DIY Clarifying Shampoo

Apple Cider Vinegar DIY Clarifying Shampoo

Why make a DIY clarifying shampoo?

Last year I started down the DIY skincare product path and have learned how to make enough products to last me for some time without having to go to the store to buy items. It is extremely helpful now that we are under lock down when I live, as well as many other cities and countries around the world. 

I had no idea what clarifying shampoo was other than I knew that my hairdresser made me use it. I googled it when I didn’t feel like spending a lot of money on it anymore. What I found out is that most women or men need to use it at least occasionally if they want their hair to be soft and moisturized. Some more than others depending on your daily routine. I use it once a week or once every other week.

What does clarifying shampoo do?

It takes away all the buildup and dirt that sits in your hair from using too much hair product, processing, working out regularly, coloring your hair, or that the shampoo and conditioner you usually use leaves after some time. It’s especially good if you have dry or course hair like mine.

I have found that the store-bought clarifying treatments that work for my hair are expensive. Some have even been harsher than they should be, so my hair color ends up looking the same, and my hair is dry. I’m moving to more natural products for my face, body, and hair, so I decided to try a DIY clarifying shampoo. So far I’ve found that my hair is moisturized and the color of the moment looks good (because who am I fooling, I don’t even remember what my natural hair color is anymore…my mom told it’s medium brown with red highlights).

Here’s an easy recipe for a clarifying shampoo you can try at home.

Apple cider vinegar mixture - DIY Clarifying Shampoo


  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 5 cups of warm water (warm water helps dissolve the baking soda)
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (Kevala brand is highly rated and 1/10 the price of store bought)


Spoon the baking soda into an empty cup and then add the warm water and the apple cider vinegar. Stir the ingredients together for a few minutes, and it’s ready to go.

To use

Massage the shampoo into your wet hair and your scalp for a few minutes. Leave it in for up to 15 minutes before rinsing it out.

Start using it once a week and if you find you need it less decrease it to twice a month and see how that works. Reduce it to once a month if you start changing up your routine like using less product or if you’re going more natural with your hair.

What works for my hair and others may not work for you. Have you tried it, or another natural shampoo you’ve found works for you?

For more DIY hair care tips, read our article Say Bye to Expensive Hair Products.

Check out our other articles for more DIY products to make at home.

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