Looking for biodegradable (or better) shampoo, bar or liquid.

  • Looking for biodegradable (or better) shampoo, bar or liquid.

    Posted by Hippocrates_Garden on September 18, 2022 at 2:40 am

    Any soap/shampoo makers here?
    I’m looking for a source, mainly of shampoo, liquid, or bar that is biodegradable, and suitable for going into the greywater system. Figured I’d start with the community before going to Azure or another aggregator.

    I’ve made some basic soap, but haven’t tried shampoo yet. (yeah, I know I can use regular basic soap for the hair as well)

    Squashmania replied 1 year, 2 months ago 8 Members · 8 Replies
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  • c563

    September 18, 2022 at 2:52 am

    I use a dry shampoo, equal amounts of ground: barley, turmeric, cacao & cinnamon. I have short hair, so I just use about a tablespoon of the mix on my hand, get it wet in the shower and rub it all over my hair and scalp. Leave it in while I finish showering and then rinse it out. It cleans my hair, makes my coarse hair soft and gives my aging hair a little redish blond tint:)

    • Hippocrates_Garden

      September 18, 2022 at 3:13 am

      Interesting, not sure I want my hair colored. I may have to delve back into my soapmaking resources and see if I can find something that will work, and give it a try. In a perfect world, it would be something for body and hair.

      Relooking at some of Brad Lancasters stuff, I thought I remembered he had two designations for such products. “Bio-degradable” which is not too hard to find, but just because it will degrade, does not mean it’s good for plantlife etc., and “Bio-compatible”, which is more likely what i’m looking for, but may be difficult to find. Bio-pak and Oasis have such products, but for laundry, regular soaps, general cleaners, nothing specifically for hair.

  • HoneysGarden

    September 18, 2022 at 9:42 am

    I’m surprised more people aren’t aware of this database. It’s been around for quite some time – put together by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the Skindeep Cosmetics Database lets you search by product to find out about the ingredients in your personal care products, ranks products by toxicity and enables you to find products with non-toxic formulations. https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

  • Dana-FantailValleyHomestead

    September 18, 2022 at 10:32 am

    we just use about 1/4 tsp of washing soda (also known as soda ash – it is white powder like baking soda but 100 times stronger) mixed with some warm water, then rinsed and followed by 1/8 c of vinegar diluted in warm water and then rinsed. I have done this for 6 years now and my hair has never been so soft and healthy.

    • Jen-in-Ok

      October 14, 2022 at 8:04 pm

      this is my basic hair care too. except i do use baking soda (about 1 tsp or so). you will definitely need to rinse with some vinegar water after to re-balance ph. between washes, I just rinse with vinegar/water. it works great for my naturaly greasy hair. it’s too drying for my mothers not-greasy hair. ymmv.

  • MaBear

    September 18, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Sunstone

    October 20, 2022 at 7:11 am

    Most simple is baking soda solution for shampoo, ACV solution for conditioner. You can also add essential oils for fragrance. Very small amount of tea tree oil added to the “shampoo” is especially good as I think it helps clean or exfoliate or something.

    But to be honest, the effort of mixing it is too time-consuming for me lately, so I’ve just been using goat milk bar soap from a small local business. If you can find a small batch soap maker, just check the ingredients and make sure you can identify every ingredient, and avoid any fragrances that don’t come from essential oils as anything labeled “fragrance” or “parfum” is likely toxic. If it’s a good locally made bar soap, there’s unlikely to be anything in there (other than the fragrance) that’s not safe to have in your greywater, even if you’re pouring it on your garden.

  • Squashmania

    January 22, 2023 at 9:26 pm

    Camp stores will carry biodegradable soap products for backpackers as well, but there are plenty of other good ideas on here before mine.

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