I've used simple baking soda for over a year now.
Some people call it Bicarb Soda or Carb Soda - but whatever you want to call it, it works.
I use one tablespoon of baking soda mixed well with one cup of warm water for washing my hair. It's clean afterwards, and no residual smell.
One bonus of this is that I'm not getting any eczema on my scalp any more. Baking Soda has no effect on my skin at all - great! And I buy it in large boxes from the supermarket.
I will admit to missing that nice, fake, fruity smell from the Colgate Palmolive shampoo I was using, but I'm sure it wasn't doing me - or the planet - a whole lot of good.
Apple cider vinegar works beautifully. You can buy it at any supermarket in bulk.
Dilute one tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of water.
As someone with sensitive skin and dry hair, I'm really impressed with apple cider vinegar as a conditioner. My hair is so clean and tangle-free afterwards! And no rashes or allergies.
I've been making my own toothpaste for over a year now. My dentist has made no comment about which toothpaste I'm using, so obviously it works!
Here is my recipe for homemade toothpaste:
Cluttercut's homemade toothpaste
- 3 tbs baking soda (bi-carb soda)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbs glycerine
- 15 drops peppermint extract or peppermint essence.
Method: Mix the baking soda and salt together, then add the glycerine and form a stiff paste. Finally, when all ingredients are well-mixed, add the peppermint essence and mix thoroughly. Store in an airtight container.
Be careful to buy bicarbonate of soda and not products sold as "baking powder" for the above recipes. Baking powder can contain 'fillers'.
If you're not certain, read the ingredients list - the pack should only contain bicarbonate of soda.
NOTE: This post is an update of an original Cluttercut post from May 2008.
Cluttercut - Green simplicity