Friday, September 3, 2010

The Joys of Baking Soda

I have recently begun to no-poo. This is a process of washing your hair with a baking soda paste. It works amazingly well for me, my hair is healthier in appearance and although it gets a little greasy between washes I know once the ph balances out that will stop. Plus I'm saving money on shampoo and conditioner (I use an apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil rinse) and I am making less impact on the environment.

At any rate, this got me thinking about what else I can do with the baking soda since it is working so well on my hair.  After some research and discussion with others here is what I have been using this inexpensive product for lately:

Cat box deodorizer - just sprinkle it on before I pour in fresh litter

Carpet deodorizer - the last tenants had dogs - pee-eww - mix salt and baking soda, sweep into carpet leave overnight and vacuum up - natural so it won't hurt the cats, the baking soda absorbs any moisture and odor and the salt acts as an abrasive to help lift dirt. Much cheaper than those carpet fresheners you buy and no overly perfumed smell or chemicals.

Tooth paste - mix a small amount of baking soda with a little water and apply to tooth brush - my mouth feels clean, my breath stays fresh and it costs nothing. Finish with a water and hydrogen peroxide rinse and you are set!

The old stand by of course, keeping my refrigerator free from odors and excess moisture - again cheap  - Arm and Hammer also makes a little disc filled with baking soda you can attach to the side wall of the refrigerator if your shelves are too full to fit the box or bowl.

Laundry freshener - helps rid clothes of any musty odors without the smell or chemicals in fabric softener or perfumed detergents - great for baby clothes. If you are going to do this and not use fabric softener I recommend adding the baking soda at the start of the cycle with the detergent and then adding some white vinegar to the rinse cycle. I promise to make a later post about my love of white vinegar soon.

Give it a try - spend five dollars to buy a box of baking soda and save money on a wide variety of products! If the money savings isn't enough incentive you will also be creating less waste!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Authentic Parenting

Authentic Parenting

This is wonderful please read it!

Baby Steps

As you might know I am interested in living a crunchier hippy dippy lifestyle. I am trying to make changes but I have found that it is impossible to do so on a large scale and all at once.

Baby steps seems to be the mantra for me in my quest for crunchiness.

The steps I have taken so far are:

No pooing, meaning washing my hair with a baking soda scrub and apple cider vinegar/tea tree oil rinse.

Glass baby bottles for Ari.

Cloth diaper wipes for Ari's little bum bum.

Taking my own bags to the store.


Steps I hope to take soon include:

Making my own toothpaste

Switching to dryer balls instead of fabric softner sheets

Homemade air freshners

Homemade cleaning products

Growing my own vegetables

Baking my own bread

Joining a CSA

Diva Cup

The thing I don't think I will be able to do is:

Family Cloth.

As I said baby steps.

What are some things you do, would like to do, or would never do?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Here I am!!

After a long delay I have returned to the blog world! Please come and comment on my musings and add your own.

I plan to discuss daily life, current events, things close to my heart and whatever else I feel is worth mentioning!

I hope you all enjoy!