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Apple Cider Vinegar

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I made the post in General Acne and Products .. no1 really made any comments about it. Vinegar i believe can b found in the dressing aisle .. there will be many sorts and kinda .. they are all 5% acidic i've never seen 100% you can go on www.vitacost.com too to get it, they also have ACV capsules which i plan to buy so not only will i be using it topically but orally that should give me really great results. im so glad this is working!

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How can I do this with BP and moisturizier, should I do ACV before moisturizing if I want to do this twice a day?

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i just put ACV on like a toner then wait until my face is completely dry and then put on my BP wait 15min or so and moisturize.

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All this either uses White Vinegar or ACV I'll find some more uses for the skin and get more info on that.

70 Uses for a Humble Jug of Vinegar

From KitchenCraftsNMore.net

Vinegar for personal care

Vinegar in the bath. Add one-half cup of vinegar or so to warm bath water when bathing and get double benefits: softer skin and a cleaner bathtub with less work!

Hair conditioner. Vinegar makes a simple, inexpensive conditioner for your hair and helps remove the sticky stuff shampoo can leave behind. About a tablespoon will do it.

Dandruff treatment. Simply pour a few tablespoons of vinegar on your hair and massage into your scalp. Wait a few minutes, then rinse and wash hair like normal. Try this for a few days until you see results.

Weight loss. Vinegar naturally helps to remove fat from the body. Apple cider vinegar is especially good for this. Drink some in a glass of water a few times a day. Add a little lemon or honey for a nicer flavor. This will also help reduce your appetite.

Dry skin repair. Smooth a little vinegar on cracked, dried skin to help it heal.

Clean dentures. Soak dentures overnight in Heinz White Vinegar, then brush away tartar with a toothbrush.

Facial spritzer. Mix apple cider vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio in a spray bottle. Refreshing!

Hair cleanser. Use one cup of vinegar in some warm water to rinse your hair after you shampoo. Vinegar adds highlights to brunette hair, restores the acid mantle and removes soap film and sebum oil.

Vinegar for cleaning

Glass cleaner. Mixed with water or simply sprayed full strength on glass and mirrors, vinegar does a great job quickly and easily. Spray on and wipe windows dry with crumpled-up newspapers, and watch your windows sparkle.

Car cleaner. Use vinegar full strength to polish car chrome with a cloth, and see it shine! Use it on your car’s windshield and windows, too.

Clean drinking glasses. Soak cloudy drinking glasses in warmed white vinegar for a few hours to remove the film. Simply wipe clean, rinse and dry.

Clean the washer. Periodically run a gallon of distilled vinegar through your washing machine to clean it thoroughly, get rid of soap scum and clear out the hoses. Run the machine through the warm water wash cycle empty and then add the vinegar during the rinse cycle.

Furniture polish. Make your own furniture polish with one part vinegar and three parts lemon oil or olive oil.

Remove price tags or stickers. Paint stickers with several coats of vinegar and let it soak in. Depending what you are removing them off, most will slide off easily but some may require a little heavier rubbing.

Clean the iron. Pour vinegar into your iron’s water compartment and let the iron steam itself clean. Remember to flush it with water when you are done.

Clean paintbrushes. Simmer paint brushes in pure vinegar, then wash in hot soapy water.

Wash walls. Wipe down your walls with a vinegar-water mixture, which helps absorb odors and clean surfaces.

Remove spots from glass. Use a vinegar-soaked cloth to remove spots from glassware or crystal.

Unclog drains. Pour boiling white vinegar down clogged drains to remove the clog.

Clean jars. Remove odors and stains from jars by cleaning them out with vinegar.

Clean old lunchboxes. Soak a piece of bread in vinegar and let it sit in the lunchbox overnight.

Clean and deodorize the garbage disposal. Make vinegar ice cubes and feed them down

the disposal. After grinding, run cold water.

Clean the tea pot. Boil a mixture of water and vinegar in the teapot. Wipe away the grime.

Clean the dishwasher. Run a cup of vinegar through the whole cycle once a month to reduce soap build-up on the inner mechanisms and on glassware.

Clean the microwave. Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. This mixture will loosen splattered-on food and deodorize the microwave.

Remove smoke smells from clothing. Add a cup of vinegar to a bath tub of hot water. Hang clothes above the steam.

Clean eyeglasses. Wipe each lens with a drop of vinegar.

Remove stains from furniture and upholstery. Remove stubborn stains from furniture upholstery and clothes. Apply Heinz White Vinegar directly to the stain, then wash as directed by the manufacturer's instructions.

Natural air deodorizer. Heinz Vinegar is a natural air freshener when sprayed in a room.

Remove rust. Soak the rusted tool, bolt or spigot overnight in undiluted Heinz White Vinegar.

Clean the toilet bowl. Pour in one cup of Heinz White Vinegar, let stand for five minutes and flush.

Brighten fabrics. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.

Natural cleaning wipes. A cloth soaked with vinegar sanitizes kitchen counters, stove and bathroom surfaces. This is just as effective as antibacterial products and does not promote resistant strains of bacteria like commercial products can. This is also a cheaper and greener way to protect your loved ones.

Remove lint from laundry. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.

Remove grease from suede. Dip a toothbrush in vinegar and gently brush over grease spot.

Remove perspiration stains from clothing. Apply one part vinegar to four parts water, then rinse.

Clean coffee or tea stains from china. A mixture of salt and vinegar will clean coffee and tea stains from chinaware.

Clean coffeepots and coffee makers. Vinegar can help to dissolve mineral deposits that collect in automatic drip coffee makers. Fill the reservoir with vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly with water when the cycle is finished.

Longer-lasting pantyhose. Add one tablespoon of vinegar to the rinse water when washing, and your pantyhose will last longer.

Vinegar for food and cooking

Cheese storage. Cheese will last longer if you store it in a vinegar-soaked cloth.

Whiter cauliflower. Add a teaspoon or so of white vinegar to your cooking water while cooking cauliflower. It will retain a whiter color.

Stretch ketchup. Only have a little ketchup left in the bottle? Add a bit of vinegar and give it a good shake -- you'll have a bit more!

Boiling eggs. Add a bit of white vinegar to the water you're boiling your eggs in, and the shells won't crack.

Cooking cabbage. Add a bit of vinegar to the water you're cooking your cabbage in to remove that stinky cabbage smell.

Fluffier meringues. Add 1 teaspoon of vinegar for every three egg whites, and you'll have fluffier meringues.

Tenderize meat. Soak in vinegar overnight.

Unsticky rice. To cook rice without sticking, add a spoonful of vinegar.

Remove onion odors. Eliminate onion odor on your skin by rubbing vinegar on your fingers before and after slicing.

Disinfect and clean cutting boards. Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards by wiping with full-strength vinegar.

Make buttermilk. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of milk and let it stand five minutes to thicken.

Vinegar for gardening and yard care

Clean clay pots. Remove white salt buildup on old clay pots by soaking them in full-strength vinegar.

Kill grass. Undiluted vinegar kills grass between bricks and sidewalk cracks.

Kill weeds. Spray full strength on weeds, but be careful not to spray it on the surrounding grass because it will kill that, too.

Deter ants. Spray vinegar around doors, appliances and along other areas where ants are known to gather.

Keep cats away. Sprinkle vinegar in areas you don't want the cat walking, sleeping or scratching.

Freshen cut flowers. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar for each quart of water.

Vinegar for health care

Soothe sore throats. Suffering from a sore throat? Mix a teaspoon of vinegar with a glass of water. Gargle with the mixture and then swallow.

Remove calluses. Try soaking your feet in a combination of white vinegar and warm water nightly, and watch your feet soften noticeably.

Sunburn and bee stings. Soak a washcloth in vinegar and gently apply it to sunburned skin for cool relief. Reapply as needed as it evaporates. Besides sunburn, vinegar also soothes the itch and irritation of bee stings.

Arthritis tonic. Take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water several times a day.

Jellyfish stings. Dot the irritation with vinegar to relieve itching.

Sinus infections and head colds. Add 1/4 cup or more vinegar to the vaporizer.

Wart removal. Mix one part Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar to one part glycerin into a lotion, and apply daily to warts until they dissolve.

Soothe an upset stomach. Drink two teaspoons of Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar in one cup of water to soothe an upset stomach.

Mosquito bites. Use a cotton ball to dab mosquito and other bug bites with Heinz Vinegar straight from the bottle.

Vinegar for pets and animals

Pet drinking water. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to your pet's drinking water to encourage a shinier coat and reduce odor.

Remove skunk odor. Use vinegar straight to remove skunk odor from your pet's fur.

Stop your cat's scratching furniture. Sprinkle or spray vinegar on areas you don't want the cat scratching.

Fish bowl cleaner. Eliminate that ugly deposit in the gold fish tank by rubbing it with a cloth dipped in vinegar and rinsing well.

Remove pet stains from carpets. Blot up urine with a soft cloth, flush several times with lukewarm water, and then apply a mixture of equal parts vinegar and cool water. Blot up, rinse and let dry.

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Personally Yours: Vinegar

From Pat Veretto,

Your Guide to Frugal Living.

The great balancing act

Probably the most popular use of vinegar is as a hair rinse. It makes hair soft and shiny because it removes shampoo residue, but it also changes the ph balance of the scalp and can be helpful in controlling dandruff. If you have oily hair, vinegar will help that, and if you have dry hair, vinegar will help that, too!

Is that hard to believe? It's because of the ph balance - acid/alkaline.

Extremes of either one will cause problems. Vinegar works to balance the skin and hair so that neither extreme is evident. Because of this, there have been claims that rinsing the scalp with vinegar can slow hair loss, but there is no evidence that it actually does. However, there is no harm in trying it and there are other benefits. Hair and skin are similar in balance and problems, and vinegar will help in many instances. Acne sometimes responds well to a nightly vinegar rinse, but the skin will often get worse before it gets better. Vinegar will rebalance the ph factor so that acne has a harder time getting started in the first place.

Dry skin responds to vinegar, too, especially if the dryness occurs because of overuse of cleaning agents - soap, bleach and other alkaline chemicals. Rinse your skin with straight vinegar, or, if it stings or is uncomfortable, mix it half and half with water. Using this regularly throughout the day and after using soaps or cleansers, will bring your skin back into balance.

The difference in using drying concoctions and moisturizing concoctions and in using vinegar is that those things overcompensate, trying to get your skin to a more normal level. When dry skin gets a overdose of oil ("moisture"), oil glands stop producing oil, thus intensifying the original problem. When oily skin is overdried by use of commercial products, the oil glands tend to go into high gear trying to replace what was lost - and the original problem is intensified.

The key is balance and vinegar does that well.

Besides the frugal advantage, vinegar is quite safe and if your skin does sting or become irritated with it, it will recover easily. Because commercial products are made from a number of ingredients, they're simply not safe for everyone every time.

Beautiful Skin Tip: Apple Cider Vinegar

Excerpted from Anti-Wrinkle Treatments for Perfect Skin, by Pierre Jean Cousin.

Vinegar has a tonic action that promotes blood circulation in the small capillaries that irrigate the skin. It is also antiseptic, preventing the proliferation of bacteria, viruses, or yeast that trigger infection. It can dissolve excessive fatty deposits at the surface of the skin and reduce scaly or peeling conditions. Lastly, vinegar regulates the pH of the skin. Vinegar is most effective when used with lavender, rosemary, rose, or elder flower. It is essential to use top-quality white wine or cider vinegar. Dry any fresh plant material for two days before using.

Lavender, Rosemary and Rosewood

Vinegar: 17 1/2 fl. oz good-quality white wine or apple cider vinegar

Essential Oils: 3/5 teaspoon each lavender and rosemary, 2/5 teaspoon rosewood

Plus: 2 tablespoons glycerin

Calendula and Elder Flower

Plant material: 2 oz calendula flowers and 3 oz elder flowers

Vinegar: 2 pints good-quality white wine or apple cider vinegar

Macerate: 2 weeks Lavender, Rose, Pink, and Lime

Plant material: 1 oz each lavender and lime (or linden) flowers, rose petals, pinks

Vinegar: 2 pints good-quality white wine or apple cider vinegar

Macerate: 2 weeks

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* Exported from MasterCook *

Herbal Astringent for Oily Skin

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method

-------- ------------ --------------------------------

1 ounce Chamomile

3 tablespoons Witch hazel

1/2 teaspoon Cider vinegar

1 ounce Peppermint extract

8 ounces Water

Few drops of peppermint -- extract

1/4 teaspoon Boric acid -- optional

Boil chamomile, witch hazel, vinegar, peppermint and water. Cool and

strain. Add remaining ingredients in a spray bottle and shake. Keep

refrigerated.

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To summarize everything, from what I have read ... ACV neutralizes our skin it makes our skin's pH balanced hence, Oil glands do not have to work and pump out so much Oil is our skin is balanced. ACV in my opinion is essential for acne and oily skin. ACV does dry up the acne, reduced reddness and inflammation, heals your skin so it isn't too dry nor oily, and it heals red marks. Seeing as it does all this you probobly don't need anything else this moisturizes your skin, clears up acne, redmarks my god .. I wish I figured this out a looong time ago. As I was looking through all these websites I couldn't believe all the uses for something so inexpensive!

I really hope that all you reading this definitely try this because it does work .. just look on the internet if this isn't enough there are people who claim ACV has cured their acne, fatigue, helped them lose weight, arthritis etc.

I have noticed this .. seeing as the ACV is bringing our skin to a balance is also draws impurities out, so I have a small breakout .. nothing major just a couple on my right cheek and a few white heads on my forhead and one on my nose, nothing major. I have still been using ACV and BP both seem to be a great combo. ACV gets rid of all the reddness and makes me skin glow and BP just dries up what I have left on my face.

In conclusion, just try it .. I know it sounds like b/s because I thought that too, but after all this reading, it certainly isn't.

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great tips rebecca. i hope more people will try it, given a more scientific explanation! really; if you're hesitant, think about it like this: there's nothing to lose and sooo much to gain. acv's like $4. seriously, try it- anyone who's taken middle school biology understands this pH-balancing talk, and so you can see why it actually does work.

goo acv! i'm sold.

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:) some ACV's you cna get for cheaper and in huge bottles and if u mix half water with half ACV that will last a long time. Much less expensive then any of those astringents you buy at the stort that do nothing but make your skin wicked dry.

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I just got some ACV yesterday and I mixed 50/50 with Rosewater and added 10 drops of lavender essential oil in a 4 0z spray bottle. The lavender and the rosewater takes most of the nasty smell away. Used it last night and my skin looks pretty good today! dried up a pimple had on my chin. :) good stuff.

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im glad to hear that .. but IMO i think you would get better results if you used a cotton pad or ball only bc the water droplets wont penetrate as easily as if u rubbed it gently on your face. the spray bottle would work great on your back bc thats hard to reach.

I just rinsed my hair in ACV and wow my hair is so soft i never felt it this soft is CLEAN!

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im glad to hear that .. but IMO i think you would get better results if you used a cotton pad or ball only bc the water droplets wont penetrate as easily as if u rubbed it gently on your face. the spray bottle would work great on your back bc thats hard to reach.

I just rinsed my hair in ACV and wow my hair is so soft i never felt it this soft is CLEAN!

i wahsed my hair with it too!! it's sooo light and shiny.. it just bounces! unfortunately, it also smells :( haha, ohwell, you can't have it all. it'll hopefully go away in a while.

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I made a Toner .. i filled up one of my SeaBreeze bottles .. less than half vinegar and the rest water .. sometimes i do full strength .. but anyways .. after 3 days of doing it about 2 or 3 times a day .. i noticed a def. reduction! now i don't have pix bc i honestly didn't think it would work .. i ahve been putting it off for months bc i assumed this was b/s. But, surprisingly it does. YOU MUST TRY THIS! Can anyone tell me why this works tho? What is in ACV that makes it clear up skin and get rid of red marks?

Currently i am following the Clear skin regimen....how am i supposed to fit in this apple cider vineger toner....? and what do brandy & dan have to say about this??

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isnt acv an acid? how can it neutralize the skin back to it's ph balance? just does not sound correct

most soaps, many products you use are alkaline. acv thus balances it out.

Apple cider vinegar is rich in alpha-hydroxy acids, helping to dissolve fatty deposits on the skin’s surface and reducing scaly conditions, promoting a softer, smoother appearance. This miracle fluid also regulates the pH of the skin.

do a google search on apple cider vinegar toner: the first several searches describe acv's amazing ability to balance skin pH. i'm going go ahead and assume that all of them can't be wrong.

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hey guys! what amount of ACV do you use to rinse your hair? ;)

1. Hair rinse: Apple cider vinegar gets rid of residue build-up on hair, leaving it soft and shiny. Mix 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar with 1 quart water and use as a final rinse after shampooing.

:) beware the smell though! if you're going to get close to anyone right after doing this, you should spritz your hair with a light body spray when it's still wet or damp.

http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/acvinegar.html

^ wow, if you have time, visit there. it's five pages of ACV cures!

even if you just skim some of those pages, it's like.. WOW. hahaha. there's about 100000000 uses for ACV, and all these people email in testifying to close-to-miraculous results. it's pretty interesting, lol.

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i dont think Brandy or Dan would care if ur going to strictly b on the CSR then fine you don't have to use the ACV .. but I am not on the regimen I make my own and so far this is the best yet ACV + BP + Moisturize .. nothing compares to it. I hardly have to exfoliate now bc of the ACV and my complexion is much better than is was just using BP. ACV will help the inflammation so its agood thing to use even if ur on the regimen.

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If you're going to use it while you're on CSR. Wait til you're really close to 100% clear AND you've been on it for about 3 months just so you can make sure that when/if you do break out, you know the cause.

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i dont think Brandy or Dan would care if ur going to strictly b on the CSR then fine you don't have to use the ACV .. but I am not on the regimen I make my own and so far this is the best yet ACV + BP + Moisturize .. nothing compares to it. I hardly have to exfoliate now bc of the ACV and my complexion is much better than is was just using BP. ACV will help the inflammation so its agood thing to use even if ur on the regimen.

so the ACV...im not exactly sure how to use it....do you use it like a cleanser? or do you leave it on your face?

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i dont think Brandy or Dan would care if ur going to strictly b on the CSR then fine you don't have to use the ACV .. but I am not on the regimen I make my own and so far this is the best yet ACV + BP + Moisturize .. nothing compares to it. I hardly have to exfoliate now bc of the ACV and my complexion is much better than is was just using BP. ACV will help the inflammation so its agood thing to use even if ur on the regimen.

so the ACV...im not exactly sure how to use it....do you use it like a cleanser? or do you leave it on your face?

once you have washed your face and done whatever else is on your regimen (like BP), get a cotton ball and dip it into the toner (of whatever ratio works for you). gently use the saturated cotton ball to apply the acv onto your face. wait for it to dry 10-15 minutes. then moisturize. i don't have any active acne, so i just cleanse + tone + moisturize

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hey smashing pumpkin. can i exfoliate with the taped method and also do this? or would it be too harsh on my skin?

i think doing both would b fine seeing as it isnt like manual exfoliation when you use a brush or towel .. so it shouldnt be irritating.

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i wouldn't leave this stuff on your skin overnight, when you sleep your skin heals best. i find wash your face with it wait a few minutes then wash it off works best.

i'm not sure what % acidity i'm using but when i apply it neat it leaves my face red like a bad sunburn for 10minutes then looks great after i wash it off.

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