How to Make Homemade Dandruff Shampoo and Rinse

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Battling an itchy, flaky case of dandruff? Rid yourself of the problem quickly and cheaply with one of these homemade and all-natural dandruff treatments.

DIY Baking Soda Dandruff Shampoo

Baking soda's gritty texture grabs and removes the dirt and excess oil from your hair as well as the loose skin cells from your scalp that cause dandruff. Unlike many commercial dandruff shampoos, this will not strip your scalp of its much-needed natural oils. Over time, this leads to a healthier scalp and healthier hair.

While not really a shampoo, use this trick instead of your regular shampoo until your dandruff subsides. After that, use it once a week or simply skip regular shampoo altogether and use baking soda all the time. Rosemary is good for your hair and gives this shampoo a light fragrance. It's not a necessary ingredient, but a nice addition.​


  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 cup water
  • 2-3 drops rosemary essential oil (optional)


  1. Combine 1 tablespoon baking soda for every cup of water and mix well.
  2. Pour over your hair and massage into your scalp.
  3. Rinse your hair thoroughly.

Use an empty (and clean) shampoo bottle to make this mix and have it ready in the shower for daily use. If you want to skip the mix, you can also rub a handful of baking soda directly into your wet hair and scalp.

Note: Initially, your hair will probably feel quite dry. After a few weeks, your scalp will begin to produce more natural oils and your hair's softness will return.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Another home remedy that combats dandruff is a weekly rinse with apple cider vinegar. It is very easy but you will have a distinct aroma until you shower again. For that reason, it's best to do this treatment a couple of hours before bed and take a normal shower in the morning.

Apple cider vinegar is an effective treatment for dandruff and one that many people swear by. The vinegar helps wash away dead skin cells and soothes the scalp at the same time. It's great for healthy hair, too!

Do this rinse up to twice a week until your dandruff is under control. After that, consider making it a weekly or bi-weekly routine. 


  • 1 part apple cider vinegar
  • 1 part warm water


  1. Mix the water and vinegar. Most people can use 1 cup, but those with long and thick hair may need to use 2 or more cups.
  2. Pour the vinegar water over your hair.
  3. Gently massage into your hair and scalp for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Rinse with clean water.
  5. After 8-12 hours, wash your hair as normal.

Note: Do not let the vinegar get into your eyes!

Another popular method is to mix the water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray it generously on your hair and massage your scalp. Don't rinse yet! Allow it to sit for 30 minutes to 2 hours (use a shower cap or towel during this time), then rinse thoroughly.

Lemon Juice Rinse

Similar to the vinegar rinse, lemon juice can be used as an inexpensive treatment for dandruff. Do this rinse daily until no longer needed.

Simply add 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon) to 1 cup of water. Pour the mix on to your hair and massage for 1 minute before rinsing.

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