Products I can’t live without

3 in fact; white vinegar, peroxide, and baking soda.They have more uses than you can imagine, but this post is specifically what I use them for.

Baking Soda and White Vinegar are like the perfect marriage. They have wonderful uses on their own, but they make magic together.

How I use baking soda alone:

Sprinkle in the cat litter box. It keeps your litter more fresh through the week until it’s time to change it and helps eliminate odors and combat moisture.

Sprinkle on carpet in cat room before vaccuming. This one is sort of controversial, because how much is your vaccum REALLY getting out of your carpet? The truth is not much. But since we are not able to own our home, we also can’t change our flooring. Again the baking soda helps with eliminating odors from pet dander and oils seeping into your carpets.

Baking soda with water for hair. Shh! trade secret. Baking Soda with water mixed into a paste can help remove product buildup from hair. 3 years ago, I did a segment on going “Poo-free.” While it works for many people, my hair started reacting the same as it does to normal products. My hair gets used to a particular product and starts looking dingy and oily, so I have to change brands often. But the truth is, no matter what product you are using, you get buildup from the parabens and sulfates. And to be honest, I’ve tried many brands boasting they don’t have those ingretients and I noticed no difference. Baking soda and water can be used in the shower periodically to strip the buildup. Use a good conditioner on the ends of your hair after for protection as it will pull oils and moisture from your hair also.

Baking soda for mosquito bites. Really. Again with that water mixture to make a paste. Instantly stops itching from spider or mosquito bites. This is awesome for your kids and safe.

White Vinegar alone:

White vinegar is known as a household cleaning product that is safe for your house and pets. Mix with water in a spray bottle and you have a spot on cleaner. However, it is not a disinfectant and should not be treated as such. It does however do well combating dirt and grime.

White vinegar to wash your fruit and vegetables. Mixing water and vinegar and allowing your apples, grapes, cucumbers, ect. to sit for 10 minutes or so can help remove the layer of wax and film from them. Again it’s not an antibacterial and will not do any better than water at removing bacteria, but it can pull off that extra layer you may not really want to eat. A ratio of 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar should do.

White vinegar and baking soda together:

Clean your pet’s food and water bowls. Vinegar and baking soda are safe for pets, though don’t taste very good, so make sure you rinse thoroughly after. Allowing a mixture of baking soda and vinegar with water to sit in food bowls or the tank of automatic waterers (non electronic) will help get that nasty film off that is left behind.

Laundry. When we have a particularly stubborn stain or whites are looking dingy, baking soda, vinegar, and water seem to brighten things right up.

 

Carpet stains. Again with the vinegar, baking soda, and water. Others have mentioned vinegar also works well with borax, cornstarch, or salt, but as I typically don’t use those other things, I don’t have them sitting around. We sometimes put vinegar in our carpet cleaner with water and it does pretty well.

Hydrogen Peroxide – 3%:

We havent forgotten about you Peroxide! Peroxide has antimicrobial properties, but can also be a bleaching agent at high concentrations, and is not recommended for household cleaning. Consult your doctor before using on open wounds.

An Oral debriding agent. Actually this is listed on the bottle. Mix equal parts water and peroxide and start swishing. Rinse out, as peroxide is not to be ingested.

Ear cleaning. Finally! A safe way to clean ears. Contrary to popular belief, candling is NOT safe for your ears according to the Mayo Clinic. You can actually build up a lot of bacteria in your ears. I have allergies and I get insanely itchy ears. I’ve tried drops and I get treated for allergies by injections and an antihistimine. However, it does not help my itchy ears. Peroxide is the first safe method that provides relief. I usually either place a warm towel around the bottle for a few minutes or under the heated blanket to warm it before placing in ear. If it’s too cold, you’ll feel dizzy for a minute. I usually let it sit in ear for about 10 minutes each site. According to the American Hearing Research Foundation, you can use oil in your ear to soften earwax first for earwax removal prior to inserting peroxide.

Minor cuts and scrapes. Hydrogen peroxide is a antimicrobial and will help kill off bacteria. There is some controversy about this however, as it is said to also kill healthy cells in open wounds. I actually find peroxide helpful though for cleaning pores on areas of the body which tend to collect moisture and bacteria due to apocrine sweat glands. This may sound weird, but I have a skin condition called Hidradenitis Suppurativa which effects the apocrine glands. This is my own personal opinion that peroxide in these areas actually helps keep down risks of infection. I do not however use peroxide in any open wounds from said condition. There is not any research currently to support this as there is still relatively a lot unknown about HS despite increased research efforts.

 

 

Subway Sweet Onion Sauce

This is from the original copycat recipe.

I worked at subway for 8 years, I’ve been there since sweet onion sauce and the chicken teriyaki first came to be. Now that I work there no longer, it’s to expensive to get my fix everyday.

I found this recipe. It’s not precise, but it has similar flavors, textures, and sweetness to make a good substitute. The downside is you need to start buying a lot of cornsyrup to make it.

40 calories per serving

The Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich is one of Subway’s biggest new product rollouts in chain history. The sandwich is made with common ingredients: teriyaki-glazed chicken breast strips, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, and olives. But what sets it apart from all other teriyaki chicken sandwiches is Subway’s delicious Sweet Onion Sauce. You can ask for as much of the scrumptious sauce as you want on your custom-made sub at the huge sandwich chain, but you won’t get any extra to take home, even if you offer to pay. Now you can add a clone version of the sauce to your home-built sandwich masterpieces whenever you want.

1/2 cup light corn syrup 1tablespoon minced white onion 1tablespoon red wine vinegar 2teaspoons white vinegar 1teaspoon balsamic vinegar 1teaspoon brown sugar 1teaspoon buttermilk powder 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice 1/8 teaspoon poppy seeds 1/8 teaspoon salt pinch cracked black pepper pinch garlic powder

1. Combine all the ingredients in a small microwave-safe bowl.

2. Heat the mixture uncovered in the microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on high until the mixture boils rapidly.

3. Whisk well, cover, and cool.

Makes about 2/3 cup.

My finished product:

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http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/Subway-Sweet-Onion-Sauce-Recipe.html

22 days Poo-free

So final balance I’ve found for my fine, naturally oily hair uses a conditioner and the baking soda. Vinegar had adverse effects in my hair. Particularly my roots would get really oily and my ends were crunchy, no matter how well I rinsed my hair. I was using distilled Apple Cider Vinegar.

I’ve been using daily:
1/2 cup Baking Soda
2 Tbs distilled water
Make a paste, massage into scalp, rinse thoroughly

Follow with Pureology Precious Oils conditioner. Leave in 1-2 minutes, rinse thoroughly.

This particular conditoner has none of the bad things in it I listed in my first post, at least according to their label. I spent a lot fo time in the store reading their labels. My hair does not feel burned out, waxy, or like straw using this.

 

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Poo-free

The apple cider vinegar and my hair type aren’t getting along. I’m still using baking soda, but I switched the vinegar for small amounts of Pureology’s Precious Oil conditioner. I need to find a cheaper alternative, maybe brew my own from oils and herbs, but my hair is responding much better. My ends before were fine, but after time, the vinegar was actually drying them out. This isn’t the effect it is supposed to have, but it’s already established that I have hair that responds abnormally to products.

We’ll see what happens!

Day 2 – Poo-Free

Update on the last post.

Today, everything felt oily by the end of last night. My hair is overcompensating now and it was torture. Instead of using the normal recommend Baking Soda to Distilled Water ratio recommended (1 Tbsp BS:1 c water), I made a paste out of it to pull the excess oils out. I may have to do this until my hair starts to adjust. Yay, squeaky clean feeling. I can’t stand oilly feel. This is going to be very hard in the evenings to get used to until I adjust.

Once my hair dried, I noticed a dramatic difference. The waxiness is starting to dissapear as well as all the creases that it created. Holy smokes!

Day2

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