Natural Shampoo Alternatives from the Kitchen

maybe I should use natural shampoo
Maybe I should use natural shampoo?

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The human body accomplishes some pretty amazing feats. Among them, the ability to cleans itself of impurities. While we have come to rely on shampoo for cleaning away dirt and oil, the body only needs a little help accomplishing this task on own. Here are some shampoo alternatives (or no poo method, as some call it) readily found in the kitchen or at least inexpensively purchased.

Baking Soda and Water

Here are two simple ingredients almost every household has on hand. Use a ratio of one part baking soda to five parts water. Add the ingredients to a reusable container shaking thoroughly until well blended. Though unnecessary, you may feel bubbles are required for cleaning to work. That’s okay, simply add 1 part baking soda to five parts shampoo which will make a paste. You will only use a small amount to massage the scalp and hair. Since washing is really only necessary every 4-5 days, you are still maintaining frugality. When using shampoo, try to find natural, organic hair care. Check the label to choose a paraben and sulfate free variety.

Castile Soap Shampoo

You can purchase liquid Castile soap from any natural foods store, farmer’s markets, online indie venders or from many shops on Etsy. Better yet, make your own Castile soap and simply cook down a shaved bar with 2 quarts of water and let sit overnight. You can also use herbal tea instead of just water. Once you acquire your Castile soap, make shampoo by mixing equal parts liquid Castile soap to water with two teaspoons oil. As before, herbal tea can replace water. Add essential oils to produce wonderful scent and for holistic healing. For example, tea tree essential oil is a wonderful additive for dandruff control and as a lice preventative. Since lice are a common issue with school-age children, tea tree is a great choice for families and those who work with children.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This health favorite works many jobs: dealing with heart burn, balancing the body’s pH, as a deodorant spritzer and as an ingredient for so many delicious meals. In the shower it works well to get rid of excess hair oil and cleanse away impurities. Simply use a ratio of one part apple cider vinegar to five parts water for a great rinse kept in the shower. Store in a glass container or keep it in a spray bottle for spritzing before or during your bathing ritual. Simply rinse at the end of showers or baths. The vinegar scent does not last long and added essential oils can help if it is too strong for your liking.

About the Author

Vivian Nelson Melle is a writer and life coach helping individuals, families, and businesses thrive. She supports small businesses especially in the areas of Green Living, Health, and Wellness. She can be found at www.viviannelsonmelle.com and www.craftyvivi.com