12 June 2012

an unexpected superhero: or, in which baking soda rocks yet again

FRAMED BAKING SODASYou already know that baking soda makes impressive volcanoes.

It gets stainless steel sinks shiny and causes pancakes to rise. It takes down a bee sting. Apparently it's a good facial scrub. (Personally, I use it to make deodorant, with a 1:2:2 ratio of baking soda-arrowroot-coconut oil plus plenty of delectable essential oils . . .  my favorites are rosemary and ylang ylang. It works better than any other product I have tried!)

Well, here is one more thing. Lindsay at Passionate Homemaking recently posted a list of several favorite natural products. She mentioned--almost offhandedly--that she's been mixing baking soda with her shampoo. I thought, why not? I'll give it a try. I already love my Aubrey Organics shampoo and conditioner, but if this stretches them longer and lets me go longer without washing, woo hoo!

Woo hoo it is. I love how my hair feels since starting this a month ago. I don't have to wash it every day because it takes longer to get greasy. My hair is also lighter; I think the baking soda acts as a deep cleanser for product buildup. Finally, it has decreased the itchiness sometimes present on my scalp (thanks a lot, eczema). A small jar of baking soda now lives in the shower caddy, never to depart. I just squirt some shampoo into my palm, dump in an equal amount of baking soda, and lather it up together.

Though I've labeled this crunchalicious, you oughta try it even if you haven't a hippie bone in your body.

Shared at Simple Lives Thursday.


  1. I've recently begun washing my hair with just baking soda, and rinsing it with vinegar. After the initial adjustment, it works great!

  2. Thanks for the tip! I completely forgot about doing that. It's amazing what falls out of your head when you keep trying to cram new stuff into it. :)