We then discovered a new use for apple cider vinegar. Our Standard Poodles have problems with ear infections, yeast overgrowth, and ear mites. We learned that this is common on dropped eared dogs. We were spending so much money on antibiotics for them and we never really got to the source of the problem. We made a mild solution of vinegar and water to clean their ears. Not only did they feel better, and sleep better, they were getting relief from the itching and the foul odor associated with this problem. Best of all they no longer need antibiotics.
We also give our Standard Poodles apple cider vinegar infused water to drink to help with their digestion and their yeast overgrowth in their ears.
We also use apple cider vinegar to spray on our poodles’ coats to make them shine. We learned this trick from a show horse owner. We mix 3 tablespoons (3 ounces) apple cider vinegar with 1 and 1/2 cups (12 ounces) water and pour into a 16 ounce spray bottle. We spray our dogs with the mist as we brush them. We also rinse them with a apple cider vinegar, water rinse after their bath. They have a very shiny healthy looking coat.
If your pet has fleas, a really easy and safe treatment is to spray a solution of apple cider vinegar and water on your pets. Dilute apple cider vinegar with a 50/50 water ratio. I am told this also works to spray around your floor and furniture and where your dogs sleep to reduce flea infestation. (We do not have this problem with our dogs.)
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Help soothe your aching head with this straight from the garden remedy
We’ve said that both of us are headache-sufferers. True. Removing the petroleum distillates from our homes and avoiding known triggers really can make a difference. However, there are just times that we can’t avoid triggers such as barometric pressure, stress (if anyone can eliminate stress 100% – we need to talk), hormonal changes, etc.
When we have these headaches, we turn to both OTC medications and other home remedies. Believe it or not, one of my favorites is chilled cucumber. If you keep a few cucumbers in your crisper, you will be ready for this simple, effective and cheap solution – it gives some relief for throbbing headaches.
Placing cucumber peels on your forehead is SO soothing! (They will stick to your skin.) There is a substance in the outer flesh that when placed on the skin soothes the skin.
Now, if you will kindly excuse me – I am off to peel my cucumber!
Saving money is a concern for almost everyone. In the summer months we increased our water consumption because of the lawn and the garden. Trying to reduce our costs in keeping our lawn nice, we needed to still cut down our expenses in this area. First of course is the use of water, but there are even more ways to save money.
We developed an overgrowth of mushrooms in our yard due to broken sprinkler pipes. We fixed this problem but now we needed to remove the fungal growth. My husband’s first thought was his convenience. His idea of convenience is still to go to the high end garden center to purchase whatever he thinks we needed. Mine is to find a solution that is readily available in my own kitchen. His solution a $50.00 a bottle of chemical fungicide spray, my solution is a $1.50 box of baking soda and water.
I told him about an article I found that was from a professional gardener who had fifty plus years experience. When he heard that the professional preferred to use baking soda and water to pour on the mushrooms he was convinced. He poured the baking soda in our garden hose sprayer and sprayed the mushrooms, by evening they were dying. Dare I ever tell him that this was my idea to change the pH balance of the mushrooms for their demise? Oh, I think not, I shall forever let him think that he made the correct decision all my himself!
We saved over $50.00 maybe more, YEAH! Let us know if you have ever stretched the facts to allow someone to say face and save money!
While going through our clothes closet, I was deciding what to throw away, give away, slim down to keep, or just consider a lost cause. For everything I found to throw out, I forgot about a most important task my dear grandmother would perform. She would cut off the buttons and place them in her coveted button tin. She must have had thousands. These special buttons were recycled whenever the need arose. As a child I used to play with her buttons and made up stories as to where some of the really special buttons could have come from. My grandmother never bought any buttons, she used what she needed from her button tin.
She must have done something to remind me of her lesson on being frugal because I stopped dead in my tracks and began to rethink my trip to the trash. I put the pile of clothes on the bed and started to cut the buttons off and make my cleaning cloth supply grow by leaps and bounds. Grandma would never think of buying rags.
For those who like to sew, a quick, easy, and inexpensive throw rug you can make is using cut rectangular pieces of fabric and sew them onto a per determined piece of backing. My favorite is to use old denim jeans.
In the meantime, for many more of the tips and money-saving tricks that I learned from my Grandmother, the Kindle version of our book is available for about the price of a gallon of gas – giving you hundreds of recipes and tips to help you save many times over and pay for the cost of the book in its first use.