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Baking Soda Shampoo

Updated on August 20, 2012

An easy recipe to go shampoo free

Many families are going without commercial shampoo in favor of an amazingly simple homemade version. The "no 'poo" experiment is also sweeping the bloggosphere like wildfire. People tired of shampoos full of phosphates and other detergents, and equally tired of the money they are spending.

With a starting ratio of one tablespoon of baking soda to 1 cup of water, this is a recipe for one gallon of shampoo to have handy. It will last you for a very long time. Cooking time is completely optional, can be mixed cold.


  • 1 Cup Baking Soda, dry
  • 16 Cups Water, liquid

Cook Time - purely optional

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 16 cups
  1. Fill pot with 8 cups of water and bring to boil
  2. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda and continue to boil until visibly dissolved
  3. Allow to cool before using or pouring into container


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      Carrie Jones 5 years ago from Georgia

      This really works!! Trying to cut expenses wherever I can, I decided to take the "poo free" challenge. So I use apple cider vinegar, a baking soda rinse and coconut oil to condition! The key to not look greasy is to go light on the coconut oil. Less chemicals, saves money and less waste! Its a win win :)

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      Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      This is great information! I think a more descriptive title might help get you more readers. Something like "Baking Soda Shampoo Recipe" or "How to Make Your Own Shampoo" would probably really help your traffic, and be more descriptive of the content to boot!

      Great work, looking forward to more from you!

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Look forward to it your article on conditions and thank you for answering my question!

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      Jennifer Young 5 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      since the concoction is liquid, and depending on the length of your hair, you use enough to fill the palm of your hand when cupped once for shorter hair and twice for longer hair...your aim is to focus on the scalp and less on the hair itself. It is suitable for all hair types, I will be adding more soon on appropriate "conditioners" to use with this shampoo very soon.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Hello Jennifer, this is a very interesting article as one can spend a small fortune on shampoo. Perhaps you would let us know if it is equally suitable for dry hair as it is for greasy hair. How much should be used per wash as I take it the shampoo won't foam?