Most people probably don't have a strong opinion about vinegar. After all, it's simply an ingredient, right?
Well, in my house it gets used for much more than cooking. Honestly, I rarely cook with it. Instead, it gets added to laundry to cut through the bad smells. It gets used with some water and lemon oil for mopping the floors or cleaning other surfaces. It can be used with baking soda to cut through grime in a sink drain.
And, it gets used on my children.
On my children? Like to clean them?
Yes and no.
When my husband was growing up, any time he said something he wasn't supposed to, instead of washing his mouth out with soap, his mama made him drink some vinegar. He still shudders at the smell.
We decided it worked so well on him, we'd try it on our own children now. This summer, there has been a rash of lying going on in this house, be it about not cleaning something or not hitting a sibbling or whatever. And anytime we catch a child lying, they get to drink a swallow of vinegar.
I don't know if you've ever drunk it straight before or not, but it's not a pleasant taste. And we always let them have a big drink of water afterwards.
That being said, they usually don't lie for a while after going through it. And it won't hurt them any.
We want our children to grow up clean and pure, just like we want the laundry and floors and anything else I tend to use vinegar on. Especially since God declares lying and deceipt to be sinful. If only we could apply it to a few other places in the world, huh?
Do you have an atypical way you use a household product? What were some of the best ways you trained your children to not lie or say things they shouldn't?
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