Friday, September 17, 2010

Frugal tip friday - for your hair wash!

With all this frugal living happening, when I ran out of shampoo last night I knew if I thought hard enough I would come across a way to make my own! And, to my surprise I did! It is super easy and simple to make your own shampoo. I came across a few recipes that were just boil hot water, add soap pieces and you have shampoo! I went alittle further and added some handmade soap pieces and vegetable glycerin.

All you need to make your own shampoo and save the 5$-15$ you would spend on shampoo like this


1- 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin (available at any health food store and/or grocery store), 1/2 cup soap shavings from a good bar of soap (preferably all natural like Burts Bees or (my shameless plug) Olive your Beeswax.

First - place 2 cups water into pan and bring to boil. When the water starts boiling, turn down the heat to warm.

Next, you will want to take a bar of soap and carve off about a 1/2 cup of soap slivers. I would pick out a good bar, since this will be going on your hair.  After this, you can turn the heat up alittle hotter and mix the soap slivers into the water with a spoon. When it looks like the soap slivers and mostly dissolved, turn the heat off. (Very Important! I didn't and when I added the  vegetable glycerin, it overflowed and let's just say I was stuck for awhile cleaning the top of the stove, but I didn't need soap! :)) Turn off the heat and stir in 2 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin. Let sit until the mixture cools.
Finally, take out an old body wash or shampoo bottle that you have washed out and add mixture.  I used an old Bath and Body Works body wash bottle, its nice because it has a little spout opener at the top that lets me control how much is coming out at once! I used this last night and it works great. Alittle more liquidy than regular shampoo, but it works! And you have made your own shampoo!


  1. Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog via Keepin' Company Thursdays. I am now a follower of yours. Thanks for the tutorial on how to make shampoo. I didn't even think about ever doing that, but will have to try it out now.

  2. Loved this blog-- and that picture was hilarious w/ the shampoo hair! haha I like how you write about actual things you've tried.

    I heard about the tornado around NYC. Were you guys affected by it all? Know it's a big city but I wasn't sure where you were in location to it.

    Hope you have a great day!

  3. Hi I am Nicole from I found you on a blog hop and wanted to drop by and say hi. I really like your blog, and am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance.

  4. Could you add a scent to it like you do with the body soaps?

    I love Sea Island Cotton(hehe)


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