Top 15-Homemade Shampoo Recipes


Make Your Own Shampoo Video (9 minutes) 


I wrote about shampoo and the harmful ingredients to the environment. I think the average consumer has been ‘Hair Washed’ into thinking that their products are the absolute best- you and your hair will be healthier.  I wonder what happened to the day, when I used to condition my hair with mayonaisse and avocados? How did I get sucked into thinking that more expensive is better? If you look at all these products they proudly announce ‘Now With Baking Soda’. When did we get away from using baking soda as a primary cleanser?

Reality Check: 

  • Healthy Humans have existed millions of years without expensive hair care products.

Are we as consumers so insecure as to not believe what we know what works and believe ad’s instead? 

Our excuses- We don’t have the time or energy to use. How much time, energy and money is spent putting a little baking soda and water together? 

The Green Savings Effect: 

  • Making your own shampoo will save you money 
  • Making your own shampoo will reduce toxins in the environment 
  • Making your own shampoo will eliminate needless packaging going into landfills
  • Making your own shampoo will save enormous amounts of energy in the manufacturing and shipping process. 

Homemade Shampoo Recipes 

#1) Soap Flakes, Water and Oil 

  • 1 empty bottle
  • 3 cups of soap flakes (which you can get almost anywhere)
  • Water
  • Essential Oil of Lavender
  • Essential Oil of Rosemary 

Directions:  Mix the soap flakes with the water and then add 4 drops of each oil.

#2) Baking Soda and water 

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda mixed well with one cup of warm water 

#3) White Vinegar and Water 

  • White vinegar, use 9 parts water & 1 part vinegar. Put it in a squeeze bottle & keep it in the shower, after washing just squeeze some all over my scalp & squeeze the excess liquid out & towel dry as usual. It is a really great way to help multiple problems.

#4) Baking Soda and Avocado 

  •  Avocado, and some baking soda. Mash them together with a little bit of water to make a paste. Rinse your hair with warm water first, then apply the paste and rinse it out with cold water. Unbelievable soft hair!

#5) Tea, Soap Flakes, Glycerin 

  • 4 bags chamomile tea, 4 tblsp pure soap flakes, 1-1/2 tblsp glycerin
  • boil tea in 1-1/2 cup water, let cool then add other stuff shampoo as usual

#6.) Baking Soda and Vinegar 

  • Make a paste with baking soda and water, massage this into my scalp and rinse well. next spray a solution of one part cider vinegar to four parts water on to the ends of hair and again rinse well. cleans and detangles. 

#7 Hibiscus Shampoo

  • Take a bunch or hibiscus leaves and crush with a little water..keep crushing till you  soon notice the shuddiness. Apply the mixture to hair directly or strain through a strainer to get the bits and peices of leaves out. Add a few drops of your favorite food grade essential oil, I love peppermint! Tip: Make when your about to wash your hair because it doesn’t keep well.

#8) Egg and Lemon 

  • In a blender, combine 1-ounce olive oil, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and ½ -teaspoon apple cider vinegar. Use as regular shampoo. Always place leftovers in a labeled glass container and refrigerate. Use within 4 days

#9) Baking Soda, Water, Lemon Juice 

  • Wash hair with a very dilute baking soda and water mixture, then rinse with even more diluted lemon juice

#10) Egg Shampoo

  • For dry hair, whisk one egg yolk and slowly add 150 ml warm water when whisking. Massage through your hair and leave for several minutes, then rinse and pat dry.
  • For oily hair, whisk one egg white while slowing adding 150 ml warm water to it. Massage through your hair and leave for several minutes, then rinse and pat dry.

#11) Homemade Egg Shampoo

  • 1 organic egg, 1 teaspoon organic coconut oil, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon castile soap, 1/2 cup water or herbal tea, Drop of fragrant essential oil of your choice (optional)
  • Combine all in blender and whip until smooth. Shampoo with mixture using warm, not hot water for the shampoo and rinse. Store any remaining shampoo in the refrigerator for use the next day.
  • Take the yolks of two organic eggs, add the juice of two lemons, mix, and use instead of shampoo.

#12) Herbal Homemade Shampoo

  • 1/4 cup of your favourite herbal tea, strongly brewed, 8 oz liquid castile soap
  • Add soap to tea. Stir over low heat until well blended. Store in a capped bottle.

#13) Dry Shampoo

  • Take orris root, ground rosemary or arrowroot or a combination of any of them. Dry thoroughly in the oven, grind to a powder and brush though hair. The powder should take both grease and dirt with it.

#14) Chamomile Shampoo

  • Make a cup of hot chamomile tea by pouring boiling water over a dessertspoon of dried flowers and leaving it to steep for five minutes. Drain the tea off the flowers, add a teaspoon of grated soap (castille or vegetable soap) and an optional teaspoon of borax. Mix well. Use the whole cupful to wash your hair. Chamomile tea is a brightening rinse for fair hair.

#15) Castile Shampoo

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary  + lavender + 1 cup distilled water + 3/4 cup castile liquid soap or 20 drops lavender essential oil + 10 drops rosemary essential oil + 3/4 cup liquid Castile soap.
  • For the herbal option, simmer the herbs and water in a covered pan for 30 minutes. Stand overnight, if possible. Strain, pour back into the pan and simmer, covered, until reduced to 1/4 cup. Strain through coffee filter paper, add to the castile soap, mix and then bottle.
  • For the essential oil option, add the essential oils to the Castile soap and mix well. Up-end the bottle a couple of times before use.


Reviews and More Recipes 

Review from A The View From My Boots- she embarks on a Baking Soda and Vinegar Mix

Dissolve about 1 tablespoon of baking soda in just enough water to make a paste. Apply this to your roots only; work it in and let it sit for a minute.

In order to stimulate blood flow, clean your pores and get off built up grime, use your finger tips to scrub your scalp. Start by making a circle on the top of your head in the area you’d wear a crown. Focus on the back of this circle to begin with. Next, fill in the circle. This is where your part will be; grease here affects the way your hair looks. Trace while still scrubbing with your fingertips around the bottom edge of the circle. Keep making scrubbing circles underneath each one, drawing lines in circles around your head.

Lastly, scrub the back of your skull and your temples/sideburns. This will result in less grease and more growth. After doing this, your scalp will feel alive. Many women swear their hair grows faster after a visit to the salon — it does, and this massage method is why.

When scrubbing, you’re actually rubbing your fingers back and forth in short movements. Be gentle; you don’t want to break your hair. Next, pour about 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a cup and add water. (I keep two plastic 12-ounce cups in my shower and just mix when I get in.) After you rinse the baking soda out, pour the apple cider vinegar over the ends of your hair, let it sit for a minute and then rinse it out. That’s all there is to it!

Editor’s note: This Natural Living Des Moines Blog notes the following: “If you’re thinking about trying this method, be forewarned! Most people experience a week or two of “icky hair” while their scalp struggles to adjust to the new routine. I did not experience this transition time, but many do. If you can outlast this period, though, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful, all natural hair and scalp!”)

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  1. says

    A great set of recipes! Thanks

    I was telling a friend at the weekend about the benefits of using egg to condition your hair, and she told me a funny story.

    Her mum once put raw egg in her and then rinsed it out with hot water. Disaster!

    The egg cooked in her hair and left lots of spots of white everywhere. :-)

    Don’t let this put you off, but make sure you rinse with just warm water.


  2. says

    In your recipe titled #1 soap flakes, water, oil” you didn’t say how much water to add to the recipe. I’ve never made my own shampoo so I’m not sure if I should add 1c or 5cups. If you could let me know it would help me greatly.

    Thank You

  3. says

    When I have made my own soap- I tend to use more water than less- most of these you have to experiment with.

  4. says

    I have been making a few of my own recipes tailored to dryer curly hair. I review about them on my blog as well as post recipes for hair care and other home made ALL NATURAL products that save your skin and your bank account.

  5. says

    I made the shampoo #5 and wondered how could I make it a bit thicker so it would stay on my hand & not pour everywhere?
    These receipes are wonderful for some who are wanting to save money!

  6. Janice says

    Can you tell me where to get the pure soap flakes. I bought some but it doesn’t foam at all.



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