This year, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to create a chemical free and more natural home. However, another objective is to not go broke doing it or cause my husband stress by spending way too much money. At first, this goal seemed quite overwhelming as I began to think through all the different household items I would need to replace: make-up, shower goods, cleaning products, laundry detergent, etc.- I didn’t know where to begin. I decided that instead of spending a whole bunch of money replacing everything at once, I would replace categories and products one at time. I chose which ones to start with by which products I was already running out of and needed to replace. One of the first and easiest changes I made was my shampoo and conditioner. I am not just saying this, I really do love my new hair regimen and believe my hair looks healthier and more bouncy.
I really have enjoyed creating my own goods, too. Its always easier to buy things, but I truly believe so much joy can be found in taking the time to slow down and create your own products. Boring mundane task, like washing your hair, can become just a little more exciting!
Most of the items for these recipes, you will already have at your house. The more unique items I have attached links for (all from Amazon- holla, prime members!). I needed to make mine in a pinch, so I headed to my local grocery stores that sells more organic items. I also found my containers there!
So here is what you will need for making your own shampoo and conditioner:
Shampoo (16 oz bottle):
1 cup of water
2 tsp of baking soda
For making: Add all of these ingredients into a shampoo bottle and shake. If you have a bigger bottle or smaller bottle, simply keep the 1:1 ratio of castile soap and water. Increase the oil and baking soda accordingly.
I love Dr. Bronner’s castile soap. I use it for body wash and put it in my DIY home cleaning products. You can buy it almost anywhere- target, amazon, etc.
This shampoo is used just like any other shampoo you have used: wet your hair, scrub, and rinse!
Conditioner (16 oz spray bottle):
2 cups of water
2 tbs of apple cider vinegar
4 drops of Rosemary essential oil
4 drops of Peppermint essential oil
For making: Combine all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake. Once you have washed your hair, spray this mixture on and allow it to sit on your hair for 3-5 min and then rinse.
Rosemary oil is said to be good for hair growth and Peppermint is good for oily hair. I have thin hair that gets oily quickly and seems to stop growing once it reaches a certain length, much to my dismay. I hope this shampoo enables me to wash my hair less and that I can have the long, long, locks of my dreams!
I highly recommend looking up what oils are good for your hair type, this will ensure you have a homemade shampoo that you love and makes your hair feel just the way you want it to.
I really hope you like both of these recipes as much as I do! Please share with me what you think about them using #thegreencupboard. Is there anything you would add or take away??