Cool stuff! Replace harsh chemicals with these tried and true alternatives.

When you go to the grocery store, you can be overwhelmed by all the brightly packaged products, vying for your dollars.  They all claim to be the best and can cost a fortune, what’s worse, is that many of the products contain harmful chemicals that can really wreck your world.  Let’s keep it simple.  Here are 4 tried and true products you can use cheaply and safely, that you might have at home already, saving you a trip to the store.

#1 Castile Soap.  I love this stuff.  With one soap, you can eliminate virtually all of your common household cleaning products.  I’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s hemp/rose scented soap lately. I use it for cleaning my house and cleaning me.  I love that I can clean my counters with it and not feel like I have to wear a gas mask.  One note to keep in mind when using Castile soap, sometimes it can leave a bit of a film.  The two main places I’ve noticed this were washing my dishes, and washing my hair.   If the film bugs you, (as it does me) you can use a rinse made with water and apple cider vinegar(ACV).   (I use about 1/2 cup ACV to a quart water)

Just don’t mix castile soap with ACV, the ACV dissolves the binding agent in the soap leaving you with a weird curdled concoction with no cleaning power.  1st soap, then ACV.    Below is a link to 12 great uses for castile soap.

#2 Apple Cider Vinegar

I’ve used it as a hair rinse and it works great.  ACV has wonderful clarifying properties and I can attest to them.  I had a problem with dandruff and dry skin, and the ACV/Dr. Bronner’s combination leaves my scalp feeling WONDERFUL.  It also makes your hair shiny and smooth.  (You wouldn’t know it from my picture on the left.  I had just taken out my dreads and thought it was funny that I looked like a DBZ character.  Kamayamaya!)  ACV is another great multi-purpose natural product.  Like castile soap, you can use it on you, and your home.

Here’s a link to a website with 131 uses for vinegar.
#3 Baking Soda

Baking Soda is another product I’ve used to clarify my hair and it works really well.  I make a paste out of it put it in my hair and let it soak for a few minutes and then rinse with ACV.  It can be used for cooking, cleaning, and personal hygiene.  Baking soda works great as a deodorizer, I put a box in the fridge and it helps absorb funky odors.  It’s also handy to sprinkle in the cat box.

#4 Lemon Juice.

I’m most familiar with using lemon juice to beat colds.  I add a little honey and lemon to my tea, the honey helps sooth sore throats, the lemon helps cut the gunk and mucus that can come with a cold.  Lemon also has antibacterial properties, which might be part of why it works so well.  I’ve also found lemon to be an effective mask for your face, take a fresh lemon peel, put about a teaspoon of honey on it and rub it on your face.  Leave it there for 5 minutes and your face feels soft and awesome.



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