DIY - Shampoo & Conditioner that cleans your shower too

halfling By halfling, 1st Sep 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Make your own simple and cheap shampoo and conditioner. Reduce chemicals you use on your body, save money, and keep your shower clean at the same time!! Even works on oily and dandruff prone hair.

Shampoo

Step 1) Get a cheap plastic container and mark where 1 cup is or get a cheap 1 cup measuring cup for liquids.
Step 2) Get a 1-1/2 Cup or bigger plastic container with a lid (doesn't have to have a lid but it helps)
Step 3) Add 1 level Tablespoon of baking sodato the container in step 2 (I get my baking soda in the bulk food section to keep it cheap)
Step 4) When you are in the shower add 1 cup of warm shower water to the baking soda (using your measuring device from step 1)
Step 5) Mix the "shampoo" by either putting the lid on and shaking or stirring well with your fingers
Step 6) Pour over your head and rub into scalp and hair, try not to get it in your eyes
Step 7) Rinse

Conditioner

Step 1) Get a cheap plastic container and mark where 1 cup is or get a cheap 1 cup measuring cup for liquids.
Step 2) Get a 1-1/2 Cup or bigger plastic container with a lid (doesn't have to have a lid but it helps)
Step 3) Add 1 level Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the container in step 2 (Find one that doesn't include caramel coloring - yuck)
Step 4) When you are in the shower add 1 cup of warm shower water to the apple cider vinegar (using your measuring device from step 1)
Step 5) Mix the "conditioner" by either putting the lid on and shaking or stirring well with your fingers
Step 6) Pour over your head and rub into scalp and hair, try not to get it in your eyes
Step 7) Rinse

Other notes

We have found that some people can go every other day and others need to do this every day to keep their scalp happy (both my husband and I have long hair and have been happy for the month we have been doing this).

For my younger kids (age 6 and 8) I put the mix in spray bottles for them labelled #1 and #2 so they just shake, spray and rinse. They both have shorter hair so this works for them and helps to keep it out of their eyes.

We noticed that our shower is cleaner due to the natural cleaning properties of baking soda and vinegar, a nice side effect and another cost savings for us.

Tags

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Clean, Cleaning, Cleaning House, Cleaning Tips, Cleansers, Conditioner, Diy, Shampoo, Vinegar

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author avatar halfling
I am a busy mother of two school aged children. I have a great husband and work full time. I am an Excel and Internet addict, I also play RPGs, sew costuming and work in my yard.

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author avatar dak
17th Sep 2010 (#)


Thanks for sharing; I prefer natural remedies; good information.

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author avatar halfling
17th Sep 2010 (#)

Not a problem, we have been trying to reduce both chemicals and costs in our house for an all over better life. I have been using this for over a month and really like what it has done for my hair. Now I wash it every other day and it is less tangly then before.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
7th Apr 2011 (#)

Great article, we use bicarbonate of soda for everything and have used it for hair. Ordinary white grape vinegar or some lemon juice is also a good conditioner as it restores the Ph.Thank you

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author avatar philpalm
7th Jun 2013 (#)

People who use vinegar vs the Kangen water folks, why go for Kangen water when you can just add vinegar to your water you can say to the pesky Kangen water folks.

Apple cider vinegar is way better than the plain white vinegar. However my friend does have a preference for the rice vinegar for his foods. It is too expensive to use on his head I suppose.

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