Friday, May 27, 2011

Baking Soda "Shampoo" Recipe

This recipe is super simple and only takes a minute or two to make. When I was researching before starting the 'no poo' plan I found two ways to make the baking soda mixture. One way was to make a paste, mixing a little bit of water with a couple of tablespoons of baking soda. That's great and all and works for some people but truth be told I am lazy so I wanted something I could make every once in awhile.

The recipe is a simple ratio:

1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
1 Cup water

Pour into a container with a lid and shake. You will not be able to see the baking soda, it will fully dissolve in the water. Store in shower and shake before each use. I usually make about 2 cups at a time because that is how large my container is and it lasts a good couple of weeks. I store my mixture in an old water bottle with a squeeze top (works well to apply the mixture to my head).


-Wet hair in shower
-Flip head upside down so hair is hanging down
-Pour small amount of baking soda mixture onto head targeting scalp
-Gently massage the mixture into scalp and hair (as you massage the baking soda should get mixed into all of your hair)
-Let sit for a minute or two
-Rinse out

This is how I have been using my baking soda mixture and it seems to be working well. I have noticed that a small amount goes a long way. I squirt only a few spots and then massage that little bit into all of my hair.

Everyone's hair is different so you may have to adjust the amount of baking soda depending on your hair type and length. I have shoulder length fine hair.

If your hair is too dry decrease baking soda, if it seems oily increase baking soda. The oil level or dryness of your hair also depends on the apple cider vinegar "conditioning" mix (will post recipe).

Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions, I will happily try to answer them.


  1. What type of baking soda is best to use?

  2. I use Arm & Hammer pure baking soda. Baking soda has a history of containing aluminum which is not something you want to put into your body. Most companies have stopped using it I believe, but if you get PURE baking soda there should be no aluminum in it. So if it is pure you should be safe but there are organic baking sodas out there that you could use if you want, however, non organic is probably less expensive. I am unsure if the brand will make a difference in your hair but you want just baking soda, nothing else. Hope this helps!