Frugal Living: How to Make Your Own Shampoo

Posted: 03/27/12 12:00 PM (Modified: 09/19/12 1:11 PM)

As you've probably noticed, we have been making a lot of things around here! Check out our Frugal Living page for tons of great recipes. A few weeks ago, someone requested a homemade shampoo recipe on our facebook fan page. For a simple recipe, you can easily just mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 8oz of hot water for a quick and easy shampoo...not to mention cheap.

However, if you want to dress it up a bit, check out the recipe below.

{Ingredients}

1/3 Cup Castile Soap (You can get this at health food stores)

1/4 Cup Coconut Milk

1/2 tsp of Vegetable Oil or Olive Oil

Directions:  Mix the ingredients together and pour it into a squirt bottle or even an old shampoo bottle. The bottles below were only .49 each, they're great for this. Be sure to get the ingredients correct, too much coconut milk or oil and you will end up with oily hair.

It only takes about a teaspoon of this mixture to wash your hair, much less than conventional shampoo.

You'll find using organic Castile soap does not necessarily make this recipe frugal. If you're trying to save money, go with 1 TBS of baking soda and 1 cup of hot water. However, if you want a nice shampoo that is free of chemicals then use this recipe. The Castile soap was $6 for Dr. Bronner's and I bought a citrus scent which was great. The coconut milk will run close to $3 at most stores.

I love that it is free of harsh chemicals and smelled great too!

{Related Posts}

Frugal Living: Make Your Own Terrarium

Creating a Vegetable Container Garden

Frugal Living: How to Make Your Own Dish Soap

Old to new | New to old
Comments, page 1 of 3 1 2 3 Next »
Mar 27, 2012 12:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dr. Bronner's castile soap (which you pictured) can also be found in Target in the cosmetics section!

Mar 27, 2012 12:58 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How much of the coconut milk is in this? It doesn't say.

Mar 27, 2012 01:01 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I have read through this several times....how much coconut milk do you use? Thank you! =)

Mar 27, 2012 01:01 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I have read through this several times....how much coconut milk do you use? Thank you! =)

Mar 27, 2012 01:02 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I just added it above!! Sorry, not sure how I left that out!

Mar 27, 2012 07:13 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Did you feel a need for conditioner? I've been using just Dr. Bronner's for shampoo, then following with their rinse (EXPENSIVE, but disastrous results without). Wondering if I could use this recipe then follow with Apple Cider Vinegar, or is it needed?

Mar 27, 2012 09:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How long does this last for? Do you have to refrigerate it because of the coconut milk? I would really like to try this but would like to know how long it will last for. I thought that since you used large bottles it lasted for a while. Thanks! rebekahbethany@gmail.com

Mar 28, 2012 08:25 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I did feel the need for conditioner personally, but maybe that is just because I like the feel of conditioner. I've seen others use it with the apple cider vinegar rinse so that would probably work well.

It lasts for a month and no, you don't need to refrigerate it. Coconut milk is not like cow's milk, it does just find out of the fridge. :)

-Sarah

Mar 28, 2012 06:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I just found Cocomut Milk @ Dollar Tree ;)

Apr 2, 2012 04:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I still think this is a pretty frugle recipie. You use so little of the soap, and can make so many batches out of a single bottle. I mean there is a bit of sticker shock at first, but in the long run I think it is at least comparible if not a bit cheaper.

Comments, page 1 of 3 1 2 3 Next »
Add your comment:
Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement