Thrifty Solutions



For all the mommies who use cloth diapers…when you launder then add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar to the final rinse water.  This will make them softer and help prevent diaper rash.

Anti-inflammatory/antibacterial agent:  When mixing sea salt with apple cider vinegar and applying it to sprains, Ringworm, nail fungus, bunions, corns, calluses, warts, shingles, boil, ant black fly, mosquito bites, wasp, bee stings and even poison ivy it acts as a powerful antibacterial agent and anti-inflammatory.

For a bloody nose: apply a compress of 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar and 1 cup water to the base of the neck to the top of the nose- this helps constrict blood vessels.

Bugs: Repel lice and bed bugs with a combination of the essential oils of tea tree, rosemary, lavender, and peppermint.  Make them into a spray and spray on hair and bedding.

Digestive: It is to be believed that apple cider vinegar improves digestive ailments, correcting constipation, improving digestion and increasing one’s metabolic rate.  One cup of warm water mixed with one tbsp apple cider vinegar will help heartburn when sipped slowly.

Indigestion, nausea, and motion sickness is claimed to improve when you drink a mix of 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar and raw honey in a glass of warm water daily.

Congested anyone?  This is a good one….mix 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar and honey in a cup of hot water and drink 3 times a day.  It breaks up mucus congestion and cough.  Honey, in itself, is known to calm the airways of asthmatics.


20 Uses for baking soda

1. To put out a grease fire, scatter baking soda over it by the handful to extinguish flames.
2. Clean the dishwasher and coffeemaker by running an empty cycle with baking soda.
3. Add ½ cup baking soda to your bath for an at-home spa treatment.
4. Polish jewelry with a paste made of water and baking soda. It’s safe on both silver and gold.
5. Scatter baking soda in the kitty box, then add litter on top to keep smells to a minimum. Or make a DIY litter, mixing a small box of baking soda with 3 inches of sandy clay.
6. For instant relief from bug bites, sunburn and poison ivy, mix baking soda with a little water and apply it directly to the sore.
7. Make a fluffier omelet by adding ½ teaspoon baking soda for every three eggs.
8. Pour in 1 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup hot vinegar to quickly unclog the kitchen drain.
9. Fight dandruff by tabling the shampoo for a few weeks and massaging your wet scalp with a handful of baking soda instead.
10. Gargle with baking soda, or use it as mouthwash.
11. Soak toothbrushes in a mixture of ¼ cup baking soda and ¼ cup water; let brushes stand overnight for a thorough cleaning.
12. Use a pinch in a gallon of freshly-brewed iced tea, to take out the bitterness and prevent cloudiness.
13. Use baking soda to brush your pets’ teeth.
14. Scatter baking soda on icy sidewalks?it’s not as corrosive as salt.
15. Discourage weeds by sprinkling baking soda into the cracks on your driveway and walkways.
16. Surround Fido’s food bowls with baking soda to keep pests away.
17. Mix a little baking soda into your conditioner and lather on your hair to keep it healthy and resistant to split ends.
18. Have heartburn? Create an antacid by mixing ½ teaspoon of baking soda with ½ cup of water.
19. To clean a toilet, add ¼ cup baking soda to the bowl, swirl, then scrub.
20. Exfoliate your skin with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to one part water. Apply gently with your fingertips in a circular motion, then rinse.

  25 Responses to “Thrifty Solutions”

Comments (25)
  1. Thanks for the honey and apple cider suggestion. Helped alot

  2. I cannot manage to get apple cider vinegar down the taste it awful I actually gag I’e tried putting it in things, but just can’t do it.

  3. Get ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Scrambled eggs, tea and weeds using baking soda!?! I am amazed and so intrigued that I am going to try it first on my tea! Then without telling them I will try the scrambled eggs for Sunday brunch. The weeds is a given, I will tell my husband that as soon as he gets home! Love the other tips as well!! Thanks!

  5. Have not heard about using baking soda to get rid of weeds. Going to try! Thanks!

  6. I love the Thrifty Solutions post, “THE MANY USES FOR APPLE CIDER VINEGAR” and the “20 Uses for baking soda”! There are some great ideas that I will definitely use.

  7. love the list for baking soda usage

  8. I did not know about the fluffier omelet trick – I will try it tomorrow when I make Avronies and Eggs!

  9. Love the list for baking soda tips – it is amazing how one product can help you out in so many ways

  10. Really intrigued by the omelet tip. Gotta try that!

  11. I love these idea! ill be saving this!
    Especially the baking soda for toilets!

  12. I did not know a lot of these tips! These are great especially about the bed bugs……they creep me out!

    • You and me both Nicole! I am so anal – I make sure I vacuum my mattresses with each bedding change. We had a breakout in a seacoast town a couple years ago – and that just freaked me out.

  13. Baking soda and vinegar can be used for so many things. It’s inexpensive too.

  14. Love the apple cider vinegar tips. Since it’s allergy season, I’m constantly congested. Will try it mixed with honey. Thanks!

    • Julie – I’m glad you made mention of this tip. I had forgotten all about this one and my allergies are out of control.

  15. This is such a good post, every struggling college student or young graduate who’s living on their own for the first time needs to read this

  16. Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda, two things I always have around the house. Thanks for this informative blog post. I will take these tips to my grave.

  17. There are so many good uses for cider vinegar it’s a shame it tastes so bad!

  18. This is a great resource! Thanks 🙂

  19. WOW so many uses for Baking Soda, Thank you I know I can use a few of these uses if not all of them

  20. I use baking soda in my cats’ litter box, also, used tea bags help to absorb bad odors- simply hang them ( while they’re still damp) from a nail or wire, preferably out of the way.

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