Baking Soda Shampoo

Making baking soda paste, mixing powder with water in bowl, close-up
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Tired of forking over big bucks for commercial shampoos with questionable ingredients? Grab a box of baking soda, and make it your new shampoo.

How to Shampoo with Baking Soda:

1. Mix together one part baking soda with three to four parts water to form a paste (experiment to see which you like best).

2. Scrub the paste into your hair and scalp. Let it sit for a minute or two; then, rinse clean.

3. Finish with a vinegar rinse.

Reasons to Shampoo with Baking Soda:

  • It's paraben, sodium laurel sulfate, DEA/Diethanolamine, dye and fragrance-free
  • It contains a single, all-natural ingredient (sodium bicarbonate)
  • It's cheaper than any commercial shampoo on the market
  • It doesn't create build up
  • It helps to treat/prevent dandruff

Tips and Warnings for Beginners:

  • Baking soda shampoo works best when mixed right before you use it. Pick up a small travel size bottle (or reuse a bottle that you already have), and whip up enough for a single wash. Just a scoop of baking soda, a bit of water and a quick shake, and you're ready to jump in the shower
  • Commercial shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils, causing your scalp to produce more and more. Baking soda doesn't do this (and that's a good thing), but it will take time for your body to adjust its oil production. Don't be surprised if your hair feels greasier (or drier) than usual when you first make the switch. As soon as your body adjusts, your hair will look and feel better than ever, and it'll stay clean longer, too. Most baking soda shampooers find that they only need to wash their hair a few times a week
  • As with any shampoo, you should avoid getting it in your eyes

See Also:

26 More Uses for Baking Soda