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How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo

Interested in making your own homemade dog shampoo? Go for it — you pooch will thank you.

How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo

Let’s face it– even if your pup rarely sets a paw outside the doggy door, an occasional bath is a necessity. What’s great is there are multiple natural and inexpensive methods for washing your dog that all beat buying the chemical-laden commercial shampoos found in stores.

Just like you and me, your dog’s skin is sensitive and can be easily irritated. Some commercial dog shampoos contain chemicals that will dry out your dog’s skin, cause eye damage  and even diarrhea. Not cool. Do you need anymore of a reason to take an extra ten minutes to mix up your own homemade dog shampoo? We think not.

Some helpful tips for keeping your dog bath green:

Turn off the Water: Once you have your pup nice and wet, turn the water off and start lathering. Only turn it back on once your are ready for rinsing.

Less is More: Rather than dumping a bunch of soap onto your dog, slowly add the shampoo so you don’t end up washing too much excess away. Not only will this save on water and time, it will decrease the likeliness of you leaving any residue behind that may irritate the skin.

Towel & Air Dry: It’s tempting to pull out the blow dryer to speed up the drying process, but while the fur is drying, so is your dog’s skin. This will end up irritating the skin and making your pup uncomfortable. So pull out the towel and give your dog a good rub down.

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How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo:

There are a lot of different natural, homemade dog shampoo recipes out there, so we chose our favorite one to share with you. Let’s get started!

Supplies You Need:

  • 1 Cup warm water
  • 1 Cup apple cider vinegar (organic)
  • 1 Cup natural liquid dish-washing soap (Avoid strongly scented soaps.)
  • 2 oz glycerine
  • 1 empty container (Great opportunity to use a leftover mason jar!)
How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo
Supplies you need to make homemade dog shampoo.

Step 1:

This is the easy part! Pour all the ingredients into your empty container, starting with the dish-washing soap. Then put the lid on and shake the container gently to mix it all up.

How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo
Pour in the soap first.
Add the apple cider vinegar.
Add the apple cider vinegar.
How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo
Now add your warm water to the bottle.
How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo
Pour in the water.
How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo
Add the vegetable glycerine.
How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo
Shake lightly- just enough to mix the contents.

 

 

Step 2:

This is the fun part! Grab your pup and let’s start washing. Begin by getting your dog nice and wet and poor a little shampoo over the fur at a time. Use your hands to start lathering. Once your pup feels nice and clean, give a good rinse and pat down with a towel.

Warning: At any point during the washing  experience, your dog may vigorously shake off…don’t say we didn’t warn you!

 

How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo
Give your dog some love before you start to hose her down. This will make her feel a little more comfortable.
How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo
This is a great activity to do with the kids.
How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo
Spray her down and make sure all of her fur is nice and wet.
How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo
Add the homemade dog shampoo and begin to lather your pup up.
How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo
She shook off at just the right time to get us all 🙂

 

We want to hear how this recipe worked for your precious pup! Plus, if you have your own homemade dog shampoo recipe please share in the comments below.

Comments

  1. AvatarGary says

    February 23, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    1 Cup natural liquid dish-washing soap (Avoid strongly scented soaps.)

    Can you recommend a brand? I’ve always been told to NEVER use dish-washing soap on a dog.

  2. Avatar says

    March 8, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    I noticed that the mason jar pictured is a pint jar. This recipe will make more than that, so a quart size will be needed. I had to re-read it to understand that the jar pictured is to illustrate using 1 Cup of water. So if anyone else was confused… Also, what I like to do when bathing the dog is to put several squirts of my dog shampoo into an empty squirt bottle, or old shampoo bottle. Just put in as much as you ordinarily use to bathe your dog, then gently fill with warm water. Shake gently to mix it, and pour it all onto your wet dog. The soap is already diluted, so you won’t end up with super concentrated areas of soap. It rinses much easier this way. Pour some onto a wash cloth to wash the face & ears.

  3. Avatar says

    February 18, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    —1 Cup natural liquid dish-washing soap —

    … Just a note here… If you are using a Castile-type Natural liquid soap, you should NOT mix it with Vinegar. . . It will turn into a gummy mess!

    Best to use a vinegar/water Final rinse, to close hair shafts, soothe the skin, and helps as a flea deterrant. . .

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