3 DIY Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipes for a Shiny, Glossy Coat


If you have pets, especially dogs, you are well aware of the never-ending struggle to keep them clean, healthy and out of mischief. But despite your best efforts, those adorable little buggers often find their way into the garbage bin or your flower bed, after which they settle down to dig and roll about to their heart’s content.

Keeping your loyal companion’s skin and fur clean is a must to keep them healthy and prevent skin infections like mange.

Instead of buying expensive shampoo from the pet store, you can use any of the following recipes to make your own DIY homemade dog shampoo. By doing so, you ensure that the ingredients in the shampoo are pure and skin-friendly for use on your furry friend.

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Three skin-friendly DIY shampoos for your dog

These DIY homemade dog shampoo recipes will keep your pet’s skin and coat healthy and shiny.

Method 1: Basic Shampoo

This DIY basic shampoo for dogs is easy to make and can be used to bathe your loyal companion without worrying about any chemicals that might be used in commercial shampoos.

Apple cider vinegar has strong antibacterial properties and also acts as a natural deodorizer. In fact, you can also make an apple cider vinegar spray to get rid of fleas on your dog.

Dawn liquid dish soap, also used in this shampoo, is both safe and suitable for cleaning layers of filth off your beloved pet.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to make basic diy dog shampoo

  • Apple cider vinegar (antibacterial)– ¼ cup
  • Dawn Ultra liquid dish soap (works as a cleanser) – ¼ cup
  • Water – ¼ cup

Step 1. Combine water, apple cider vinegar and liquid dish soap in a jug

Combine water, apple cider vinegar and liquid dish soap to make diy dog shampoo
Combine water, apple cider vinegar and liquid dish soap
  • Pour ¼ cup of water into a jug.
  • Add ¼ cup of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
  • Add ¼ cup of Dawn Ultra liquid dish soap as well.

Step 2. Mix well and use monthly or as needed

Mix well and store to make diy dog shampoo
Mix well and store the shampoo is a recycled bottle
  • Mix the ingredients well to get a uniform blend.
  • Transfer the shampoo into a clean, recycled shampoo bottle for storage.
  • Store it in a cool, dry and dark place.

Use this DIY homemade dog shampoo once a month to give your pet’s skin and coat a thorough cleaning. You can also use it as needed, if your dog has been up to some mischief like rolling in a mud pile in your backyard.

Method 2: Anti-Flea Shampoo

This DIY anti-flea dog shampoo will help you in the constant battle to keep your four-footed friend free of those tiny but persistent fleas. It can be used to both combat an existing flea problem as well as prevent an infestation.

The apple cider vinegar and essential oils have strong antibacterial properties that eliminate any fleas in your pet’s fur, and also help keep them away.

Additionally, the liquid Castile soap helps remove accumulated layers of dirt from your pet’s skin and also kills off fleas.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to make anti-flea diy dog shampoo

  • Apple cider vinegar (antibacterial)– ¼ cup
  • Liquid Castile soap (kills fleas) – 1½ tablespoons
  • Olive oil (antibacterial) – 1 teaspoon
  • Distilled water – 2 tablespoons
  • Rosemary essential oil – 5 drops
  • Peppermint essential oil – 5 drops

Step 1. Combine water, Castile soap, olive oil and apple cider vinegar in a jug

Combine water, castile soap, olive oil and apple cider vinegar to make diy dog shampoo
Combine water, Castile soap, olive oil and apple cider vinegar
  • Put about 2 tablespoons of distilled water in a jug.
  • Add 1½ tablespoons of liquid Castile soap.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
  • Pour in ¼ cup of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar as well.

Step 2. Add the essential oils and mix well

Add rosemary and peppermint essential oil to make diy dog shampoo
Add rosemary and peppermint essential oil
  • Add 5 drops each of rosemary and peppermint essential oils.
  • Mix all the ingredients well using a spoon.

Step 3. Transfer and store

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Store and use it once a month to keep fleas away
  • Transfer your DIY homemade dog shampoo into a recycled bottle or container.
  • Bathe your pet with the shampoo once a week to get rid of fleas.

Use it once a month to keep fleas away; store it in a cool, dark place.

Method 3: Shampoo for Dry and Itchy Skin

This DIY homemade dog shampoo is very useful if your dog has allergies or dry, itchy skin.

Oatmeal powder has soothing properties and provides relief from itchy skin. It acts as a gentle cleanser and also moisturizes your pet’s dry skin. The baking soda also acts as a natural cleanser and gently exfoliates your pet’s skin to remove any allergy-causing impurities.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to make diy shampoo for dry and itchy skin

  • Baking soda (natural cleanser)– 1 tablespoon
  • Oatmeal, powdered (soothes skin)– ¼ cup
  • Water – enough to make a thin paste

Step 1. Combine baking soda, oatmeal and water in a bowl

Combine baking soda, oatmeal and water to make diy dog shampoo
Combine baking soda, oatmeal and water
  • Put 1 tablespoon of baking soda in a mixing bowl.
  • Add ¼ cup of oatmeal powder.
  • Add as much water as needed to make a thin, shampoo-like paste.

Step 2. Mix well and store for future use

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Mix and store the shampoo and use it 1 to 2 times in a month
  • Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Transfer and store it in an old shampoo or any other similar container, in a cool, dark and dry place.

Bathe your dog with this DIY homemade dog shampoo 1 to 2 times a month for healthy and well-moisturized skin.

Tips

  • Always do a patch test to check for adverse reactions before covering your pet with any new shampoo.
  • Bathing your pet too often can actually be quite harmful. Unless your dog has a skin disease, you should ideally shampoo him only twice a month.
  • Another way to figure out whether it is time to give your pet a bath is through smell. If you can smell your dog the moment he enters the room, it’s time for a bath.

Summary of DIY Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipes

DIY Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipes summary

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