Baking powder/soda and vinegar

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As promised here is another topic about green living. In my most recent one about Easy Green Cleaning I mentioned baking powder/soda and vinegar to be used as universal cleaners. But there is more...

You can not only use baking powder/soda and vinegar for cleaning but for laundry too! I have used washnuts as a laundry detergent for years now, in fact when thinking about how much damage conventional off-the-shelf laundry detergents cause (browse through this page for more info: http://www.smartklea.../the_truth.html) then washnuts cannot keep your white clothes white...they need a bit of help! But instead of using some conventional bleach, then use baking powder/soda instead, it will remove most stains. If you need a really good stain remover, the best that I have tried so far then use bile soap...but more on that in my next topic.

And I am afraid that the bad news does not end with just coventional laundry detergents, fabric softners are just as bad (http://thankyourbody...abric-softener/). The good news is however that you can use vinegar instead of fabric softners. Using vinegar as a fabric softner will not make your clothes smell of "Summer days" or "Vanilla cherry" or what ever manufactures are calling fabric softners these days, but it will leave your clothes feeling very soft and comfortable to wear.

And finally a tip to green laundry...if you want your clothes to smell nice and you use washnuts which do not require any fabric softners at all because the oil from the nuts will make you clothes feel soft, then pour a bit of essential oil on the wash pouches that you put your nuts in, before putting them in your washing machine.

But there is more...

Baking powder/soda and vinegar can be used as both a deodorant and for washing your hair.

The deodorant bit is easy: Just add a bit of baking powder/soda under your arm pits as if it was talcum powder and you´re done! This is best if you tend to sweat a lot, because baking powder/soda will dry out your skin. For more sensitive armpits...use pressed lemon juice instead.

The next bit is copied directly from the book that I am is still unedited so there might be some spelling and grammar errors:

Baking powder/apple vinegar hair wash

It might sound messy and complicated, but in fact it is easier than most people think and this is how it works:

Baking powder does not only make cakes and bread swell up better, but it can also give your hair a really good deep cleanse, getting rid of oils and hair product residue. Baking powder or as some call it, baking soda consists of an alkali, a weak acid and potato starch or corn starch . Now this might sounds toxic, but alkali is a salt found in a nature and acid can be anything from one who strips your skin off to pressed lemon juice that you pour in your tea. And besides most people eat cakes and bread and get away with it.

Apple vinegar is made from the cores and skins of apples which have been stored for a few months to become a strong acid. You apply the apple vinegar as the last rinse of your hair, so that is can works as a condtioner. After washing your hair with baking soda the shafs of your hair will be open. The vinegar will go in and lock the shafts firmly from the root to the tip of every hair strand. This will automatically result in stronger, shinier and thicker hair. And in the longer run, it will prevent split ends too.

The baking powder functions as the “shampoo†and the apple vinegar as the “conditionerâ€. But what ever you do remember this: The baking soda is a primarily a base and apple vingar is a strong acid...those two mixed do not go well together at all! If you are sloppy with rinsing the baking powder out of you hair and decide to add the apple vinegar then this will cause hair damage and in severe cases, hair loss! And note, I did not write it might do, it will do so! Therefor never ever mix the two to save time, you might get away with it using conventional shampoos and conditioner, but when going organic...then this is an absolute no-no!

This is how you use the baking powder/apple vinegar method step by step:

1: Rinse your hair until it soaking wet!

2: Make sure that both your hands are wet and pour some baking soda on the palm of your one hand and rub in gently together with the palm of your other hand...the baking soda will start “frizz†a bit. Lean your head forward and apply the baking soda on the roots of your hair and only on the roots and the work your hands through the rest of your hair right to the ends. Repeat this for about 60 seconds.

3: Rinse your hair thoroughly until all your hair “squeaksâ€.

4: Fill a cup with warm water and add some apple vinegar and then pour it over your hair and repeat doing so until all your hair has been rinsed with the vinegar mix. The best way to do so is to bend your head forward and let your hair hang down. Also remember the dip the ends of your hair in the cup of water/apple vinegar mix for a few seconds to really lock those ends. And you are done!

It will not take longer than a normal hair wash and your hair will dry much quicker than usual, so you might not even need to blow dry it.

Tip: If you do not have any apple vinegar at hand, then pressed lemon juice will do nicely too.

Baking powder/apple vinegar method pros:

1: It contains no harsh and harmful chemicals.

2: It cost less than using conventional shampoo and conditioner.

3: It is very easy to do.

4: Your hair will love you for it. It will be softer,smoother , shinier, thicker and stronger than ever before.

5: Because it has been deeply cleansed and the hair shafts have been locked, it will stay cleaner for longer and you will not have wash your hair as much as you used to.

6: It will dry faster

7: Needless to say there is a 100% that it has not been tested on animals.

Baking soda/apple vinegar method cons:

1: No matter what your hair type is then you can use this method of cleansing. But too much baking soda can leave it dry, too little does not give a good cleanse. Too much apple vinegar can leave your hair feeling greasy and too little can make it feel dry. You will just need to try certain amounts the first few times to find out what works for you. But you hair will still get locked, so do not be afraid of damaging your hair.

2: You need to make sure that your hair is well rinsed after washing it with baking powder before adding the apple vinegar/hot water mix or the results will cause hair damage, in severe cases hair loss! So take your time to rinse...every time!

3: If you die your hair with conventional hair dye then the color will fade faster than normal. This is however not the case with henna.

4: Big hair is cool. But teasing will not last as long, not even if your hair is teased correctly. The reason for this is that your hair shafts are smooth.

5: Family members and guests might give you funny looks and ask questions if you keep baking soda and vinegar on a shelf in your bathroom. Want to avoid this? Keep your baking soda and apple vinegar in your kitchen or pantry instead.

6: If you are into DIY then you will be pleased to know that you can make your own apple vinegar, however making baking soda is far to complicated to make in your own kitchen.


1: You hair will smell of vinegar.

This is true, but only when it is newly washed and still wet. The more it dries the less it smells of vinegar. And once it is dry, your hair will not smell again if it gets wet after you have say, been out in the rain.

2: You hair will not get really clean.

Hair dresses and people who do not know better often use this argument. But just by feeling your hair after washing your hair will prove them wrong. Could not be bothered with the hassle? Then simply do not tell people about your hair washing habits. Tell them instead that you have begun on a super healthy diet when they comment how gorgeous your hair has become.

3: You will get head lice.

Lice hate clean hair, but what they hate more is smooth hair because it means that they cannot cling to the hair shafts. Your head might be visited by head lice sometimes esspecially if you hug people a lot or spend a great deal of time around children, but as the lice cannot lay eggs or stay on your head then their visitation will be a very short one.

DIY Dry shampoo

Dry shampoos have become increasingly popular again after being out of style and almost out of production for around four decades. Dry shampoos are a quick refreshner for hair which really needs a wash. The problem with conventional dry shampoos are that not only are they full of chemicals that you do not really want near on in your body such as fragrances and parabens, they are also expensive! You can be kind to nature and save money by making your own dry shampoo and it is easy too.

What you will need is a fine powder like baking soda or flour and a brush, however it must be one with nylon bristles, not boar bristles.

1: Take some old news paper and spread it out to stand on.

2: Detangle your hair by finger combing first, then comb your hair with a wide tooth comb until your hair is detangled and finally brush it.

3: Add the baking soda or flour to your hair and be generous, esspecially on the roots. Be sure that your hair is completely covered.

4: Let the baking soda or flour work on your hair for 15 minutes and then brush thoroughly until the baking soda or flour is out of your hair. People with grey or blonde hair can cheat a bit because the baking soda or flour with not show that easily, but if you have got darker hair you will need to brush it well.

You hair will be cleanish, have the modern matte look and full of volume. Like all dry shampoos it is convienient if you are in a hurry and have no time to wash your hair, but it is not recommended for everyday usage.

DIY Dry shampoo pro´s:

1: It is a lot cheaper than conventional dry shampoos.

2: You will be avoiding exposure to harmful chemicals and fragrances.

DIY Dry shampoo cons:

1: It is messy

2: As it does not come in different colors, you will have to be extra thorough when brushing the baking soda or flour out of your hair.

The next topic that I will be writing will be about organic soap and how to make them yourself.

Take care all :)


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