It’s been a while since I posted about a favorite product of mine, so here goes! I’m a big fan of hydrogen peroxide. It’s cheap, all-natural and can be used in many ways. I’m guessing most of you have a bottle of this in your home already. But there are so many uses for it that maybe you’ll discover some new ones!
Whiten teeth (*use caution w/ amalgam fillings)
Relieve ear infections
Clean counters, tubs, glass
Disinfect cutting boards
Fruit and vegetable wash
Whiten and brighten laundry
Wound care and antiseptic
Treat various fungal & bacterial infections
Has anyone found other uses for hydrogen peroxide?
With as often as I use it, I figured I’d share with you some of the many ways apple cider vinegar (ACV for short) can be used. This all-natural product is great for our health and great to use in our homes. When purchasing it, be sure to use an organic brand that says it includes the ‘mother’, strand-like chains of protein enzymes and good bacteria that collect at the bottom of the bottle. Bragg’s is a popular brand.
Here are just a few ways to use it:
All-purpose cleaner – in spray bottle, mix equal parts water and ACV w/ a few drops of essential oils
Facial toner – mix one part ACV w/ two parts water and a few drops of tea tree oil or lavender oil
Upset stomach – take one Tbsp ACV followed by or diluted in a glass of water
Fruit fly trap – place a glass with 1/4 cup ACV and 1/4 tsp dish soap on counter
Sunburn relief – splash some ACV on a wet washcloth and apply to skin
Healthy hair – restore pH balance of scalp by making a leave-in conditioning spray of one part ACV and four parts spring or distilled water (don’t worry, the vinegar smell goes away as hair dries!)
Salad dressing – mix 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup ACV, 2 Tbsp honey, and salt and pepper to taste – mustard, lemon juice and garlic also make great additions!
Flea control – rub some into pet’s fur and/or add a few drops to pet’s water dish
Weight loss/lower blood sugar levels – taking ACV is shown to help with both of these
A while back I learned about a product I didn’t even know existed – extra virgin coconut oil. Now, I use it all the time! Coconut oil contains a unique composition of fatty acids that are extremely beneficial to us. It is anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. If you Google extra virgin coconut oil, you’ll find it has many health benefits, and can be used in a myriad of ways.
Here are a few:
Cooking and baking
Fighting off illness
Skin and hair care
Improving thyroid function
The list goes on and on. You can buy it at health foods stores and many grocery stores. Be sure it says ‘extra virgin’. Nutiva is a good brand. I encourage you to look into the many ways this product can be used!