7 Home Remedies That Treats Dandruff


Dandruff is a common condition that causes itchy, white flakes of dry skin on your scalp.

This condition can be embarrassing and difficult to treat although mild dandruff can be treated with a gentle medicated shampoo.

Depending on its severity, it may be difficult to treat leading to embarrassment and low self-esteem.

Thankfully, there are some natural remedies that can be used at home to help treat dandruff.

Here are seven of them.

1. Baking soda

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Baking soda or baking powder as most people know acts as a scrub and exfoliates the scalp gently, without irritating it and removing dead skin cells. Exfoliation is essential to ensure there is no buildup of flakes on the scalp that make dandruff even more visible.

Baking soda, along with its exfoliation and anti-fungal properties, also soothes the scalp and reduces redness and itching.

You can simply add some baking soda to your shampoo while washing hair to derive its benefits.

How to use:

Add 2-3 tbsp of baking soda to a cup of lukewarm water. Mix well and apply it to your scalp. Massage gently and leave it on for a minute or two. You can then shampoo your hair as usual.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

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Rinsing your hair with vinegar (especially Apple Cider Vinegar or white vinegar) can be quite an effective way to treat dandruff because it actually addresses the root of the problem

Dandruff is the result of skins cells maturing and dying too fast, building up, and causing irritation. Vinegar will get rid of the unwanted skin that would flake off into dandruff, and it won’t clog up your pores or cause more. An overgrowth of fungus can also cause dandruff, and vinegar acts like a fungicide.

How to use:

Mix a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with water. After shampooing and conditioning, pour the mixture over your hair evenly, working into your scalp. Let it sit for a couple of minutes. Rinse it out.

3. Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil has antimicrobial and antifungal properties which can help in reducing and preventing dandruff.

How to use:

Heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and mix it with equal amounts of lemon juice. Massage your scalp gently with the mixture.

Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with shampoo.

4. Listerine

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Listerine, which is widely used as a mouthwash, has antifungal properties which help to treat dandruff thereby, restoring the health of your scalp. The key ingredients of Listerine are eucalyptol, thymol, methyl salicylate, and menthol, which have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. It not only treats dandruff but also reduces the irritation on your scalp and leaves it cool and refreshed.

How to use:

Take 2 tbsp of water and 2 tbsp of Listerine, pour them in a spray bottle and mix them together. Spray this onto your scalp after you are done with your shampoo and condition. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse your scalp with lukewarm water. Do this thrice a week for better results.

5. Aspirin

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Aspirin can help with more than just headaches, it’s also an easy at-home remedy for dandruff. Pure aspirin uses a large percentage of salicylic acid, which is an active ingredient in many commercial anti-dandruff shampoos.

How to use:

Crush two aspirin tablets to powder first and then add them to a capful of shampoo. Now use this mixture on your hair and scalp. Let it stay on for at least five minutes so that the aspirin does its work on eliminating dandruff. After this, wash your hair with water. If you feel your scalp has aspirin powder on it, wash it again thoroughly till it comes off completely.

6.  Tea Tree Oil

While excess oil can be a root cause of dandruff, some oils can still be helpful in keeping it under control. Tea tree oil has been used medicinally for centuries.

The oil extracted from those leaves have fungicidal properties and it is overall soothing to the skin especially when it is sore or itchy.

How to use:

Simply add tea tree oil to your shampoo; add around 8-10 drops for every 250 ml of shampoo. Massage the shampoo-oil mixture into your scalp and let it sit for 3-5 minutes before rinsing off thoroughly. You can also use a shampoo formulated with tea tree oil that’s effective against dandruff and keeps your scalp and hair moisturised.

7. Onion Juice

Onion juice is a traditional remedy for treating dandruff and hair loss problems. Studies show that it can help eliminate Malassezia furfur, the fungi that cause dandruff.

How to use:

Take a small bowl and add 2 tbsp of onion juice, 2 tbsp of coconut oil and 5 drops of tea tree oil ( in case you have dandruff) in it. Mix them well and apply the mixture on your scalp. Massage for 2 minutes and then cover with a shower cap. Wait for 30 minutes and then wash your hair using a mild shampoo.

READ: 4 Ways To Use Onion Juice To Treat Dandruff

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