Lately I’ve been experimenting with some of the homemade cleansers that I’ve found on the web. Here are some of my experiences…
Homemade facewash from The Prairie Cottage. This recipe was very easy and the results were amazing. I wasn’t sure what to expect because my face seems to be a little temperamental, but I had no outbreaks, oiliness, dryness…nothing. Just clean smooth, soft skin. And it removed makeup just as easily as any name brand remover.
The next homemade soup I made was laundry detergent. I saw this recipe or at least the idea of it circulating around facebook many months ago. I decided that when I finally ran out of my store bought supply, I would give it a try. Right now it is in the final stage, sitting for 24 hours. I haven’t used it yet, but at $.80 for 2 gallons, a person can’t go wrong!
Deodorant! I bought the ingredients for this quite a while ago, and have been waiting for the day I would run out just so I could refill. Today was the day! (with a little help) Anyway, again this recipe is also very easy to make, and it is healthy too. I thought it would be fun to freak out some kids by licking my deodorant or eating it. After all it’s just made out of coconut oil, baking soda and starch. All a person needs to add is a little sugar and chocolate! Maybe an egg for making cookies! Some people have refilled old containers, and others simply put the deodorant in a jar-like container and spread it on with their fingers. I saved my old container that has a plastic top with slits in it. The original was soft like the homemade and it pushes up through the slits giving a person greater control on how much is used.
Two other recipes that I tried include shampoo and conditioner and hair gel. The hair gel was a simple concoction of gelatin and water (boiling). It worked ok, but was a bit difficult to apply. In my first attempt I added too much gel and I ended up with a jar of stiff stuff. My son enjoyed playing with it; it was like a clear rubber ball! The second attempt was better. My only complaint is that I like a little stronger hold.
As for the shampoo and conditioner. Well, there’s a saying that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This was my mentality while looking at recipes. I kept seeing baking soda and water over and over. I thought, no way! It’s too easy. So I sought out a more complicated recipe. I wanted to feel like I had accomplished something I guess. Here’s the recipe I found:
1/4 c water
1/4 c soap (liquid castille, I used Dr. Bronner’s)
1/2 tsp jojoba oil
1/2 tsp glycerin
That’s it. And it works.
Now for part two. I also tried the baking soda and water mixture. Guess what? It really does work. And followed by an apple cider vingar rinse, I found my hair to be softer and more supple than ever. In fact, I now have curlier (wavier) hair than ever, and I don’t have to wash every single day because my scalp has started producing the correct amounts of oil again. No more stripped hair! There is a caveat though. I only found this information on a few websites. If you do make the switch and you have been using commercial products for a long time, there may be a detoxing period. My hair took about 2 weeks to crawl out of an ugly, sticky stage into what it is now. I have no regrets, but I was tempted to grab my old bottle of shampoo just to get rid of the icky feeling. I’m glad I didn’t.