All-Natural Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipe
Why I Make Homemade Dog Wash
Some people may choose to make homemade dog shampoo in an effort to save money, and others may want to live a chemical-free life. However, like me, most people consider homemade dog wash because their dog has sensitive skin.
Dogs With Sensitive Skin
I was noticing that my fourteen-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever's skin was getting more sensitive and dry as he got older. Since I bathe my dogs frequently in an attempt to avoid chemical flea treatments, I had to find a dog wash that helped soothe my older dog's skin.
I had purchased oatmeal shampoos from the store but realized I could probably make my own oatmeal shampoos for a fraction of the cost. The store-bought brands also had chemicals in them. For months, I have been working on reducing the number of chemicals in my home by making homemade cleaning products and laundry products, so making homemade shampoo seemed like a good next step for a chemical-free home!
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Simple Oatmeal Dog Shampoo Recipe
- 1 cup whole natural oats
- 4 cups of warm water
- 1 tsp (or other gentle soap or oil) Castile soap
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary (optional)
- Place all the items into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Place blended mixture in a mason jar and store in the refrigerator. (Note: This dog wash will NOT store well in a soap dispenser or regular shampoo bottle).
How to Use It
- When ready to bathe your dog, wet your dog's coat with warm water.
- Pour the oatmeal dog wash on them and rub it into the coat.
- Let it sit on your dog's skin for a few minutes if possible.
- Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Homemade Flea-Fighting Shampoo Recipe
Fleas can't survive in warm water or soap, so if you wash your dog with warm water and Dawn dish liquid, you will easily (and inexpensively) kill fleas that are on your dog.
Safer Alternatives to Dawn Soap
Although a small amount of dish liquid as dog wash usually won't dry out your dog's skin, frequent bathing with it can cause skin sensitivity. The flea bites may also cause skin irritation. By making a homemade dog shampoo with the following ingredients, you can fight fleas, prevent more fleas, and relieve your dog's skin.
- 1 teaspoon lavender essential oil
- Apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups of hot water
- 1–2 tsp Castile soap (or other gentle soap or oil)
- For every 2 cups of hot water, add a teaspoon of the above ingredients.
- Add 1–2 teaspoons of baby shampoo, Castile liquid soap, or other mild dishwashing soap to the mixture.
- Mix well with a paint stirrer and store in a tightly sealed container.
How to Use It
Use the homemade dog wash and warm water when bathing your dog and try to let the wash sit on the dog's fur and skin for at least five minutes before rinsing. You should always comb your dog before bathing, scrub well during bathing, and comb again after bathing if you really want to stop a flea infestation.
Bonus Homemade Flea Prevention After-Bath Spray
This is an easy-to-make, all-natural after-bath spray that you can apply to your dog after bathing. It acts as a mild flea deterrent.
- 3 cups of water
- 2 large slices of ginger root
- 1 tsp salt
- Boil three cups of water, two large slices of ginger, and a teaspoon of salt for two minutes and then let cool for 24 hours.
- Once cooled, place in a spray bottle and spray your dog's coat every day.
You can also add dog-safe essential oils and a few drops of soap to the mixture as well.
Why are you interested in making homemade dog shampoo?
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.