My “no poo” adventures

No, it’s not potty talk. “No Poo” is a catch-phrase used to describe hair-care without Shampoo. I learned about it a while ago while surfing around some crunchy blogs.

The basic recipe for going completely no ‘poo is; about a tablespoon of Baking Soda in 8oz of water, shaken well, scrubbed into hair and scalp and rinsed. If you need conditioning, the recommendation is for a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in 8oz of water for a conditioning rinse.

No Poo

I was totally intrigued and decided to try it. I had recently jumped on the Wen bandwagon, an absurdly expensive “cleansing conditioner” that I had used years ago with great results. However, this time around, it made my hair very heavy and greasy, so I was looking for an alternative.

Being that I have oily hair to begin with, I was leery of trying the baking soda alone, but I gave it a try. Unfortunately, there can be a transition time (up to a couple of weeks) as your scalp gets used to the fact that all the natural oils are not being stripped away by shampoo. I have to confess, I couldn’t take the transition time, my hair was too greasy with just the baking soda wash. That first day it was as if I hadn’t washed my hair at all. I might try again this summer…

I did a little more research and found that there are both simple and complex recipes out there for a homemade shampoo. What I ended up with was a sorta ‘poo method using 1 part liquid castile soap to 3-4 parts water. I added essential oils to make my own scented blend. This seems to be the perfect recipe for me. The castile soap and water combination foams up great, washes my hair completely clean and costs SOOO much less than commercial shampoo. Not to mention that it avoids all the chemicals in shampoo.

I do occasionally use the vinegar and water rinse (again with a little essential oil added for scent.) I know it seems hard to believe, but the vinegar water is a great conditioner. I need it only rarely because my scalp and hair are now very “balanced” and my hair is neither oily or dry. I also no longer need gel or mousse or anything else to style my hair. It’s is soft, has body and, mostly, behaves.

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Homemade Dish Detergent – Epic Fail :-(

I was so sure this going to be a success story…but alas, a cloudy film on all the dishes and glasses made this one a no-go.

Here’s what I did. I found a recipe for homemade dry dish detergent here:

But I thought that having those nice little cubes (like Cascade comes in) would be even better. So I mixed up a batch with some boiled water (in place of distilled) and then poured it into a silicon mold to make cubes.

Ingredients: Homemade Dish Detergent


I had a bit of surprise when I added the hot water. The whole thing foamed like mad.

Foaming Washing SodaI let that settle down and poured into the mold.

Homemade Dish DetergentIt only took a day to dry, then:

Homemade Dish DetergentI was so proud of them, popped them into the washer and let it run! At first I thought it was ok, dishes were clean, glasses were ok. But then the second load…

Cloudy Glasses - Hard WaterI also discovered, when I “ran the numbers” that I was only saving 7 cents per wash over the cost of the Cascasde “pods” that I love. So, as my gamer-son would say “epic fail.” However, making them was fun, and a learning experience.

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If you’ve got suggestions or recommendations on how to make this project work, let me know by replying below.




Easiest Homemade Laundry Detergent

Lately I’ve been on a DIY kick and have been trying all kinds of home recipes for things, like Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent. And, I finally got a good soy yogurt recipe! more on that later.

So a few weeks ago, I decided to try making my own laundry detergent. I found some really cool looking pictures on Pinterest, but many of the recipes were far too complicated for me. I tend to be fairly lazy about things. I’ll do something complicated once (or a few times), but if it’s going  to become part of my routine, it HAS to be EASY.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Ingredients
Inexpensive and easy-to-find ingredients to make your own liquid laundry detergent.

Ok, so here goes. The basic proportions are from a recipe I found here:

Because I wasn’t sure how my sensitive-skinned family would react, I made a much smaller first batch:

1/3 cup peppermint castile soap (can be any scent you like.)
1/4 cup washing soda
1/3 cup borax
1 gallon water

Mix it up (disolve dry ingredients in warm water before adding castile soap).

This yields a very mild and effective laundry detergent.

And here’s what I found when I “ran the numbers.”

ScreenShot815$1.75 to make a gallon of detergent, which comes out to about 2 cents per load of laundry at 1/3 cup of detergent per wash. Compared to Liquid Tide, which comes out to about 65 cents per load. Is it a huge savings, 62 cents per load? Well, not much until you add up a whole year worth of laundry for a family of four or more…

And it’s easy to do, with inexpensive, easy to find ingredients. No muss, no fuss, easy to mix, easy to use. I’m keeping it.




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