This post is a nod to Julie at Towards Sustainability.
I experimented a bit with baking soda today. Besides being a basic ingredient for baking, baking soda is basically a basic mineral. The reason it reacts in such a jolly free-for-all with vinegar is because its baseness, or alkalinity, is competing with the acidity of vinegar, and they end up cancelling each other out.
I think. Chemistry was never my strong suit.
Anyway, I tried two cleaning experiments today.
The first was on silverware, which you can read about tomorrow. The second was on my hair.
Julie has recently mentioned in her blog that she washes her hair with baking soda. I’ve known for some time now that the ingredients in shampoos are not good for humans, but I haven’t actively searched for alternatives. But baking soda, hey, it’s right here in my kitchen cupboard! I commented to Julie that I was eager to try it out. She replied:
I highly recommend ditching the shampoo and conditioner! Be prepared for your hair to spend some time adjusting to its natural oil level though; commercial shampoos strip the oil out so your scalp compensates by producing much more oil than it needs. It might get greasy for a couple of weeks but should settle down after a while if you persist with it.
How’s that for an interesting piece of information? Shampoo makes your hair dirtier. It’s scary, it really is.
So, speaking of scary, here’s the Before picture of Turtle’s tresses:
Kinda gross and gloppy, the result of a store-boughten bubble bath two nights previously.
I used a tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of warm water to wash, and then the juice of half a lemon squeezed into another cup of warm water to rinse.
Unsure of how much lemony freshness I wanted in my hair, I added a few drops of White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) — well, six. One or two would have been plenty; the six that slipped from the bottle made me wonder if E.g. would arrive home and ask whether I had washed the floors.
So I rinsed out the rinse, just to make sure.
Here’s the after picture:
Note the Celtic reddish sheen. (Ignore the grey highlights. ) My hair feels silky clean, and E.g. sez it doesn’t smell like anything in particular, so I guess the dogs won’t mistake me for parquet after all.