Surely by now you’ve noticed the ‘new’ shortages at the grocery store. The toilet paper is back in stock along with bleach, paper towels and there’s ‘almost’ a decent selection of canned goods. Now meat has gone up in price, significantly. Stores have put a limit on the amount of meat you’re allowed to purchase along with restrictions throughout the store.
Hopefully, you have the hard to find items on your shopping list and check for them every time you go in. I’ve yet to find rubbing alcohol. Luckily I had acquired some prior to all this. I’m using a small empty ‘body spray’ bottle filled with rubbing alcohol and a dash of lemongrass essential oil. But I’d love to have more stashed.
There are certain items you can still find that have multiple uses. This stretches your pertinent items storage, your food storage, your pantry and your budget. Apple cider vinegar is still readily available and has a myriad of uses from digestive health to hair care. Some ways you can use apple cider vinegar (ACV) are:
As a Facial Cleanser
When you run out of your normal facial cleanser and just soap won’t do, then try apple cider vinegar. Apply it to a cotton ball and rub around your face. Leave for a couple of minutes, then rinse off. Apple cider vinegar is a natural antibacterial and detoxifier and can do wonders on oily and acne prone skin.
Does the significant other have breath that could kill a horse and there’s not a drop of mouthwash in the house? Try combining a cup of water with two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and use as a mouth rinse. This can be sued multiple times a day to help fight chronic bad breath and/or oral infections. The mild acidity can also help whiten dingy teeth.
Detoxifying Hair Rinse
Teens used up all the fancy hair rinse? Got a build up of product that weighs down your hair? Try a rinse of apple cider vinegar once a week. This will help remove toxins and product build-up from your hair and leave it shining, soft, and healthy!
A long time ago I was in a program that received products to test prior to their being offered to the general public. (Hmmmm, wonder what happened to that program? Would be fun to do that again…) One of the products I received was a clear product in a white ‘no name’ aka “product A” bottle for testing. It was a produce wash product. Gee, but it smelled just like vinegar. Don’t know what happened to that item but you know that your store-bought fruits and vegetables can be rinsed in a vinegar and water solution to loosen grime, dirt and coatings.
Got a burn while tending the grill? A cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar and placed on the burn will help ease the sting. Works for sunburn too.Place an apple cider vinegar soaked cloth over any kind of burn and let sit. This works to take the sting out of sunburn AND contact burns.
Natural All-Purpose Cleaner
Apple cider vinegar is a great natural alternative to harsh, chemical cleaners. It is both pet and child safe, as well as being very effective at removing odors and stains. Mix with baking soda and lemon for an extra strong natural scrub. Another method that I like to use is to take a new bottle of vinegar, and over the course of a few days, place all the citrus rinds from fruit use into the bottle. The essential oils in the citrus rind seep into the vinegar making the vinegar smell a little bit sweeter. Orange oil is used in many cleaners so it’s a double win.
Vinegar kills weeds. There are recipes/formulas for making a weed killer using Dawn, vinegar and epsom salts. But just straight vinegar works too. For just a few weeds you might pour into a spray bottle. For lots of weeds, place into a pump sprayer. Vinegar is non-selective. Don’t spray when it’s windy as it will kill whatever plant it’s put on.
Drink two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in eight ounces of water every day for effective arthritis pain relief. Apple cider vinegar helps by breaking down the tiny, acidic crystals that build up around the joints of those with arthritis.
Natural Energy Booster
One Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with a Tablespoon of honey, juice of half a lemon, and a pinch of ginger in eight ounces of water will have you feeling energized in no time. The best part of this is that it is completely natural, and doesn’t have all the caffeine and chemicals a prepackaged energy drink has.
Boil one part water to one part apple cider vinegar. Then, breathe in the steam to help clear your sinuses. This will relieve pressure, AND help with any possible cold you may be fighting.
There are lots of uses for apple cider vinegar (and regular vinegar, duh you can make pickles without it!!) Make certain that your preps contain at least one bottle.