How to Make Shampoo with Baking Soda

by Cricket Webber ; Updated September 28, 2017

Making your own shampoo can save you money.

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Making your own shampoo may sound like a difficult task, but it can be just as easy as making your own cleaning supplies with many of the same benefits. If you have made your own cleaning supplies, you probably already know how well baking soda deodorizes and makes short work of stains. It can also clean and deodorize your hair without stripping it and your scalp of essential oils. Whether you prefer a shampoo you can use in the shower or a dry shampoo to use between washings, each recipe can be made in just a few minutes.

Wet Shampoo

Wash out an old shampoo bottle to reuse for your baking soda shampoo.

Add 1 tbsp. baking soda to the bottle for every cup of water that will fit.

Cover the bottle and shake well to mix.

Use the baking soda and water in place of regular shampoo. This shampoo does not foam. Gently massage the liquid paste into your hair, focusing on the roots and scalp.

Rinse your hair well with fresh water.

Dry Shampoo

Use a blender or food processor to process 1 cup of oatmeal until no large pieces remain.

Mix the oatmeal with 1 cup of baking soda. Store the mixture in an airtight container.

Rub a small amount of dry shampoo into your hair at the roots.

Let the shampoo stand in your hair for 2 to 3 minutes, then brush your hair to remove the shampoo.


  • A box of baking soda is still effective up to 6 months after you open it. If you are not certain if your baking soda is still good, sprinkle a small amount on a plate and add a few drops of white vinegar. If the baking soda fizzes, it is still good.

    Your hair may take anywhere from a few days to almost a week to adjust to the baking soda shampoo, but once it adjusts it will feel healthier than when you were using commercially-prepared shampoos.

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About the Author

Cricket Webber began writing for fun as a young adult and started writing professionally in 2010. She is based in the deep South. Webber specializes in articles on greener living. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in education from Converse College.