Diy dog shampoo

Why make a diy dog shampoo?

“Why shouldn’t I?” After all, at least if you make your dog’s shampoo personally, you will be able to identify what is in it!

But there is another reason as well, and it is one that many dog owners really love. Making your own dog shampoo homemade is often cheaper than buying it!

Why is this, exactly?

One reason is that you are not paying for the packaging (the bottle, the label, the marketing). You also aren’t paying a percentage of the manufacturer’s overhead (the shipping, the distribution, the packaging).

Finally, as you will notice in the dog shampoo recipes that follow, you are using far fewer ingredients. After all, your dog doesn’t care about the brand name, the fancy label, the eco-friendly bottle, the marketing hype or the celebrity endorsements.

He just wants the treats and the pats you are going to give him when bath time is over!


Dog grooming is a huge business and many dog owners are excited that their puppy pals should look and smell their best when they go out in public. It can be fun to craft your own homemade dog shampoo for PET grooming. These recipes can be made in the comfort of your home with your partners, friends, kids, or other dog owners. There is a homemade diy dog shampoo recipe to fit any need, any budget, and whatever time you have available.

Combating fleas? Soothing dry skin? There’s a simple homemade dog shampoo recipe for all needs.

The recipe for making a homemade dog shampoo is almost the same except that you can make a few changes in the measures of the ingredients here and there to suit your preferences.

How to make diy dog shampoo: Common ingredients

Things as simple as vinegar and baking soda show up as components in many a homemade dog shampoo recipe. Others that can be picked up in grocery stores or drug stores include castile soap, which is olive-oil based, and glycerine, a sugar-based alcohol compound. In many cases, your standard baby shampoo or nontoxic dish soap is often incorporated into a diy dog shampoo recipe to bind ingredients together. The recipes we’ll focus on here are very simple, and require minimal preparation.

If you have more than one dog, you can double the contents of the ingredients that you mix and make it up to the amount that you want.

Homemade flea dog shampoo

There are several recipes out there for homemade dog shampoo for fleas, one of which is not only very simple to concoct, but is also ideal if you dog has sensitive skin!

This diy dog shampoo requires:

  • 1 quart of water
  • 1 cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of baby shampoo or nontoxic dish soap (many sites recommend Dawn by name)

For a lower-volume homemade flea shampoo or for a smaller dog or puppy, try:

  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of baby shampoo or nontoxic dish soap

Homemade dry shampoo recipe for dogs

If you bathe a dog too frequently, more than once a month or so, you run the risk of drying your dog’s skin. Between baths, a dog’s natural hair and skin chemistry reassert themselves, and you should give them time to do so. One potential solution between traditional baths is a homemade dry shampoo recipe for dogs. These homemade dry dog shampoos tend to involve baking soda, another item found in most homes and easy enough to get at any grocery store. Massaging a dry shampoo into your dog’s skin will give the dog the sensation of being petted and caressed without the resistance you might face in the traditional wet bath scenarios.

Several homemade dry shampoo recipes for dogs also include baking soda. These tend to involve:

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1 cup of corn starch
  • A few drops of an essential oil –- lemon and lavender seem to be the most popular.

Sprinkle the mixture on your dog and massage it into the dog’s skin with your hands or with a comb or brush. It is best not to use too much baking soda at a time — a cup for a mid-sized dog, half a cup for a very small dog or puppy — and not to apply this method too frequently, since the residue from the powder can accumulate, no matter how much a dog shakes himself afterward. A dry shampoo is a good stopgap, but nothing beats the fun of having your dog shake water all over you or your bathroom from time to time.

Oatmeal Homemade Shampoo – to combat skin irritation, promote healing & more.

Oatmeal has double benefit to your dog. First from inside and outside. Oatmeal has the ability to lower cholesterol which reduces the chances of your dog getting a heart attack. It also has a lot of essential vitamins and minerals. These are the internal benefits of oatmeal to your dog.

You can also use oatmeal to prepare an external application shampoo for the health of your dog.

To make oatmeal shampoo, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 6 cups of oatmeal
  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of oil and same measure of honey
  • 1/4 cup of molasses
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 bananas


Once you have obtained all your ingredients, put them all together into a big bowl and mix them all together. An oatmeal shampoo is very gentle to the skin of your dog hence it will help relieve an itchy skin of your dog and many other skin conditions.

When you are applying the homemade shampoo, ensure that the water you are using is cold or lukewarm such that if there is any skin infection, it will not aggravate the itchiness.

As you can see, making a shampoo at home by yourself is easy and cheap. That is not all; all the ingredients are so natural hence it will not cause any skin reactions to your dog.






Disclaimer: The information contained on this page is for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for the advice provided by your own veterinarian. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing the health of a pet. Always consult your own veterinarian.


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