I have already realized that I misinterpreted the Soap part of the rations! Not only do my 36 coupons need to purchase all of my toiletries for the year, but also all of my household cleaning supplies (as in laundry soap, dish soap, etc.). Suddenly, 36 soap coupons doesn’t seem as generous as it did before.
Luckily I have already made friends with Vinegar! I have a giant bulk jug of white vinegar and a large bottle of apple cider vinegar that I depend on not only for culinary uses, but cleaning and personal care. The photo above is of my citrus vinegar. I keep a carafe in the kitchen and one by my clothes washing machine. Whenever I use a lemon, lime, or orange, I stuff the skin in one of the carafes and make sure they are always topped off with vinegar. The resulting infusion smells bright and citrusy, and the citrus ups the cleaning power of the vinegar.
I splash some in a bucket of water to mop, use a fraction of the powder recommended for my dishwasher because I splash the dishes with my vinegar concoction first, use a quarter of the machine washing liquid because I put vinegar in the fabric softener compartment of the machine, clean my tub — you name it! Combine it with some baking soda, and you get “scrubbing bubbles” action! I love to use this to clean my teapot and cups every now and again — it gets rid of any stubborn staining. It’s also great to make sure you removed any lingering smell from a glass bottle or jar you plan to reuse.
I use apple cider vinegar on my hair. I have a big brown glass jar that used to contain vitamins, but now holds apple cider vinegar with lavender essential oil added. I could probably use only this to keep my hair clean, but I still have some shampoo and conditioner from before I got the idea to go No Poo. So, I alternate. It’s been working out wonderfully. My hair is so much calmer and shinier! I’ve also heard that ACV makes a great skin toner. I will try that once I have less of my current one.
Do you use vinegar for any household or beauty uses? Do tell! I would love to know of more ways to save my soap coupons and use vinegar instead!