6 Easy DIY, Natural Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipes For Your Furballs

Grooming, last updated 03rd, Oct 2017, Anshika Saxena

"Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like, never washed a dog." ~ Franklin P. Jones

All dogs need the occasional bath, even dogs that don't shed. When you’re talking about washing the yuck off your dog, there are plenty of inexpensive, natural, and gentle ways to wash a dog. Homemade dog shampoo might be the answer you need. A wide variety of dog shampoos are available in the market but you might just want to just make your own instead. We can easily create a dog shampoo from ingredients that most of us have in our homes.

Shampoo for Deep Cleaning:

Make Dog Shampoo for Deep Cleaning That Lasts! The Vinegar and Glycerin Bubbly Shampoo Mix Recipe.

Mix two cups each of apple cider vinegar and natural/organic dish soap with a 7-8 pH.

Mix in four cups of water.

Add 4 oz of vegetable glycerin to your mixture.

Shake the bottle well. You may immediately use the shampoo or store it for future use. Avoid dish soaps with strong scents or artificial additives. Look for labels that read “free” and “clear.”

Shampoo for Dry Skin

If your dog has itchy, dry, or sensitive skin, there are a few things you can add to the shampoo to relieve his symptoms. You can make a shampoo that has glycerin, which can be found in pharmacies, some grocery stores, and online and aloe vera gel. Or you can make an oatmeal shampoo. Oatmeal is known for its soothing properties and is found in many commercial grooming products.Many people struggle with their dogs’ dry skin problems. This simple recipe may help relieve scratching and discomfort:

Aloe Vera and Glycerin Shampoo

Ingredients: Mix 1 cup nontoxic lemon dish detergent with 1 cup white vinegar and 1/3 cup glycerin. Stir the mixture into 1 quart water.

Mix all ingredients in spray bottle and shake to thoroughly combine. Apply to your dog, avoiding his eyes and work into his coat. Rinse.

Oatmeal Dog Shampoo for Dry Skin

Ingredients: 1 cup of uncooked oatmeal 1/2 cup of baking soda 1 quart of warm water

Grind the oatmeal in a coffee grinder or food processor until it’s the consistency of flour. Pour into a large bowl and mix in baking soda. Add warm water and stir until incorporated. Wet your dog with warm water and then lather him up with your homemade shampoo. Work into his coat and allow it to sit for a few minutes, if he’ll let you. Then rinse thoroughly and dry.

Skunk Odor Remover:

It is never an easy situation to handle. Many prepared remedies on the market don’t make much of a dent in eliminating the odor.

1.  Mix 1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with ¼ cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon dish washing liquid.

2. Use this mixture immediately after you make it, as it will explode if you put it into a closed container.

It is dangerous to put this solution in a closed container. So do not store it, and do not close the container. Apply the shampoo to the dog, and work it vigorously into the coat for 3 to 5 minutes.Every dog has a different texture of coat, use the ingredients carefully. Do rinse their coat thoroughly with lots of water and be eyeful of any sort of allergies.

Recipe for the good smelling-dog :

  1. 10 ounces of warm water
  2. 2 ounces of aloe vera gel
  3. 1 tablespoon of Castile soap
  4. 2 drops of lavender essential oil

Note: you may also add 2 drops each of rosemary, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils.

Combine all ingredients in a clean spray bottle and shake to combine thoroughly. Wet your dog with warm water, spray on shampoo and work into his coat, especially in harder to reach places, making sure not to get any in his eyes. Rinse thoroughly.

There are hundreds of homemade dog shampoo recipes out there, most using some combination of vinegar, which deodorizes and adds shine; Castile soap, or dish soap, which helps the ingredients bind together; and baking soda to balance the acidity of vinegar and water, which is pH neutral. Essentials oils are a nice, organic touch, as well. So next time you and your dog are preparing to bond over bath time, start in the kitchen and mix up some easy, safe, and inexpensive dog shampoo of your own!