Staying Clean for Pennies…

Jun 11, 2011 | Health and Beauty | 8 comments

Lots-o-links here girls…
Oh, I have s SOOOOOOOOO much to share with you!  THE wedding is ONE WEEK away and I am hot and heavy with the glue gun.  Having WAY to much fun and keeping step by step track of these projects so I can share them with you.  (Here is the shower in case you missed it… just to wet your appetite!)  (Oh, and here’s the engagement session!)
Mom (The Infamous Savvy City Farmer) and I have decided we are going to share just about everything with you after we have recovered from the wedding.  How we did it and the nitty gritty on how much it cost.  Employing her signature phrase, “This Million Dollar Look for a Buck”
On that note, since so many asked, here are two links: 
One for my Shampoo and “Conditioner” recipe

(Update Sat. p.m.:  Someone just told me the post does not have my “conditioner” recipe so here it is… you ready for this?  I rinse with a cup or two of white distilled vinegar.  Yeap, it helps tone down the heaviness that the Castille soap based shampoo can create in your hair and makes it as smooth and soft as ALL get out!  Don’t worry, the smell is gone in seconds!)

(I don’t think I have spent more than $15 in the last two years on laundry detergent!)
I really appreciate everyone’s suggestions and requests.
I do like the idea of really diving into explaining our weekly menu in the Parisienne Farmhouse.  I might not get to it before the wedding but I think it’s a great idea to write about meals and their individual costs.
Oh, one more thing… though I have it “hidden” if you scroll your mouse up to the top of the page you will find the search box where you can type in a word/topic to see if I have covered it in a previous post.
A bientΓ΄t!


  1. Mandy

    it appears i’m on here at the same time as you:) 2 times in a row i’m first! THANK YOU for the shampoo/conditioner link. as for the Fels naptha recipe, i have heard there is very questionable toxicity involved this way…i chose instead to use ivory soap/washing powder/borax recipe. thoughts?

    and have a blast at the wedding!

  2. Heather's Blog-o-rama

    This is a great post. I’m actually going to bookmark it, because I want to try that homemade shampoo recipe. I’m not much for the strange stuff on the Dr. Bronner’s bottle either. However, the product is the only Castille soap I can find in my area too…and it has so many uses πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ I can justify the cost πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I make my own laundry powder. I’ve been doing that for over a year now. I started with Fels Naptha..then I used Dr. Bronner’s Castille bar soap…great, but spendy. Now I use pink ZOTE soap. It’s a product of Mexico. I got my current recipe from another blogger friend. I like the smell of the pink ZOTE soap…and well, pink laundry powder is too cute πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I coudl go on and own about homemade laundry powder. I LOVE it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It doesn’t make my skin crawl and it gets my clothes clean πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have fun at the wedding. I’m really curious/excited to see what you share from that day πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Have a lovely weekend. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather πŸ™‚

  3. Justine

    Thanks for the comment I know how you feel its kind of overwhelming lol especially with all the work of a new house and trying to start homesteading πŸ™‚ I cant wait to look up your shampoo and conditioner recipe does it work on dandruff scalp?

  4. Heather's Blog-o-rama

    A random thought just occurred to me πŸ™‚ :)..There’s a company called Lehman’s. It’s based in Kidron, Ohio and they cater to Amish and Non-Amish. It’s a GREAT company…and they have lots of cool old time stuff and things to get the job done without using electricity etc.. but they carry one product…it’s a castille soap that is rose scented, if I’m not mistaken. I don’t remember the brand name, but it is NOT Dr. Bronner’s. That might be one to check out? Just a thought πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I’m buying Castille soap on Wednesday to make that shampoo recipe you posted πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

    Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather πŸ™‚

  5. Γ  la parisienne

    Thanks for sharing your shampoo recipe (I didn’t see the recipe for the conditioner…Did I miss it?)

    Several months ago, I read the book Fine Green Living and I immediately chunked all of the nasty house cleaners I had, and purchased all of the ingredients necessary for homemade cleaners and detergent. I couldn’t believe how cheap and easy it was to make. I have yet to make my own shampoo/conditioner but I look forward to creating my own. (And I also have the same creepy bottle of lavendar Castille soap!)

    I use the same powder combo as Mandy mentioned with grated Ivory soap, Borax, washing powder and Oxygen powder. Then I add drops of essential oils to the water for a little vavoom. I would however like to find a better soap than Ivory-even a fragrance free soap.

    I hope the wedding preparations go well and that you and your family have a joyful day!


  6. Alice

    Thanks for the shampoo recipe. I have allergies to synthetic fragrance and dyes, so I have to spend lots of money and time trying to find a shampoo that works.

    I love the idea of the laundry soap too since I’ve been spending loads (pardon the pun) of money on Tide Free. I just purchased the new high efficency washer and wonder how the homemade stuff would work in them since it looks like they only use liquid.

    Enjoy the wedding and be sure to tell us all about it.

  7. Laura Ingalls Gunn

    I will surely try out your concoctions soon!

    If you get a chance, please stop by and enter the giveaway I am hosting on my blog.

    Happy Monday!

  8. Jenn @ Spejory

    Do you have any tips about the homemade laundry soap? We tried this, but it leaves our laundry smelling…not clean. After a few washes, my kids socks still smell like stinky feet and my husband’s t-shirts still smell like armpits. I loved the idea but had to abandon it so my laundry would smell clean again. Have you ever had this problem? Or is my family just smelly : )


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