I absolutely love do it yourself blogs, where easy to follow instructions and “recipes” are given to learn how to make your own this or that. Whether it’s making your own shampoo and conditioner, do it yourself style, or making homemade “green” household cleaners and homemade laundry soap to avoid harmful chemicals or just to save money, I love them all.
Even though we haven’t yet tried some of the homemade shampoo and conditioner recipes quite yet, experimenting will be fun, in order to find which recipes for shampoos and conditioner’s work the best and don’t strip color from color-treated hair.
I’ve been coloring my hair for many years, and the fact that there are ingredients and additives in shampoo that actually strip color from your hair, cause hair loss, and is very irritating to your scalp, makes the idea of making your own chemical-free shampoo and conditioner quite interesting.
Common “bad” shampoo ingredients to avoid at all costs, often found in “cheap” shampoos, especially if you color-treat your hair include:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
- Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
- Ammonium Xylene Sulfonate
- TEA Lauryl Sulfate
- Sulfur, in dandruff shampoos
- Selenium Sulfate, also in dandruff shampoos
- Magnesium Sulfate
- Sodium Thinsulfate
- Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
- Alkyl Sodium Sulfate
- Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate
- Sodium C12-15 Alkyl Sulfate
- Sodium Dodecyl Sulfonate
Color-treated hair already takes a beating from the chemicals and additives found in over the counter color-treating products to color your hair at home, as well as those used in hair salons. Spending the money to color or highlight your hair can get quite expensive over the long-term, so having chemical-laden shampoo and/or conditioner strip the color right back out of your hair is a lose-lose situation for anyone. Homemade, natural shampoo and conditioner recipes are a great idea, aren’t loaded with harmful chemicals, and are a huge cost savings.
Homemade Laundry Soap and Household Cleaners
Make your own laundry detergent and homemade fabric softener? Sure! There are lots of homemade laundry soap recipes available online, as well as recipes for natural fabric softeners, that have only a couple of ingredients and without the all-too-common chemicals more and more people would like to avoid. The quick and easy directions for the recipes are great, and many include pictures and even video how-to details to show the step-by-step instructions, proving that anyone can make their own laundry soap, shampoo and conditioners, and chemical-free household cleaners.
Matt and Betsy Jabbs of Do It Yourself Natural have created a downloadable homemade cleaners guide, with 84 pages of natural household cleaner recipes and instructions that you’re going to want just as much as I did, and explanation of why using natural cleaners is so important. In it you’ll find chapter after chapter full of easy recipes for making your own household cleaners such as:
- Homemade Laundry Soap and Fabric Softener
- Homemade Spray Starch for Ironing
- Homemade Stain Pre-treaters
- Homemade Liquid Dish Soap
- Homemade Automatic Dishwasher Detergent
- Homemade Kitchen Sink Scrubbers
- Homemade Drain Cleaners
- Homemade Garbage Disposal Freshener
- Homemade “Green” Countertop Disinfectant
- Homemade Granite Cleaner and Polish
- Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Wash
- Homemade Fume-Free Microwave and Oven Cleaners
- Homemade Shower Spray and Soap Scum Preventer
- Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaners
- Homemade Mold and Mildew Cleaner Recipes
- Bathroom Cleaners
- Natural All-Purpose Cleaners
- Homemade Wood Dusting Sprays & Cleaners
- Natural Hardwood Floor Cleaners
Natural wall cleaner recipes for removing wall marks and sticky hand prints, natural air fresheners, carpet cleaners and deodorizer’s are also included in this very well created publication. The DIY home cleaning guide covers everything you want to know about how to make your own cleaning products that are chemical free, good for your health and the environment, and at great savings to your wallet. Visit the homemade, DIY Natural blog for information on how you can get this great ebook download stocked full of how-to home cleaning, natural personal care products like shampoo and conditioner, and make your own laundry soap and fabric softener recipes. You’ll be glad you did.