How to Make Baking Soda Shampoo

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Wary of all the chemicals lurking in shampoos these days? If so, you're not alone. Many people are trading in bottles of their favorite shampoo in exchange for a safer homemade alternative of baking soda shampoo and apple cider vinegar rinse. To make your own shampoo and rinse at home, try the recipe below.

Note: It may take your hair more than a week to adjust to this new method, but after a few shampoos and rinses the oiliness should go away.


For the shampoo:

  • Baking soda
  • Water

For the vinegar rinse:

  • Apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • Distilled water
  • Essential oils (optional)


To make the shampoo, mix one part baking soda with three parts water until you form a paste. If you have short to medium length hair, use two tablespoons of baking soda. For long hair, use 3-4 tablespoons. If you use two tablespoons of baking soda, then use six tablespoons water. For three parts baking soda, use nine tablespoons of water.

For the vinegar rinse, combine 1/2 cup of apple cider or white vinegar and two cups of distilled water in a spray bottle. Add three drops of any essential oil. Lavender, rose, and geranium are all nice oils, but keep in mind you can skip this step if you choose.

When you're ready to use the shampoo, rinse hair thoroughly in the shower. It's important to make sure every strand of hair is damp. Turn off the water in the shower and work the paste from the scalp to the ends of hair. Leave it in for five minutes before rinsing.

Follow the shampoo with the vinegar rinse. Simply spritz vinegar spray all over hair, starting again at the scalp and making your way down through the ends of hair. You can keep this formula for up to a month in your shower.

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