Friday, November 17, 2006

Shampoo and Toothpaste Substitutes

Virtually all soaps, shampoos and toothpastes contain ingredients derived from corn, soy, and/or coconut. For someone allergic to all three, or with multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) the options are extremely limited.

Here is a way to get your hair and teeth clean with good old baking soda. This is about as hypoallergenic as you can get.

Shampoo Substitute

Take about 2 tablespoons of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and add enough water to make a paste. Rub into your scalp and rinse.

If desired, follow with an acid rinse to restore PH balance: Use about 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice or apple cider vinegar mixed with about a cup of water, being sure to get the ends of your hair.

Rinse with plain water.

Toothpaste Substitute

You can use plain baking soda or a baking soda/additive-free salt mixture as toothpaste.

1 comment:

Jenna Schrock said...

Amazing! I was reading articles and posts about baking soda and toothpaste. I never knew that baking soda can be used for shampoos too. What do you think about adding salt to your shampoo solution? It's because I heard that salt can remove dandruff too.