Baking soda in a glass bowl with one spoon

Going gray is a part of growing old for a lot of people, and because of that many people try to avoid going gray for as long as possible. The market for hair cleaning and maintaining products is huge, not to mention all the dyes and other products for use after graying has set in. Washing your hair with baking soda may not prevent gray hair, but it can help keep your hair looking and feeling healthy for longer while having a low environmental impact. Washing your hair with baking soda can also get rid of white hair discoloration, which occurs when white or gray hair begins to turn a brassy, off-yellow color.

How to Prevent Gray Hair With Baking Soda

Wash your hair with baking soda. Washing your hair with baking soda is a good way to remove dirt and grease without putting a lot of unnecessary chemicals into your hair and your body. First, rinse your hair well with hot water to get out any easily disposed of dirt and grease. Next mix one teaspoon of baking soda with one cup of water. You want to be pretty conscientious of this ratio - if you use too much baking soda your hair might dry out. Start scrubbing your hair with the mixture. Since you are using baking soda there won't be any of that familiar lather that shampoos produce, but your scalp should begin to tingle a bit with a feeling of cleanliness. Rinse your hair after a few minutes.

Try not to use the baking soda every day as it may lighten your hair over time. It's best to wash with baking soda between one and three times a week, using hot water to wash your hair during anytime in between.

Wash your hair with baking soda to prevent white hair discoloration. White hair discoloration occurs when white hair starts to turn a brassy yellow color due to too much exposure to sunlight, excessive dryness, or a number of other causes.

Washing your white hair with baking soda will not only help naturally remove any unflattering discoloration, but it will also often add a healthy-looking shine to white or gray hair.

Wash your hair with vinegar and/or lemon juice. Vinegar and lemon juice produce similar effects to baking soda when used on hair. Mixing a teaspoon of vinegar or a teaspoon of lemon juice (or lime juice) with a cup of water and washing your hair is a good addition to the use of baking soda.


  • There's nothing wrong with going gray; in fact, some people prefer it. It can even add an element of sophistication or worldliness to your demeanor. So don't stress about it--especially since excessive stress is believed to be a cause of gray hair.