A few weeks ago I posted about going No Poo - basically using baking soda and apple cider vinegar to wash my hair instead of toxin-laden regular shampoos or super expensive organic products.
Starting today, I’m committing to 2 months (at least) of No Poo.
I’m actually super excited about it because I have a partner in crime – my new friend Delena over at The Modern Aboriginal Mama – she’s going No Poo with me today!
(We would love to have you join in too!)
Yesterday I assembled everything I could to make this transition as easy as possible:
- I bought a pitcher with a pop top for the baking soda – I hate trying to get baking soda out of that little cardboard flap, and I figured the lid on the pitcher will help keep the humidity from turning it into baking soda rocks.
- I moved an old plastic measuring cup up to the shower so I can mix up the apple cider vinegar and water right there (I am not always that bright – when I originally tried this for a few days awhile ago I mixed up the proportions downstairs and brought them up with me – when I dumped it over my head it was freezing! Yes…I know…but I make these confessions so that if someone else has mommy brain like me I might be able to save them from making that particular dumb move )
- And I mixed up a natural detangler based on a recipe I found on Livestrong.com – I have no idea if it works yet, but here’s hoping!
My first test will be tonight after my swim.
I’m giving myself good stretch of time to go No Poo because I will need to figure out the exact right proportions for my hair type and length, and according to experienced no-pooers, it can take awhile for my hair and scalp to get used to the idea of not being treated with chemicals…so it is gonna take some patience!
Fortunately, while I do get bursts of freaking out about my hair every once in awhile, normally it’s just up in a clip and I don’t care about it that much, so it won’t be the end of the world for me if it doesn’t look that awesome right away.
Aside from mixing up my detangler yesterday, I got together a few things to make up a baby wipe solution so I could switch over to cloth wipes for the Bean. I cloth diaper, but I’ve been using disposable wipes (Aleva Naturals, at least)…and I’ve been meaning to start using cloth forever.
I don’t intend to actually purchase special cloth wipes…I have about 2,000 or so of those little baby washcloths (OK, that’s a slight exaggeration), but really I never use them for anything because I just use my hands to soap her up in the tub, so I’ve finally decided to put them into action as baby wipes.
I found a ton of recipes for baby wipe solution here – the first one I picked to try was the chamomile tea and honey one since I had that stuff on hand and it seemed easy, but I may try more over the next few months to see which one I like the most.
I also got some tips for a natural carpet spot cleaner from Liz over at Garden Variety Mama that includes water, vinegar, castille soap, grapefruit seed extract and essential oil – just working on figuring out the exact proportions before I make that one up – no more Resolve for us!
So, moving away from 3 major sources of toxins and/or environmental waste all in one Monday? Can’t be a bad thing.
What are some of the transitions you’ve made from things that are toxic and/or wasteful towards more natural/sustainable solutions?