Home Remedies for Dandruff

Dandruff is annoying if you suffer from it.  Using specialty dandruff shampoos is neither good for your health or your wallet.  Some of the ingredients in conventional dandruff shampoos include: coal tar, sodium lauryl sulfate, ketokonazole (anti fungal), Zinc Pyrithione (anti fungal), not to mention all the other surfectants and synthetic fragrances that are added. While I do think sometimes dandruff shampoos are necessary, for the most part you can treat your dandruff with home remedies for dandruff. Why expose your body to additional toxins if you don’t have to, and also save money at the same time? Here are some of the dandruff remedies I’ve successfully used in the past.

Tea Tree Oil . Tea tree oil is a natural anti fungal and anti bacterial. To use the tea tree oil as a home remedy for dandruff, simply add four to five drops to your normal shampoo. Be sure to massage well into your scalp and allow the tea tree oil/shampoo mixture to sit and penetrate your scalp for three to five minutes. While you are waiting for the amount of time to pass, gently use your finger tips to rub your scalp. This will help loosen any flaky scalp and allow the tea tree oil to do a better job. After the time is up, rinse your hair well with warm water.

Apple Cider Vinegar. Believe it or not, apple cider vinegar is a great home remedy for dandruff. The acidity of the vinegar helps remove some of the flakiness of the dandruff, and helps heal the scalp. Vinegar also helps condition the hair cuticle by balancing the ph and seals it to prevent flyaways. Mix one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with about a cup of warm water while you’re in the shower. Pour on your scalp and allow it to sit for about three minutes. Be sure to rinse well afterward. Using the apple cider vinegar rinse after the tea tree oil treatment is great. The smell of the vinegar will dissipate soon after, I promise!

Coconut Oil. Coconut oil is a natural anti-fungal, anti bacterial, anti parasitic, and anti viral. Whatever you’ve got on your scalp-fungus, bacterial infection, etc, will be reduced by applying coconut oil to your scalp. Here’s the easiest treatment: before you go to bed use one to two teaspoons of coconut oil and rub into your scalp. The coconut oil is solid as it’s in the container, but melts at 76 degrees. Take a half teaspoon at a time and allow the oil to melt in your hands and then apply directly to the scalp.  Be sure to sleep with a towel on your pillow so you don’t get oil all over it.  You can also wrap your hair in plastic wrap.  An added bonus of using the coconut oil: your hair will be so soft and conditioned!  Be sure to shampoo out well in the morning.  A few drops of tea tree oil can be added to help fight the fungus.

These are some of the easiest home remedies for dandruff that don’t really cost much at all.

Do you use home remedies for dandruff?

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No Poo Questions and Update

If you haven’t started to no poo your hair, you may want to consider doing it to save your body from chemicals and help keep cash in your wallet.  If you tried it once and it didn’t work for you, hopefully the no poo tips I’m going to go over today will help you make the transition easier.  There are a lot of questions that I get about going no poo, so I thought I’d address them here.

No poo for long hair

Before showering, use a boar bristle brush to brush your hair from your scalp to the ends. A natural bristle hairbrush will distribute the natural oils from your hair.  With long hair, you may need to use more baking soda and water mixture.  Doubling the recipe should work.

No Poo for Dry Hair

Cut back on the amount of baking soda you are using to wash your hair if your hair becomes dry.  You also may need to rinse with more of the apple cider vinegar conditioner.  Use a little coconut oil or even joboba oil on the ends of your hair to help combat static and the dryness.

White Residue in Hair

You’re using too much baking soda and it’s drying out your scalp and building up there.  Follow the original recipe for a few days and try to let your hair go at least two days between washings. You may need to do a deep conditioning treatment with the all natural conditioner.

Dandruff with No Poo

When you get dandruff, you may need to use some white vinegar and water to help your hair.  Use equal parts of vinegar and water, and run over your hair before doing the no poo routine.  This should help reduce dandruff.  You can also add some sea salt to a water mixture and use that to gently scrub your scalp and help exfoliate it.

The vinegar stinks!

If you can’t stand the smell of the vinegar, try adding some sticks of cinnamon to the apple cider vinegar and let it sit for a few days.  If you want other scented apple cider vinegar, you can use other herbs to make a vinegar infusion.  You could add hair conditioning herbs for a double benefit!

Herbs for Hair

Chamomile: Good for blonde hair.  The flowers help lighten the hair’s color.

Henna: Natural red hair dye.  I’ve used henna in the past with great results.  Be very careful when using it, because it can stain your bath tub!

Lemon: Helps strip hair of build up and lightens hair naturally.  Juice a lemon and add the juice to some warm water.  Use like the apple cider vinegar rinse after the no poo routine.

Stinging Nettles: Helps prevent dandruff in hair and also helps condition the hair.  I buy stinging nettles in bulk from my health food store.

Witch Hazel: Good for oily hair, and acts as an astringent (for your face as well!).  You can find witch hazel in the pharmacy section of the grocery store.

Have you tried No Poo?

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How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances Naturally

The other day I was cleaning in my kitchen and I realized that our stainless steel dishwasher was looking pretty bad.  I think stainless steel appliances are beautiful, but after having a stainless steel dishwasher and refrigerator, I think next time I’d go with just plain white or black.  Stainless steel is a pain to keep clean! It attracts fingerprints, dust, and if you get water stains on it, forget it.  Those are so hard to get out.  Luckily, after three years of cleaning stainless steel appliances, I have found the best way for cleaning stainless steel.  Of course, you know it would have to be a safe and natural alternative to stinky chemicals!

How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances Naturally

-Olive oil & a soft cloth. This is the tried and true method that works for me, and I know you’re going to be baffled when you hear what it is.  I use some olive oil and an old prefold cloth diaper that my mom picked up at a thrift store. What I do is dab a small amount of olive oil onto a corner of the cloth diaper.  I then take the diaper and work with the grain of the stainless steel, polishing as I go.  Make sure you work with the grain so you don’t end up scratching your expensive stainless steel appliances!  I make sure that the oil is rubbed in well, and then move onto the next area. Using olive oil to clean my stainless steel has been a lifesaver! It removes fingerprints, smudges, and even water stains from the dishwasher!

-Vinegar and water. A simple spray of water and vinegar is great for cleaning stainless steel appliances.  The vinegar works well because it is acidic and dissolves dirt and grime.  I make a mix of about 25% vinegar to 75% water, spray on the stainless steel, and wipe with a soft cloth.  I’ve found that vinegar and water works the best for the in-between cleanings of your appliances.  Vinegar is also great for polishing stainless steel!

-Club Soda. Club soda is good for removing streaks and stains.  Just put some club soda onto a rag and apply with the grain.  It will help clean and polish your stainless steel.

-Gentle dish washing soap and water. I like to use Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap because it smells great and works well without damaging the stainless steel. I never have to worry about it being too harsh for the metal.  Sometimes after I get done doing the dishes, I take my dish cloth and just wipe down the appliances.  Of course, this can leave streaks so it’s best to follow up with another one of the methods described above.

How to Care for Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is beautiful, but can be hard to care for.  Here are some things to keep in mind as you clean your stainless steel appliances.

-Always work with the grain, never against it.

-Don’t ever use abrasive cleaners on your stainless steel.  They can scratch your appliances easily.

-Always use a soft cloth.  Never use anything like steel wool (seriously, I know someone whose housekeeper did this!)

-It’s easier to take care of your stainless steel appliances if you clean them regularly.  The longer you let it go, the harder it is to keep them clean.

Those are my tips on how to clean stainless steel appliances.  Of course, you can apply them to any type of appliances as well!

How do you clean your stainless steel appliances?

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