No Shampoo

In honor of Earth Month I have been trying to go more natural.  As you have seen from my previous post I've made my own homemade laundry detergent. 

I have been searching and searching for a really good shampoo alternative.  I have relatively thin hair and I find that by the end of winter my ends look like a frayed mess.  I've tried several different shampoos and conditioners that work for a little while and soon I'm back to the same old problem.  Searching the inter net I found several post called No-Poo, meaning no shampoo.  Well I thought that could be interesting.  This method calls for using baking soda and water.  That's it!  Wow that's pretty simple.  I figured I could handle that.  So a week and a half ago I tried it for the 1st time.  WOW, I am amazed.  Not nly was my hair clean but I was able to comb through it with no conditioner. It was soft and I found that I had less hair loss during the washing/conditioning process.  I have continued to use this method 3 times a week, with rinses only in between.  I'm going to give it at least a good month.

The thing about shampoos is they are made to strip all the natural oil from your hair.  This is bad because your body produces those oils for a reason.  So if you take all the oils out, you could end up with overly dry hair or hair that is too oily because your body will over produce oil to compensate.

So far I have been happy with the results. However, my cousin tried this method and she didn't like it.  She said her hair she said her hair seemed oily.  I have read that this can happen. Give it a little time for your body to re-adjust itself.  I say give it at least two weeks minimum.

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April is Earth Month

In honor of Earth Month, I want to share my homemade laundry detergent recipe with you.  I use 3 simple ingredients and my clothes have never been cleaner, softer and fresh.  After looking at the ingredients of most of the store brands, I've decided that my family is much better off with this simple eco-friendly recipe. Here are the 3 things I use.

I have found the borax and the washing soda pretty much everywhere.  My local grocery store has it, Walmart, Ace Hardware, etc.  Just look around in the stores laundry isle and I'm sure you'll find it. So that's the easy part.  Now the Zote on the other hand I only found at Walmart, however there is an alternate washing soap you can use called Fels Naptha. I have found that at 2 other stores. It will have the same result.  So now the question is what do I do with this stuff.  The recipe is easy. 

Use a cheese grater and grate the entire bar of washing soap (zote).  I find it easier if I unwrap and let the bar of soap sit out for a week or so to let it dry out some.  I grate it into a 5 gallon bucket just for ease of use. Now that you have your grated soap bar you can make the laundry detergent.

1 Bar Grated washing soap (zote)
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Washing soda

Now you can use it like this, but I find the cheesy like soap a little odd, so I take a cup at a time and put it in a blender and blend it up.  This make a real nice consistent powder.   Now its ready to use.  Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load depending on dirt. 

What is great is:

  • No suds, so safe for top, front and High Efficiency washers
  • Safe for delicate items
  • Safe for sensitive skin (I have sensitive skin, eczema, and if works great)
  • Great price..if you buy 6 bars of soap and 1 box of borax and 1 box of washing soap you can make enough soap for 365 loads of wash.  One wash a day for approx. $15.00 depending on where you get the ingredients. 
So there you have it.  Simple, easy, eco and pocket friendly laundry soap.  It also makes a great carpet cleaner too!   

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