Baking soda. I finally have it!
I never realized that this white powder was so cheap. I never usually buy it, but managed to get some over the weekend. Then on Saturday night, I decided to try this baking soda mixture for a shampoo replacement on myself. I was actually a little nervous about it, but armed with my bubbly mixture I stepped into the shower. I wet my hair first, dumped the water/baking soda mixture over my head, trying to get everything, then I scrubbed it in, then rinsed it out.
After I got out of the shower, I dried my hair. It still felt a little greasy, but a little bit cleaner. After my hair dried (took hours and hours), I felt my hair, and couldn’t help but notice that I still felt greasy residue coat my hands with I ran my fingers through it. Did I do something wrong?
I looked up some more information, and there was a tip I stumbled across: “Do not wet hair first before putting baking soda mixture on.” Duh! So this morning I decided to try this again. With some semi-greasy hair I went into the shower, armed with my mixture yet again, but this time I wet my dry hair first with it and scrubbed it in. It was weird scrubbing it in, mainly because it doesn’t feel like I am scrubbing anything in at all. I rinsed it out, and hoped for the best.
After drying my hair off, I noticed it smelled a lot like baking soda. A good sign, I do not know, but I could have sworn I rinsed my hair very well.
So currently my hair is drying, and it feels noticeably less greasy than before I went with the baking soda washes. I am sure that my hair is still adjusting to not being shampoo-ed every other day, and that adds to any grease factor that might come up in the next day or so. I will continue to do the baking soda rinse, but probably only once a week or once every two weeks. We’ll see.
In other news! I actually made my own toothpaste today! After looking up a lot of different recipes, I decided to go with a very basic one since I don’t really have the cash to invest in oils and peppermint and all of that. So I went ahead with mixing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide together until it became pasty. I mixed it into a wide-mouthed peanut butter jar I had just cleaned a few days prior. I was also very, very nervous about this as well. What would this taste like? I dunked my toothbrush into the mix after wetting it, then put it in my mouth and started brushing immediately.
Everything was going fine until a few seconds in, when the paste eventually made it’s way onto my tongue, then suddenly it was unbearable! IT WAS ONE OF THE WORST TASTES I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY MOUTH! Then I couldn’t help but think about what I was putting in my mouth. Hydrogen peroxide? Baking soda? PLEASE LET THIS WORK!!! I continued brushing my teeth until I was sure I got everything, but I hurried for sure, then as fast as I could, I rinsed out my mouth, continually spitting out until I was sure I got out everything. The taste sort of lingered, so I took a swig of some apple juice.
The results of this homemade toothpaste were that my teeth felt clean! Even though it tasted horrible, it worked at removing all the gunk that builds up on a daily basis. I am going to continue this once a day in the morning, and only hope that I can get used to the taste… eventually. ^_^