Removing the Unnecessary: Recipe

There are a lot of blogs, websites, ebooks, etc, on how to make most of your own items like toothpaste, laundry soap, etc. Most talk about the health benefits of DIY products as well as the cost saving involved. And these are excellent and valid reasons to use DIY products!

I’m here to expand on that with my inspiration for doing-it-yourself.

The next time you watch TV, or visit a website, or open a magazine, pay close attention to the ads. Really watch them, look at them. Sure, video ads can be funny and entertaining and print ads can inspire lofty aspirations. But bottom line, they want to sell you something, they want you to spend money on their products because they’re “better, faster, cheaper, or popular”. If you use these products you’ll be “thinner, healthier, energized, or balanced”. They contain ingredients to “get a good night’s rest, go the extra mile, or look your best.”

Story: I was shopping for a new mattress at a major bedding retailer and the salesman starting telling me about a treatment they could add that would “destroy allergens and help you get a better night’s rest. It really is the healthiest option and it’s only an additional $100.” I looked directly at the salesman and asked, “If you’re so concerned about my health, why don’t you add it as a rule instead of upselling me?” He didn’t have a response.

Why? Because these companies don’t give a damn about your health, rest, well-being, or whether or not your energy improves. They are concerned with their own bottom line: profit. And in case you’re wondering, neither does the FDA.

I used to wear Toms shoes because of their one-to-one policy of donating one pair of shoes for every one sold. The shoes were great quality and one pair would typically last through a year of daily wear. Then, the quality suffered and I wasn’t getting the same value for some pretty pricey shoes ($60-$150 depending on style) because why? Cheaper materials make for bigger profits. It felt like their altruistic mission was compromised for the bottom line.

Think about this; every time you shop for something online, algorithms track you and target ads toward you. Shopping for boots? Watch how many ads for boots pop up on every site you visit.

So, let’s end the madness of contests to see who can reach into your pocket the deepest.

Approximately three years ago I stopped using commercial shampoo and researched ways to make my own. This combo has worked beautifully for me.

You’ll need two ingredients: Pure Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother


I’ve been using Arm and Hammer, but will probably switch to Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda because it’s completely natural. although brand is always a personal choice. Even so, I only use it once a week now, and simply rinse my hair with water between “washings”.

Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother contains active cultures that are much more nutrient packed than regular store bought ACV, spend a little more on this one for sure. Either way, an 8 ounce bottle will last a good long time.

The biggest thing to remember in this process is that commercial shampoos will strip ALL the natural oils from your hair and scalp. It creates a cycle where your body creates MORE oil in order to compensate for the loss, so you end up shampooing again a day or so later because your scalp is now itchy and your hair might feel greasy. The key to success in switching is waiting out the adjustment period, which could take a few weeks. Hang in there and don’t look back.

To use Baking Soda as shampoo: Mix approximately one tablespoon to 8-10 ounces of warm water, dissolve, and pour over head. Take the opportunity to massage your scalp and run the mixture through your strands. Rinse thoroughly.

To use Apple Cider Vinegar as conditioner: Mix approximately 2-3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water. Shake it up a bit and pour over head. Gently work through hair and let sit for a minute or two. Rinse thoroughly.

Use the combination every 2-3 days when starting out. Once your body has adjusted (and its a whole body and brain process) taper off to twice a week with simple rinsing in between. Adjust the amounts to your liking. I’ve found that ACV sometimes makes my hair limp if I mix up too much. Experiment for your hair type and length. And remember, you can EAT this stuff!

Are you willing to eat sodium laureth sulfate, amodimethicone, CI 19140/yellow 5, or hexelyne glycol? Me neither, and my spell check has underlined nearly all these words cause it doesn’t know what the hell they are either.

So here’s the biggest test of effectiveness, below you’ll find two photos, the left is my hair pre-BS and ACV. I chose one a few years old since I’ve been growing it out and wanted the same hair length for reference. The right was taken about 15 minutes ago and has not been  colored for well over a year, with little to no grey. First photo I’m 45, second 51.

I’m also starting a weekly routine of Argan and Castor Oil scalp treatments. I’ll keep you posted. Happy changes!


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