Baking Soda Shampoo: Homemade And Natural Recipe

Surely, sometimes your hair feels lifeless because of the accumulation of hair products. When this occurs, you need a deep cleansing, and this can be done at home easily by preparing a baking soda shampoo and rinsing with apple cider vinegar.

The usual approach is to try to solve the problem by using less of your usual shampoo, apply a purifying shampoo or a dry shampoo for a quick scalp cleansing. However, on many occasions, this has not helped.

If you are currently struggling with this seemingly endless cycle, you can apply a cleansing treatment with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. If you want to find out how to use it and what its benefits are, I’ll tell you all about it below.

Benefits of Washing Hair with Homemade Baking Soda Shampoo

Bicarbonate does not contain paraben, sodium lauryl sulfate, diethanolamine, dyes, or fragrances like many shampoos on the market.

This recipe contains only one all-natural ingredient, baking soda.

This is a basic substance that neutralizes acids, so it is useful for eliminating odors and can also dissolve dirt and oil residues.

Unlike some commercial hair products that leave a film on the hair, baking soda clarifies and helps keep hair free of dandruff.

And you know what the best part is? It’s an incredibly affordable product that will allow you to make your own homemade shampoo quickly and easily.

Baking Soda Shampoo Precautions for Use

Before we start, let me explain a few things to keep in mind when using this homemade shampoo.

Although this is a natural method, it is not the perfect remedy for all hair types.

Baking soda has a pH between 8 and 9, being highly alkaline and naturally abrasive. So it can cause some people’s hair and scalp to dry out over time.

Due to this abrasive composition, improper or excessive use of baking soda on the hair may result in the following:

– Dryness: Although it cleans well, it can also strip the hair of its natural oils, which can end up causing a dryness problem. Also, removing all the oil can make the hair look dull. Using a natural conditioner containing coconut or argan oil will help restore moisture.

– Breakage: Hair is delicate, and these tiny crystals that make up the baking soda can tear the hair fibers, causing split and broken ends.

– Scalp irritation: It is not recommended for people with dry scalp, dry skin, or conditions such as eczema.

Therefore, first of all, it is recommended that you do a patch test, for example, on your arm, to check the sensitivity of your skin. This way, you make sure that there are no problems before you put it all over your hair.

How to Make Homemade Baking Soda Shampoo: Recipe

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Here are the steps to follow, as well as what you will need to prepare this natural baking soda shampoo recipe at home.


  • baking soda
  • water
  • organic apple cider vinegar rinse


To prepare the mixture, first, pour one part of baking soda into a bowl, then combine it with 3/4 parts of cold water.

Wet your hair thoroughly and gently apply (do not rub) the baking soda mixture from roots to ends.

Let it act for one to three minutes.

Rinse hair thoroughly with lukewarm water.

To finish, rinse with half a tablespoon of apple vinegar dissolved in a cup of cold water to restore the pH balance of your scalp and seal the hair cuticle.

Tip: If your hair doesn’t seem clean enough once dry, use a little more baking soda in the mixture next time.

How It Helps Cleanse the Hair and Scalp

Almost certainly, the first thing you’re wondering is how an item we use mainly in the kitchen can help hair look like it used to.

Well, it is quite simple; one of the qualities of baking soda is that it helps to exfoliate the scalp.

Thanks to this ability, it gets rid of not only the accumulation of the products used for the hair but also of the dirt in the environment that also contributes to hair damage.

In addition, using more natural methods such as baking soda shampoo will allow you to enjoy healthier hair.

This is an advantage over many shampoos on the market that contain harmful chemicals that dry the hair and leave it dull and limp.

What Changes Will You Notice in Your Hair?

If you are encouraged to completely change your hair routine to natural methods, you should know that your hair will probably go through a transition phase that will last between two and eight weeks for all the chemicals to be eliminated.

It will also take some time for the proper balance of scalp oil to be restored.

In the transition period, your hair may be a little more dull or greasy until it finds its balance. Maintain this change for a few weeks, and you will see how it will pay off.

You may well have to play around with this method for some time to get the right size for your specific hair situation.

As I explained at the beginning, this baking soda shampoo does not work the same way on all hair types. Pay attention to what your hair looks and feels like so that you can best adjust to its needs:

  • If your hair is too dry, use less baking soda or try rinsing it with honey instead of vinegar.
  • If it is too oily, use less vinegar, try rinsing it with lemon juice, or try not using any kind of rinse at all.

In addition, every month or so, you should do a moisturizing hair mask, either a hair mask with coconut oil, banana oil, or avocado oil. This will help limit the possible effects of the baking soda mentioned at the beginning while providing extra moisture to your hair.

Final Words

After discovering all the benefits of using natural methods such as baking soda shampoo and seeing how easy it is to prepare, do you dare to try it? I’m sure you won’t regret it, and your hair will be like never before.

As a natural clarifying agent, baking soda cleanses the hair by gently removing build-up and detoxifying the scalp of all the (often harmful) components contained in shampoos.

Apple cider vinegar restores the pH of the skin and seals the cuticle of your hair.

You can prepare the amount of shampoo needed according to your hair length, always keeping the proportion indicated in the recipe.

Although baking soda should not replace your daily shampoo, it can be an effective weekly care or natural alternative when your hair needs a cleansing treatment.

And remember that everyone’s hair is unique, and the most important thing is to find the products and methods that work for you.

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