Homemade Dry Shampoo for Camping

Homemade Dry Shampoo for CampingWashing your hair on a camping trip can present a bit of a challenge if you do not have access to running water. Instead of packing along bottles of shampoo that can break and ooze all over the contents of your pack, whip up a batch of dry shampoo. This powder works by absorbing grease on your scalp and is then brushed away to leave your hair looking and feeling clean and fresh.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Baking soda
  • Ziploc bag
  • Essential oil
  • Cocoa (optional)
Step 1
Pour 1 cup of baking soda into a sandwich size Ziploc bag. Cornstarch can be used in place of baking soda, or you can combine equal amounts of baking soda and cornstarch.
Step 2
Add approximately 10 drops of essential oil to the baking soda. Choose any type of essential oil you like to add fragrance to your dry shampoo.
Step 3
Seal the bag tightly, and knead it with your fingers to blend the oil into the baking soda.
Step 4
Pack the dry shampoo along with your other toiletries.
Step 5
Use the shampoo by working approximately 1/4 cup of the mixture into your hair and rubbing it onto your scalp. Work the shampoo through your hair, and allow it to rest on your head for a few minutes before brushing your hair thoroughly to remove the shampoo.

Tips & Warnings

Add 1 tbsp. of unsweetened cocoa powder to the baking soda if you have dark hair. This will turn the dry shampoo a light brown color and prevent the baking soda from leaving a white residue on your hair.

Article Written By Kittie McCoy

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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