I’m nearing the end of my second week in my Infertility Workshop and part of is to start switching out personal care products with natural alternatives. This process excited me because it’s something I already started doing years ago – but have still been hanging on to certain things. My shampoo and conditioner. Ugh! Is there not any good natural alternatives out there? I just need some suds or I feel like I’m not getting my hair clean. Also, my hair is very tangly, so I need a great working conditioner. To go without has just never been an option. Until…
Apple Cider Vinegar!!! Woot!! I couldn’t believe it, either. It sounds nast, doesn’t it? I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try, so I did, without much expectation. In fact, my a’natural aunt was just telling me a couple of months ago that this is what she used in her hair for conditioner – she said it really makes her hair soft, shiny, and clean. So when it came up as an alternative in my infertility course, I thought for sure I had to at least give it a try – being fully prepared to hop back in the shower and use conditioner.
Okay, so I get out of the shower and start brushing my hair… and the brush combed right through – no snags or tangles. My hair actually smelled good, not gross, not like when I was putting it on my hair (make sure you rinse it out well). My hair feels like it’s been stripped of all the nasty gunk it has accumulated over time, that I didn’t even realize was there until the Apple Cider Vinegar got it so clean. I think I used more than most mixes call for, but I used one part vinegar to three parts water and mixed together in a bottle that has a squirty thingy on top so I could squirt right into my hair.
Being brave with this product now, I also decided to use it in lieu of my fabric softener – which is another thing I haven’t been able to give up yet. Traditional fabric softener is SO toxic. I’ve tried using lavender and other essential oils, but my clothes just weren’t as soft as I like them to be. I am now officially giving up traditional fabric softener and using apple cider vinegar alternatively. Made my clothes and blankets super soft, and left them smelling good. I only had to plug my noise as I poured it into the load :-) I just put it in with the wash, in the liquid fabric softener space. A couple of tablespoons.
Do a Google search and you’ll find tons of ways to use vinegar in lieu of toxic chemicals – weed killer, cleaner, food cleanser, to name a few.
Do you have any alternative ways you use vinegar? Please share… :-)