How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar

I’ve always wondered how to make apple cider vinegar, and this weekend I thought I’d give it a try.  I actually made pineapple vinegar instead of apple cider because I had pineapple scraps.  You can use fruit scraps to make fruit scrap vinegar, and apple cider vinegar is just another fruit scrap vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits

Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits, and is great for making salad dressings, using in a bath for detoxification, and even cleaning.  Apple cider vinegar has been often called a wonder drug, and contains vitamins and minerals essential to good health.  Losing weight, lowering blood pressure, and even healing headaches have been some of apple cider vinegar’s benefits.  Personally, I take it when I feel a cold coming on because I think it helps ward off the bad germs.

When you make your own apple cider vinegar, you control what goes in it, and you know you are getting the real deal.  When I purchase apple cider vinegar, I buy the Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar because it contains all the goodness of unpasteurized vinegar.  It’s unheated, unfiltered, and contains the “Mother”.

How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar

You can make apple cider vinegar, or any fruit scrap vinegar using this method.  All  you will need is some fruit scraps, sugar, and water.

1. Chop your fruit scraps up.  You don’t have to chop it into tiny pieces, so chunks of fruit are fine.  I made sure to wash the pineapple very well before I used it for my fruit scrap vinegar.  Use the core and skin of the pineapple or fruit you are using.  Apples and pineapple are the most popular fruit to make into vinegar.

2. Mix 1/4 cup of real sugar with 1 quart of warm, filtered water.  Allow the sugar to dissolve in the warm water.  You may need to stir to help the sugar to dissolve.

3.  Put the fruit scraps into a large clean jar.  Make sure you wash it well with hot water and soap.  You don’t want your vinegar getting bad bacteria in it.

4.  Add sugar water solution to the scraps and place a kitchen towel over the opening of the jar.  I secure mine by using a rubber band.

5.  Place jar in a warm area (around 70 degrees) for about two days to a week.  Check it every day and stir if you are able to.  When it smells like vinegar and has a darker color to it, remove the fruit scraps and use!

Please remember: when making fermented foods, if it smells bad, don’t eat it! If it has mold on the top, throw it out!

Apple cider vinegar and fruit scrap vinegar can be added to salad dressings, soups, and even green smoothies.  A tablespoon won’t even be detected by your family.  If you don’t like consuming the vinegar, you can actually use it for cleaning or even conditioning your hair with the no poo method.  Making apple cider vinegar is a great way to use up fruit scraps and provide your family with a great quality vinegar!

Have you made apple cider vinegar?  Do you like it?

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Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

I hunted for a long time for how to make your own natural, homemade dishwasher detergent.  I found many recipes that were natural and called for just borax and washing soda, but they never seemed to work very well.  They just didn’t get the dishes clean.  I’ve found a recipe that finally works well and won’t poison my family!  It’s also super easy to make as well.

Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

-1/2 cup borax
-1/2 cup washing soda
-1/4 cup Citric Acid
-1/4 cup kosher salt

How to Make Dishwashing Detergent

Mix all ingredients together well by shaking. Mine clumps but I just shake it before I use it. If you don’t want to order citric acid online, you can check a beer making store or even a health food store. I found some in bulk at our local health food store!

Use about 1 Tablespoon per load.  If you wanted to scent yours, you could add a few drops of your favorite essential oils in.  I really didn’t mind it unscented, so I went with that. For months we purchased and used Ecover Dishwashing Liquid, which wasn’t exactly frugal but definitely is much better for us than conventional dish washing detergent.

Do you make your own dishwasher detergent?

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All Natural Face Scrub Recipe

Here’s a face scrub recipe that you can make at home with ingredients you probably already have on hand.  It will cost you a few minutes of your time but it is definitely worth it!

Apples
Creative Commons License photo credit: Malte.S

Ingredients:

2/3 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons applesauce
2 teaspoons olive oil

Mix all ingredients together well.  When you’re ready to use, put a small amount on your hand and work in a circular motion on your face.  Rinse well after using.  That’s it!

How it works

The malic acid and amalase enzymes in apples help remove dead skin and dirt that can clog pores.  The sugar polishes away rough spots, while the olive oil brings the moisture back to the skin.  All natural healing!

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