Good a time as any…
Visiting at my mom and dad’s is a bit like living in a time warp. I may have a slight tendency to romanticise Little House on the Prairie type living, so it is interesting to be experiencing a small removal of the modern conveniences first hand.
My parents currently live in a very, very old, very, very small farmhouse.
Furnace = wood fireplace
Shower = plastic sheeting with a hose coming out of the tap (thank goodness there is a hot water heater)
Window = a single pane of sliding glass with a hole in it, so you can slide it open (no screens) – this gives the same idea as camping in a tent, you can hear everything outside and by morning the inside temperature is very similar to the outside temperature
Dishwasher = a single small sink
Washer = having to hook up a bunch of stuff to the kitchen sink
Master bedroom = living room, because in winter it was too cold to sleep anywhere farther from the fire
I would love to show you some pictures of this, but I am on dial up here…
Today the kids and I woke up, put on hoodies, made oatmeal for breakfast, got washed up/dressed, washed dishes by hand, washed laundry by hand, hung it outside and fed, watered and changed the bedding for the chicks. I took a splurge into luxury and had a shower and discovered I forgot my shampoo. So I decided it would be as good a time as any to try no shampoo.
I have already majorly cut back on my cosmetics purchases over the past year or so. I started with dry brushing, then started making my own soap after a friend who has lots of experience had a group of us over to give us a demo (which I love doing and is super easy, if you follow the recipe and have the right tools). I already only wear mascara and lip balm (which I also started making myself but haven’t found a perfect recipe yet). Last week I made lotion with a friend and love the recipe, so will continue doing that.
I have been thinking of giving up shampoo and going to the baking soda method for a long time, but told myself I would do it when I ran out of my last bottle of shampoo I already had. I know a handful of real life people who already do this and of course if you google it, there are tons of blog posts about it. I ran out of conditioner many months ago, so basically was forced off of that, by way of my pledge. The first week or two was iffy, but after that my hair adjusted and has done nicely without conditioner ever since. This morning my hair was pretty gross, and came out surprisingly nicely. I used four tsp. of baking soda in four cups of water and just dumped over a cup of it on my head, rubbed it a bit and rinsed. I might try the paste method (where you use a bit of baking soda and water to make a paste and massage it in, then rinse) next time I wash. So now to see if it really will be this easy of a switch over, or if I end up with dry/greasy/stinky/staticy hair and discover if that is why they always wore braids in the Little House books 🙂