For my “Green-Tip Tuesday” post this week, I’m going to share two of the changes I’ve made (and stuck to so far) in my ongoing pursuit to have a greener and more chemical free homestead – small step by small step.
As I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite blogs to read is Crunchy Betty. She shares recipes for creating homemade and chemical free hair, face and body products. Of course, the internet is full of ideas, and inspirations, but on the Crunchy Betty site you also get a read that is fun, witty, inspiring and intelligent.
I’m usually motivated, as I’ve mentioned before, by running out of something. Before buying anything new, I try to contemplate if I could make what I need from ingredients in my home and, if I don’t think I can (or don’t have the time at that moment) then I at least try to find the most eco-friendly replacement available. Most of what I’ve made at home includes house cleaning products. I am, however, now extending this (thanks again to Crunch Betty) to personal care products.
Change # 1 – Homemade Deodorant
I began by joining the Crunchy Betty “pit-sniffers” club and making my own antiperspirant/deodorant. I’m gonna be honest here, I was definitely a scary candidate for this! In fact, I perspire to the extent that I have a prescription to help tame down the sweating. Sure, the prescription works, but I’m sure it has something close to complete aluminum in it to do so. I was nervous because she did mention that it could take time for your body to adjust to the newer, more natural way.
The first benefit to making it yourself is that it’s super easy and all you really need is:
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup cornstarch (you can use arrowroot powder if your are sensitive to the cornstarch – but I have read the cornstarch works better)
- 5 tablespoons coconut oil
- A container to store it in
- Essential oils to scent (optional)
Mix everything together in a small container. My coconut oil was not solid when I mixed my batch (as it was warm that day), but it did solidify later making the “deodorant” more cream-like. I have also read that you can pack it in an old deodorant container and use it just like you normally do as show here on the Kitchen Stewardship blog.
Here are more recipes and details on making homemade deodorant available on e-how.com.
The verdict of the homemade deodorant is an arm-raising, jump-up-and-down YAHOO!! it works! AND trust me I’ve stuck my nose into my pits enough to know if it wasn’t.
Change #2 – No More “POO”
The latest challenge that has been posted on the Crunchy Betty Blog is to “say no to poo”. The concept being that commercial shampoo and conditioner (and other hair products) can strip your hair of its natural oils creating the need to use and apply more products. When you stop using these commercial products your own natural hair oils will take over and balance themselves out creating the hair you’ve longed for.
So, 3 times a week, I’m using a mixture of baking soda and water to “shampoo” my hair. In the shower, I mix 1 tablespoons baking soda really well with 1 Cup of water and apply it to my already wet hair rubbing it in focusing on my scalp. Then I rinse well.
As a “conditioner” I’m mixing 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water and “rinsing” my hair with it focusing on the ends.
A friend of ours was over the other night for dinner and she commented that my hair looked super healthy. That was 2 days ago now and, though I know it will take a bit of time for all the oils to even out, today my hair feels thick and unruly and a bit like hay. I’m not giving up though because, everything I’ve read so far about giving up the “POO” says it’s worth it. I’ll keep you posted.
If you’ve had any experience creating homemade products for yourself or your home, please share them. I’m on a roll and want to keep it going by being inspired by others while passing along the encouragement.