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By now, everyone knows that commercial shampoos on the market contain harsh chemicals that can harm you. These chemicals and harsh detergents are also used as engine degreasers and deicing fluid and can cause allergic reactions on your skin. So what do you do for shampoo? Make your own!
Watch this video from Mother Earth Living Magazine for a great homemade shampoo recipe. Here are the basic ingredients:
Basic Homemade Shampoo Recipe
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup liquid castile soap ( you can find Dr Bronner’s liquid castile soap here)
- ½ teaspoon olive oil for moisturizing benefits (omit if you have oily hair)
Measure the water, castile soap and olive oil into a measuring cup.
Pour the mixture into a clean empty shampoo bottle, cap and shake.
It is now ready to use as you would any normal shampoo. Focus on shampooing your scalp.
Follow up with an apple cider vinegar rinse. And then rinse with plain water. Your hair will not smell like vinegar.
Instead of the water, use ¼ cup herbal tea
- For light colored hair—use chamomile tea
- For dark colored hair—use lavender tea or mint tea to energize your early morning showers
You can also add a few drops of essential oils to the shampoo. Mountain Rose Herbs care essential oils that are therapeutic grade and pure.
- Sweet orange
- Tea tree oil for a power boost—fights and treats dandruff
Other uses for Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap: “To simplify and enjoy life more, dilute 1/2oz. or 2 squirts of this pure castile soap with 2 gallons or sinkful hot water, then towel massage a facial pack, then wring towel out and fingertip massage your hair and scalp. Enjoy the creamy emollient lather on baby, bath, beach, body, dentures, deodorant, shaving, aftershave-silk-wool-pets-diapers-car-hand and foot soap.”