My daily shampoo routine is one of the first things that I’ve managed to make completely zero waste since I began my journey in January 2018.

It has involved a little trial and error, however, after trying this method for a number of days without switching back to my old shampoo, I feel that it’s working.

I do have sensitive skin and scalp, and so this was a great reason for me to switch to a completely natural way of washing my hair (in addition to it being much better for the environment of course!). I also have oily hair, and so over the years I’ve found that finding a shampoo that works for me is a case of trial and error. Whether our hair is dry, oily, normal or sensitive, not all shampoos work for everyone, and so you may have found the same thing.

I decided to try some shampoo bars. The ones I have tried so far have been made from all natural ingredients, and don’t include chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS). If you’d like to find out more about SLS, there are many resources on the internet, including this one here.

Some of the shampoo bars that I’d been trying had after 2-3 days left my hair feeling more oily than the bottled shampoo that I’d been using for a number of years. I found that I’d use the bar for a couple of days, and then switch back to my usual bottled shampoo for 1-2 days. Although this was an improvement in reducing my plastic waste, I wanted to find a better solution.

You may know from a previous post, that one of the changes I’d made over the last 5 months was to switch to natural cleaning ingredients. One of those ingredients was baking soda / bicarbonate of soda. I appreciate that you may think this sounds unusual since we’re used to buying our cleaning products from the supermarkets. When I first looked into the idea I also thought it sounded unusual. Once I’d had some time to think about it, I decided to give it a go. After all, what had I to lose?

My new zero waste shampoo routine includes just three things:

  1. 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda / bicarbonate of soda
  2. All natural shampoo bar (e.g. available from here, here or here)
  3. A hairbrush


What I do is this:

  1. Wet my hair, and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of baking soda onto a hairbrush
  2. Brush my hair from the top down, making sure I’m also brushing the sides of my hair
  3. Sprinkle a second teaspoon of baking soda onto the brush, and brush through my hair again from underneath. This makes sure I don’t miss any patches.
  4. Leave for approx 2-3 minutes, and then wash it off.
  5. Use the shampoo bar as usual, leave for 2-3 minutes, and then wash off.

Simple! I use the baking soda every other day, as my hair is quite oily. Everyone’s hair is different. Might it be worth considering if you have oily hair too?


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Posted by:Leanne (@ecothriftylifestyle)

4 thoughts on “My Zero Waste Shampoo Routine

  1. Interesting. I’ve struggled over the years to find a good natural shampoo or just make one myself. Nothing has worked very well for me yet, but I’ve never tried baking soda. I’m going to give this a try!

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