By Jessica, Contributing Writer

When I was younger, I would get excited about normal things. Going out with friends, a new outfit, an upcoming trip. Now, domestic life overcomes me. I’m a grown-up. A woman.

Oh, I still get excited, but my passions have…shifted. You know what I really think is amazing these days?

The three magical ingredients!

Give me any household dilemma, and I’m almost positive I could solve it using vinegar, baking soda, or coconut oil!

Except tantrums. I haven’t quite figured out how they solve tantrums yet. (I’m sure there is a way, though.)

Seriously, though, it truly is remarkable that God created such amazing elements – products that can bake, clean, dissolve, soften, and heal, all while being completely safe for the home and the kids!

These three powerhouses were a great “first step” for me in becoming green and clean. They’re inexpensive, they’re incredibly versatile, and I already had them in my house!

Here are just a few ways we use these remarkable products:

Vinegar:

  • Disinfect bathrooms (I put vinegar in a spray bottle with a squirt of dish or Castile soap and a drop of essential oil)
  • Safely disinfect toys (mix with hot water and soap)
  • As an everyday shower cleaner
  • As a scrub to remove stickers from the random objects your kids have placed them
  • As a floor cleaner (with a bit of Castile soap and essential oil)
  • To remove pesticides from produce
  • Clean kitchen counters
  • Degrease the microwave
  • Disinfect baby seats and high chairs
  • As a natural “Windex” for mirrors and windows
  • As a hair conditioner (seriously works wonders!)

  • Clean and freshen the car interior (diluted with soap and warm water)
  • Added to soap when washing water bottles and straws to prevent mold
  • For a buttermilk substitute, especially in dairy-free baking recipes
  • In homemade salad dressing
  • Halved with water as a wash to remove pesky ants
  • To clean the fish tank
  • To clean coffee maker

  • Added to homemade chicken broth (just a splash) to help release trace minerals
  • Added to boiling water to prevent eggs from cracking while boiling
  • As a home remedy for sinus infections (apple cider vinegar, to be exact…this really works!)
  • To soothe sore throats (apple cider vinegar)

Baking Soda:

  • As a shampoo! (This worked like a charm for me to “de-gunk” and remove buildup.)
  • To unclog drains
  • To deodorize the trash can
  • To eliminate odors in laundry, and boost the PH (add 1/2 cup to each load)
  • To absorb odors in the refrigerator
  • As a scrub for the sink

Coconut Oil:

  • Topical application for yeast infections
  • Topical application for nail fungus
  • As an overnight hair conditioner

  • Healthy substitute for butter – Coconut oil has saved the day as we deal with my son’s life-threatening allergies to dairy. We use it in oatmeal, muffins, cornbread, biscuits, cookies, cakes and more.
  • Lotion, especially for dry and cracked hands or feet
  • Add-in to oatmeal
  • To soothe eczema
  • As body lotion
  • Bake, roast, or saute (ideal because of its high smoke point)
  • Mixed with sugar, for a body scrub
  • As a carrier for essential oils (eucalyptus chest rub is my favorite when we have colds)
  • For diaper rash
  • To remove eye makeup

How about you? What’s your favorite use for vinegar, baking soda, or coconut oil?