Well a week ago we made the decision to eliminate junk food and salt from our diets since the hubby wants to lose weight to enlist. Lots of fruits, veggies and lean meats have made their way into our fridge compared to what we used to buy. So far by just the two simple steps he has lost 10lbs and I have lost 5lbs and it is a bit noticeable! Well now that we are a week in, my body is going through a detox phase and I feel like crap. I won’t go into details of it though since that is all besides the point. However I am pushing through and I will still continue with my morning 1.71 mile route to walk and work my way back up to running again since I have not really worked out in over three years aside from walking. I may be average to skinny build but I am sure out of shape after two kids!
As for going natural I am still pushing on with no-poo as previously mentioned. I am really liking what my hair is doing aside from waiting for the oily phase to subside. My hair is thicker it seems like and wavy when it used to be stick straight! Another plus is that my hair is not getting tangled like it used to. I honestly wish I would have given into it sooner after trying shampoo after shampoo to work with my hair and make it do something. Who would have guessed that shampoo was the problem?
Happy Sunday to you all and may more natural ways of life find their way into your homes!
Yes I know it sounds a bit odd but basically it means no shampoo. Have you ever read the ingredients in your shampoo? Can you even pronounce half of them? Well most people can’t unless you have natural shampoo’s. The 19th of April I posted about using natural cleaning and using ACV(apple cider vinegar) to help with dandruff. Well the last day I washed my hair with shampoo was April 22nd. April 24th I used baking soda and ACV. Today my hair is a bit greasy after 36 hours or so but I am trying to hold out another day or two before using baking soda again. I don’t know how to post pictures here or I would share my progress. Till then I guess I will still take pictures and upload them when I figure out how!
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Cleaning! That one thing most of us just dread and put off until we have no other choice. Well get rid of those nasty chemical’s for one and you will feel ton’s better. Even though it means a bit more elbow grease, you won’t have toxic smells lurking in your home for your kids to breathe in!
I am currently looking for a good furniture polish recipe and have made one that works for me I will be sure to share!
Tile: Hot water, once in a while I will add in some distilled vinegar if the floor is really dirty.
Carpet cleaner: Hot water, Dishsoap and peroxide or hot water and vinegar.
6 cups water, 1tbls soap added after water is in the machine, 3tbls peroxide or a splash of vinegar to the hot water.
Bathtub/Shower: 1:1 ratio dish soap and distilled vinegar. Mix and leave in a spray bottle or the scrub brush with the soap handle. Rinse well because it will leave the tub slippery!
Cast Iron Pans: Salt and scouring pad. Usually I just use hot water and a scouring pad to clean my cast iron but if there is something caked on I will pour on a bit of salt and it helps scrub away what is burnt on. I am sure this would work for stainless steel as well. Do not recommend for teflon/non-stick though.
Dandruff: 1:1 apple cider vinegar and warm water. Be sure you are getting apple cider vinegar and not distilled vinegar with coloring and caramel flavor added, preferably ACV with the mother but I know that is a little more expensive. Wash your hair as normal then pour on the mixture being sure to get on your scalp, gently rub into the areas with the worst problems. Let it soak in for 15-45 minutes and rinse out. It may burn a bit on the area that are really dry and flaky as my husband found out. Watch out for your eyes when using this too. Yes this works, my husband and I both have used it. However he stinks like vinegar a few days after even with normal showering because it sweats out of his pores. But he doesn’t have as much of a problem with flakes or itchy scalp! I have used it because I have one spot on my head that is always itchy and it helps, it also conditions my hair so much better than any store conditioner. My next step will be no-poo but for now I will just use ACV once in a while.
Yes yes I know dish soap is not all natural but there are some out there that are starting to get rid of harmful ingredients so look for those to use. I would recommend one but I have just been using the regular cheap dish soap from the dollar store. I get distilled vinegar for about $3 a gallon but I know it will be different every where you go.
Next will be furniture polish and laundry soap. If anyone has any tips feel free to comment with them:)
Well it has been a while since I posted. I have been trying to get settled in a new
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