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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Got Vinegar? An Inexpensive Home Remedy

How efficient to have a very inexpensive product that provides so many home remedies! I stole most of these ideas from Circle of Moms.

Vinegar can reduce itching (cover area with cotton ball or cloth soaked in vinegar):
- from insect bites
- from plants, including poison ivy.

Vinegar removes fungi:
- For foot fungus, soak foot in warm water (1 gallon) and vinegar (1 cup) daily for several months. Follow soak with moisturizing lotion.
- For swimmer's ear, mix equal parts vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Drop in ear and let sit for a few seconds.
- For warts, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, place it over the wart and cover it with a bandage for several hours. Repeat until wart disappears. 

Vinegar relieves skin problems:
- It reduces the sting from a sunburn. Pour vinegar on a cloth and hold it on the sunburn. It will draw the heat out of the sunburn and reduce the sting.
- To prevent bruising, dab a vinegar-soaked cotton ball or cloth onto the area that has been bumped or hurt. 
- Add one quart vinegar to a hot bath once a month and soak for 20-30 minutes to reduce toxins.
- Quick zit cure: mix 1 tsp. salt and 3 Tbs. vinegar in a bowl and dab on blemishes using a cotton ball. Let sit 30 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.

Vinegar's healing properties:
- Take a swig of vinegar and your heartburn is gone!
- To reduce a fever, dip a cloth in a mixture of vinegar and water and wipe over the skin.

Vinegar for the hair:
- To remove lice, the vinegar in mayonnaise or Miracle Whip will do the trick. Saturate the head, cover with a shower cap or plastic bag for an hour, and wash out (it may take a few washes!). 
- For shiny hair, rinse hair with a little vinegar and water mixed. 
- Use apple cider vinegar instead of a cream rinse to detangle hair. Combine 1 cup vinegar to a gallon of warm water and pour over hair.
- Cure folliculitis (inflammation of hair follicles) by dabbing infected area with a cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar before bedtime. Leave on all night and rinse off in the morning.

More on vinegar uses:

Spring Cleaning Using Household Items - Vinegar

Vinegar - 10 Ways to Save Your Clothes!

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