My personal journey to low cost grooming began in 1995. That was the year I became sensitive to the ingredients in most grooming products. My immune specialist and fellow patients suggested several natural choices. Baking soda was the most popular. I use it in place of shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, and facial scrub.
Baking soda comes in a biodegradable box and is non-toxic. A two pound box costs $1.24 at my Walmart. The one I’m using just for grooming purposes has lasted two months already and it is still not empty. Compare that to the combined cost of two months’ worth of store bought shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, and facial scrub.
One of my fellow patients was sensitive to all soaps. She used baking soda in place of soap. I recently tried it out to see what would happen. It’s a little abrasive, but I certainly felt clean and fresh. For the first time I noticed by contrast how soap does leave a feeling that it is lingering on my skin even after rinsing. An added benefit would be no soap scum buildup on the shower and tub, and in the drains.
Later, I made a moisturizing baking soda body wash by combining water, baking soda, and coconut oil soap in an empty oregano jar. I used enough water to make a gel-like consistency. This has worked very well for me.
Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.