@Sea Ermine Thanks! I was excited to click on it.
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@DrFeelGood @joliekerr This is insanely late (like 3 years late) but I was rereading old posts to prep for a upcoming home cleaning and I wanted to add that you can put the vodka in a spray bottle and add a few drops of lavender essential oil and not only will it get rid of the smoke it will make your clothes smell amazing. This is also good for an upholstery refresher (I spritz my couch with it weekly when I flip the cushions) and great for spritzing on your duvet while it airs out at home when you're at the laundromat washing the covers.
@Jolie Kerr I preordered it and I'm so excited!! I also wanted to say that #yocp has been really helping me get my apartment on track and de-filthified
@j-i-a Aerie's boyshort underwear are the only kind I've found (in years of looking) that are comfortable, flattering on my (pear shape) body, and cover enough that I never have to shave wax or trim my ladygarden and no one can see (unless I want them to).
@Kitekatze castile soap is also very basic, and unfortunately making it more neutral or even acidic would cause the oil and water to separate. I bet there are other gentle solutions (either neutral or mildly acidic) that can be mixed up though. I wish I still had that Klutz book about making your own bath products!
ooh and also I read about this mud wash recently? I don't know the ph so it might not be any better but it's a think to look into. you can either make your own by mixing rhassoul or bentonite clay with oils, or you can buy one from somewhere like terresentials.
@parallel-lines I was thinking about how you mentioned that each person needs to find the right vinegar mix based on their hairs oilyness/dryness. It's possible that in addition to body chemistry, the amount of vinegar in the mix that some people need for nice hair is so much that it does leave a scent. Maybe?
@j-i-a Could it have been something acidic in the water?
@parallel-lines I think it depends on the person. I did this for about a year and I tried a number of different vinegar mixtures (from a tablespoon of vinegar in a bottle of water to a 50/50 mix) and I either smelled like vinegar, or my friends/family told me that my head smelled really bad (I couldn't smell anything though, I got used to it). My sister has a friend at school who also insists her hair doesn't smell like vinegar when it does, so it might be how it mixes with your own personal body chemistry.
Plus a chemist friend later told me that the switching back and forth from basic to acidic is bad for your hair so I stopped.
However, I fully support those who are into this! And if you want to try it I would recommend getting a shower head that has a intense massage pulse option, that can help get everything out. You can also try alternating with a mild sulfate free shampoo (ex. aubrey organics) or swapping the vinegar for 60/40 lemon and water.
"When you use baking soda (a base) and then apple-cider vinegar (an acid), your scalp’s pH remains stable and its oil production stays low."
I hate to be that person but a chemist friend told me that this isn't actually true. Because they're going on one after the other (as opposed to mixed together which would cancel them out) what's happen is your hair is swinging from basic to acidic and it's actually not super great for your hair.
The big reason why people find their hair gets soft and fluffy from this method is because the baking soda is so alkaline that it starts to break down the bonds in your hair.
If it's working for you, obviously, you do you, but if you worry about the above or find in a few years that your hair is getting a little damaged you might want to switch to some sort of less basic substance (maybe cornstarch?) and use a slightly more diluted vinegar mix.