Homemade Dog Shampoo

How to make dog shampoo at home (includes oatmeal shampoo)

Types of dog homemade shampoo

Homemade Dog ShampooThere are four main types of dog shampoo, they include:

  • OATMEAL (for sensitive skin)
  • NATURAL (made from natural products)
  • ANTI-FLEA (for dogs with fleas)
  • STANDARD (most common and quickest to make)

What materials and equipment will you need?

You will need varying materials and equipment for each type of recipe, we will include this in the recipe section below…

What are the pro’s and con’s of using homemade dog shampoo?

PRO’s

  • Cost (it’s cheap)
  • You will already have most of the ingredients at home
  • You can leave it bottled for months

CON’s

  • Your dog may react to some of the chemicals poorly (this is unlikely and if this happens, seek a vet immediately. You will probably find that it’s your dog’s skin that is not hardy enough and as such you will probably need to use the oatmeal shampoo or another specialized shampoo for sensitive skin.)
  • You will have to mix it yourself (pay attention to the quantities of each ingredient)
  • It is cased based and opinion based as to whether or not commercial dog shampoo or homemade dog shampoo works best

How long will it keep for?

All of the recipes we recommend will bottle for months, most of them will require you to shake the bottle prior to use as they will separate and sediment will form over time. I recommend you mix up the quantities exactly as we describe as you will get a few washes out of a bottle, meaning that if won’t go off prior to use.

Where can you purchase materials and equipment?

You will probably have most of the ingredients at home already, if not your local supermarket should have everything you need or you can purchase it online.

Recipes

Homemade Oatmeal Dog Shampoo

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 Cups of Warm Water
  • 1 Cup of Oatmeal
  • 1 Cup of Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon of Dishwashing Liquid
  • 10 Drops of scented fragrance (Optional: try vanilla extract or lavender oil)
  • A 2 liter milk container (clean)

Method:

Grind the oatmeal into a fine powder (like flour), I use my mixer to do this, then add all of the ingredients in any order into the 2 liter milk container, screw on the lid and shake well. Your now ready to go and you and use this container to store your leftovers, just replace the cap, and store in a cool dark place.

Homemade Natural dog shampoo

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 cup of natural dishwashing soap
  • 1 cup of organic apple cider vinegar
  • 2 ounces of glycerin
  • A 2 liter milk container (clean)

Method:

Pour the dish washing soap, apple cider vinegar, warm water and glycerine all into the container and shake well. Your now ready to go and you and use this container to store your leftovers, just replace the cap, and store in a cool dark place.

Homemade Flea Shampoo

Prep time 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp Peppermint oil
  • 2 tbsp Eucalyptus oil
  • 2 tbsp White cedar oil
  • 1/4 cup Citronella oil
  • 1/4 cup White vinegar or Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • A 2 liter milk container (clean)

(This is not going to lather up… Unless you add Johnson’s Baby Shampoo to it, add 2 tablespoons)

Method:

Pour all the ingredients into the container in any order and shake well. Your now ready to go and you and use this container to store your leftovers, just replace the cap, and store in a cool dark place.

Homemade Standard dog shampoo

Prep time 10 minutes:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of warm water
  • ½ cup of vinegar
  • ¼ cup of Dawn dish detergent (preferably lavender)
  • Large spray bottle

Method:

Add all the ingredients into the bottle, gently shake mixture until bubbles form, allow bubbles to recede and your now ready to go and you and use this container to store your leftovers, just replace the cap, and store in a cool dark place.

Hints and tips

  • If you dog have sensitive skin you should avoid using the standard dog shampoo instead you should use the oatmeal shampoo.
  • Some other recipes include the use of dish soap, I recommend you avoid these because using dish soap on your dog for prolonged periods of time will strip the natural oils from their skin and have a bad affect on your dog.
  • If you add some Vitamin E oil it should prolong the shelf life of all these shampoos as it is a natural preservative.
  • Be careful of using essential oils on pets it is generally safe on dogs. Some essential oils are extremely dangerous for cats though, just a FYI.

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