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Bye Conditioner… Hello Apple Cider Vinegar!

January 28, 2011
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar | Good For Cleansing Hair

I’m nearing the end of my second week in my Infertility Workshop and part of is to start switching out personal care products with natural alternatives.  This process excited me because it’s something I already started doing years ago – but have still been hanging on to certain things.  My shampoo and conditioner.  Ugh!  Is there not any good natural alternatives out there?  I just need some suds or I feel like I’m not getting my hair clean.  Also, my hair is very tangly, so I need a great working conditioner.  To go without has just never been an option.  Until…

Apple Cider Vinegar!!!  Woot!!  I couldn’t believe it, either.  It sounds nast, doesn’t it?  I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try, so I did, without much expectation.  In fact, my a’natural aunt was just telling me a couple of months ago that this is what she used in her hair for conditioner – she said it really makes her hair soft, shiny, and clean.  So when it came up as an alternative in my infertility course, I thought for sure I had to at least give it a try – being fully prepared to hop back in the shower and use conditioner.

Okay, so I get out of the shower and start brushing my hair… and the brush combed right through – no snags or tangles.  My hair actually smelled good, not gross, not like when I was putting it on my hair (make sure you rinse it out well).  My hair feels like it’s been stripped of all the nasty gunk it has accumulated over time, that I didn’t even realize was there until the Apple Cider Vinegar got it so clean.  I think I used more than most mixes call for, but I used one part vinegar to three parts water and mixed together in a bottle that has a squirty thingy on top so I could squirt right into my hair.

Being brave with this product now, I also decided to use it in lieu of my fabric softener – which is another thing I haven’t been able to give up yet.  Traditional fabric softener is SO toxic.  I’ve tried using lavender and other essential oils, but my clothes just weren’t as soft as I like them to be.  I am now officially giving up traditional fabric softener and using apple cider vinegar alternatively.  Made my clothes and blankets super soft, and left them smelling good.  I only had to plug my noise as I poured it into the load :-)  I just put it in with the wash, in the liquid fabric softener space.  A couple of tablespoons.

Do a Google search and you’ll find tons of ways to use vinegar in lieu of toxic chemicals – weed killer, cleaner, food cleanser, to name a few.

Do you have any alternative ways you use vinegar?  Please share… :-)

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21 Comments

  • Reply Cry January 30, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Theres a book i just finished called ” apple vinegar”.
    I use the Bragg line with the mother in it, make sur you get the mother in it. You can go online on the bragg site and get a great book from them. We also drink about half a shot of apple cider vinegar eveyday, its so good for the body. Youll be AMAZED at what the rght kind of vinegar can do for ones body.

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    angela Reply:

    @Cry,
    Cry, I just bought the Bragg one from your suggestion as I can see that I’m going to run out of my Trader Joes one very soon anyways. Gosh, I know I should drink it as it has great health benefits, but I don’t think I could stomach it or stand the smell… any suggestions for getting it down or drowning out the taste with something else?

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  • Reply Edi Mathews January 31, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Did you use regular shampoo and then the vinegar for the conditioner?

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    angela Reply:

    @Edi Mathews,
    Edi, thanks for visiting! I used my regular shampoo before using the ACV. I’m still looking for a natural shampoo that I can live with… If you have any suggestions, let me know, please!

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  • Reply Susan B January 31, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    You can use cheap white vinegar to
    1. in place of jet dry, etc, in the dishwasher
    2. as a room deodorizer. I put it in a spray bottle and spray carpeting and stone with it and the room smells like vinegar for like 2 minutes….and then nothing. We had a problem with Japanese beetles -- if you accidently smooshed them they smelled really bad. We tried baking soda and other things and this was the only thing that worked.
    3. window cleaner. However, we use club soda for our windows and mirrors and they come out sparkly clean. Doesn’t need to be fizzy, just club soda (don’t use mineral water, etc).

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    angela Reply:

    @Susan B,
    Hi Susan! You know, I think when I read about using vinegar in lieu of dryer sheets, it was supposed to be white vinegar. But after ingesting so much information about it, I got confused and used ACV, instead! Oh, well, I like it just as well :-) But the white vinegar would be much cheaper!

    Ooh, love the room deodorizer idea, and the club soda for windows… thanks!

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  • Reply Nicole January 31, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Great idea! I already use vinegar for shots, laundry, cleaning, etc. I don’t know why I never thought about using it in our hair! We’ve been using (expensive) organic conditioner for over a year now, and we go through LOTS. Just tried the ACV on 2 of my girl’s hair. My girls all have long hair, one of them waist-length and thick. The initial brushing was still a little tangly, but way better than I expected. The girls both said that it didn’t hurt at all, though. Interestingly, the hair dried way faster than usual. The hair really looks and feels so shiny and clean. My girls are sold on it, so am I! No more expensive conditioner for us! Thanks for the idea!

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    angela Reply:

    @Nicole,
    Awesome, Nicole! I’m glad it worked out for your girls. I also noticed my hair drying faster… interesting.

    What are you using for your shampoo? I still haven’t found a natural one that I like. Without suds I just feel like my hair isn’t getting clean. Any suggestions?

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    Mac Reply:

    @angela, I’ve tried them all. The best is Shikai -- get it at WF or TJ

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  • Reply Marci Miller January 31, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    I make my very own apple cider vinegar and its so easy! We press cider every fall and I add a little bit of Bragg’s live culture cider into the gallon container of fresh cider, put a muslin cloth over the jar and set it under a corner table where its dark and warm for 5 weeks. Viola! Your own homemade cider for a fraction of the price. It’s also good if you’re using it a lot. But you do need fresh, unpasturized cider. I also mix the vinegar with honey and water for a delicious and refreshing drink!

    Thanks for your blog, I am dealing with PCOS. It causes infertility so I am preparing myself for the struggle. I started a year ago, switching to natural cleaners, organic foods, etc. and I’m not even planning on trying to get pregnant for another 4 or 5 years. I am with in your journey.

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    angela Reply:

    @Marci Miller,
    Marci, thanks for visiting and for the tip on home made ACV!

    I’ve never been officially diagnosed with PCOS, but I’ve had more than a handful of ruptured ovarian cysts since I was in my early 20’s, putting me in the ER more than a few of those times because the pain was so unbearable. So, I wonder if that is a sure sign that I have PCOS…

    When were you diagnosed and what are you symptoms?

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    Marci Reply:

    @angela, I was diagnosed over 8 years ago. My symptoms are totally typical of PCOS, amenorrhea, weight gain, elevated testosterone (found through blood tests), ovaries covered in follicles (ultrasound every other year to check). I too have painful ruptures.

    So for now, I am trying herbs and supplements and use the book “The Natural Diet Solution for PCOS and Infertility” It’s a wonderful book full of information. Hope that helps!

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    angela Reply:

    @Marci,
    thanks for the info. Have you tried castor oil packs on your pelvis where your ovaries and fallopian tubes are? I was reading on a natural solutions site that this is a good alternative to those who want to get their tubes flushed out. The warm castor oil draws out any toxicities or blockages. I just bought my pack and am going to start doing it. Just a thought for you, too!

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  • Reply The Organic Housewife January 31, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Thanks so much for the info! I am excited to try this myself and look forward to sharing with my Facebook friends.

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    angela Reply:

    @The Organic Housewife,
    You are so welcome! Thanks for visiting and sharing!!

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  • Reply April January 31, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    I’ll have to give this a try!
    Have you tried Dr. Bronner’s for shampoo? It doesn’t sud up much, but it does a little.
    For drinking -- I put the shot in with some hot tea. The stronger the tea, the less vinegariness!

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    angela Reply:

    @April,
    Hi April -- thanks for visiting! I have not tried Dr. Bronners but I’m hearing everyone talk about it, so I will give it a try. Great idea for the shot of ACV -- I’ll try some in my tea tonight :-)

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  • Reply Stacy February 1, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    You could try making your own shampoo? Just look up recipes and find the one to your liking. Also you said that you wouldn’t feel like your hair is clean without the suds? Well try buying some castile soap (or you can make some home-made castile soap), you can buy it in liquid or bar. Plus you can have a pick of what your castile soap is made out of like olive oil or plant oil.

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    angela Reply:

    @Stacy, ooh, thanks for the great idea. I’ve seen castile soap in lots of markets… I’ll give it a whirl!

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