Our town is a pretty earthy-hippy place but it still shocks some people to find out that we (Nolie and I) don’t use any shampoo, soap or face washes. Nor do we use any* typical cleaners for the kitchen or bathroom or store bought laundry soap.
Enter: Baking Soda
I have been using (nearly)exclusively baking soda and apple cider vinegar on my hair for about 8 months and Nolie’s for her whole life. The only lapses for me are when I visit and shower somewhere other than home or get my hair done at a salon. I was SUPER skeptical of this working, my hair was a grease ball after having Nolie (thanks! hormones.) and it seemed like nothing would work to keep it under control other than showering and washing it every.single.day. That just isn’t a reality with a baby/toddler so I started hunting around and read up on being “no-poo” (the name is a super big turn off to me). We knew with Nolie we wouldn’t use soaps for the main purpose of saving money. Quality reliable kid wash stuff, I am looking at you California baby, is SO expensive. But with all the scares that Johnsons&Johnsons have had I knew that the cheap stuff wouldn’t cut it. So we jumped in with both feet.
I keep a cute container of Baking Soda in our bathroom and then a small ball jar in the shower. I scoop a few scoops into the jar before every shower and then fill that with water and disolve the soda. I pour that on my head and some for my body too (GREAT gentle exfoliator) and then rinse it off at the end of the shower. Once a week or so I also do a few capfuls (not more!) of apple cider vinegar on the ends of my hair (not the crown, too greasy) to keep it soft and untangled. It takes about three weeks (or less) of doing this without cheating for your hairs PH levels to balance back out, they over produce oils when you strip them with shampoo often and the you get MORE oil all the time, and for it to work well. After you make it over that hump it is easy sailing of pretty hair!
We also use Baking Soda and vinegar for all of our household cleaning (bathtub with soda, countertops with vinegar, FYI: vinegar helps mold NOT to grow whereas bleach encourages it! who knew?!)). I keep a spray bottle of vinegar in my kitchen for the countertops as well. White disilled vinegar, the cheap stuff, works best.
We also use this for our laundry soap. Equal parts (in cup measurements) of baking soda or washing soda, borax and grated soap (we use ivory but you could use something more natural too like Phels Naptha- we use that for stains only).
Take the leap! Even if just to replace your kitchen cleaner or mold fighter, baking soda is cheap, easy and works SO well. Gauranteed it is what your grandma or great grandma used!
*I can’t seem to quit using windex. My mom bought us some when we first moved into our house and I am milking this bottle to the end… one day I will be rid of it but something about that fakey blue liquid keeps pulling me back!