Soap Grows On Trees! Using Soapberries For A Natural Shampoo

by Texas Homesteader ~

I have a super-smart friend from whom I always learn oh-so-much. Recently we were at a luncheon together & she mentioned that she uses soapberries for shampoo – no conditioner required.

She puts dried soapberries in water and lets them sit for about 6 weeks before she removes the berries. Then she adds a bit of baking soda and uses it to clean her hair.

Well color me intrigued! I found a Soapberry Tree on our property several years ago. So I decided to give it a try.

Using Soapberries for a natural shampoo is easy on your hair and easy on your budget. It's true - soap really DOES grow on trees! #TexasHomesteader

Making A Quart Of Soapberry Soap

So I took about 4 dried soapberries and put them in a quart jar filled with filtered water. For future batches I think I’ll be using Harvested Rainwater.  And I plan to infuse fresh mint and/or rosemary with my rainwater too.

Using Soapberries for a natural shampoo is easy on your hair and easy on your budget. It's true - soap really DOES grow on trees! #TexasHomesteader

Every now & then when I walked by that jar I’d swirl the soapberries in the water. My friend told me to let them sit that way, swirling them occasionally for about 6 weeks.

Making Soapberry Shampoo

When the liquid was infused and tan colored, I mixed up my shampoo in a repurposed plastic bottle with a squirt-top lid. You know, because, glass in the shower makes me nervous!

Using Soapberries for a natural shampoo is easy on your hair and easy on your budget. It's true - soap really DOES grow on trees! #TexasHomesteader

For each cup of infusion I added a teaspoon of baking soda. I mixed up enough to fit in my repurposed bottle.  A quick shake and then I placed the bottle in the shower to give ‘er a try.

Using My Soapberry Shampoo

Now this ‘shampoo’ doesn’t foam up like the commercial stuff. So when it was time to use it I first wet my hair down. I used a small squirt on each side of my head as I massaged it into my scalp and a small squirt from the back too. I let it sit in my hair while I showered, then rinsed it all out at the end.

How Did It Work For My Hair?

My hair is super fine, board straight and dry. So I typically wash my hair every 2-3 days to keep it from drying out more. This soapberry shampoo didn’t require me to wash more frequently. Yea!

The first thing I noticed was that my hair seemed to be a bit heavier, which worked well for me. You see, when my hair is shampooed with the commercial stuff it tends to make it too light and fly-away. I liked the difference in the feel, almost thicker.

But my hair also feels heavier when it’s time to shampoo because I’ve got accumulated oils in it. So I was worried that the heavier feel meant it looked dirty or greasy. But that wasn’t the case, and I didn’t notice my hair looking greasy at all. This is the 2nd day after shampooing.

Using Soapberries for a natural shampoo is easy on your hair and easy on your budget. It's true - soap really DOES grow on trees! #TexasHomesteader

I also noticed a much softer feel to my hair than with the commercial shampoo. Something I really enjoy.

So for the foreseeable future I’ll be using my soapberry shampoo. I can’t wait until late in the year when I can harvest more soapberries!

Gail Offered These Soapberry Tips:
Once you get used to the very low foam, you’ll love soapberry shampoo. Natural saponin doesn’t behave like lab created soaps, the marketers have convinced people that huge amounts of bubble means clean. It means drying out your scalp and stripping your hair of natural oil, so they add oils, and sell conditioners. It also means wasting water, since you have to use so much to rinse the gunk out of your hair. And we won’t go into the damage it does to the environment…

Soapberries clean everything well.

SHAMPOO: 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to a pint makes a great shampoo (NOTE: I use 1 teaspoon per cup of prepared soapberry infusion instead ~TxH~)

LAUNDRY: 1/4 cup of soapberry liquid with 1 tablespoon each of borax and washing soda takes care of laundry

CLEANER: 1 pint of soapberry plus 1 tablespoon white vinegar takes care of windows, dishes, floors, and countertops.

All you need to clean everything in your world is cheap and safe. White vinegar, borax, baking soda, washing soda, hydrogen peroxide and soapberries!

~TxH~

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