How to get rid of dandruff using aspirin

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How to get rid of dandruff using aspirin
Dandruff can be an embarrassing and annoying condition. (Allison Michael Orenstein/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Dandruff is an uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing scalp condition that involves shedding white, dead skin cells that have been trapped on the scalp by scalp oils. This itchy condition can be aggravated by extreme weather, which is why many people tend to suffer from dandruff in the winter months. Rather than tend to the shower of white flakes all over your shoulders with commercial dandruff shampoos or products, you can alleviate symptoms with an at-home remedy that uses aspirin.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1 tbsp shampoo
  • Bowls
  • 8 aspirin tablets
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Spoon

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  1. 1

    Pour 1 tbsp of your normal shampoo into a bowl. Crush two aspirin tablets with a mortar and pestle, then add the crushed aspirin to your shampoo. Stir the two ingredients until mixed well.

    How to get rid of dandruff using aspirin
    Use a mortar and pestle to crush aspirin without making a mess. (grey mortar and pestle image by David Smith from
  2. 2

    Drop six aspirin tablets into another bowl filled with a cup of warm water. Allow the aspirin tablets to dissolve in the warm water, stirring occasionally to blend. Set the aspirin-and-water mixture aside for use after you shampoo.

  3. 3

    Shampoo your hair with the aspirin-and-shampoo mixture. Pay particular attention to areas that seem itchy or irritated by dandruff. Allow the aspirin shampoo to sit on your scalp and hair for a few minutes to soothe and relieve dandruff.

  4. 4

    Rinse the shampoo from your hair using warm water. Allow the water to run through your hair and over your scalp for a few minutes more than normal to remove all the aspirin and shampoo.

  5. 5

    Massage the aspirin water into your scalp. Continue to apply the solution and massage it in for a few minutes, then allow it to sit so it's in contact with your scalp for a total of 10 minutes.

    How to get rid of dandruff using aspirin
    Crushed aspirin helps relieve dandruff. (tablet tablets medicine image by Pali A from
  6. 6

    Rinse your hair thoroughly to remove the aspirin solution. Towel-dry your hair.

Tips and warnings

  • Rinse hair with a diluted apple cider solution to help relieve dandruff.
  • Itchy, flaky skin on the scalp may indicate another scalp condition, such as sebboria. If your scalp doesn't respond to dandruff treatments, see a dermatologist.

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