How to Go “No Poo” – You Tell Me Because I’m Clueless!

How to Go No Poo

Thanks to my friend Jenny at Conscientious Confusion I have decided to take the "No Poo" pledge for 2012!  My hair is actually quite healthy and I'm not overly dependent on hair care products.  I hate mousse, gels, and other products that promise to make your hair bouncy or full or sleek.  I embraced the fact that my hair will always be straight and will never hold a curl or bounce for more than 5 minutes.  When I add all of those other products to my hair it just weighs it down and makes it look frumpy and dirty.  I've never paid much attention to my shampoo and conditioners either.  For the past year I have been using TRESemme Naturals and I've never even researched the ingredients to find out just how 'natural' they really are.  The worst thing that I do to my hair is color it 3-4 times a year.  I'm a highlight and color junkie and I love to cover up the grey ('d never know by looking at me how old I am so I won't let my hair give it away).  Regardless of my current hair ... [ Read More ]

Cloth Diaper Laundry Do’s and Don’ts – Part 2: Whitener’s

Day 16: What about alternate whiteners?  Lemon juice, baking soda, Borax, hydrogen peroxide, and all those other more natural alternates.  Are they safe to use on cloth diapers?  For starters let's ask ourselves why we want to use whiteners.  Is it for stains, stinkies, or to kill germs?  Germs:  Hot water can kill all of the germs and bacteria that may be present in your diapers.  Most hot water heaters are set at 120 degrees (F) and that temperature will kill anything that may be living including yeast.  So essentially bleach and bleach alternatives aren't necessary for killing germs are they?  Stains:  Why are you having stains I wonder.  I'm going to give you my one tip that has kept our stash (almost) stain free - I rinse all my poopy diapers in the sink as soon as I can after they happen.  I have a diaper sprayer, I use flushable inserts (almost all the time), and I still rinse as much of the poop off the diaper as soon as I can.  This isn't something that I did in the ... [ Read More ]