10 Shampoo Alternatives You can Find Right in Your Pantry


Shampoo didn’t become a standard on our bathroom shelves until the 20th century. Before that, people relied on good-old soap, made of different natural cleansers. Unfortunately, soap doesn’t work well in the mineral-heavy water that we use. Yet, shampoo has a lot of weighty disadvantages that often make us look for better options.

1. Baking soda

At first, you might find this tip to be a little jarring. Baking soda in your hair? Don’t worry, baking soda is actually a natural exfoliant, which means it can remove dead skin cells and dirt, reduce excess oil, and help rid your scalp of scaliness and itching. All in all, it gently detoxes your hair.

  • Recipe: Use 1 tablespoon of baking soda for 1 cup of water. Thick and curly hair may need more soda, while thin and dry hair may need less. Pour it into the bottle and shake until the soda dissolves. Squeeze the mixture onto your wet hair and rub it in, starting at the roots.

2. Apple cider vinegar

Due to apple cider vinegar’s acidity, it slows down the growth of yeast that often leads to hair loss. It also provides essential minerals and vitamins to support shine, strength, and smoothness, helps to maintain hair color, and adjusts the hair’s pH balance.

  • Recipe: Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water in a bottle and shake it. Pour it onto your hair after you’ve washed it, and then rinse it thoroughly.

3. Egg yolk

Cracking eggs on the head sounds borderline insane, doesn’t it? Yet eggs are full of protein and vitamins that your hair will totally love. Eggs act as a surfactant, getting the dirt out along the length of your hair. It also works as a conditioner for dry hair. Overall, it will leave your hair soft, clean, and shiny.

  • Recipe: Beat an egg in a bottle by shaking it. Get in the shower and pour the entire egg on your wet hair. Leave it on for 1-3 minutes and then wash it off with cool water.