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    Default Seeking homemade shampoo & body wash recipes.

    Just curious if anybody else has grown tired of either being unable to find "healthy" shampoo / body wash products or simply paying way too much for products without chemicals in them.

    As I have recently found I can clean the majority of household surfaces, floors, countertops, etc. with a mixture of distilled white vinegar, lemon juice and water. It's dirt cheap, and the proper mixture doesn't smell overpowering, while is still antibacterial, antimicrobial and non toxic.

    I'm curious if somebody has perhaps found a shampoo recipe / body wash recipe that has no chemicals, is easily and inexpensively mixed, and is beneficial to wash and moisturize.

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    Sorry, I don't know any homeade recipes for soaps off hand but I do know you can make homeade scented laundry detergent but I seem to have forgotten how. But for me at least my best bet would to do some searching on google. And Lemon is the worlds greatest natural cleaner. I mean seriously you could wipe a fresh cut lemon on the inside of a garbage pail and it would not only smell nice but also be very clean.

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    Here's one: Homemade Shampoo . Basically, shampoo is just a liquid soap. It generally contains some kind of surfactant; a molecule which has both polar and non-polar parts. The non-polar part can interact with hydrophobic things, like grease and oil, and the polar part will interact with water, allowing grease and oil to be washed away with water. I hate to break it to you, but most commercial shampoos are made from coconut oils. These homemade recipes tend to use castile soap, made from treating olive oil with a strong base, but the idea is similar and I doubt you can get the ingredients cheaper than just buying shampoo. Apart from the surfactants, the main difference between the homemade recipe and a commercial shampoo is the addition of acid to adjust the pH, components to make the shampoo actually lather well, things to reduce eye irritation, and conditioning ingredients to make hair feel smoother.

    I've taught a lab about soapmaking before, it's kinda a pain. It's probably fun to try, but I'm not sure if you'd want to do it for your everyday shampoo. You're probably better off buying premade castile soap if you want to try to mix your own.

    Good luck!

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    lets see if I remember right you take fireplace ash and some kind of animal fat mixed with lie. you get home made soap like they used 100 years ago

    Also, you will never find anything with out chemicals because anything you use will be a chemical. Water is a chemical.

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    you can buy the bases for homemade concoctions relatively freely, but, as with a lot of things and with the way our technology and lifestyles have developed over the past few decades, it's often just cheaper to buy ready-made, off-the-shelf products.

    you've probably already gathered that the basics of cleansing revolve around using one dirt to get rid of another, so the health benefits are debateable, save for the overly complex names of many of the exotic ingredients in ready-made products and their irritating effects.
    generally speaking, you would use like-for-like in cleansing (organic for organic, and industrial for industrial - try shifting axle-grease to see what i mean), but limonene is more and more becoming an all-round ingredient in many mass produced and specialist cleansing products. i have seen limonene made in a kitchen, but it's not really economically viable. i always check products to see if they contain limonene, and tend to buy them if they do.

    surprisingly, or not, snot is a good cleansing agent, although it is still dirt, isn't it?
    which brings me to the most important acts of any cleansing regime: the use of hot water, when washing, and a thorough rinsing afterwards (for any soap is dirt, of course).
    some people even testify to the use of hot water, alone.

    cost-wise, and all-elsewise, i can only vouch for myself and the products i use, given that i have sensitive skin and am also prone to topical bacterial infections:
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    no, it isn't 'washing-up liquid'; i'm just reusing the bottle. my last reused bottle lasted ten years, but the current one is better, for it's screw-down pop-top and shaped sides, especially when in the shower. the liquid inside is the supermarket's own brand, cheapo 'bath-foam': 80pence a litre, or thereabouts (they constantly change their prices). it's the same as shower gel, just without the thickener and many times less costlier. it's my all-in-one, except for the cheapo [apple flavoured] shampoo that me and Harry use on our hair.
    health-wise, it's as said: hot water and thorough rinsing.

    the emulsifying ointment that you can see in the pic can also be used as a cleanser or as a base for a cleanser, and the same is true of 'aqueous cream', which is currently popular amongst some types.

    for stubborn dirt (organic and industrial), cheap soap/detergent can be used, be they washing-up liquid or shampoo, in conjunction with a plastic pan-scrub:
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    some people wince at the thought, but you get used to the pain of abrasion after a while. and it's a cheap way to exfoliate

    on a side-note: don't use pan-scrubs for cleaning hard-to-shift dirt on car bodywork. i can tell you from experience that it will certainly shift the dirt......and the paint. dad wasn't impressed.

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