Tuesday, July 13, 2010
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Sometimes my husband affectionately refers to me as a "dirty hippie" (which is fine, since he's a dirty redneck), and I suppose that in comparison to the general population of our small town, I am indeed a bit crunchy. Stick me next to a real "hippie" though, and they'll probably implode from the pain of seeing my giant suburban, Wal Mart clothes, and brightly dyed hair. But hey, if I'm a "hippie" by some people's standards, I'll take it! I suppose most of my cruchtasticness tends to be more about mothering than about my life in general, but I have gone more natural in personal and home care lately too. I'm still learning, but I thought I'd throw out some of the ideas I've been using. I should also add that I am a *poor* hippie, so these are all pretty cheap things to use, BONUS! I hope that those of you who are more experienced will chime in with your suggestions too, and forgive me while I continue to cling tightly to my deodorant, dye, and make up :-P
I never thought I'd be able to ditch shampoo and conditioner, but then I came across info to the contrary online. Meh, why not try it, right? If it sucked, I'd go back to my nasty poo-ish ways, no biggie. First, I was a wimp and started with using a herbal shampoo bar and a vinegar rinse. That was pretty great, but when it ran out, I went hardcore and started using just baking soda to wash and continued with the vinegar rinse. My hair looks pretty dang fabulous if I do say so myself! And no more of the nasty build-up that was one of the reasons for my desire to switch in the first place! Google "going poo free" for info. It's easy and CHEAP.
Natural and Inexpensive Laundry:
You can make your own laundry soap for super duper cheap as well. This site includes the recipe,and even breaks down the price difference between their method and store-bought Tide. In addition, I put white vinegar in a Downy ball (can be found in the laundry aisle, also very cheap), so it releases during the rinse cycle. This has eliminated our use of fabric softeners and dryer sheets. White vinegar quite frankly ROCKS for a lot of things! Check out the uses for it in laundry here. You can also use diluted essential oil in a spray bottle, and spritz over your laundry when you're putting it into the dryer, or just put a bit on a cloth or your wool dryer balls and toss it in.
Simple and Natural Cleaning:
Cleaning has become so easy now! For a while, I just used diluted white vinegar in a spray bottle on everything. It definitely works well (and is cheap! Can you tell I love things that are?), but now I used diluted lavender essential oil instead. Works like a charm, smells lovely, and I don't worry about using chemicals around my kids now! Essential oils are also great for when you need to disinfect. Lemon, baking soda, and other essential oils can be used for cleaning too.
Cleaning with white vinegar
Cleaning with baking soda
Cleaning with essential oils
Cleaning with lemons
There are a lot more resources if you google around :-)
Natural Skin Care:
I recently got myself some virgin coconut oil, and omg... LOVE! It is wonderful as a skin, scalp, and hair moisturizer. It is solid in a jar, but I just fill my sink up with warm water and let it sit in there while I shower so it liquefies. Then when I get out, I slather some on. Extra awesome because I love the smell of coconut! Do a bit of reading on it, and you'll find that it is really great for you. I have even used it on my face despite my problem skin, and have actually seen improvement despite the usual thought that oily things are to be avoided on the face. When I feel like exfoliating my face or body, just a bit of sugar and honey does the trick. Instead of body wash, I now use all natural hand made soaps that I find on Etsy. I'm currently experimenting with lavender essential oil on my occasional acne. I've read some good testimonials about it. It should also be noted that other essential oils can NOT be used undiluted on the skin, but lavender can.
What do YOU do to be a clean hippie?
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