So fresh and so clean, clean

Hey friends! I have a quick lil’ post for you today. As you may have noticed I have yet again changed the look of the blog. It seems I am never satisfied and feel the need to perpetually strive for AESTHETIC PERFECTION.

At any rate, I’m digging the new, clean look. And what better to pair with a new clean blog than a recipe for you to get yourself a NEW CLEAN TOILET? Ok, maybe not new, but clean, ever so clean.

Unlike cleaning your tub, you don’t really have to get down and dirty with your toilet bowl in order to clean it properly (if you are, you are doing it wrong). However, a lot of products are marketed to make you feel like you have to exert little to no energy whatsoever in order to clean your toilet. But you know what, you should have to work a little. Not hard, but would like a few scrubs KILL YOU? No. It wouldn’t.

Of course with conventional toilet bowl cleaners you are looking at corrosive ingredients like chlorine bleach and hydrochloric acid, which can irritate your skin and eyes, and can be quite unpleasant/deadly if ingested. Aside from the conventional products there are a host of “eco-friendly” options that use plant and mineral based ingredients, are non-toxic, biodegradable, etc. I tend to be a little skeptical sometimes about a lot of these products, because there is an unhealthy amount of green-washing going around these days, and really, if you can make something that rivals, and/or out performs store-bought products, then why bother buying anything?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Combine.
  • Pour.
  • Scrub.
  • Done.

This recipe is SO EASY and works SO WELL that I promise that you will never use anything ever again.

{these are a few of my favorite things}

{these are a few of my favorite things}

{toilet volcano}

{toilet volcano}

{yep folks, that's where the magic happens}

{yep folks, that’s where the magic happens}

{pristine porcelain}

{pristine porcelain}

 

 

 

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When Your Shower Becomes a Bath

I’ll admit to it, I can go quite a while in a semi-gross bathroom situation before doing anything about it. For some reason, I feel as though even though I may be standing in a filthy bathtub, as long as I’m getting clean it’s fine, right?  Well, apparently even I have a breaking point. The fact is, even if you clean your tub semi-regularly, if you don’t clean your drain then eventually the water will drain more slowly, thus making it easier for buildup and hair to stick to the sides of your tub once the water has eventually drained (like 30 minutes later). You may notice just a little standing water at first, and then before you know it’s halfway up your shins and you just feel like the grossest/laziest/most complacent person that ever was.

I will spare you the photos for this post, mostly because I am legitimately embarrassed that things got so bad, and also because it’s just gross and while an impressive before and after, it’s not worth the heartache of actually having to see how the sausage is made.

I started by cleaning the tub using a variation of the recipe from the Scrubbing Troubles post. Once the tub was clean I got to work on the drain. There are a few factors that make this drain particularly difficult. 1. It has an extremely shallow basin directly under the tub and then slopes under at this really unfortunate angle, meaning that everything sort of sits right under the drain, and slowly makes its way down into the abyss where it becomes impossible to snake out due to its angles. 2. The shower is shared by three humans and a dog with varying hair/fur length, so there is a lot of potential for clogged-ness.

I feel like an asshole for what I’m about to say, only because I feel like a broken record sometimes with these posts. HOWEVER, guess what unclogs drains? If you guessed baking soda and vinegar, you would be right. Ugh, I know guys, but really, it’s just magical.

Let’s examine the alternative though for a moment. There are three types of chemical drain cleaners:

  • Caustic Drain Cleaners: Work using lye and caustic potash. They essentially lend electrons to your clogs and the hydroxide ions in the chemicals create heat and turn clogs into a soap-like substance that becomes easier to dissolve. Probably mostly used for kitchen sink drains where your buildups are of the greasy variety.
  • Oxidizing Drain Cleaners: Contain chemicals such as bleach, peroxides and nitrates. The chemicals react with the organic materials in the clog, causing them to loose electrons and oxidize.
  • Acid Drain Cleaners: The heavy-duty shit, mostly only used by trained plumbing professionals. Contain high levels of sulfuric or hydrochloric acid. Hydronium ions react with the clog, and attract electrons which releases heat, which then like obliterates anything in it’s path.

So now let’s examine what that means for you and your pipes:

Since most of these products generate heat they may damage older, metal pipes. Which if you live in New York and are of limited means like we are, are the only kind of pipes you get. If you live in a more modern setup, you are likely to have PVC pipes, which the reaction from the chemicals can soften and damage over time.

If these products can like, MELT PLASTIC and shit it’s probably safe to assume they aren’t great for you or the Earth. See label. I’m sorry label; did you imply that you can cause EXPLOSIONS, and that you want me to wear an encapsulated chemical suit to clean my tub?

{um, no thanks}

{cool story, label}

No thanks. I’ll stick with the natural shit. Baking soda and vinegar create a chemical reaction when mixed together as well, by creating carbon dioxide bubbles as it fizzes up, it likely loosens up whatever is desperately clinging to your drains.

Now I didn’t simply pack my drain with baking soda and vinegar and expect it to evaporate all of the shit that is down there. There was quite a bit of hair that could be pulled up, and when I say quite a bit, what I mean is that I almost vomited in my mouth. What couldn’t be pulled out was likely loosened and flushed down with the baking soda and vinegar.

I used:

  • 1 Cup Baking Soda
  • ½ Cup White Vinegar

First I packed as much of the baking soda as I could into the drain, trying to leave room for the vinegar to escape through it a bit so that it moved down the drain and didn’t just sit there. I then poured the vinegar over the baking soda and immediately covered the drain. I left it to sit for about 30 minutes, flushed it out with hot water for two minutes. AND VOILA! Showers are showers again.

Cleaning your tub drain is not a pretty job, but somebody has got to do it. Hopefully you feel emboldened to tackle that drain naturally, whilst being confident that you will not melt your skin, clothes, and/or brain using volatile chemicals.

Adventures in Oral Hygiene

Oh hello friends, we are back! Cristiana and I had a lovely Sunday of catching up and making all sorts of fun things for you folks to take a crack at, so keep an eye out in the next few days for a barrage of blog posts. This first recipe may be one of my favorite things that we have made thus far. Homemade mouthwash! The recipe was essentially lifted straight from here (with a few small adaptations). We love her blog by the way, tons of fantastic recipes!

Admittedly, I don’t have the best oral hygiene regimen (go ahead, JUDGE ME). I don’t floss (ain’t nobody got time for that, although apparently some people find time for that).  I brush twice a day, sure. However, I’ve been plagued by some bad gum recession on a few of my teeth. Dentists have never been outright ALARMED by it, however, they also aren’t super helpful with telling me what to do about it. They just seem to mark it on their little chart and move on with their lives. However, since I value keeping my teeth in my face I am trying to be more proactive about taking steps towards gum health (still probably not going to floss, sorry, I’m not sorry).

A few things that you can do to promote good gum health and healing is by making sure you are chock full of Calcium, and Vitamins A, E, and C as well as folic acid. So you know, eat right or take a multi vitamin (check). Other things include using a soft bristled brush or an electric toothbrush to make sure that you remove all of the plaque without irritating the gum line. And of course, there is flossing (ugh).

Studies have shown that another great treatment for things like bad breath, oral candidiasis, gingivitis, inflamed gums and plaque, is…wait for it….TEA TREE OIL! Betcha thought I would say baking soda, which is of course magical and also in this recipe, and also great for promoting gum growth (making a paste of baking soda and water and massaging it into gums is thought to increase circulation and promote growth).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One cup filtered or bottled water (if using tap, make sure to boil it first)
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 4 drops birch essential oil
  • ½ tsp xylitol (optional: to sweeten, you can also use a packet of stevia)
  • A mason jar (because you know, what’s more obnoxiously Brooklyn than your own homemade mouthwash in a mason jar?)

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Mix that business up, shake and enjoy! Make sure you shake it every time you use it to get all of the ingredients properly mixed.

I’ve only been using it for a few days and already my mouth feels cleaner. It’s such a refreshingly minty and wonderful rinse and I am really looking forward to seeing what effects it has on my ailing gums.

That’s all for today folks, stay tuned for more fun things to come, including but not limited to: toilet bowl cleaner! And dry shampoo that doubles as a foundation (what?!)

Happy swishing.

{the fixins'}

{the fixins’}

{add whatever flavors you like best, and feel free to wing it if you want it more pepperminty, or perhaps more lemony}

{add whatever flavors you like best, and feel free to wing it if you want it more pepperminty, or perhaps more lemony}

{somebody get this girl in a mouthwash commercial quick!}

{somebody get this girl in a mouthwash commercial quick!}

{the final product. warn your roommate that it exists so he/she doesn't think you are saving a jar of your own urine.}

{the final product. warn your roommate that it exists so he/she doesn’t think you are saving a jar of your own urine.}

Funk Stick

So here is another product that we would assume you use everyday. But hey, if you don’t that’s cool too. The thing about deodorant is it’s like heroin for your armpits (yes, HEROIN). Our armpits are like “hey man, just give me another hit, or I swear I will go through the DT’s and RUIN YOUR DAY” So we give in to our junky pits and slather the stuff on. If you’ve ever gone through a bout of weening your drug addled pits off the hard stuff you might notice that in time, your body begins to figure out that lovely little balance of stank eating bacteria that will keep you stank and even sweat free. But of course, this may come with a bit of an adjustment period (some have it, some don’t, it depends on your body really).

I for one have the problem of TERRIBLE pit stains. I could literally be freezing my ass off in negative 30 degree weather and be sweating PROFUSELY through my pits. For this reason I have tended to gravitate towards the antiperspirant type of deodorant. However, even using that doesn’t really keep me sweat free, and as many of you know the way that it keeps you from sweating is by clogging up your pores with aluminum. Which has been linked to the development of breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, aluminum is also the culprit that leaves the gnarly crud in your shirts caused by a reaction of the aluminum and salts in the deodorant. There are a few other unsavory products lurking around in your deodorant, I will spare you the rant, but you can read about them here.

Still, even after knowing about MOST of those things. I still find it difficult to not use conventional products, because a.) I am not-so-secretly addicted to the smell of man deodorants and b.) I, like most women, am embarrassed if I can smell myself. Recently I made the switch to Tom’s of Maine Natural Antiperspirant. It is unscented which surprisingly is fine, I don’t smell. However, it still contains aluminum. So there’s that.

Cristiana has been using her own deodorant for some time now, and I can attest to her smell, or lack thereof. Making your own is STUPID easy, and I am ready and excited to take the leap forward. Deodorant was basically the last thing that I had to give up in my quest to discontinue the use of all chemical laden hygiene products. I am looking forward to sending my pits to the morphine clinic kicking and screaming, they will thank me for it in the long run I am sure.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup arrow root or corn starch
  • 2.5 tbs coconut oil
  • 5 drops of tea tree oil
  • Empty deodorant container (this is where you ask your friends like a creep if you can have their empties)

Here’s What You’ll Do:

  1. Put coconut oil in a microwave save container and zap if for about 15 seconds or until it’s completely liquid (or you can use the double boiler method).
  2. Mix together baking soda and arrow root or corn starch and mix in coconut oil. You should have a paste that is a bit crumbly, too much liquid and it will not apply well to your pits.
  3. Add in tea tree oil.
  4. Pack into your empty container and there you have it!

And of course you may be thinking, how does this even work? Mostly because baking soda is bad ass and it works to both absorb moisture as well as neutralize odors (instead of just covering them up). Arrow root and corn starch also work to absorb moisture. The coconut oil moisturizes and nourishes the skin. And of course, magical, medicinal, marvelous tea tree oil which is an: antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, antiviral and immune stimulant! Huzzah!

Do it, you know you wanna.

{the fixings}

{the fixings}

{almost there}

{almost there}

{there you have it!}

{there you have it!}

{fill 'er up}

{fill ‘er up}

Disclaimer: There are two different types of deodorant packaging. Ones that use a screw (pictured above) and ones that use a plunger. The screw ones are a bit harder to fill because sometimes you can’t get the deodorant to pack as tightly around the screw as you would like it to. So, we recommend using a plunger type for maximum ease of use. 

Scrubbing Troubles

Whilst on a recent trip to Philly I purchased a book of lovely herbal cleaning recipes entitled “The Naturally Clean Home”. This book is chock-full o’ super easy natural cleaning recipes and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in ditching the heavy stuff in lieu of more natural alternatives.

Today, I decided to tackle the dreaded bathtub. I have few enemies in this life; however, one of them, I have to admit is the bathtub. And I don’t just use it to shower; I bathe, regularly, so the fact that I don’t clean it very often is both embarrassing and gross. But here’s the thing: one cannot adequately clean one’s tub, without being in the tub. And furthermore, one cannot adequately clean one’s tub without water and some sort of cleaning agent. So where does this leave one? Mostly naked and marinating in a plume of toxic chemicals. Or maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, personally I don’t like soaking tits deep in a bucket of god knows what. Also, I have a dog, and while she is a sweet, supposedly smart Border collie, she is an idiot who likes to lick EVERYTHING. So that leaves having to close the bathroom door while cleaning the tub, also not ideal.

Enter: All Natural Tub and Tile Soft Scrubber.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • ¼ cup liquid castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 2 vitamin C tablets, crushed
  • 3-5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • Water

Here’s What You’ll Do:

  1. Combine all ingredients in bowl except for water (if you were doubling or tripling the recipe I would say use a container that can be sealed and stored, since this recipe only made enough for one application I just used a plastic half pint container).
  2. Stir together and add just enough water until a paste forms.
  3. Apply paste to the gnarly areas of your bath and sink that you are embarrassed to look at and leave to sit for a few minutes.
  4. Take off clothes and climb on in.
  5. Scrub with sponge and rinse clean.

I always like to go into these recipes with a healthy dose of skepticism, but I was truly amazed by how well it worked. Not only is my tub BLINDINGLY white, but it also smells delightful.

{the fixings}

{the fixings}

{if you don't have a mortar and pestle just put into a plastic baggie and whack liberally with rolling pin}

{if you don’t have a mortar and pestle just put into a plastic baggie and whack liberally with rolling pin}

{bubbly cleaning paste of the Gods}

{bubbly cleaning paste of the Gods}

{the sink: before}

{the sink: before}

{the sink: After}

{the sink: after}

{the tub: before}

{the tub: before}

{the tub: after}

{the tub: after}

Please note: the the lighting in my bathroom is terrible. I wish that I could adequately show a before and after in a way that BLOWS YOUR MIND HOLE as much as mine was blown. In the meantime, you will just have to take my word for it and then go forth, and clean thy tub.

Happy scrubbing.

No ‘Poo for a New You!

This is likely going to be the tide dividing post for most of you. It was all fun and games until we told you to stop using shampoo and conditioner. Homemade lotions: delightful! Borscht: delicious! No shampoo/conditioner: what kind of granola crunching freak do you take me for?!

I get it; I was a bit skeptical at first myself.  However, I am going tackle this particular lifestyle change from three angles:

  1. Good for your wallet
  2. Good for your body
  3. Good for the Earth

I can almost promise you that once I am done with you, you will get on the no ‘poo train immediately and NEVER LOOK BACK. Or try it, decide that it’s not for you and get back on the train to Shampooville. No judgment here.

Ok. A little background on the No ‘Poo, it basically consists of three things: Baking soda, Apple Cider Vinegar and Water. The idea is that baking soda is mixed with water and used as “shampoo”, and a dilution of apple cider vinegar and water is used as “conditioner”.

Are you with me so far?

Yes? Good.

Now from here we will have to part with a few things in our life:

  • Lather. Yeah, say goodbye. Also you probably would want to say goodbye anyway if you knew why your shampoo lathers.
  • Froofy (should be a word, you get me) smelling shampoos and conditioners. Those artificial scents are lovely, and addicting, but they don’t really last through the day, and they are also achieved by a bevy of nasty chemicals made by poor souls who have likely lost all olfactory perception.
  • The respect of your roommates and or significant other. They will scoff, they will puzzle, but you can just sit them down and say: “it’s not you, its shampoo”. They will learn to deal, and who knows, perhaps you can even convert them in time.

Now you may be saying to yourself: but Ashlee, I don’t want to smell like a pickled egg all day. Really? I mean, I do. But I don’t and neither will you. The vinegar dilution obviously smells like vinegar while you are applying it. However, it quickly dissipates once you rinse it away and as your hair dries. Nobody has to know, unless you want them to of course. In which case, say it loud and proud hero.

All right now that we’ve waded through the nitty and the gritty, lets get into the nuts and bolts:

Good for your wallet:

For this little math equation to work we are going to have to assume a few things:

  1. You buy moderately inexpensive shampoo and conditioners (around $4.50/bottle),
  2. You have shorter hair and use approximately ½ tbs per shower.
  3. You shower/wash your hair everyday.

If this doesn’t apply to you, you can extrapolate from the following information.

So let’s just say you buy a 10.1 ounce bottle of shampoo and conditioner at $4.50 a pop.  10.1 ounces contains approximately 40 washes, or a little over a month of everyday washing. This means that over the course of the year, you would spend around $108 on shampoo and conditioner.

Now if that doesn’t seem egregious to you, let’s consider the alternative:

One 16 ounce package of non chemically treated baking soda (like Bob’s Red Mill), costs about $3.30 (mind you all of these are estimates and far cheaper if bought online). One package of baking soda will net you about 64 shampoos or around 9 weeks worth of everyday washing.

One 32 ounce bottle of organic apple cider vinegar will cost $6.70 and net you a whopping 64 weeks worth of conditioning, or 16 months worth of everyday washing.  Now this means that over the course of the year, you would spend roughly $27. That is a savings of $81! Which over a ten-year period is over $800! Shoot girl, treat yo’ self.

Moving right along.

Good for your body:

We’ve all seen the commercials: leggy beauties with long bouncing hair, alongside some sort of weird follicle graphic which is meant to convince you that you have damaged strands which are practically begging for the latest in shampoo innovations. I’m over it. All shampoos are made up of the same basic ingredients:

  • Water: Over 80% of your $4.50 is just plain ol’ h20.
  • Surfactant: A detergent that cleans by trapping dirt and oil so they can be rinsed away.
  • Foaming Agents: Fancy chemicals like cocamide and coamidopropyl betaine. And guess what, these chemicals do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, save for providing us with the lather that we the consumer, expect.
  • An Acidic Ingredient: Sodium citrate or citric acid is used to maintain the proper pH level in the shampoo.
  • Silicones: Polymers that coat the hair to create shine and smoothness. I dare you to look at the Wikipedia page for silicone. Yeah, that photo is gross.
  • Polyquaternium: Say what? This acts like a fabric softener for your hair, depositing conditioner and fighting static.
  • Pathenol, Fatty Alcohols, and Nut Oils: Used for moisturizing and locking in hydration.
  • Midazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl, Isothiazolinone, and Sodium Benzoate: My spell check right now is like, “WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?! “Anyway, these are all preservatives that keep your shampoo from growing mold or bacteria.

I’ll spare you, and my spell check all of the ingredients in conditioners, but they mostly contain a mixture of moisturizers, lubricants, and oils all with a lot of “z’s” and “x’s”.

Then of course your have your colors and fragrances. No matter how shampoo companies try to market, they are all basically the same. Why are some shampoos $4 while others are $14? A really good branding company, that’s why.

Now I’m not going to delve into all of the harm that many of these chemicals may cause, BUT, I have found a very well researched thesis that does address many of these issues. Light reading? No. Informative? YES.

So as we did before, let’s consider the alternative:

The basic principle is that the baking soda and vinegar routine achieves all of the same outcomes as traditional shampoos and conditioners, just without all the extra stuff. There are some people who rally (quite vehemently) against this method citing that since the pH of baking soda is so high, it actually can cause damage to hair and bring about breakage. Which yes, if used on it’s own, probably would. Which is why you should use it in conjunction with the apple cider vinegar, which not only conditions but balances the pH down to a safe level as well.

Furthermore, you have to find a routine and combination that works for you. And remember that your hair and scalp will have to adjust to these changes.  And I urge you also, not to just take our word for it. Do the research, and decide if you think it might be for you. Cristiana has been on this train for far longer than I have, and has sworn by it for years. I on the other hand, am new to it, but so far, so good. We do recommend combining it with other once in a while hair treatments in the form of oils and or masks (I made one the other day using one egg, one teaspoon of honey and ¼ teaspoon apple cider vinegar). This recipe was for a facial mask, but I thought, what the hell, lets slather it on the head too.  Needless to say, it was great for both.

And lastly…

Good for the Earth:

It’s hard to quantify certain aspects of the production and transport of various products and their effect on the Earth (mostly because there are few independent governing bodies who study and regulate cosmetic and personal hygiene products, but that is for ANOTHER post). However, there are a few things that we can say with some certainty:

Plastic bottles take more energy, chemicals, and oil to make and ship. Glass, and paper packaging while still obviously need to be shipped use far less harmful chemicals and energy to produce. Furthermore, they are more easily recycled and reused.

And that’s just the outside of the bottle. What about the inside? Well, all of those Z’s and X’s aren’t great for the planet either. The Environmental Working Group developed a website called SkinDeep. In which they have compiled a vast database of cosmetics and personal hygiene products, and given each product a rating. The ratings range from low to moderate or high human/environmental hazard. You can search for products and see where they rank, and which ingredients are of concern and why. While this website is primarily used to show the impact on humans, it’s not hard to extrapolate from the information onto a larger picture. If the products and chemicals are harmful to us, I’m pretty sure it’s safe to infer that they are not great for other animals and plants as well.

Are you so sick of me yet?

No? Good.

Phew, anyway. I think I am about done here. Once again, with this and any of our posts we just want to present you with facts, science, and healthy alternatives to the norm. Giving up shampoo for no ‘poo might not be for yoo (I AM LIKE DR. SEUSS). However, if any of these other reasons struck a chord with you, perhaps you can investigate other ways to make more natural choices for yourself and the planet. Also, saving a boatload of money is also nice too. Times are tough ya know?

{the no 'poo}

{the no ‘poo}

Cristiana Vs Ashlee’s No ‘Poo

While Cristiana and I both have a no ‘poo routine, we do thing a little differently. For one, she has long hair, I have short. She doesn’t shower/wash her hair everyday, I do. She is a nurse who, through the course of her career, will likely have to take blood from countless patients; I would literally vomit everywhere and black out. So you see, we’re different!

Ashlee’s Method (for short hair/everyday washing)

Around the shower:

  • 1 ball jar of baking soda
  • 1 squeeze bottle of diluted vinegar and water (with the ratio marked on the bottle for easy refilling) Ratio: 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar to 1 cup water.
  • 1 tablespoon (for measuring the baking soda)

The method of the madness:

Once hair is wet I scoop out half of a tablespoon of baking soda into my hand and mix with a little bit of water. From there I apply it to my head, scrub it into my scalp real good like, and rinse.

As for the vinegar, I just squeeze it over my head until I am satisfied. It feels like a lot more than it probably is. I likely use about ½ a tablespoon to 1 tablespoon at a time. Once I’ve applied the vinegar I give it a good rub in and then rinse off.

I use the same dilution of vinegar on a cotton ball as toner once I am out of the shower. (You may want to adjust to a more watered down dilution for toner if your skin is really sensitive)

Cristiana’s Method (for long hair/not everyday washing)

Cristiana uses pretty much the same method. However, she has been doing things for longer, and just eyeballs it. Full disclosure: I’m a bit of a measuring freak. I measure EVERYTHING. When I watch cooking shows and they “eyeball” tablespoons of liquid I die a little inside.

Anyway, before getting in the shower, she scoops about a tablespoon of baking soda in a jar and brings it in with her. When ready to wash her hair, she mixes it with water until it looks like watered-down milk, pours it on her head, scrubs it in, and rinses it out.  Concentrate on massaging it on your scalp; the mixture cleans the rest of your hair well by just running through it as it rinses out. Then she uses the same jar to add a splash of vinegar, adds about a cup of water to it, pours it on her head, makes sure all hair is saturated, then finally rinses it out.

A few things to keep in mind: if you don’t want your baking soda to accidentally come in contact with water, leave it somewhere near the shower where it is within reach but not at risk for becoming inundated with water. Also, organic apple cider vinegar should be kept refrigerated once it has been opened. I leave my dilution for the week next to my shower, but keep the rest refrigerated.

If you’ve made it this far in the post, congratulations! You’ve won! We hope to have at least tickled your curiosity. Give the no ‘poo a try sometime! Also, if you come up with a more attractive name for no ‘poo, you should really trademark it immediately, because let’s be honest, it’s kind of a gross name.