$100 Budget 6/6
The kids are revolting! Actually, they’re rebelling and it’s the the taste of the home-made toothpaste that is revolting. I made the toothpaste myself, for a few cents, using my new pal baking soda, and must admit it needs a bit of fine-tuning in the taste department. However, it does a good job of cleaning teeth and after the initial shock has worn off, even Danni and Stevie will admit, your teeth feel clean and white and your breath stays fresh. And that is the main aim of toothpaste.
Baking soda alters the pH in the mouth, making it less desirable for bacteria to hang out in there. So I’m sticking to my refusal to buy toothpaste anymore and I’m hoping we will soon get used to the home-made stuff. After all, you aren’t supposed to eat it.
Baking soda is also useful as a personal deodorant/talcum powder and body spray. Pre-budget, I bought some lovely talc ($20) and body mist ($15) from The Body Shop. I had a good think about what was really in these products for the price and I can’t really justify the amount I spent. It was really all about the fragrance. A teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of your favourite essential oil in 200ml of water produces a fragrant body spray for only a few cents. The deodorising effect of baking soda means most of us could also get away with this as deodorant – and ladies, a real advantage is that it doesn’t sting when you apply it immediately after armpit shaving.
Add a few drops of the same fragrance to a small shaker and there you have a deodorising powder that is also great to put into smelly shoes. Baking soda can also be used to wash your hair – and although it’s not what I’d call conventional, it works well and doesn’t strip the natural oils from your hair, which actually gives a better result.
All these quick and easy-to-make products are either naked or use recycled packaging and cost next to nothing. The hardest part is getting your head around the fact that you don’t have to spend much money at all when the marketing gurus have been brainwashing us for years and successfully convinced us that we need the expensive bought stuff.
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Wet hair, sprinkle with baking soda, massage in, rinse out.
Optional: Rinse out with small amount of white vinegar before final rinse. Leaves hair looking and feeling beautiful and surprisingly, leaves no smell.
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/ Mix together with warm water.
2/ Apply to hair and leave as long as desired.
3/ If this leaves a residue, rinse off with white vinegar, then water.
1 Tbsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
A few drops of glycerine
Peppermint Essential Oil to taste. (experiment with the amounts to get a taste you like. You can add a tiny amount of artificial sugar if you really can’t stand the taste)
1/ Mix to a paste in a small container and dip brushes in it. Should last one person about 10 days.
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/ Store in recycled Listerine container, because you won’t be spending money on that again. There is now one less plastic container in the landfill.
2/ Rinse out mouth as you would with commercial mouthwash, but at a fraction of the cost.
Smelly Feet Remedy
4 Tbsp baking soda
Enough hot water to cover feet in a container.
1/ Soak feet to dissipate odour, and bring comfort to your tender toes. Baking soda may also help with athlete’s foot.
Next week: How much could you save a week on groceries?