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  • keego
    keego Posts: 2 Newbie
    The oldest use I have found for vinegar that is still going on today, is for washing hair. If you or your school attending child has nits, or the school is infested with nits [head lice] get some cotton wool and dab the raw vinegar onto the hair, missing nowhere on the head especially behind the ears and the eye lashes [be careful of the eyes it stings if it gets into them]. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes and then wash. You or your child will be free of the little bliters. It kills te lice and their eggs, also the lice cannot get immune to the vinegar. Unfortunately the little bliters are getting imune to the chemicals that are being used and it might be more than possible that the poison being used to kill the lice is beng absorbed into the skin. This is also a very old method of bringing back the shine and softness to your hair.
  • keego
    keego Posts: 2 Newbie
    I forgot to add that this method was used throughout my childhood on bath night. I have many other bits of information on psychictruthinfo info on the thoughts page.
  • A friend in Chile gave us this tip. Use cold water for washing your clothes. She swears it works on any powder, even the cheapest. I have the gel which is supposed to be a 15 degree wash and now I use 0 degrees. But the clothes are softer and just as clean. And they are not as creased so less ironing is needed. Just make sure you do not bunch the washing on the line.

    So you can save money, have softer, less creased clothes, and less colour loss if you have white clothes.
  • Vinegar (any) makes an excellent hair conditioner. A capful (not cupful) diluted in half a cup of warm water and rinsed through the hair, softens and also gets rid of any shampoo left in the hair. Dilute it as it can sting if it goes in your eyes. I've used this since my mother used it when I was a litle girl and I'm 65 now with still have quite nice hair. Also wet a duster in vinegar and water and clean the wooden furniture with it and wipe it dry. It removes old polish and fingerprints. I use this on antique furniture quite safely.
  • cheerfulness4
    cheerfulness4 Posts: 2,874 Forumite
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    Can you conditioner your hair with vinegar if your hair is coloured? I'm a bit worried about my hair going a weird colour.
  • Does anybody know if you can use vinegar as a deodoriser and sanitiser? I have three dogs and clean the concrete patio after their messes and wees but it sometimes still smells. The problem that I have is that the run-off from the concrete goes on to the garden so I don't want to kill the plants. Would diluted vinegar stop the smell without killing the plants?
  • Seakay
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    tanyalbeck wrote: »
    the problem i have is that i LIKE the smell of (yellow) lenor/ comfort, and the smell of my hair conditioner!!! and the stuff stinks until it's dry...

    for those of you that use vinegar on your hair, how much and what do you do? does you hair smell like a chippy till it's dry? I dont use a hairdryer so it'd take a LONG time!!!

    Tanya

    Brown vinegar does smell more than white, although it doesn't smell at all when dry.
    I use half a cup of vinegar in the final rinse water when washing my hair - makes sure that every trace of soap is gone and good for your scalp.
    Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to offset the smell.
    I use lavender and eucalyptus for cleaning, lime for washing machine conditioner and geranium for my hair.
  • betony
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    blythburgh wrote: »
    A friend in Chile gave us this tip. Use cold water for washing your clothes. She swears it works on any powder, even the cheapest. I have the gel which is supposed to be a 15 degree wash and now I use 0 degrees. But the clothes are softer and just as clean. And they are not as creased so less ironing is needed. Just make sure you do not bunch the washing on the line.

    So you can save money, have softer, less creased clothes, and less colour loss if you have white clothes.


    Yes, I can vouch for this. Since moving to our new house, we only have a cold tap for the washing machine fill, whereas we previously had hot and cold fill. For some reason our machine will not heat up the water by itself, however long its left, so we just wash with cold and have never noticed a difference. However, concerned that bacteria may not be disabled by the cold water (maybe they can hold their breath, though?!) we add a tablespoonful of Zoflora disinfectant to the drawer.
  • Nickitree30
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    Hi, as a new member I don't think I can post links yet, but for those who are looking for distilled/white vinegar you can buy it from a website called SummerNaturals. You can get 5 litres for £4.39. They seem quite good although I've only just placed my first order. You can also get things like bicarbonate of soda in bulk, which is great as all my local chemists have stopped selling it ( drug dealers/junkies use it to 'cut' drugs with ), also citric acid which is a great preservative for cordial making.
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  • BitterAndTwisted
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    betony wrote: »
    However, concerned that bacteria may not be disabled by the cold water (maybe they can hold their breath, though?!) we add a tablespoonful of Zoflora disinfectant to the drawer.

    As far as I know bacteria can only be killed by disinfectants or by boiling for several minutes. I think you might be worrying needlessly as I've never heard of anyone being infected or poisoned by their own clothes. I expect the soap in the detergent does as good a job as any to get rid of odour-causing bacteria, so you might want to consider saving your Zoflora for putting down the lav or whatnot. Still, vinegar inhibits bacteria growth doesn't it, so I wonder if it has the same effect when diluted in the final rinse if the detergent hasn't got there first?
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