Nowadays, wigs have been one of the most common items for women to dress. For wig lovers and girls who wear wigs very often, wig cleaning and care is a well-known and important thing to prolong the lifespan of wigs. We are used to using wig shampoo to wash our wigs, but sometimes, as we run out of wig shampoo, or for those who haven't bought wig shampoo, how should we wash our wigs? In this blog, we will list some feasible methods to wash your wig without wig shampoo. If you have the same question, keep reading on.

Can I Wash My Wig With Regular Shampoo?

The main difference between synthetic wigs and human hair wigs is the material. Synthetic wigs are made out of artificial fabrics which are more prone to break. The regular shampoo with chemicals is too strong for the fibers. Therefore, the wig shampoo can not be simply replaced by this or that detergents, especially for the cleaning of a synthetic wig. The main function of a wig shampoo is to clean the dirt or oils getting into it. So you only need to make sure that the products you use are safe and can clean your wig gently enough to keep it in a healthy and long-lasting condition, then they can play the role of the alternatives of the wig shampoos.

How To Wash Your Wig Without Shampoo?

First of all, we have to remind you that wig shampoo cannot be used on a human hair wig. And even though there are some available alternatives to wig shampoo, we still recommend you use them too often because the condition is very essential to keep your wigs healthy and long-lasting condition.

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda is a common idea to wash your wig when you don’t have a wig shampoo, especially when your wig has absorbed cigarette smoke, odors from cooking, or other odors. Baking soda can help remove all the orders and return you a new wig.

If you choose baking soda as the alternative, fill your sink with 3 quarts of warm water. Then add ½ to ¾ cups of baking soda into the water and wait until the baking soda has been completely dissolved, which is necessary to avoid any chalky residue. During this time, you can brush your wig to remove all the tangles. After that, submerge your wig into the water and soak your wig for at least 4 hours or you can leave it overnight. After soaking, rinse the wig well and proceed to dry it.

Baking Soda

2. Baby Shampoo

A good product to replace wig shampoo is a baby shampoo which is designed to be less acidic and a more gentle option. But just like other non-wig shampoos, baby shampoos are meant to strip away oils. So maybe your wig will feel a little stiff and dry after you use baby shampoo to wash it. Fill your sink with cold water and a small squirt of baby shampoo. Gently swish the combed-out wig in the soapy water to remove the oil and dirt. Next, rinse your wig until the shampoo is completely taken away by the clean cold water. Repeat the rinse if necessary.

Baby Shampoo

3. Dish Soap

You can also use mild dish soap to rid your synthetic wig of makeup and oil. Fill the sink with cold water and add a small squirt of mild dish soap. Never add too much, or you will have to use plenty of water and time to rinse it out. Brush your wig and put it into the soapy cold water. Then gently squeeze the soapy water through the wig. Avoid rough agitation to keep the wig from tangling. After you have finished the cleaning, drain the soapy water and rinse it with clean cold water. Just repeat the rinsing steps before your wig is no longer soapy.

Dish Soap

4. Cornstarch

There is a natural way to wash your synthetic way, that is cornstarch. It is harmless and is able to remove unpleasant scents. And with this method, you don’t have to dampen your wig with water. Make sure the wig is completely dry, then sprinkle the wig with cornstarch. Let it sit for five minutes or so. Shake out the cornstarch and brush the wig as you usually do. This way can be used when you do not have access to water or wig shampoo, but your wig needs to be freshened up.


5. Woolite

This is a mild detergent that will safely clean your wig. Fill the sink with cold water and add a capful Woolite to the water. Then just swish it in the water gently. Last, submerge your wig into the sink with new clean water. Please repeat the steps until all of the detergents are removed.



Today we list five ways to wash your synthetic wigs without wig shampoo. But we have to tell you that these methods can be used as emergency methods and are not recommended for long-term use. Because these do not provide any care to your wig, in order to make your wig last longer, remember to pay attention to your wig care

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