Mum washes kids’ hair with vinegar but insists they don’t smell of fish & chips

A mum has revealed how she's transformed her family's lifestyle in a bid to help save the planet.

Jagroop Sahi, 31, began changing her parenting ways after her first child Arvaya was born a little over four years ago.

She began removing harsh chemicals and toxins from her daily routines to help give her unborn daughter the best start in life.

Instead she focused on organic, natural and sustainable products and practices.

While she's changed her approach to skincare, Jagroop has even stopped buying her children plastic toys.

Now the mum-of-two says it took her and her husband Amar a while to get it right.

She told MyLondon: "We tried the 'no shampoo movement', we use coconut oil and apple cider vinegar with essential oils as shampoo.

"I'm the only one in the family who isn't free of shampoo, but I've moved to shampoo bars instead.

"At the beginning of giving everyone vinegar as shampoo, that was atrocious, because my daughter used go swimming and her and my husband would go into the pool and just stink of vinegar.

"It took a while to get the essential oil concentration to vinegar [ratio] correct, so that they don't just go around smelling of fish and chips."

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The mum and her family all use coconut oil instead of moisturiser, which she says has saved a fortune.

They have experimented with things like cloth nappies for the baby and silicone kitchen sponges.

Jagroop also tries to reduce the amount of toys they buy and find sturdier playthings.

She said: "We try not to buy plastic toys, but sustainability is actually about trying to reduce your wastage: if something breaks, if you can fix that thing, it doesn't matter that it's plastic."

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The parent added: "If you can't, give it to someone else who could fix it, try to keep it in the loop without it going in the bin. When you're throwing something away it's going somewhere, it's either ended up landfill, it's ended up in the ocean, it ends up somewhere.

"So, let's try and keep things in the cycle without bringing in too many unnecessary new things."

However, not everything worked straight away as she said the apple cider vinegar shampoo has been a case of trial and error.

And at the beginning, it was quite overwhelming for the mum.

She continued: "We went vegan, we did everything [at once], and we stopped after two weeks. Sustainability is really hard actually, it can be, and I think if you try and do it all in one go, it can be really overwhelming. That's the biggest lesson I learned.

"With my first child I tried to do the cloth nappies, full bang, and it didn't work. But this time around I've tried the cloth nappies again, but we're doing it really slowly. We're changing just one a day to a cloth nappy, two a day, three a day.

"We're not completely perfect. But the number of nappies you do save, even by making that switch a couple of times a day, makes such a big difference.

"But now we don't really feel it, because you don't feel like you're ever losing anything, you're just swapping it out for more sustainable products."

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After spending many years in London, the family moved to Buckinghamshire to bring up their kids in the countryside where they can "get the best of both worlds".

In terms of the financial impact of sustainable living, Jagroop says that "things kind of balance each other out".

The cost of her organic food shop has definitely got more expensive in recent months but she puts this down to high rates of inflation.

She hopes to one day teach her children about sustainability.

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