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Homemade Shampoo Recipes

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Making your own shampoo not only can save money, but allows you to control the ingredients and fragrances or lack there of. This page contains recipes for homemade shampoo.
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By 4 found this helpful
August 14, 2011

Shampoo Formula: baking soda (without aluminum)
Rinse Formula: vinegar

For the shampoo, I put about a tablespoon of baking soda in a jar, and add a cup of warm water. Mix it first, and spread it throughout your scalp, and massage it in well.

For the rinse, I put vinegar in a spray bottle, and saturate my scalp. Make sure you rinse well. Avoid getting vinegar in your eyes.

It takes a few washings for your scalp to adjust, but then your hair becomes soft and manageable.

Source: I read it somewhere, I can't remember where, but have been using it for the last 6 months, perhaps it was even this website!

By Linda H from Ontario, Canada

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August 15, 20110 found this helpful

That's good to know. I've been wanting to quit using shampoo because it makes my scalp itch. I will be trying it out.

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August 15, 20110 found this helpful

I tried this. It takes about four weeks for your scalp to adjust. My scalp is oily and after about two months my hair was feeling oily all the time after it dried. I had to stop. It's a great concept though, just didn't work for me.

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June 2, 20120 found this helpful

Thanks for posting..

Just an FYI.. baking soda NEVER had aluminum. The expensive brands say their products doesn't. It's just an advertising gimmick though. Check the chemical make up of baking soda.

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By 6 found this helpful
September 3, 2015

This is a recipe for all natural, chemical free shampoo. It smells great and is very moisturizing. A little goes a long way, it is very concentrated and lathers beautifully. My hubby is very suspicious of homemade products, but he actually loves this! :)

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Around 4 cups

Source: Pinterest inspired

Supplies:

  • 13.5 ounce can coconut milk
  • 2 2/3 cup liquid castile soap
  • 2 Tbsp sweet almond oil
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Steps:

  1. Add your coconut milk and castile soap to a large bowl.
  2. Add your sweet almond oil.
  3. Mix well with a whisk or hand mixer.
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  5. Using a funnel, pour your new shampoo into empty bottles.
  6. **This will keep just fine for a month. No refrigeration needed.
  7. Enjoy!
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September 7, 20150 found this helpful

what kind of Castile soap do you use for there are different kinds of scents, and where can you find it?

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September 10, 20150 found this helpful

Leslie, you can get this online, www.drbronner.com, or it is available at most any health food store. It is "Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap". It is available in a few scents, peppermint, lavender...etc...

This stuff is very versatile, you'll love it! :)

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April 16, 2012

Take 1 cup of water and add 1 Tbsp. of baking soda into an empty bottle. Shake well. Distribute evenly through your hair and then rinse. Follow with 1 cup of water and 1 Tbsp. of app;e cider vinegar as a conditioner.

I was skeptical at first but it really works. My hair feels cleaner and looks so much healthier.

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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May 30, 2012

I tried this shampoo and it works really well. Use 1/4 cup coconut milk, 1/8 cup of baby shampoo and 1 tsp. of vitamin E or olive oil. Put it all in an empty container. Shake it up and give it a try.

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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By 3 found this helpful
February 4, 2013

If you need a PH balanced shampoo use Bicarbonate of Soda (baking soda) and water. Some brands of coloured dyes of the more vibrant types instruct that a PH balance shampoo be used before applying the dye.

Most shampoos contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) which, in tests, have proved to be harmful with nasty side-effects.

Save money and your health by switching to a more healthier way to wash your hair.

Directions:

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February 6, 20130 found this helpful

I tried this but my hair tends to be greasy. The first three weeks I absolutely loved it, it made my hair soft and shiney. After the third week my hair began to be limp and would feel greasy almost immediately after washing. Does anyone have a solution to this?

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February 23, 20130 found this helpful

Yes, after about three weeks using baking soda and water as a shampoo, your hair will be greasy. Regular shampoos strip oil from your scalp and the sebaceous glands on your scalp have gotten accustomed to over-producing oil. So, your hair will look terrible and greasy for weeks 3 through 5 of not using regular shampoos because your sebaceous glands will be over-producing and your scalp's pores are "detoxing" from the junk they put in shampoo!

After the 5 or 6 week mark, your hair and scalp will "normalize". This method of using baking soda (and some people use vinegar as a rinse after the baking soda), is called "no poo". Google it to find more info. My whole family has been doing "no poo" for almost a year. Our hair looks great. We only do the baking soda wash and vinegar rinse once a week or less now! Hope that helps.

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February 24, 20130 found this helpful

Vinegar rinse, just google no poo and you can read all about it.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 3, 2010

Does anyone have any good and cost effective recipes for shampoo and conditioner? The ones I have seen seem like the ingredients would cost more than commercial shampoos.

By Beth from Neldonville, OH

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March 5, 20100 found this helpful

I think you are right. So go to Dollar store, get what you need. Good luck.

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March 7, 20100 found this helpful

I use baking soda to wash and vinegar to rinse. Just mix the baking soda with water and use like shampoo and then rinse with about 1/2 cup vinegar 1/2 water mix. Rinse well. Hope this helps.

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December 3, 20130 found this helpful

Soap nuts would be a great option here, however it does take a little effort on your part. They need to be lightly boiled down. Uses include; shampoo, body wash, laundry wash, hand wash, dish wash. As it is 100% natural, there is less likelihood to be a reaction, however even this should be tested on a small area on your wrist first. Also you have the option to add your own organic/ natural fragrances. Soapnuts can be purchased cheaply on Amazon. Sorry I'm not sure on a conditioner for hair nor clothes.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 28, 2005

My son (13) has started water-polo and needs to get the chemicals out of his hair and eyes. Any suggestions for homemade shampoo or eye drops?

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 15, 20050 found this helpful

My sons, too, play water polo. I don't recommend making any of the saline recipes you might find on the internet. I'm from Australia & things here cost heaps more than in the US. Still, a 1 litre bottle (about 1 quart US) of saline solution sold at your local optomerist (I don't know what they are called ther - the people who fill prescription eyeglasses & contact lenses) is REALLY cheap. Use a clean or sterilised eyewash cup - available from any chemist / drug-store (if you want to be ultra cautious boil it for 10 mins & seal it in a clean plastic bag), fill with the saline solution & use the saline solution to wash your son's eyes at the end of the game. Actually, plain boiled water will do as good - you just have to wash the chlorine from the eyes. Any shampoo on the market (even the cheapest) should deal with the hair. If he has a particularly sensative scalp, just make sure he goes straight to the showers after a game and washes his hair. Hope that helps, KIM

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 21, 20050 found this helpful

for eyedrops, i suggest few grains of sugar dissloved in a spoon of clean water .its safe, natural & even cures conjenctivitisas per my granny :).

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August 30, 20100 found this helpful

Just realized your post was way back in '05, your son is probably playing for his college team by now. Anyway, this isn't homemade, but any clarifying shampoo will remove chlorine as well as the expensive swimmers' shampoos. Here in the US Pantene makes a nice one that's pretty inexpensive. And though you didn't ask about ear drops for swimmers, one part white vinegar and one part rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol makes great drops for preventing otitis externa (swimmers' ear).

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By 0 found this helpful
March 25, 2013

I use an herbal organic bar soap for my hair and I want to convert it to liquid version. Is there anyway I can do that?

By LYZ

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March 27, 20130 found this helpful

I make liquid soap from a bar by grating some, putting it in a large bowl, adding some water and giving a quick buzz in the microwave. Seconds at a time - it tends to boil over. When it's melted stir like mad and add boiled water until it's the consistency you want. I don't make too much at a time and never tried it on hair, much cheaper than buying liquid soap though.

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September 27, 20100 found this helpful

What is the process for making homemade shampoo?

Ricky

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September 28, 20100 found this helpful

Lots of folks have switched from the chemicals used in shampoos as it was making them ill. One person used 1 tablespoon baking soda mixed in with 1 cup of warm water. For a rinse and detangler: 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, to 1 cup of warm water was used as a rinse and a detangler! I recently found out about shampoo bars: got one from J R Liggett; it works fabulously on my hair; at first, i didn't like the "feel" of my hair after using; it's because it does not strip your hair of oil, but when it dried, it was fabulous! So, don't use bar soap on your hair, but do Google "bar shampoo" and make your own shampoo bars!

It is apparently very easy to do. Along with making your own regular "bathing" soaps in a variety of ways, including even using slow cookers! The chemicals in the soaps are the very reason that many of the soap factories were opened.

I am actually very impressed with the results of the shampoo bars: and will undoubtedly be making my own shampoo bars shortly! I am heading for the library to get more details before trying any of them: I already use "soap ends" of a local soap factory i am fortunate to live near!

Also, the lathering is wonderful! And I am thinking that using the same recipe for shampoo bars can easily be modified a little to make your own "dish washing liquids" which would be chemically free, no plastics!

Way to go!

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July 22, 20120 found this helpful

Anyone know how to make sulfate free hair shampoo and/or conditioner? I especially want the conditioner.

By Kate from New Orleans, LA

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By 0 found this helpful
March 1, 2010

I am looking for recipes for homemade shampoo.

By Karen from Lakeville, MA

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