In a recent post we showed you how to replace your chemically laden store-bought household cleaning agents with cheaper, biodegradable, homemade ones. Body hygiene products are just as chemically laden, which is even more worrying as they are regularly in direct contact with your body, and often they contain silica and plastic particles which are extremely harmful to the environment. With our very simple and cheap alternatives below you can replace all your commercial products and do both your body and your natural surroundings a favor.
Simply replace your chemically laden, plastic-wrapped body wash fluid with any natural soap. We just use olive-oil based Aleppo soap or Castile soap, but any other natural soap will do just as well.
You can dunk your natural soap in (used) coffee ground and start scrubbing. This method even cleans machine oil off your hands!
- Aleppo soap: simply scrub a good amount of Aleppo soap into your hair and onto your scalp, then rinse thoroughly.
- Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate): mix one tablespoon (or more depending on the length of your hair) of baking soda with one cup of water, pour it onto your wet hair, scrub it in, then rinse thoroughly.
Our experience was that our hair became oily and itchy when we first switched from chemical to natural shampoo, but after about a month our hair had adapted. We now only use natural shampoo and wash our haior only every fourth or fifth day and it looks and feels healthier and cleaner than ever!
For the best and simplest conditioner simply mix one tablespoon of vinegar (we use apple cider vinegar, but really any vinegar will do) with one cup of water. Apply the vinegar-water mix to your hair after washing it with Aleppo soap or baking soda, then rinse your hair thoroughly. Done!
Your common store-bought toothpaste is laden with toxic chemicals such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Triclosan, Polyethylene Glycol, or Titanium Dioxide, just to mention a few. Just DuckDuckGo any of these and you’ll know why you would not want those in your mouth. The fact that it is common knowledge that you should never swallow toothpaste is strange enough already! To replace your chemical cocktail with a healthy alternative you can either try some of those at an organic store near you (we switched to Weleda Salt toothpaste long time ago) or have a go at the recipe below.
- 2 tbsp. of bentonite clay
- 2 tbsp. of water
- 4 drops of tea tree oil
- 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Small pinch of salt
- 5 drops of liquid stevia (optional)
- Combine water and bentonite clay in a non-metal bowl and mix with a non-metal spoon.
- Add the tea tree oil, stevia, and peppermint essential oil – mix well.
- Add a pinch of salt, mix well and taste.
- Store your toothpaste in a jar with a lid, as it will dry out if left uncovered.
Most commercial deodorants contain aluminum, which has turned out to be one of the causes of breast-cancer in women. Not surprising as it blocks the pores in your armpit, preventing your body from excreting toxins through your sweat. Thankfully there are great alternatives out there like the following:
- 2 tablespoons corn starch or arrowroot powder
- 1,5 tablespoons baking soda
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
- Essential oil
- Mix the baking soda with the starch.
- Add the coconut oil and the essential oil.
- Stir until smooth – it’s ready to use!
- Store in a jar and apply with your fingertips onto your armpits.
- 35g sheabutter
- 35g coconut oil
- 25g olive oil, sesame oil or almond oil
- 2 flat tbsp. white rhassoul powder or fine bentonite clay
- 1 tsp. honey (optional)
- 10-15 drops of essential oil (try sandelwood or ylang-ylang)
- Melt sheabutter and coconut oil by placing them in a smaller pot, which you place in a larger pot that has a some water at its bottom. Heat up the pot and your sheabutter and coconut oil will melt.
- Once melted, add the rhassoul powder or bentonite clay, oil, honey, as well as the essential oil.
- Let the mixture cool down to room temperature, then refridgerate until cool. Once cooled down use a wire whisk or mixer to beat it into a whip-cream like consistency, fill into a tight-sealed jar and use within 4 weeks.
- 200ml Vodka
- 150ml boiled water, cooled down
- 100ml witch hazel extract
- 30 drops essential oil (for instance lemon, sandelwood, lavender; or peppermint, rosewood, lavender) or 1 tsp. tea tree oil
Combine all ingredients in a suitable glass bottle, shake, use.
Where we found some of these recipes:
- Deodorant: insonnetskitchen.com/diy-deodorant/
- Shave soap: langsamerleben.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/edle-rasiercreme-selber-machen/
- Aftershave: langsamerleben.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/einfaches-aftershave-selber-machen/