How to Make Shampoo Without Sodium Sulfate

by Jonae Fredericks ; Updated July 18, 2017

Sodium sulfate is a derivative of sulfuric acid.

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Concerns about chemicals and their negative long-term effects on the human body have led some people to question the safety of their cosmetics and beauty products. Primary Information Services reports that sodium sulfate, an ingredient found in beauty products, is a derivative of sulfuric acid. Preparing your own beauty products, including your own shampoos, will help reduce your family’s exposure to chemicals such as sodium sulfate.

Pour ¼ cup of distilled water into a large measuring cup. Add ¼ cup of castile soap to the distilled water.

Combine the two ingredients together with a whisk. Stir in ½ tsp. of vegetable oil.

Perform a final mixing with the whisk to combine the vegetable oil with the distilled water and castile soap. Pour the contents of the measuring cup into a plastic bottle.


  • Choose plastic bottles with squeeze tops for easy application.

    Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the homemade shampoo to create a pleasing scent.

    Castile soap is available in grocery stores, pharmacies and online.

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About the Author

Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.