Yesterday I confessed of filling my kitchen with bubbles. Before I tell you about the next hair brained idea, I must give you some background. The reason I try hairbrained ideas is from an overflow of trying to save money, time, or the planet (which includes my body on the planet.)
The bulk of this post stems from the fact that three of my grandparents have/had dementia/Alzheimer's. Frequently I pray that the Lord takes my body before he takes my mind. I'm scared spitless of losing my memory.
Like many illnesses, no one really knows what causes Alzeheimer's. I've read conflicting reports on whether or not aluminum is a cause. And whether or not deodorant and antiperspirant have a role in all that.
In my mind, knowing that rubbing something potentially toxic on my largest organ (the skin) doesn't sound like a good idea. I'm not that sweaty of a person, even when I work out. Most days I stay in the air conditioning and don't wear deodorant. However, I live in the desert where it's really HOT. Just walking to the car makes me sweat - and sweat stinks. I've tried Burt's Bees and Trader Joe's. Neither of these natural deodorants work for my body chemistry.
Enter Angry Chicken's post with a recipe for making deodorant. I was skeptical that her recipe would work. She lives in the north, and I live in the SWEATY southwest.
The results? Pleasantly surprising. I don't stink. I still sweat (but that's a natural thing). Will I make my own deo forever? Hmmm...not sure yet. A friend of mine gave me the shea & cocoa butter so I didn't have much invested in the experiment. Plus, it's just cool to be able to say that, "I made the deo for my B.O. "
Another money and planet saving home remedy I've tried is using vinegar with essential oils as a fabric softner. (I had the essential oils left over from my natural insect repellent).
The results? I couldn't really tell that it made the clothes softer or smell better. For the longest time, I haven't used any fabric softener. Mostly because I'm really frugal. No one in my family has died from scratchy or static-y clothes. I don't think they have even noticed.
The house smelled nice for a few hours after doing laundry - not at all like vinegar. Once the clothes dried I couldn't really smell the essential oil. I think it's just easier to go without any fabric softner all together.
Another hair brained idea I've read on the blog-o-sphere is making shampoo. More than one blog has sworn off using conventional shampoo and using baking soda and apple cider vinegar. I like my salon formula just fine.
So - has anyone else tried any of these? Or have you other hair brained ideas I should try? I promise to read the recipe. :)