This isn’t much of a how to post. It is more of an upcycling brag post. I’ve been in a nesting, DIYing, and upcycling mood lately. I haven’t used fabric softener in over a year. I’ve been using bpa free plastic dryer balls. In all reality, I hardly ever use my dryer. I prefer to line dry most of my family’s clothing and my cloth diaper stash. I have two dryer racks that work for most everything. I have a clothing rack that I hang any of my nicer stuff and Nate’s clothes on. I only use the dryer for towels and sheets. In an effort to use even less energy drying things, I decided to make use of some of the extra yarn I have sitting around. I made up a few balls of yarn, stuffed them into spare socks, and tossed them in the dryer. The verdict is still out whether this will help in any sort of significant way, but in theory it sounds like a success.
I’ve made this shampoo recipe a few times now and have been very happy with the results. It doesn’t cost much, and is really easy to make.
1/4 cup hot water
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
few drops of tea tree oil
1/4 teaspoon essential oil(optional)
Steep the dried rosemary in the hot water for a few minutes stirring occasionally to help release the fragrance. Combine everything else in a small spray bottle (The spray bottle helps regulate the amount used, since, it is so runny.) After the rosemary has steeped add the wate to the mixture.
To use you may keep it in the shower. Just shake it up before spraying on your head. Massage scalp for a few minutes before rinsing out. With my short hair I do not need a conditioner, and my daughter’s fine hair does well too. Longer, thicker hair may need a conditioner to keep tangles at bay.