How to Make a Base for Shampoo Without Lye for Kids

For parents, the safety of their children is paramount. But some parents don’t realize that creating a homemade lye-based shampoo is potentially dangerous. According to the University of Florida Extension, lye is a caustic ingredient that is also used in oven cleaners. Create a safe, natural base for a child’s shampoo that is customizable and won’t irritate his sensitive scalp and hair.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup castile soap
  • Cheese grater
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Microwave oven
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1 tbsp. organic vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable glycerin oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped herbs
  • Empty shampoo bottle or airtight container


    • 1

      Grate one-half cup of castile soap with a cheese grater. Pour the grated soap into a microwave-safe bowl.

    • 2

      Melt the castile soap in the microwave oven on high heat for 30 seconds. Stir the soap and continue to heat it on high for 15-second increments until it is completely melted.

    • 3

      Allow the castile soap to cool slightly and add one-half cup distilled water, 1 tbsp. organic vegetable oil and 1 tbsp. vegetable glycerin oil.

    • 4

      Stir the ingredients until they are well-incorporated. Add one-half cup finely chopped herbs, including lavender, lemon grass, orange peel or patchouli.

    • 5

      Stir the homemade shampoo and store in a clean, empty shampoo bottle or airtight container.

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