Balakubak can be caused by many things: A dry scalp, a skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, or more commonly an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus called malassezia.

If you've tried all the anti-dandruff shampoos in the market without any luck, why not turn to these hacks that make use of ingredients you probably have at home?

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1. Mix mouthwash with water

The anti-fungal properties of mouthwash prevent, according to Reader's Digest, "dandruff-causing yeast from growing" and mildly reduce scalp irritation. Beauty blogger Farah Dhukai recommends mixing equal parts water and mouthwash in a spray bottle and spritzing it on your scalp after shampoo and conditioner!  

Try: Listerine Total Care Mouthwash, P302/500ml, Watsons


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2. Massage diluted apple cider vinegar (ACV) onto your scalp

Since apple cider vinegar is an expert at killing the fungus that causes dandruff and giving instant relief from itchiness, natural health website Dr. Axe recommends mixing equal parts ACV with water, massaging it onto your scalp, leaving it on for five to seven minutes, and rinsing it out. Use it every other day for seven to 10 days until you see an improvement!  

3. Combine tea tree oil with your shampoo

A few drops of five percent tea tree oil in your shampoo will drastically improve the flaky situation in your locks, according to this study featured on via Reader's Digest.


Try: The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, P495, Robinson's Galleria

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4. Try soothing aloe vera gel

If your dandruff is a result of having seborrheic dermatitis, you can always try aloe vera as it has a lot of soothing benefits that heal irritated skin. And lucky for you, aloe vera gel is available in most supermarkets nowadays—or if you want to be 100 percent sure it's fresh, you can buy the plant.


Try: Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel, P245, SM Megamall

5. Create an aspirin "hair mask"

Aspirin contains salicylic acid that can exfoliate the dead skin cells on your scalp. To get the full benefits, crush and grind two tablets into a fine powder and mix them into your shampoo. Leave the "hair mask" on for a minute or two, rinse it well, and wash with another round of shampoo sans aspirin this time. 

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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