Saving Money with Baking Soda: Shampoo!

Maybe I did this backwards! I started using Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioner a month or so ago when I ran out of store bought conditioner. Well, I ran out of store bought shampoo three days ago and I am now using a baking soda and water mixture to wash my hair.

I love it! Now my hair is even more easier to deal with! Again, I am using a dollar tree spritz bottle to make the shampoo formula. Almost any small bottle will do, I am not using the nozzle for either the shampoo or conditioner. I find it easier and less time consuming to pour evenly over my hair.

The Shampoo Recipe:

  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Warm Shower Water

This is more than enough to wash my hair thoroughly, my hair is straight and shoulder length. That’s it and my combs through easier than ever! It is clean and feels amazing. Not to mention looks amazing!

Saving Money with Vinegar: Conditioner!

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Not too long ago I was running out of conditioner.  I hadn’t been stockpiling much of anything let alone hair products. For me, I have found it hard to balance running a childcare, couponing and being a mom all at the same time. So I opened up my laptop and went to work searching for a way to make my own conditioner at home for cheap! I spent about an hour looking at all sorts of recipes that included so many ingredients that I did not have and, well, were expensive to purchase.  Finally I happened upon a few recipes that included only the things I had on hand!

The basic recipe I started from:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Honey
  • Essential Oil (of choice)
  • Water

So There are many formulas you can use. Anywhere from a tablespoon to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, a couple drops of honey or a whole tablespoon, and a half a cup of water to a whole cup.  It also makes a difference how long your hair is when making the right amount of conditioner. Hair type might also be a consideration. I found sites that said to use white vinegar for blondes and apple cider vinegar for brunettes.

What I am using now, with shoulder length straight/fine hair, is approximately

  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Warm Shower Water

Yes, that’s right, that’s all! I had been using lavender essential oil(2-4 drops) and honey( 1/2 tablespoon) and then I ran out! I gave it shot and it’s still working wonders for my hair. I use a small spray bottle I picked up at the Dollar store. You can either spritz or pour evenly over your hair.

The first time you try this, even before you get out of the shower, you will think “it’s not working!” and that is because you are not using that grimy store bought conditioner that slicks your hair. Have no fear your hair will comb out wonderfully and dry much faster!

What are you waiting for, go grab that jumbo sized jug of Vinegar and give it a try!