Go Homemade or Go Home!
October 11, 2012
Okay. So a while back, I started really reading the ingredient labels on my personal care & cleaning products. There are a lot of big words on there, man! I binged a bunch of them and was kinda scared at what I found out. Some of the same ingredients we use on our hair & body are also found in oven cleaner, carwash soaps, and garage floor cleaner. That stings...quite literally! I decided I had to do something about this.
My grandma has sworn by the many uses of vinegars for years. She and her sisters also used castile soap to wash their hair back in the day. If it was good enough for them, then it's good enough for me! Castile soap is for more than just shampoo. Add 2 Tbsp. of the liquid version, plus a few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional) to a quart of water in a spray bottle, and you have a great all-purpose cleaner you can feel good about!
Vinegar also has a multitude of uses. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, and use on glass, mirrors, or to get rid of odor on fabrics. Apple Cider Vinegar makes a nice detangling hair rinse. Just make sure not to use it after washing w/castile soap, or you'll have a nice little science experiment on your head. Be careful not to get it in your eyes, either. I learned these lessons the hard way! And don't worry, the stinky vinegar smell dissipates as it dries.
To get started on your own homemade cleaning revolution, check out these books located at your friendly neighborhood MCPL: The Miracle of Apple Cider Vinegar: Practical Tips for Health, Home & Beauty by Penny Stanway; Clean House, Clean Planet: Clean your House for Pennies a Day the Safe, Non-toxic Way by Karen Logan. Also, check out the blog at www.lisa.drbronner.com for more great tips!