How To Get Rid Of Dandruff Using Baking Soda? June 21, 2017

Imagine this scenario — You brush your hair and see pesky white flakes fall out of your hair. What is your immediate reaction? You wish you can scream your lungs out for help, but it’s already too late. Well, don’t panic just yet! Dandruff might be difficult to get rid of, but it is definitely not impossible. With proper and regular care, dandruff can be eliminated once and for all.

Some of the best dandruff remedies are found right in the kitchen. Would you have ever imagined finding baking soda to be listed as a potential among the various home remedies for dandruff? Well, it is a fact baking soda is a fantastic remedy for dandruff. You will soon learn why.

It is easily available at most grocers and costs a lot less than most over-the-counter dandruff shampoos and is more effective than them. Anyways, most shampoos in the market are loaded with chemicals and do more harm than good. Ask those who use baking soda to rinse their hair, and they will vouch that this is a healthy and safe alternative to just about any conditioner or shampoo in the market.

So how effective is this baking soda for dandruff? Read on to know!

Is Baking Soda Good For Dandruff?

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Baking soda cleans the scalp and helps get rid of the dandruff flakes in just a few uses. Here are the benefits of using baking soda for dandruff –

  • Baking soda removes the excess sebum produced by the scalp. It helps wash off the oil and grease on your hair leaving your hair clean yet soft.
  • It is a natural antiseptic; hence it treats the fungal infection that is causing dandruff.
  • Using baking soda religiously will also calm your scalp, and it will produce less oil. This is because it balances the pH of the scalp.
  • It does not dry up your hair extensively and is soothing for the irritated and itchy scalp.
  • It can be used as a dry shampoo because of its oil-absorbing quality (1, 2, 3).

Baking soda sitting on your kitchen shelf can indeed be the key to a flake-free and healthy scalp. You can use it by just adding 2-3 tablespoons of it to a cup of lukewarm water. Mix this well and apply this onto your scalp. Massage gently and leave it on for a minute or two. You can then shampoo your hair as usual.

Apart from using it solely, you can add a variety of ingredients to baking soda and make an even more potent remedy for dandruff. Find below details of these effective combinations.

[ Read: Can Dandruff Cause Hair Loss? ]

How To Use Baking Soda For Dandruff?

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar And Baking Soda
  2. Lemon And Baking Soda
  3. Olive Oil And Baking Soda
  4. Coconut Oil And Baking Soda
  5. Baking Soda And Tea Tree Oil

No More Dandruff With These Baking Soda Remedies

1. Apple Cider Vinegar And Baking Soda For Dandruff

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You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the two ingredients together and apply on the scalp.
  2. Massage for a minute or two.
  3. Rinse your hair with cool water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week.

Why This Works

The acidity of the apple cider vinegar balances the alkalinity of the baking soda. This combination works in conjunction to balance the scalp’s pH and also works as antimicrobial agents against the fungus (4).

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2. Lemon And Baking Soda For Dandruff

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
What You Have To Do
  1. Make a thin paste out of the ingredients listed and apply on the scalp.
  2. Massage it in and leave it on for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Wash your hair with cool water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week.

Why This Works

Lemon juice is a natural astringent and kills the fungus causing dandruff (5).

[ Read: Tips To Get Rid Of Dandruff Permanently ]

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3. Olive Oil And Baking Soda For Dandruff

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Lightly warm up the olive oil and add it to the egg yolk. To this, add the baking soda powder and mix well.
  2. Apply this hair pack on the scalp and let it sit for about 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water first and then with cool water.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this twice a week for quick relief from dandruff.

Why This Works

While the baking soda removes excess oil and grime and eliminates the fungal infection, olive oil conditions the scalp and locks in moisture (6). The dryness associated with dandruff will be gone in a few applications. The egg yolk in this hair pack also conditions the scalp as well as the hair giving it a natural shine (7).

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4. Coconut Oil And Baking Soda For Dandruff

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You Will Need
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the baking soda and honey to the coconut oil and mix well.
  2. Apply this on the scalp and leave it on for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Rinse your hair as usual.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this hair mask twice a week.

Why This Works

Coconut oil is an emollient and humectant. It alleviates the dryness and itchiness from the scalp and keeps it moisturized (8, 9). Honey also works similarly while also possessing antioxidants that help reverse the damage caused by free radicals (10).

[ Read: Best Dandruff Solutions ]

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5. Baking Soda And Tea Tree Oil For Dandruff

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You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Few drops of tea tree oil
  • 1/2 cup water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix everything together and apply on the scalp.
  2. Rinse your hair after 15 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week until you get relief from dandruff.

Why This Works

Tea tree oil kills bacteria, fungi, and even viruses with its antimicrobial components (11). Adding it to your baking soda routine will quicken up the process of killing the scalp fungus and giving you dandruff-free hair.

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Caution

Baking soda is alkaline in nature, so do not get alarmed if your hair looks bad after the first wash. A few washes after, your hair will be healthier than ever, and you will see that it does not fall like before.

These baking soda combinations will help you to get rid of dandruff easily and quickly. They also aid in counteracting hair fall and other dandruff related issues like dryness/oiliness and itching sensation. Once these conditions are brought under control, your scalp resumes healthy hair growth.

There is one thing to keep in mind when gearing up to fight dandruff that none of these cures are miracle cures. You would require a little bit of patience to see results. The best way to fight dandruff is to keep fighting until it gives up and runs away for good.

Have you ever used baking soda for dandruff? Share your experiences with us in the comments section.

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