Category Archives: Hygiene

I Haven’t Shampooed In Almost A Year

997421-092I know.  Gross, huh?

Apparently, you don’t need shampoo in order to wash your hair.  Nor do you need creamy conditioner to make your hair soft, smooth, and manageable.

I started this experiment early last year.  I gave away all my shampoos and conditioners.  Yes, All.  I’m the type to stock up, and sometimes I would get tired of a product before I was finished and I’d buy a new one to try.  It was a little scary to start, and I cringed at the money I had just thrown away, but I gave some away to my family and donated the unopened ones to a pregnancy crisis center.

Here’s how I started.

To clean my hair, I filled up a clean, empty juice jug using the ratio:

1 tablespoon of baking soda per 1 cup of distilled water

I used the water from my fridge, but I have read that if you have soft water already, you don’t need to use distilled water.  We have super hard water here in Arizona.

I did find that this mixture worked much better after it had been sitting for at least a week.  Your hair should feel slick after pouring this on.

Directions:

In the shower, wet hair thoroughly with water.

Shake mixture well before each use.

Pour into a cup.

Slowly pour onto your head, starting near your forehead and making sure to get your temples and the top of your head.  Your main focus with this mixture is your entire scalp.

Use one cup to saturate your hair.  If you feel your hair isn’t saturated enough, then use another cup of the mixture.

Now briskly massage your scalp, like you would with any other shampoo.

Rinse your hair and scalp thoroughly.

Yes, it is tricky with the whole pouring thing, and you will have to experiment with the amount of baking soda that works well for you.  It’s worth it though.

I used to have to change shampoos frequently because my hair would get limp after a while or greasy too quickly.  None of this has happened since I’ve been washing my hair with baking soda.

Though I have to admit that recently (since last month) I did stop using baking soda.  I now only use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) and water mixture.  After almost a year of using the baking soda, my scalp started to get dry.  I have read about this happening.

The ACV mixture is working really well, so you may just go straight to using this if you want.  The only thing with using ACV is if your hair gets too greasy, then you are using too much ACV.  Just dilute it more.  Otherwise, use this mixture as your conditioner.

For any size container you may use, start with a ratio of:

1/3 ACV
3/4 distilled water

Use the same directions as you would for the baking soda mixture.

I have also read about some people going through a wonky transitional period with their hair when they switched over.  If you are used to washing your hair every day, then you may go through this transition.

To be honest, I don’t know what hair is supposed to look like going through this “transition.”  My hair did fine, but I was washing my hair every other day with shampoo when I switched over.

Currently, I can go about 5 days before I feel like I should wash my hair, and even then my hair isn’t greasy or limp.  I don’t use any hair products, and I don’t color my hair.  You may have to research what results switching over may have on your hair if you do these things.

If you have any questions about my experience with switching or comments about something I may have left out, please, feel free to use the comments section down below.

Homemade Natural Deodorant That Works

100_2271Well, it works for me. I was pretty stinky for a few months recently. At least, I could smell my slight muskiness. No one else complained. My mother would have definitely mentioned it as she tends to be more than brutally honest at times.

On my quest to rid as many chemicals as possible from my home, I quit using my normal deodorant immediately. Threw it out.

Then I tried a few different brands of “all natural” deodorants. They all sucked. Big time.

So I tried to use a combination of baking soda and corn starch, applying it with my fingers. That made a huge mess. I tried applying it with a make-up brush. Coverage was better but still made a mess. And I didn’t like inhaling the stuff.

Aside from the mess, it didn’t work that well.

I did a little research on the internet and finally came up with a recipe to try. Thankfully, my first attempt at making my own deodorant worked, and it’s not difficult at all to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:

A new or cleaned-out deodorant container
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup coconut oil
10 – 12 drops tea tree essential oil
3 – 5 drops lemongrass essential oil (or whatever scent you choose)

In a small saucepan on low heat, mix together all ingredients until incorporated.

Allow to cool but not enough for the coconut oil to solidify if it’s cool in your house.

Poor into empty deodorant container.

Learn from my mistakes:

1. Store in fridge.

Yeah, I know. It’s weird to have your deodorant in your fridge, right? Well, unless you keep your home below 75F degrees, you’ll have to store it in the fridge. The coconut oil will melt otherwise.

You could probably add beeswax to keep it solidified, but I don’t know the proportions to use. You would have to experiment.

2. Don’t slather it on.

Once your body heat starts to melt the coconut oil, you may accidentally find yourself with really oily armpits. One swipe per portion of skin should do the trick. Experiment to find what works for you.

3. Sometimes the baking soda will cake in your armpit.

I’m still using my first batch, so I may not have stirred it over the heat enough. I’ve only noticed a few “crumbs” once in a while.

Be cautious of your allergies/ sensitivities and of others’.

I have read of some people having a reaction to the baking soda. That may be due to the process by which the baking soda was procured. Just do a Google search.

The reactions I have read about are usually rashes and dryness. There are recipes out there that do not use baking soda and have worked just as effectively for some people.

Some people may have a reaction to particular essential oils.

I hope this works for you as well as it has worked for me. I’m no longer stinky!

If your body is used to chemical-based deodorants, your pits may take some time to adjust. I went a couple months without using anything, so my body adjusted quickly. Diet helps as well with how much you stink.

Let me know how this works for you!