Saturday, April 14, 2012

'Poo Free's the Way to Be!

Or so we hope!  Michael & I are striving to find ways to save money.  We're not big spenders anyways, & are pretty good at finding things we can do without - such as TV & Smartphones (is that supposed to be one word?).  With Emma coming along very soon (like, 2 1/2 months soon!), there are things we want to achieve as a family, hence the desire to save more money.  We're also desirous of living a healthier lifestyle by weeding out the chemicals that we take into & put onto our bodies.  We've already made the switch from antiperspirants to a natural deodorant, from tap water to purified water, & from your typical toothpaste to fluoride-free toothpaste.  In the interest of combining both of our goals, we've decided to eschew shampoo & conditioner in favor of good ol' baking soda & apple cider vinegar.  The first time that we heard about this crazy idea was when we checked out Simple Mom.  She wrote a blog post about cleaning your hair without shampoo, & I was intrigued.  Is that even possible?  So they say, & we're giving it a whirl!  And we're gonna tell you how we like it, too.  Stay tuned.


April Hollingsworth said...

I think I'll try that too. I purchased sulfate free shampoo for a while. I can't really do that without couponing and I'm sick of couponing. My sister-in-law uses a cleansing conditioner... some kind of hemp product or something. This would be much cheaper : )

Now, about the fluoride thing. What is wrong with fluoride? What does your dentist say about it? Our pediatrician told us to use fluoride toothpaste with the kids.

The Boyds said...

You can research about the dangers of fluoride online. One place to start is The Healthy Home Economist. I googled "fluoride dangers" & found a whole host of websites, including this one:, which has a wealth of information. We haven't spoken with our dentist about it, knowing full-well that he's most likely going to advocate fluoride toothpaste. We've just wanted to see if they notice any difference. We've been to him 2 or 3 times since we began using our fluoride-free toothpaste, & each time he's remarked about how great our teeth are! ;-)

The Boyds said...

Oh! And I should say that wanting to steer clear of fluoride is one reason we got the Berkey, too. Click on the words "purified water" in the post to begin to find out about the Berkey water filter. We LOVE it!