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Home-made toiletries/cleaningstuffs?

Hi all,
I'm just starting to embark on a light living experiment, and as part of which I aim to quit using cleaning chemicals and commercially-made toiletries as far as possible.

However, I theoretically start this experiment tomorrow, so I'm very unprepared for what happens when my current cleaning things run out and I have to start improvising.

I have washing soda and soap nuts for laundry purposes, and a home-made moisturiser using jojoba oil, and the moment I find where in my town I can lay my hands on white vinegar I'll be getting some of that in for cleaning purposes. However, I have two problems at the moment:

I will very shortly run out of washing up liquid and conditioner.

On the basis that detergent is detergent, I'd have thought that washing soda could be applied to washing dishes as easily as it can to washing clothes, but does anyone have a better idea? Do the bubbles on commercial washing up liquids actually serve any purpose?

And about the conditioner, I'm completely stumped. I've seen some recipes online for hair conditioner, but they all appear to be ones that you have to make on the day and have no shelf-life whatsoever. For a slob like me, that would basically result in my never conditioning my hair at all.

Ideas, peoples? Any helpful URLs that explain exactly How It Is All Done? Eternal gratitude awaits you.

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trip_tych
Sep. 30th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
you may want to check of the LJ community naturalliving - especially their memories, a lot of info.
madmogs
Oct. 1st, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
Oooh, good point! I'll go and look them up. Thanks!
atalanta0jess
Sep. 30th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
Can't you get white vinegar at any old grocery store?

I know that you can use hand lotion as conditioner. I don't know that that is very helpful, but might be a starting point at least. You can certainly use various oils to condition your hair, although you'd have to be careful not to turn out greasy.

Even though you said you've got the laundry situation worked out, I thought I would mention one thing about that - I stopped using laundry soap for awhile, and the only difference I noticed is that the towels didn't smell as "fresh" (they don't smell stinky, but maybe are a little damp smelling or something). The rest of my clothes seemed to be fine. (And I didn't tell my partner that I stopped using laundry soap - he didn't notice)
madmogs
Oct. 1st, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
not grocery stores round me, or so it seems. White wine vinegar yes, white vinegar, no.

Good point about the laundry situation. I already use about half as much detergent as most people without noticing any difference, so it probably wouldn't make too much difference to use none at all.
jalilifer
Oct. 1st, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
Check again...it's often on the bottom shelf, near the vinegars. Sometimes, it's on the baking aisle, and sometimes it's near the bottles of distilled water. And it's always on the bottom shelf...the cheapest stuff always is.
trip_tych
Oct. 1st, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
The only problem with not using laundry detergent is that after a while the oils will build up.
The detergent is what lifts the oils from the garments, water alone cannot do that.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 2nd, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
For hair: baking soda and vinegar. No conditioner needed.

Make the baking soda into a paste with water. Wash your scalp (not specifically your hair). Rinse out. Then rinse with vinegar. I use a squirt bottle with half vinegar/ half water. Done. The vinegar restores your hair's ph balance, and truly works as a conditioner. And no, you don't smell like vinegar afterwards. I do this probably every 4-5 days. When I don't wash it, I do still wet it in the shower, and it keeps my hair cleaner longer.

You can also use the baking soda paste to wash your face, but don't do this often. Maybe once a month?

Your hair will feel fuller and thicker washing this way too.
cornaryn
Oct. 4th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
The above is probably right. Still, if you want to condition, use extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. See the long hair community on lj for the details I don't remember.
yarrowkat
Nov. 29th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
just found this community...i use a vinegar hair rinse, too, but i make it myself--it's half apple-cider vinegar, and half herbal infusion. for the herbal infusion, i boil about 4 tbsp fresh rosemary, 2-3 tbsp nettle root and 2-3 tpsp yucca root together for 5-10 minutes in a half-gallon of water (it's a highly imprecise process). :) i usually add a big handful of hibiscus leaves, too, to enhance the red in my hair; one can use english sage (kitchen sage, salvia officianalis) for brown hair and chamomile or marigold petals for blond, too. or none of the above. :) then i cool the infusion, strain the herbs out, and mix the liquid with a half-gallon of apple-cider vinegar. it's enough to last almost a year. :) it keeps just fine, just sitting in a big plastic jug--i pour it into a small old Dr Bronner's bottle that sits in the shower and refill that as needed from the jug. :)

i found when i switched from commercial conditioner to vinegar that my hair gained a lot of body and shine very quickly, and it feels fuller and healthier now than it ever has. the vinegar acts differently in the shower--it needs to go on the hair body & ends but not the roots, as it will make the roots feel greasy in just a day or so. my boyfriend uses the baking soda method mentioned by another commenter, primarily applying this to the roots and then conditioning with straight vinegar/water, and that wroks for him. i found the baking soda made my hair brittle at the ends and greasy on top so i quit that experiement after about 3 months. i have a lot of hair, though. :)

how is the chemical-product-free experience going? :)
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