Natural shampoo baking soda

When aerosol dry shampoo came on the market, it was a life-changer for me (I was in college at the time, working and studying, and often running late to both). What an amazing invention! Until you look at the ingredient label…

Eight months ago I decided to try a radical experiment in  natural hair care: I ditched the shampoo . It was a bit like jumping off a cliff (and I’m so  not  a fan of heights) but I decided that there was nothing to lose, so I jumped. And four months later as I look back, I realize that it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Four months in to No Shampoo (often called “No-Poo” on the web) and my hair is so healthy that I have decided to make my experiment permanent: I will never go back to shampoo.

My favorite use for baking soda is to give my shampoo a little extra oomph on those days when my hair’s gotten so dirty, it needs some super-strong cleansing. Instead of reaching for a clarifying shampoo – which is more than likely loaded with toxins – just pour about a teaspoon of baking soda into your hand, add your usual amount of shampoo and lather up. You’ll find that the lather is extra rich, and helps your shampoo go a little further. Work it into your scalp with your fingers for a soothing massage and extra oil-fighting power.

Stunned by all the shampoos and conditioners with high toxicity, I decided to research the options. The problem was that the ones that scored low on the toxic index were high on the price index, and as a seasoned frugalite I had to believe there was an alternative.

Is that not the saddest face you have ever seen?  Don’t worry, she made it through and she is just as happy as ever:)

As anyone who has ever tried to substitute in a cookie recipe knows, sodium bicarbonate is not the same as baking powder (also often used in baking) as baking powder contains cream of tartar, the acid or leavening agent that makes creates the chemical reaction when mixed with water.

White vinegar or apple cider vinegar is a natural ingredient that can be added to homemade dog shampoo. It has antibacterial properties and also serves as a deodorant. While vinegar smells pungent, its odor does not linger once it has been washed off your dog. Vinegar will also help to keep your dog's coat shiny.

Plus, there are a whole lot of nasty chemicals in the shampoo you buy at CVS. Just to name a few: sodium lauryl, laureth sulfate, parabens, fragrance, and diethanolamine. But baking soda? Just a natural chemical compound NaHCO3 .

Did you know that baking soda is an incredibly easy way to clean your hair? The baking soda and vinegar method is cheap, effective, simple and chemical ...

Pretty much that was what was going on inside my head during this “relaxing” facial. As a woman, I am of course well trained in the art of not offending people who are chemically burning my face off while I pay for the privilege, so out loud I said, “That’s really quite tingly. In fact it’s even burning a bit. Is it supposed to do that?”

One recipe lasts our family of four 3-4 weeks and rings in at about $ per batch. I still prefer to use a separate conditioner afterward, but my husband and my kids find that it conditions sufficiently all by itself.

You might be wondering: what's so bad about regular shampoos? Well, they can contain a lot of harmful ingredients. Some of the worst chemical-offenders are:

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My favorite use for baking soda is to give my shampoo a little extra oomph on those days when my hair’s gotten so dirty, it needs some super-strong cleansing. Instead of reaching for a clarifying shampoo – which is more than likely loaded with toxins – just pour about a teaspoon of baking soda into your hand, add your usual amount of shampoo and lather up. You’ll find that the lather is extra rich, and helps your shampoo go a little further. Work it into your scalp with your fingers for a soothing massage and extra oil-fighting power.