How to make whitening shampoo

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How to make whitening shampoo
Both pets and their humans can benefit from whitening shampoo. (whie hair woman and white cat image by Xavier MARCHANT from

Whether you are interested in whitening shampoo for yourself or for your pet, it can be very expensive to buy, and there is no way to really know what is in the formula you are buying. Whitening shampoo is used to brighten white fur or hair. It does this by removing yellow or greenish discolourations. Some whitening shampoos use bleach or a substance called "bluing." Both of these ingredients can be irritating to skin, so it is worthwhile to make your own whitening shampoo from less harmful ingredients.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 650ml liquid dish detergent (Ivory or Dove brands)
  • 59.1ml glycerine
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 gallon container (empty)
  • Wooden spoon
  • Shampoo bottle (empty)

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  1. 1

    Add 624gr of Ivory or Dove dish detergent, 59.1ml of glycerine and 2 cups of white vinegar together into a 1 gallon container. You can get glycerine at any drug or health food store.

  2. 2

    Add enough water to the mixture to fill the 1-gallon container.

  3. 3

    Use the wooden spoon to stir until your shampoo is thoroughly mixed.

  4. 4

    Fill an empty shampoo bottle with your homemade whitening shampoo. Seal the 1 gallon container, and store it in a dry location until you need to refill your shampoo bottle. Use the whitening shampoo as you would any other shampoo, although you will likely not need to use it every day.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful not to get shampoo into your eyes or into the eyes of your pet.
  • Do not allow animals to lick shampoo from their fur or from their whiskers.

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