A Recipe for Success: How to Wash Your Hair with Baking Soda

by Tammy Strobel on August 9, 2010

Do you know what’s in your shampoo?

According to No Impact Man, “Commercial shampoos, soaps, and cleaning products have about umpteen million chemicals in them that are bad for the environment—bad for the drinking water and bad for aquatic life.”

Chemicals are not only bad for the environment, but also bad for humans. Annie Leonard points out that many of the chemicals found in shampoo and other personal care products are suspected to cause health problems including cancer and damage to nerve and respiratory systems.

So what kind of shampoo can you use?

Baking soda.

It sounds crazy, but it’s a fantastic alternative to traditional shampoo and conditioner. I’ve been washing my hair with baking soda for the last year and absolutely love it. Washing your hair with baking soda is like getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist. It’s simple, easy, and good for you.

The Baking Soda Recipe

  • A half cup of baking soda.
  • 2 to 3 cups of warm water.

All you have to do is add the baking soda and water to a container. I add the ingredients to an old shampoo bottle and shake it up. The baking soda becomes diluted and is thick enough so that I can wash my hair.

How to Use the Recipe

Make sure your container is in the shower, so it’s ready to go. And follow your standard washing routine. Wet down your hair, pour the baking soda wash over your head, and then massage it into your scalp. Finally, rinse it out. You don’t want to leave any powdery residue in your hair.

I wash my hair with baking soda about three times a week. Depending on how oily your hair gets you might want to wash it more often or less.

The mixture doesn’t get sudsy like traditional shampoo. It feels kind of like sand. But don’t fret. Baking soda will get your hair squeaky clean.

Do you have any alternative shampoo recipes to share?

For more awesomeness, read: How to Make Your Own Cosmetics and watch The Story of Cosmetics.

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Note: This post was originally written last year. The content has been revised and expanded.

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