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Old 01-26-2013, 10:04 PM   #1
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Trying to be green and frugal with hard water...Help!

Ok 2 ??'s Concerning hard water

First off about a year ago I tried to go "no poo", but kept having greasy limp hair...so I gave it up and started using Simply and gud brands of shampoo. I have recently discovered my problem may have been hard water all along. Does anyone have hard water, but have success with "no poo"??

Second I have recently been interested in making my own detergents. I tried homemade dishwasher detergent, but there again had hard water issues so went back to using the store bought. I would love to try homemade laundry detergent, but am scared b/c of the hard water. Any success stories? suggestions?

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If you have hard water I would not suggest using homemade det. Natural soap does not work well in hard water. In hard water I find that for us Charlies soap works the best. We add vinegar to our rinse aid dispenser. I am going to give Tropical traditions dishwasher det a try.

For you hair have you tried ACV rinses? Hard water leave mineral build up on your skin and hair. I have never tried no poo. We do have a water softener, with out it our water is has hard as it gets. It was down for a while and natural soaps don't work. Unfortunately the more chemical based products just preform better in hard water.
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Re: Trying to be green and frugal with hard water...Help!

Vinegar is your friend! Put some vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher before starting it, and it will drastically help the hard water issues.

Also, mix 1/2 and 1/2 ACV and use it as a soak/rinse for your hair, and it will help remove the extra gunk. I haven't done no-poo, but I still use the ACV rinse sometimes to help remove any buildup and prevent my scalp eczema flair ups.
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Re: Trying to be green and frugal with hard water...Help!

I second fansy pansy on vinegar rinses. I have also used lemon juice. I don't do no poo, but I do use shampoo bars. No plastic bottles, all natural, and I use it for hair and body.
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You could use a bit of calgon in your wash routine I would imagine it would still be frugal with the savings of homemade laundry soap over tide and stuff
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If you have hard water I would not suggest using homemade det.
That's what I was afraid of. I have never thought to use acv rinses with commercial shampoo. I may have to try that. As for charlie's soap...I have really sensitive skin (as does one of my littles) so I have been afraid to try it. I have heard others with sensitive skin say it didn't work for them.

As for calgon, I can't use that...allergic.

O well I guess I will stick to using my Purex and Cascade...lol. I tried!!
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Don't feel too bad. I'm allergic to most natural products too.
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If you have hard water I would not suggest using homemade det. Natural soap does not work well in hard water. In hard water I find that for us Charlies soap works the best. We add vinegar to our rinse aid dispenser. I am going to give Tropical traditions dishwasher det a try.
For us, Charlie's soap doesn't work at all. Our dipes, unpaper towels, bath towels & socks stink like they haven't been washed at all. We have really hard well water.
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Re: Trying to be green and frugal with hard water...Help!

I have been using a little bit of baking soda and vinegar for my hair once a week. I wet my hair and then sprinkle in some baking soda and mix it through. Then I have a bottle of half vinegar/ half water that I pour a little over and then massage that through and then rinse with water. It has really helped with keeping my scalp clean and I still use shampoo after, but very little. It has made a HUGE difference.
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Just as a curiosity, have u looked at 7th generation products? They go on sale often at target... They just might be a tad better than purex & cascade...

Also has anyone tried bioKleen in their dishwasher? Seems like it might do the trick....
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