink-cartridge-just-cost-me-mere-2.html">My Ink Cartridge Just Cost Me a Mere $2</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.mummydeals.org/2009/11/upromise-helping-you-save-for-your-kids.html">Upromise: Helping You Save For Your Kid's College</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clair-boone">Clair Boone</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesomeness-of-sodium-bicarbonate-27-uses-for-baking-soda">The Awesomeness of Sodium Bicarbonate: 27 Uses for Baking Soda</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alternative-uses-for-everything-in-your-bathroom">Alternative Uses for Everything in Your Bathroom</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-uses-for-salt-besides-seasoning">21 Uses for Salt (Besides Seasoning)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Health and Beauty Home baking soda shampoo Vinegar Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:00:04 +0000 Clair Boone 5961 at http://www.wisebread.com Household Cleaning Hacks That Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/household-cleaning-hacks-that-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/household-cleaning-hacks-that-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4924887069_d3d21d8a42_z.jpg" alt="scrubbing floor" title="scrubbing floor" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="157" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here is an assortment of ways to get more bang for your cleaning buck and efforts. From making your own cleaning solutions to ensuring your appliances are working optimally, most of the techniques below can be used with what you already have on hand. Why not give them a try?</p> <h2>Appliance Maintenance: Dusty Refrigerators</h2> <p>Your fridge is a pig on <a title="The Cost of Standby Power" href="http://www.wisebread.com/hands-in-your-pocket-the-cost-of-standby-power-environmental-and-otherwise">power</a> and the worst offender in your house. But many fridges are not running optimally to begin with, and you can fix this quite easily.</p> <p>The coils behind the fridge tend to attract dust, which in turn insulates the coil, making it work harder to actually cool the fridge. The remedy? Unplug the fridge, pull it away from the wall, and vacuum the dust off all the coils. Doing this once per season will save you on power costs. (See also: <a title="7 Ways to Make the Most of a Tiny Kitchen" href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-the-most-of-a-tiny-kitchen">7 Ways to Make the Most of a Tiny Kitchen</a>)</p> <h2>Appliance Use: Ironing Efficiency</h2> <p>Run your iron over a sheet of aluminum foil to clean the plate. Then, place the foil under your ironing surface and iron your clothes as usual. The foil acts as a conductor, allowing you to iron from the top and bottom simultaneously.</p> <h2>Natural Air Freshener</h2> <p>Simply dip a cotton ball in an essential oil of your choice and add it to your vacuum bag. Instead of smelling that vacuum odor when you clean, the cotton ball will infuse the air with a light scent. (This technique won't work in all vacuum cleaners; it depends on the kind you have.)</p> <h2>Remove Floor Scratches</h2> <p>Don't worry about spending a small fortune on special scratch remover; simply apply lemon juice and olive oil to your scratch and buff it away. This mixture also makes a good overall furniture polish.</p> <p><em>Word of caution: Always test out on a small patch of floor or furniture first.</em></p> <h2>Homemade Stain Remover</h2> <p>This is a pre-treatment for tough stains on clothes. Make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda. Massage into the stain, then wash as usual. (Again, it's not a bad idea to test this out first, as the lemon juice could affect bright colors.)</p> <h2>Homemade Laundry Detergent</h2> <p>I don't like the chemicals in most detergents. (I say if you can't pronounce it, it's probably not good to eat or wash with.) Not only that, but many commercial detergents require a much higher dose than is necessary. Here are <a title="laundry detergent recipes" href="http://tipnut.com/10-homemade-laundry-soap-detergent-recipes/">10 Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipes</a>, and you can choose the one you think will work best based on what you have on hand. The basic ingredients are a combination of washing soda, baking soda, bar soap, and/or borax.</p> <h2>Tea and Coffee Stains</h2> <p>Salt is a great abrasive that can lift ingrained coffee and tea stains quite easily.</p> <p><strong>Cups and Mugs:</strong> Simply apply salt and rub into the stain with your fingers. If you are afraid the salt will scratch your cup, then dilute it with a little water and scrub the stains with a soft pad.</p> <p><strong>Coffee Pots and Coffee Percolators:</strong> Fill the pot or percolator with water, add a &frac14; cup of salt, and boil or percolate as usual. Pour out the salt water near your garden to <a title="Homemade Mosquito and Insect Traps and Repellent" href="http://www.wisebread.com/pesky-pests-easy-homemade-mosquito-and-insect-traps-and-repellent">repel pests</a>. During winter months, reuse the salt water to wash the insides of your windows to prevent frost. (This is also great for the car, and <a title="30 Household Products Vinegar Can Replace" href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-household-products-vinegar-can-replace">vinegar</a> also works well for this purpose.)</p> <p>Over to you: What are your special household cleaning hacks that save you money?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/household-cleaning-hacks-that-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-household-products-vinegar-can-replace">30 Household Products Vinegar Can Replace</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">254 Uses for Vinegar. And Counting.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-homemade-stain-removers-that-kick-butt">6 Secret Homemade Stain Removers That Kick Butt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/does-more-detergent-make-for-more-clean">Does More Detergent Make for More Clean?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-make-your-clothes-last-longer-without-spending-big">16 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer Without Spending Big</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Home cleaning detergent laundry remedies stains Vinegar Fri, 14 Aug 2009 16:00:10 +0000 Nora Dunn 3498 at http://www.wisebread.com 30 Household Products Vinegar Can Replace http://www.wisebread.com/30-household-products-vinegar-can-replace <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/30-household-products-vinegar-can-replace" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2741435931_f8950bce9b_z.jpg" alt="boy cleaning windows" title="boy cleaning windows" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Who knew that vinegar could do so much? It serves a purpose in just about every room of the house, and there are dozens of household (and personal) products that vinegar can replace, as you will see below. It's cheaper, better for the environment, and better for your health and home (in eliminating unnecessary chemicals).</p> <h2>All-Purpose Cleaners</h2> <p>Vinegar in general is a natural (and inexpensive) <a title="4 High-Tech Weapons for the War Against Germs" href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-high-tech-weapons-for-the-war-against-germs">disinfectant</a>. It can be used on almost anything except marble. So stick it in a spray bottle and get to work! Here are a few more &quot;recipes&quot; for various cleaning purposes. (See also: <a title="Household Cleaning Hacks that Save You Money" href="http://www.wisebread.com/household-cleaning-hacks-that-save-you-money">Household Cleaning Hacks that Save You Money</a>)</p> <p><strong>All-purpose cleaner:</strong> 2 parts vinegar, 1 part water.</p> <p><strong>Extra dirty spots:</strong> Scour dirty areas with <a title="How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom From &ldquo;Yuck&rdquo; to Yes!" href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">baking soda</a>, then spray the all purpose cleaner (recipe above) over the area and wipe clean.</p> <p><strong>Floor cleaner:</strong> Brew a cup of peppermint tea (use 1 tea bag: one cup for you, one for the floor). Squeeze half a lemon in to the floor mix, and add 1 cup of vinegar. Mop away with your solution; the vinegar disinfects, the tea has antibacterial properties and removes marks, and the lemon freshens and disinfects.</p> <p><strong>Pee stains on carpet (presumably from pets):</strong> Blot up the initial stain, flush it with water, then apply equal parts vinegar and cool water. Blot it all up, rinse, and let dry. This will eliminate odors and stains.</p> <p><strong>Hard water stains and mineral deposits:</strong> Allow a cloth soaked in vinegar to sit on a hard water stain (for example behind your faucet) or mineral deposit for a few hours. Wipe clean.</p> <p><strong>Appliance cleaning:</strong> Clean your coffee maker or laundry machine or dishwasher by running vinegar through it, followed by water. This reduces soap buildup and keeps everything in working order.</p> <h2>In The Kitchen</h2> <p><strong>Remove labels from glass jars:</strong> Saturate the labeled area in vinegar and scrape the stickiness right off.</p> <p><strong>Dirty pot bottoms and cooking utensils:</strong> Fill the pot with enough water to cover the stain, add 1 cup of vinegar, and boil rapidly for 5 minutes. Let cool, then scrub the stains off. While you're at it, put your stainless steel cooking utensils in the pot to get them sparkly clean too.</p> <p><strong>Fruit stains on hands:</strong> Had a little too much fun making that cherry pie or berry salad? Just rub your hands with vinegar to remove the stains.</p> <p><strong>Coffee stains on china:</strong> Use a mixture of salt and vinegar to clean coffee stains from china.</p> <p><strong>Wooden cutting boards:</strong> Wooden cutting boards are great, except they can be a hothouse for bacteria (especially if grooves have been cut into the board with use). Disinfect it regularly with vinegar to keep it (and your food) clean.</p> <p><strong>Veggie maintenance:</strong> Clean and crisp up your veggies by soaking them in a mixture of water and a tablespoon or so of vinegar. Any bugs lingering on your produce will float away, and your soggy celery will come to life again (depending on how far gone it was to begin with).</p> <p><strong>Smelly onion hands:</strong> Eliminate onion odor off your hands by rinsing them in vinegar. This also apparently works with other stinky parts of your body that soap isn't cutting through, such as underarms.</p> <p><strong>Clean sticky scissors:</strong> Sometimes those scissors get so gummy you can't even make them work. Just wipe them down with vinegar, and they'll be like new again.</p> <h2>Laundry</h2> <p><strong>Fabric softener:</strong> There are a few fabric softener strategies you can play with. Add equal parts vinegar and baking soda, OR just &frac12; a cup of vinegar to your wash when you would add fabric softener (final rinse cycle). Line dried towels will come out softer with a vinegar-based softener.</p> <p><strong>Water:</strong> You can also add 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar to your wash water, which does the following:</p> <ul> <li>Reduces the amount of soap you need to use</li> <li>Reduces lint</li> <li>Brightens colors, and stops them from running</li> <li>Acts as a rinse aid</li> <li>Keeps the washing machine running clean and well</li> </ul> <p><strong>Stain removal:</strong> Use vinegar on stains before washing to remove stubborn ones like perspiration, fruit, mustard, and coffee.</p> <h2>In The Garden</h2> <p><strong>Kill grass and weeds:</strong> Pour or spray full strength vinegar on grass or weeds poking through your driveway or rearing their heads in other unsavory places.</p> <h2>In The Car</h2> <p><strong>Frost-free windows:</strong> If you know a chilly night is on the make, you can ensure that your windows will be frost-free when you wake up in the morning. Simply mix 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water, and coat your windows with the mixture the night before.</p> <h2>In The Bathroom</h2> <p><strong>Kill soap scum:</strong> Wiping a scummy area with vinegar and rinsing with water will do as good a job as any at attacking your bathroom shower grime. If the scum is particularly stubborn, scrub with baking soda (a great natural abrasive) after wiping with vinegar. Rinse with water.</p> <p><strong>Unclog your shower head:</strong> Unscrew it, throw it into a pot of equal parts vinegar and water and boil for a few minutes to loosen deposits that are blocking your shower head.</p> <h2>Personal Use</h2> <p><strong>Hair rinse:</strong> If vinegar removes soap scum on your tiles, it stands to reason that it will also remove soap scum on your hair. Rinse with a cup filled with &frac12; a cup of warm water and &frac12; a cup of vinegar, and your locks will be shiny and free of buildup.</p> <p><strong>Dandruff treatment:</strong> Using the same technique as the hair rinse above but with a higher concentration of vinegar; also acts as an effective dandruff treatment.</p> <p><strong>Acne treatment:</strong> Apply equal parts vinegar and water to problem areas.</p> <p><strong>Facial toner:</strong> Using vinegar as toner is a great (and inexpensive) alternative to using alpha hydroxyl based products.</p> <p><strong>Athletes foot (and other fungus):</strong> Apply full-strength vinegar to the affected area twice daily until symptoms abate.</p> <h2>Miscellaneous Uses</h2> <p><strong>Eliminate smoke odor:</strong> Simply put a bowl of vinegar in the offending room near the offending source. Smoke odors be gone!</p> <p><strong>Air freshener:</strong> If you would like to reduce icky smells but would like a nicer room smell than vinegar, add some fragrant spices (like cardamom) to your bowl of vinegar and leave it in a warm corner of the room.</p> <p><strong>Chrome polish:</strong> Use full strength vinegar with soft cloth to make that chrome shine.</p> <p><strong>Insect traps:</strong> Vinegar is an active ingredient used in various <a title="Pesky Pests: Easy Homemade Mosquito and Insect Traps and Repellent" href="http://www.wisebread.com/pesky-pests-easy-homemade-mosquito-and-insect-traps-and-repellent">insect and pest traps</a>.</p> <p>Not enough reason to stock up on vinegar? Paul described <a title="254 Uses for Vinegar" href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">254 uses for vinegar</a>.</p> <p><strong><em>What are your favorite uses for vinegar?</em></strong></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-household-products-vinegar-can-replace">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/household-cleaning-hacks-that-save-you-money">Household Cleaning Hacks That Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">254 Uses for Vinegar. And Counting.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-surprising-uses-for-vinegar">21 Surprising Uses for Vinegar</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-greener-cheaper-alternatives-to-paper-cleaning-products">9 Greener, Cheaper Alternatives to Paper Cleaning Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-in-your-kitchen-that-get-rid-of-bad-smells-naturally">6 Things in Your Kitchen That Get Rid of Bad Smells Naturally</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Home cleaning remedies Vinegar Tue, 21 Jul 2009 13:00:17 +0000 Nora Dunn 3407 at http://www.wisebread.com Cheap and Simple Sunburn Remedies That Really Work http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-simple-sunburn-remedies-that-really-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cheap-and-simple-sunburn-remedies-that-really-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/charlie brown sunburned.jpg" alt="charlie brown sunburn" title="charlie brown sunburn" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Oops, I did it again. Thinking that just one unprotected hour in the sun would be alright, I fried my fair Danish skin. I really know better, but it can happen to the best of us. Here are some very useful home concoctions and common sense tips for easing the pain and feeling better quick. (See also: <a title="Sunscreen Savings: How to Spend 50 Percent Less Without Even Trying" href="http://www.wisebread.com/sunscreen-savings-how-to-spend-50-percent-less-without-even-trying">Sunscreen Savings: How to Spend 50 Percent Less Without Even Trying</a>)</p> <p>A sunburn isn't just a painful nuisance &mdash; it can wreak havoc on <a title="5 Best Skin Care Tips for People on a Budget" href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-skin-care-tips-for-people-on-a-budget">healthy skin</a> and put you at risk for getting skin cancer later in life. (In fact, two or more severe sunburns before age 18 greatly increase the chances, as skin has a sort of a <a title="Preventing Skin Cancer Begins at Birth" href="http://www.mpip.org/prevention/06_06_00birth.html">&quot;memory&quot; of burns and tans year after year</a>. While the best treatment is prevention with an effective sunblock, sunscreen, or a proper physical barrier from the sun, things can sometimes go wrong.</p> <p>So what do you do when you return home from an outing and you resemble a well-done lobster bake? Try one of these time-tested home remedies&hellip;and give yourself a chance to heal.</p> <h2>Vinegar</h2> <p>Paul Michael was the first to introduce me to this cure, in his <a title="254 Uses for Vinegar" href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">254 Uses for Vinegar</a> piece. Apply vinegar (or a half-water, half-vinegar solution) with a spray bottle or dab on with a towel. Then cover the area with a tea towel for overnight relief. While a bit stinky, it does wonders to &quot;cool&quot; down the burn.</p> <h2>Aspirin</h2> <p>Recommended for adult sunburn victims with a known tolerance to aspirin, this is the treatment I used most recently. Simply crush a couple of aspirin in a bowl or cup with the back of a spoon. By adding a small amount of water, you can create a &quot;paste&quot; which can be applied directly to the burn. (Be sure to crush the aspirin very well.)</p> <p>A variation on this is to add it to Maalox (the tummy stuff) instead of water and brush it on with a basting brush or a cotton ball. Since aspirin alone can cause burns, be certain you don't have an intolerance to it being applied topically, and don't let it sit on your skin any longer than overnight.</p> <p>If in doubt, simply take the aspirin orally as recommended. (Be aware of your tolerance to aspirin, first.)</p> <h2>Tea</h2> <p>Whip up a batch of tea (either from boiled tea bags or sun tea), and cool it in the fridge along with some ice. Spray directly on burned skin or dab with a soft rag. It instantly cools and relieves the burn, so keep applying for best results!</p> <h2>Milk</h2> <p>Apply gauze dipped in lukewarm milk to the burned area. Leave on for minimum of 20 minutes, and rinse the area when it starts to get a bit funky-smelling (or no more than an hour or so later).</p> <h2>Aloe Vera</h2> <p>Growing up, we always had an aloe plant in the home for minor burns and afflictions. Break off a piece of the plant and squeeze it so that some of the goo (gel) drips out the end. You can rub this directly into the sunburn for the same kind of soothing relief you can get from those &quot;after-burn&quot; gels and over-the-counter commercial products (only better). When the gel starts to dry, the area may become stiff, so keep applying or cleanse the area and apply with some new gel.</p> <p>I'm no doctor, but also no stranger to sunburns. If prevention has failed, and you experience a nasty burn, stay home, stay hydrated, and stay rested. Using simple techniques to relieve pain and maintain the integrity of your skin, it is possible to get back to your daily routine the next day. If you experience any of the following symptoms, see a doctor for proper care:</p> <ul> <li>Dizziness</li> <li>Vomiting</li> <li>Fever/Chills</li> <li>Intense Fatigue</li> </ul> <p>You will also want to be aware that some prescription medications increase your sensitivity to sunlight and put you at added risk of getting burnt. These include certain:</p> <ul> <li>Diuretics</li> <li>Antibiotics</li> <li>Tranquilizers</li> <li>Birth Control Pills</li> <li>Diabetes Medications</li> </ul> <p>Medicated soaps, perfumes, and Retin-A can also make you susceptible to overexposure.</p> <p>Take it easy year-round to prevent sunburns and other dangerous skin conditions. A regular visit to your dermatologist can keep skin concerns under control and decrease your chances of cancer-related illness or death. (For more information, see <a title="Love Your Skin With Free Health Screenings!" href="http://www.wisebread.com/love-your-skin-with-free-health-screenings">how to get a free skin cancer screening</a> in your area.)</p> <p><em>(Information contained in this article is not intended to be a substitute for advice and treatment from a licensed physician &mdash; use at your own risk.)</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-simple-sunburn-remedies-that-really-work">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">254 Uses for Vinegar. And Counting.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-household-products-vinegar-can-replace">30 Household Products Vinegar Can Replace</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Health and Beauty remedies summer sunburn tea Vinegar Mon, 19 May 2008 13:22:43 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2101 at http://www.wisebread.com 254 Uses for Vinegar. And Counting. http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4357711538_4835410c9e_z.jpg" alt="vinegar and jalapenos" title="vinegar and jalapenos" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vinegar. As an Englishman, I had one use for it. I put it on my Fish 'n' Chips. Then I married a girl from Guam and found another use for it...Adobo sauce. Mmmm. But as a frugal shopper, I began hearing whispers of the incredible versatility of vinegar. So I did some research. I was shocked! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-homemade-stain-removers-that-kick-butt" title="6 Secret Homemade Stain Removers That Kick Butt">6 Secret Homemade Stain Removers That Kick Butt</a>)</p> <p>Pop along to the <a href="http://frugalliving.about.com/" title="About.com frugal living">frugal living</a> section of About.com and you'll be met with a plethora of useful tips. <strike><a href="http://frugalliving.about.com/library/blvinegararch.htm">One page is devoted to the mighty vinegar</a></strike>, and it's a long page. Really long. I mean &quot;use up all of your paper printing it out&quot; long. So here I reprint the top 50 from this huge list. The rest you can get yourselves from the link above. But I'll tell you something...you'll never be short of a bottle of vinegar in my house!</p> <p><em>NOTE: Recently, About.com took down their vinegar list. Why I have no idea. But I hate to keep you guys hanging so <a href="http://www.vinegartips.com/" title="vinegar tips">this page</a> should help out. It has many, many uses for vinegar.</em></p> <ol> <li>Used as a <strong>hair rinse</strong>, vinegar neutralizes the alkali left by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment" title="DIY Shampoo: The Baking Soda Experiment">shampoos</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A quarter cup in a quart of water makes a <strong>good window cleaner</strong>. A reader adds: &quot;When you use vinegar in your water to wash windows, dry with newspapers. Your windows will sparkle!&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Fabric softener</strong> and static cling reducer &mdash; use as you would liquid fabric softener.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Air freshener</strong>, used with baking soda &mdash; use 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon vinegar and 2 cups of water. After it stops foaming, mix well, and use in a (recycled) spray bottle into the air.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Chewing gum dissolver</strong> &mdash; saturate the area with vinegar. If the vinegar is heated, it will work faster.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Stain remover</strong> &mdash; for stains caused by grass, coffee, tea, fruits and berries. Soak clothing in full strength vinegar.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Corn and callus remover</strong> &mdash; soak a piece of stale bread (a cloth would probably do as well) in vinegar, and tape it over the callus or corn overnight.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Remedy for age spots</strong> &mdash; Mix equal parts of onion juice and vinegar and use it daily on age spots. This will take a few weeks to work, just like its expensive relative from the store.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Kill grass or weeds</strong> by pouring hot vinegar on it. This might take a couple of times to work completely. Use white vinegar straight from the bottle to pour on the weeds and grasses that come up through the pavement. Just pour on and let set a couple of days and the weeds will die back and wont reappear for several months.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Wash your windshield</strong> with vinegar in the winter to help keep ice and frost away.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you have a septic tank, use vinegar instead of harsh chemicals to <strong>clean the toilet bowl</strong>. Let it set overnight if you can; it will help keep germs down.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Spray your hands with a mist of vinegar, or dip them in vinegar and dry after washing dishes or having them in soapy water to <strong>keep your hands soft</strong>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>It's an ongoing battle as to whether vinegar can help you <strong>lose weight</strong>, but the ones who say it will, say to drink a glass of water before each meal in which you've added a tablespoon of vinegar and a tablespoon of honey.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use diluted 1:1 in water to <strong>take pet odors out of carpets</strong>. Find the spot, and saturate it with about 1 1/2 times the original volume. Let set for a while then blot up. Repeat if your cloth is very dirty after blotting. I make sure to turn on a fan and open a window, especially for large spots!<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Splash vinegar on your <strong>varicose veins</strong>. The vinegar is supposed to reduce the veins and relieve the pain and swelling. Of course, you might smell like a tossed salad!<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use about a tablespoon of vinegar in the water when <strong>poaching eggs</strong>. It helps the eggs to keep their shape. No taste of vinegar, either.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use 1 tablespoon vinegar to an 8-ounce glass of warm water for a <strong>sore throat</strong>. Gargle every hour and swallow after gargling, with two mouthfuls. I got this from a Vermont Folk Medicine book by D.C.Jarvis many years ago. If started at the first hint of a sore throat, it always works, usually within a night's sleep. I don't mind the taste, but some children might.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>It is also helpful when children get lice, if you take warm vinegar and put it on the hair also take your nit comb and dip it in the vinegar. As you run it through the hair it helps <strong>remove the nits</strong>. It is supposed to be able to help break down the glue the nits use to stay attached to the hair.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Set a container (shallow bowl) of vinegar throughout the house to <strong>absorb unpleasant odors</strong>. Works great on burned food odors. Do not use styrofoam. It will soak through it.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use vinegar and olive oil as <strong>a frugal dressing</strong> with a selection of herbs on your salad. A different reader adds: &quot;I like to use vinegar the old-fashioned way: I eat it!! I use all sorts of vinegars as salad dressing ingredients (my favorite is the classic red wine vinegar mixed with olive oil). I also eat my fish with malt vinegar, which is also very good on french fries.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This reader says: &quot;I liked the 'spray mister' approach to <strong>air freshening</strong>, but as a sometimes poor bachelor cook, I have blackened fish when it isn't on the menu. Vinegar in a towel, twirled about the head will quickly stop the smoke detectors from screaming. It also freshens the air, and captures the smoke smell before the whole house is caught.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Added by another reader: &quot;Put vinegar on white bread around a house to <strong>get rid of smoke smell</strong> from a fire.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Another reader writes: &quot;You can use vinegar to <strong>remove wallpaper</strong>. I just redid my entire kitchen and it was a snap. First remove top layer of wallpaper. Then spray vinegar on and let set for a minute or two. Then pull backing away. Scrape excess glue off wall. Wipe remaining glue off with vinegar and rinse with water. You don't have to use harse chemicals and it is cheap, cheap, cheap.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Another reader writes this: &quot;Keep it in mind when cleaning the walls after removing wallpaper: I use vinegar water (2-3 parts vinegar to 1 part water) to <strong>remove (new or old) wallpaper paste</strong>. Add more vinegar as needed if the paste is really stubborn.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This reader writes: &quot;My grandmother swears by vinegar as an <strong>antiseptic for abrasions</strong> to reduce itch from poison ivy or mosquito bites, and even to help rehydrate sunburned skin.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>She also uses it diluted 50/50 as a <strong>skin cleanser</strong>, as most soaps are alkaline as compared to skin ph.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>On a different note, most <strong>meat marinades</strong> are most effective if acidic, so an extra few spoonfuls of vinegar can't hurt.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>On heavily <strong>tarnished copper or copper-alloy to be cleaned up</strong>, use a paste made of salt and vinegar.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A reader writes: &quot;I use white (not apple cider) vinegar mixed with water to <strong>rinse off the dishes</strong> after washing them to take the soap off and leave them squeaky clean. This also takes the soap residue off of my hands at the same time.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Another reader wrote: &quot;I am <strong>allergic to crabs</strong>. However, I love them. I have found that when I dip my crab meat in vinegar, I don't get an allergic reaction. This may not work for everyone, but it works for me.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Pour vinegar around the sides of your pool and it helps <strong>keeps flies away</strong>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Add 1/2 cup vinegar to a gallon of water to <strong>keep your vinyl no-wax floors clean and shining</strong>. A reader adds: &quot;Not only does it keep the floors shiny but it kills the dust mites! Great for us since we have severe allergies.&quot; Another reader adds: &quot;We moved into a new house 6 months ago, and it's a vinyl floor haven. Lots of vinyl floor! Since my old house was relatively small with only about a 10x8 vinyl floor in my kitchen, I usually just got down on my hands and knees to do the deed. Not now! My back isn't that great! I bought one of those mops with the detachable, washable heads, and I squirt pickling vinegar ('cause it's stronger) on the floor, mop it up and squirt more as needed. My floor is impeccable, my back is just fine, thanks, and there's no need to buy any of that Mop and Glo stuff. It's affordable (read 'frugal'!) and environmentally safe.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Use as a meat tenderizer</strong>. Add a tablespoon to water when boiling ribs or meat for stews, and even the toughest meat will be so tender you can cut with fork or will fall off the bone.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>One teaspoon to one tablespoon of vinegar <strong>gets rid of hiccups</strong>. Another reader writes: &quot;I've found that gargling with cider vinegar will stop the most horrible case of hiccups!&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Vinegar is great for <strong>removing calcium deposit build up</strong>. Use full strength and allow to set. Time depends on condition.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Sunburn Remedies</strong>: At bedtime, cover sunburns with a towel soaked in water and vinegar and try to persuade the victim to sleep this way. Younger ones, of course, will have a struggle with this, especially because of the smell! Put vinegar in a spray bottle and spray on sunburn. It soothes for quite a length of time. Just like store bought stuff. <p> A reader wrote this: &quot;I used this on my son when his legs were sunburned. I used half and half which was half water and half vinegar. I saturated tea towels in it and layed them on his legs and he said it didn't smell too good but it sure took out the burning. You must do this several times but it works and then it gives you a nice tan.&quot;</p> <p> Vinegar will take the sting out of a sunburn &mdash; just soak a paper towel and apply to burn. Smells bad but, hey, if you're in pain, who cares? To relieve swelling and fluid from too much sun, mix a paste of baking soda and apple cider vinegar and apply.</p> <p> This reader says it will draw out the fluid: &quot;I met a girl who was told by her doctor to sit in the sun (she had some sort of skin problem). She was to use diluted red wine vinegar to keep from burning. She was out in the sun every day of the summer and had a nice tan. (You have to understand that she lived in Philadelphia, PA and I was visiting from Florida). When I went on a trip to the Keys to spend a lot of time on the water, I used a spray bottle filled with undiluted red wine vinegar. I had my friend spray my back occasionally while spraying the front more frequently. My back did get somewhat burned, but from head to toes the front of me was nicely tanned. (I did look really red from the vinegar, but after showering...ta da...tan) I'm not sure, but using the red wine vinegar has seemed to help me tan faster.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use 2 cups of cider vinegar in the tub to <strong>soak sore muscles</strong> and add potassium to muscles.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use for <strong>a throat soother</strong>. Take equal amounts of honey and cider vinegar, stir or shake until dissolved. Take a tablespoon at a time to cut mucous in the throat.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Heat vinegar to boiling point. Then poor over your fixtures that have deposits of lime. This will release or <strong>remove lime deposits</strong>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use a cup of vinegar in two gallons of water in the diaper pail to <strong>neutralize the urine in cloth diapers</strong>. It also helps keep them from staining.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Keep a spray bottle of 50% vinegar, 50% water near the laundry station. <strong>Spray it on stains</strong> before tossing the clothing into the washer (just as you would a commercial spray stain remover). As a carpet spot and stain remover &mdash; take a trigger spray bottle and fill with one part white vinegar to seven parts water. Take a second spray bottle and fill with one part white, non sudsy ammonia and seven parts water. Saturate stain with vinegar solution. Let dwell for a few minutes and blot thoroughly with a clean, white cloth. Then go over the area with the ammonia solution, let dwell and blot again. Repeat until the stain is gone. Also works for pet stains to help remove the odors.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Keep a solution of 50/50 white vinegar and water in a spray bottle to use for <strong>cleaning windows</strong>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>From a reader: &quot;When I apply a weak bleach solution (to a counter after handling raw chicken, or to grout to whiten it), even after rinsing it still smells like bleach. Spraying it with the vinegar solution does away with the bleachy smell.&quot; This also works if you use bleach when washing fabric &mdash; try an extra rinse with a cup of vinegar in it to <strong>get rid of the bleach smell</strong>. Note: A reader cautioned against using vinegar with bleach because it produces chlorine gas, so I asked about it on our chemistry guide's forum here at About.com. He said that, while the mixture does produce chlorine gas, using a few drops at a time (to rinse hands or counter, as opposed to gallons) as a spot neutralizer would cause no problem. You can read the posts yourself, if you like.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Another reader wrote this: &quot;Fill the water reservoir half way and run the coffee maker as you normally do and then run it once full of water and the <strong>coffee maker will be spotless</strong>. (Well, cleaner anyway.)&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Vinegar in drinking water is very effective in <strong>eliminating the low-grade fevers</strong> that are present in Chronic Fatigue sufferers. It also helps eliminate the 'thrush' coating in the mouth which is sometimes caused by antibiotic use. Mix four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a gallon of drinking water. Drink up to one gallon each day.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Add a splash of vinegar, a tablespoon or so, to the water when you <strong>hard-boil eggs</strong>. If one cracks, it will not boil out of the shell.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a quart of drinking water. Helps to <strong>deal with heat stress</strong>. Also helps to <strong>repel mosquitoes</strong>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>From another reader: &quot;After years of suffering from <strong>athlete's foot</strong>, consulting doctors, and spending hundreds of dollars on so called cures (some prescription, some over the counter), I read in one of the magazines in which I subscribe to try soaking in vinegar. Something was said about it changing skin ph so that the fungus could not grow. I soaked three evenings in a row. Now, no more fungus and that has been several months ago.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This reader says: &quot;I feed vinegar to my horses to keep the flies away. I pour 1/4 cup of cider vinegar on their grain once a day and it really keeps the flies away from them! They seem to like it too.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I use cloth diapers and my baby kept breaking out in a rash. From another web site, it suggested adding a cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle. It equalizes the ph balance. I've been doing it ever since and, viola, <strong>no diaper rash</strong>!</li> </ol> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/household-cleaning-hacks-that-save-you-money">Household Cleaning Hacks That Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-household-products-vinegar-can-replace">30 Household Products Vinegar Can Replace</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-homemade-stain-removers-that-kick-butt">6 Secret Homemade Stain Removers That Kick Butt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-surprising-uses-for-vinegar">21 Surprising Uses for Vinegar</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-knife-sharpeners">The 5 Best Knife Sharpeners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Home cleaning remedies Vinegar Mon, 26 Mar 2007 22:43:44 +0000 Paul Michael 399 at http://www.wisebread.com