Homemade Shampoo Recipes

August 14, 2011

Shampoo being poured into palm of hand.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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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! :)

bottle of shampoo decorated with photo cutout

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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.

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May 30, 2012

I tried this shampoo and it works really well.

Coconut Shampoo

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February 4, 2013

If you need a PH balanced shampoo use Bicarbonate of 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.

Baking Soda As Thrifty Shampoo

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September 12, 2005

I was wondering if anyone knows how to make their own shampoo?



September 12, 20050 found this helpful

I guess I'm wondering why you would want to?
Most shampoo you can get for under $1 or free and the medicated ones aren't something you really can make.


Other than using Vinager once in awhile to help with greasy hair, I don't know of any others, sorry

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September 13, 20050 found this helpful

You can make shampoo out of soapwort. I have to, as I have a chronic scalp condition which is irritated by some of the stuff that is in shampoo.

All I do is boil up a handful of soapwort root in a pint of water with a sprig of rosemary. Simmer for 5 minutes, leave until cold, then strain. You don't need the rosemary, but it smells nice. You could use another herb, if you like.

Bottle it, and put it in the fridge, it should keep for 2 weeks. To use it, massage ot gradually into your hair, combing it in. It won't foam up much, and it is very watery. Then rinse it off with plenty of warm water. You won't need conditioner, as it is very gentle and won't strip the hair of all of its natural oil. It won't feel squeaky clean like bought shampoo leaves the hair, but it WILL be clean, you have to take a step of faith in it until it is dry. It really is great for flyaway, frizzy hair. You can grow soapwort in the garden, it has pretty pink flowers.


Hope that is helpful.

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September 28, 20050 found this helpful

I have found lots of recipes for various items (shampoos included - although I haven't tried them yet) at

Hope this helps,

Terry Lynn

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By samari (Guest Post)
February 13, 20070 found this helpful

4 oz of castile soap with any scent is that available plain, peppermint, eucalyptus.
1/2 oz of rosemary - stimulates the hair follicles and helps to prevent premature baldness
1/2 oz of sage has antioxidants and keeps things from spoiling and is antibacterial
1/2 oz of nettles acts as a blood purifier, blood stimulator, contains a large source of nutrients for hair growth


1/2 oz of lavender-controls the production of sebaceous gland oil and reduces itchy and flaky scalp conditions
2000 mg of MSM-provides organic sulfur to your scalp, which improves the health and strength of your hair. It also helps to drive herbal nutrient into the skin and follicles where they can do the most good.

one empty 8 oz plastic bottle, or any other empty shampoo or soap bottle.

Mix the herbs in a mason jar, which has a lid. Boil 2 cups of distilled water. Add 3 heaping tablespoons of the mixed herbs into the boiling water. Pull the boiling water and herbs off the stove. Let the herb mixture sit for 30 -40 minutes. Put the 2000mg of MSM into the herb mixture after 30 minutes of cooling. After 40 minutes and the MSM is melted, strain the herbal mixture into a bowl.


Pour 2 to 2 1/2 oz of strained herbal tea into the 8 oz plastic bottle. Now, pour the 4 oz of castile soap into the 8 oz plastic bottle. Cap the bottle and shake to mix the ingredients.

The shampoo is now finished and ready for use.

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June 27, 20070 found this helpful

when you have an extremely sensitive scalp, most shampoos are not tolerated well.

For me if I use regular shampoos, I end up with a systemic allergic reaction.

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By e3kings (Guest Post)
July 9, 20070 found this helpful

I came across this book on making your own shampoo due to allergies and it's been awesome for my hair. You can find more information here:

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September 27, 2010

What is the process for making homemade shampoo?



September 28, 20100 found this helpful
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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 10, 2019

I am trying to make goat's milk shampoo! Any good scent ideas?

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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 Maccombs from Neldonville, OH

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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?


By Kim (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 Shama (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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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?


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July 22, 2012

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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March 1, 2010

I am looking for recipes for homemade shampoo.

By karen from Lakeville, MA

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March 25, 2020

If you have color treated hair and want to make your own shampoo and conditioner from natural ingredients, here are some ideas. It's best to avoid harsh ingredients to prevent the colored dye from fading prematurely.

A woman washing her hair.

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