Researchers have conducted dozens of studies looking into the “every day” chemicals we regularly utilize. Many of our most serious, yet common, diseases like cancer have been on the rise. This is a result of being bombarded daily with toxic chemicals. These chemicals come from the cleaning products we use, the food we eat, and the beauty care we love.
The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938. Over the past two decades, the European Union has banned more than 1,300 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. The United States has only partially banned 30 to date(source).
Fortunately, there is a thorough database created by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) where consumers can check out skin care product’s safety ratings. Also, companies like BeautyCounter provide safe products that consumers can use with confidence. Unfortunately, many natural products are often pricey, making them inaccessible to many. So, how do you keep yourself and your family safe without breaking the budget? One option is to make your own.
It’s super easy, cheap and effective. If you try this for one month, I suspect you will be very happy!
Baking Soda Shampoo Recipe
Materials to Gather
Mix 1 part baking soda with 3 parts water in a small squeeze bottle. Quantities needed will vary based on length of your hair. Example: for shoulder-length hair, mix 2–3 tbsp of baking soda in 3 times the amount of water.
Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 4 parts water into the second squeeze bottle. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to lessen the vinegar smell. For an invigorating menthol sensation, you can also use peppermint oil. Just be careful not to touch your eyes or other sensitive areas when handling or using the mixture.
- Apply the baking soda mixture to dry or wet hair. Start with the roots and work through the ends.
- Leave it for 1–3 minutes. Rinse well with water. Do not be surprised if it does not foam well.
- Apply the vinegar rinse after you’ve rinsed your hair well. Be sure to tilt your head back to avoid the mixture from getting into your eyes, especially if you added the peppermint oil.
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