What is that?
That, my friends, is how I wash my hair. While the exact recipe is G14 classified, I’d like to share the basic idea. The main cleaning ingredients are as follows:
Yucca root powder and Dr. Bronners liquid castile soap. I buy my yucca powder from mountain rose herbs. Here’s a link. It is not an affiliate link. It’s just what I use.
The yucca root releases saponins. These are phytochemicals with detergent properties that foam when mixed with water. Native Americans in the southwestern US still use this as a natural soap product.
Add a tablespoon of yucca root powder and a teaspoon of liquid castile soap and add about 8 ounces of water. Instant shampoo. This product will not foam or lather up like your standard, chemical filled Wal-mart shampoo. It’s thin and watery. It will get your hair and scalp clean. I add a couple of other ingredients including some essential oils.
My hair is incredibly soft. I wash roughly twice a week during the winter and three times a week in the summer.
I spend less than a dollar on 8 oz. of my shampoo. This includes the two main ingredients, my essential oils, and my two secret ingredients.
You’ve got to wash your hair. Hygiene is important. But you don’t have to spend a ridiculous amount of money on it. And $10 or more for a bottle of shampoo is ridiculous. Make no mistake about it.
While I’m on this rant of saving money with homemade things, lets talk about essential oils.
Essential oils can be essential to you saving money!
So what is an essential oil? Here’s the wikipedia page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_oil
I’m sure most of you have some knowledge on these products. They are great. I use them for everything: My beard oil, shaving oil, my shampoo, carpet deodorizer, etc…
I prefer to buy organic oils when I can find them. I’m one of those weirdos, I reckon. Not trying to push organic on anyone, just saying that’s what I buy and the main reason for that is also found on that wikipedia page. I DO spend more money buying organic and I usually purchase my oils from mountain rose herbs and have done so for several years. I’m very happy with their product.
I’m a big fan of quality. I would much rather buy something that costs more and is worth every penny than something that is cheap and worthless. That comes from being a minimalist who lives a frugal lifestyle. But the oils themselves aren’t where you save. In fact, essential oil is a fairly expensive purchase, depending on your definition of expensive.
Go through your home and make lists of all of your cleaning supplies. Next time you’re at the store, price these items out. When you get back home, look up a diy option and you will be very surprised as how much these diy options will save you in the long run.
We live in an age where there’s a different cleaning product for EVERYTHING. Most of the time, a bucket of hot water and castile soap will work just fine. Throw in a few drops of your favorite essential oil for some smelly goodness.
Many essential oils have properties that go beyond their pleasant odors. I’m not going to post a list of these properties or a list of various diy products, because diy is not what I do here. And yes, I put a lot of thought into it, but there’s a ton of people out there already doing the diy thing. A quick google search can give you all of the info you need to get started. Just type in “diy <insert name here>” and google will hook you up with more information than you really need. So as a pf blogger with some diy experience, yes, these oils provide a safer and healthier option to many of the chemical cleaners and hygiene products that are on the market AND you will save money in the long run. So check them out if that’s what you’re in to.
I would like to finish up with one recipe. For most of my home cleaning, I use a blend of two parts cedar, one part peppermint, and two parts lavender. It smells so freaking good. It also naturally helps to keep bugs away! I use it in mop water, homemade bug spray, etc…
So if you’re looking for a blend to get started with, try that out and let me know how it goes.