In some ways crunchy works well for me. And in others, it just doesn’t. So I mix and match what works for my family.
My biggest crunch is also pretty old school, but thankfully becoming more common. It really comes down to bi-carb. Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is a staple in my house. I buy it in bulk because I use it so often.
- I use it to wash my hair
- I use it to clean the bath
- I use it for baking
- I use it in homemade laundry detergent
- I’ve even used it my homemade deodorant experiments (more on that later)
You can use bicarb in many different ways around the home, and it’s a cleaner, greener and more frugal alternative to a lot of commercial products. Yes, it actually requires a little elbow grease, but a little cleaning cardio isn’t a bad thing.
My biggest change has been using bi-carb to wash my hair. I tried going ‘no poo’ but it didn’t work for me. Then I tried bi-carb in place of shampoo and I haven’t looked back. I save on shampoo and I don’t need to use conditioner at all, so I save there too. My dandruff situation has improved and I haven’t had to use my straighteners at all.
The oddest thing I noticed was with hair fall. Usually I’d condition my hair and lose a lot in the shower. Now it’s a matter of losing hair when I brush it.
The process I use is as follows:
- Wet hair thoroughly in the shower
- Use 2-3 tablespoons of bi-carb and make a paste with some water
- Spread it through hair and massage it into scalp and hair
- Leave it in hair until it turns from gritty to slimy
- Rinse thoroughly
And that’s it. You can follow it with an apple cider vinegar rinse, but I find it isn’t necessary for my hair. For me, this works well, but other people may find that it differs. I wash my hair once a week, and it feels fantastic, and I can style it the same ways I did when I was using shampoo.
So. Bi-carb soda works for me in many different ways. What other uses have you found for bi-carb?