How to Wash Dreads With Baking Soda

by Meredith Burgio

Hair products, body oils and exposure to everyday smells can build up on dreadlocks and result in unpleasant odors. To keep dreads smelling fresh, they should be washed whenever a faint foul odor is detected. Each person is different and can develop their own haircare routine. Washing dreads on a regular schedule, however, prevents them from smelling rancid or moldy.

Items you will need

  • Bowl
  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 20 drops lavender oil
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • Water
  • Spoon
  • Towel
  • Hair dryer (optional)
Step 1

Add baking soda, tea tree oil and lavender oil to a bowl. Tea tree oil acts as a dandruff and bug repellent. Lavender not only has a pleasant smell, but also prevents mold. Rosemary can replace tea tree oil.

Step 2

Add water to the bowl until it's about 3/4 full. Stir the ingredients to dissolve the baking soda and blend it with the oils.

Step 3

Lean over a sink and pour the mixture over your hair.

Step 4

Work the mixture through your dreads and into the roots for several minutes.

Step 5

Rinse hair well, towel dry and squeeze each dread to help remove water. Your hair should air dry in under eight hours. Use a blow dryer at low setting to help dry any remaining damp spots.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Meredith Burgio began writing professionally in 2010. She has written for "VOX" magazine, "RELEVANT Magazine" and "Jefferson City Magazine." Burgio has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.