Homemade shampoo and toothpaste/powder – I’ve been experimenting with the concept of making my own stuff. Have you ever read the ingredients in both shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste – what is all that stuff that you’re putting into your skin? Think about it, what is all this stuff?

saccharum officinarum = sugar cane extract
sodium laureth sulfate = chemical used to degrease and cannot be metabolised by our livers
sodium chloride = salt
trimethylsilylamodimethicon = silicone
DMDM hydantoin = antimicrobial formaldehyde releaser preservative
niacinamide  = vitamin B3
polyquaternium- 10 = white granular powder with a characteristic amine odor that reduces static electricity
pyridoxine hc1 = Vitamin B6
linalool = naturally-occurring terpene alcohol
then various dyes
 ci 15985/yellow 6 (Sunset Yellow) = synthetic coal tar and azo yellow dye useful in fermented foods

why exactly would you want to use a chemical that degreases engines, that creates rubber, formaldeyde, some white granular powder, synthetic coal tar that is used to ferment food in your hair but not only is it affecting your hair, its getting into your bloodstream and going into your brain and not only are they bad for you but its expensive.

There are other ways to clean your hair, I’m currently experimenting with some recipes for organic shampoo and eventually some organic soaps bars. What I’ve noticed is that since I’m using castile liquid soap as my base and then adding additional organic ingredients, I don’t need a second rinse of conditioner because my hair is soft and pretty much tangle free.

My first attempt, I think I used too much sunflower oil in my base and I have slightly oily hair but a quick rinse in vinegar and distilled water should fix that problem. And I’m going to try adding beer to the mixture to cut back on some of the oil. Its a work in progress but I think I might have found my creative niche, if I could ever find the time to work on it and seriously its my own hair that I’m experimenting on, its not like I haven’t been using harmful stuff on my hair anyways, its time to try the natural cheap when I start experimenting with herbs and different colored herbs, I might need a dark haired guinea pig 🙂

Toothpaste/powder – I haven’t quite figured out the paste part yet, so toothpowder – this is easy, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. I’ve had these ugly stains on my teeth every since I got my braces removed 20 odd years ago and nothing, nothing has ever been able to get rid of them until now. The simplest homemade solution is actually whitening my teeth, yea, it takes like salt but its working. And eventually I’ll figured out the process to add some flavor to the powder..maybe a whole new line of toothpowder coming..

Homemade laundry soap – this was born out of neccessity, I didn’t have any, I needed to do laundry and thought what the hell, let me try this too, it worked pretty good. I have to say, I make quite a mess making it. Castile soap and baking soda have a tendency to foam when mixed together.. I used this recipe

and what I’d love to have is a commercial kitchen/prep area to work on my ideas…in time perhaps

baking soda

seems like a dull subject title however I discovered something new, I ran out of dishwasher soap the other day and was looking around for homemade versions because there had to be a way to use the ingredients that I had on hand to wash my dishes besides doing them by hand.

The recipe I found which sounds like a good idea but I don’t know what the heck borax is and I don’t have any of it lying around: mix 2 cups of borax, 1 cup of baking soda together and keep in a large jar. Add this to the dishwasher dispenser as usual. Then add white vinegar to the rinse dispenser.

What  I used: 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of liquid dish soap and it did get the dishes somewhat clean but what it really helped with is cleaning the dishwasher itself.

I ended up buying dishwasher soap to get the dishes clean eventually

me thinks next time I’m at the store, I’m grabbing baking soda, borax, vinegar – all the good cheap stuff to clean up around here and its green

handy borax tips and handy baking soda tips