My Chemical Bath (A romance? Certainly not.)

An update is in order. Almost a month ago I stopped washing my hair with shampoo and conditioner. How’s it going? Great!

I’ve got two bottles in the shower (whatever you’ve got laying around, old shampoo bottles work great), one for the baking soda mix, one for the cider vinegar mix. I keep the ingredients under the bathroom sink and quickly mix up my concoctions before I get in the shower. Although I don’t get a big, sudsy lather going with baking soda, I do feel my hair getting clean. No more build-up from shampoo means cleaner, shinier, more natural hair, and I don’t have all the annoying little frizzies I used to have. I don’t need to use styling gunk to make it look good, it does that on its own. Granted, I don’t have a fussy style, I’m a wash and go kinda girl. And this, my friends, is working for me. Dandily. Spellcheck tells me that’s not a word. I disagree.

I said in my last post about this that I was mostly doing this for the financial reasons. While that helps, I’ve gotta say that I’m really thrilled to be reducing my chemical bath. For the most part I don’t know what they put in shampoo and conditioner, but I do know that most gave me headaches from the smell (which I also mentioned before), and many gave my rashes – I suspect a result of the SLS is most shampoo, but never could pinpoint if that was really the culprit. All I know is that this hair washing routine is making life easier.

Three cheers! Hip hip……

5 Responses to “My Chemical Bath (A romance? Certainly not.)”

  1. Dana Says:


    Very cool that it is working for you. I admit – still haven’t tried it. Maybe when my huge bottle of Fructis runs out…

  2. Julie Cortens Says:

    Sounds interesting – want to post the recipe?

  3. Becky Fehr Says:

    Very interested to try it out too!

  4. Kim Says:

    The recipe is really simple. Start with 1T baking soda in 1C water, and in another bottle, 1T cider vinegar in 1C water. You can then you can play around with more or less of each: If your hair is oilier increase the soda, if you find your hair feeling dry after washing, increase the vinegar. I’ve been doing closer to 2T cider vinegar since winter is on its way and I’m trying to prevent the straw-like hair that I’ve read can result from doing this routine in the dryness of winter.

    As for the smell of the vinegar, it does smell pretty potent in the shower, and I still smell it a little while my hair’s still damp, but once it’s dry I can’t smell anything but clean hair.

  5. e Says:

    i’ve used baking soda before and i like how soft it leaves my hair. i’ve also tried lemon juice [it makes your hair super shiny], egg whites [help strengthen your hair and also give it shine], beer [makes it soft, although the smell kinda stays], and peanut butter [it’s like a super-conditioner]. i dunno if i’d brave the apple cider vinager, just cause the smell makes me gag. i have to give my hair a break from the chemicals every so often, with having seborrheic dermatitis, and it definitely helps for that. my dad hasn’t used shampoo for years, [for the same reason that i don’t], and he has the healthiest head of hair i’ve ever seen on a 60-year-old man. i’m a sucker for bath and body works shampoo though, but i usually pick up a bottle when they’re on sale for 5$. the smell is just so wonderful. :)

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