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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Homemade Dog Shampoo

Giving a dog a bath regularly is good for a shiny coat, healthy skin, and a sweet-smelling companion. Let’s face it; dogs can get pretty stinky. A dog wash and homemade shampoo is a key to natural dog grooming. A previous article gives a recipe for oatmeal shampoo and rosemary conditioner. Read on for several additional recipes for homemade shampoo and conditioners.

Commercial pet shampoos are sometimes loaded with chemicals, artificial colors and scents, and surfactants and other non-natural ingredients. Using these products regularly can place a heavy load on a dog’s skin and fur. Pet supply stores may also carry a line of natural shampoos and soaps would be preferable. But it is also easy to make homemade shampoos that are great for the dog’s bath and that clearly use safe ingredients.

  Dog Shampoo Recipes
Homemade shampoos make take a little time to make, but the ingredients are natural and safe. The recipes here use common ingredients easily found by anyone. Some recipes target frequent bathers, flea and tick, dry skin, itchy skin.

An Effective Natural Shampoo
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup liquid antibacterial soap or dish soap (Ivory, Dial, Johnsons Baby Shampoo)
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup glycerin
  • 1 quart water
  • Directions: Place the water in a large container for mixing. Add the liquid soap, vinegar, and glycerin, mix well. Use as a whole-body shampoo, but avoid the ears and the eyes. Rinse very well.
Flea and Tick Shampoo
  • Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons peppermint oil
  • 2 tablespoons white cedar oil
  • 2 tablespoons eucalyptus oil
  • 1/4 cup citronella oil
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Directions: Place the warm water in a bowl for mixing. Add the peppermint, white cedar, eucalyptus, and citronella oils, mix well. Pour in the vinegar, mix thoroughly. Use this shampoo to bathe the dog as soon as fleas or ticks are noticed. Rinse very well.
All-Around Oatmeal Treatment
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup oatmeal, coarse chopped in blender
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Directions: Heat the water just to boiling in a saucepan. Mix in the oatmeal and stir until it becomes a starchy mixture. Load this mixture into an old sock. In the bath, wet the dog’s coat thoroughly. Rub the sock with the oatmeal all over the dog’s body, skin deep. Let it sit on the skin for about 5 minutes. Rinse very well. Follow with a conditioner.

Homemade Dog Conditioner Recipes
Conditioners are applied to a dog’s coat after shampooing and rinsing. Homemade conditioners can give a healthy shine to the coat and a soft feel to the fur. Fur conditioners are typically applied after the shampoo is rinsed.

Rosemary Seeds Natural Conditioner
  • Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary seeds
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Directions: Bring the water to a boil and add in the rosemary seeds. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it cool to body temperature. Strain out the rosemary seeds. After the final bath rinse, pour the conditioner over the dog. Rub it in and then towel dry without further rinsing.
 Egg Conditioner
  • Ingredients
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • Directions: To a small bowl, add the egg yolks and the water. Whisk until it becomes creamy. Add in the eggs whites and whisk again to blend well. After the final bath rinse, pour the eggs over the dog’s coat. Let it sit for about 2-3 minutes. Rinse it well with warm, not hot, water.
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How to Use and Store Homemade Shampoos 

The easiest way to use homemade shampoos is to pour the mixture, prepared as above, into a plastic squeeze bottle. Bottles with flip up tops are easier to use than those with screw off caps. Picture it; with one hand holding the wet dog, it’s not easy to unscrew a lid with one hand!
The easiest (and green revolution solution) is to recycle squeeze bottles from used-up shampoo. Simply rinse out any remaining old shampoo. Inexpensive squeeze bottles are available in groceries, and beauty shops like Watson.

Homemade shampoos can be effective cleaners for a dog’s fur and can help to relieve itchy skin. The recipes above use safe, economical ingredients. Natural dog grooming for health can be done well, at home. Remember, bath time should never be painful or stressed. Ideally, it should be a pleasant activity for owner and pet.

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  1. Love it! I use oatmeal treatment for anti itch and hot spot remedy. And the apple cider is good for Stinky smell. Very effective and safe for the skin

  2. Ninez McConnell31 July 2012 at 08:30

    Very useful info, delightfully illustrated! Thank you!

  3. Hi MG and Ninez,

    Thank you for visiting my blog, I am glad that you found the information useful. I agree MG, Apple Cider Vinegar works like magic and it also has a lot of benefits.

  4. hi ms. k, where can i find the oils you mentioned and the rosemary seeds? any local herb/plant substitute? and can i use the a regular vinegar instead? thanks


  5. Hi RK,

    Thank you for dropping by my blog. :)

    Regarding your question, I was able to buy Rosemary seeds at National Bookstore (near the cashier), and I believe that you can also get it from SM Supermarket(near the vegetable section}

    For the vinegar, the only alternative would be a white distilled vinegar. :)

  6. Thank you for this!
    It's just what I was looking for.
    Great pics too!!


  7. my dog had really bad dry skin on his lower back and has chewed it up pretty bad, I want to give him a bath but dont know what to use on his sensitive skin....any ideas???

    1. Hi R.hines,

      Thank you for checking out my blog, regarding your question, for dry skin it is best to use a dog shampoo with oatmeal. And it would also help if you can give your dog some omega 3 supplements like fish oil.

  8. Awesome! These recipes seem easy to do. But wait a minute, are all of these safe for any breed of dog or any condition of dogs?

  9. Hello Booster Bath!

    Yes the recipes are safe for all dog breeds :)

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    1. Thank you Dazy! I really appreciate it. :)

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  13. Well believe it or not, being able to successfully bathe your dog may have more to do with you than it does your dog. If you feel badly about your dog having to tolerate a bath, chances are, your dog will feel the same way.

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  14. My dog has seasonal allergies and gets really itchy and gets dandruff. Can you suggest the best shampoo to use for him for both of these symptoms? Im just not sure which one will help the best as they all sound pretty good.

  15. Katy - you may have to check your dog's diet too. Grains in a dog's diet can cause allergies. My dog was itching up too before and I used oatmeal, olive oil, nothing worked until I switched her to grain-free homemade food with some raw bones thrown into the mix. She stopped itching and her fur is lustrous again.

  16. Blue Buffalo is grain free, animal bi-product free, holistic and is wonderfully healthy. My Chesapeake Bay Retriever loves it. Comes in many flavors too. We pick up a different flavor of the same food every few times we go for Blue Buffalo.

  17. Just wondering if I could use coconut oil as a substitute for the glycerin?

    1. Hi,

      Yeah you can use coconut oil as a substitute, much better if it will be Virgin Coconut oil

  18. I've never thought about making my own shampoo to clean my dogs. I have been trying everything I can think of to clean my basset hound in a way that will keep him from smelling so bad. I don't know why, but he seems to smell worse after a bath a lot of the time. Do you think any of these shampoos would help with that problem?


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