I try my hardest to use up as much of the food I buy. Right now I have a pot on the stove full of food scraps that I am turning into broth. And if part of a vegetable can't be used in some way, then it goes to compost. Avocado seeds were one item I threw straight into the compost, until recently.
Trying alternate shampoo methods, seems to be a rite of passage, for the plastic free and zero wasters out there. At the core of both of these lifestyles is the desire to reduce impact on the environment, swapping out the commercial products for more natural choices with minimal packaging.
It's no secret that most of the commercial shampoos out there are full of weird concoctions and are not the healthiest for us or the environment, plus there is the added packaging.
I have tried bicarb and apple cider vinegar with poor results. Both irritated my scalp, leaving it sore and red. Rye flour too was not a successful swap for shampoo. It took far too long for me to wash out of my hair, meaning I was wasting water. In between my two failed attempts to use simpler methods, I have been refilling my bottles with shampoo from local bulk stores.
After trying these two methods the idea of trying the avocado seed shampoo was not that crazy.
The method of making avocado seed shampoo is pretty simple, and what I like about it is that it might be a way to wean myself off of shampoo and move to water only. Oh and there is that awesome money saving aspect that appeals to me too!
I followed the method from Bread with Honey.
- Pull your seeds from the avocado, wash and dry. I kept the seeds in the pantry until I had three ready to use.
- Put 6 cups of water into a pot
- Grate the seeds. The colour of the grated seed will be white but will turn orange (made me wonder if you could fabric cloth with it?)
- Place the grated seeds into the pot and bring to a boil, then let simmer for 30 mins.
- Strain into a bowl, cool and pour 3 cups into a bottle with ¼ cup of your shampoo. My original 6 cups cooked down to exactly 3 cups.