Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipe
Why are you interested in making homemade dog shampoo?
Reasons to 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. 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 and for months I have been working on reducing the amount of chemicals in my home by making homemade cleaning products and laundry products, so making homemade shampoo seemed like a good next step in a more chemical-free home!
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Simple Oatmeal Dog Shampoo Recipe
- 1 cup whole natural oats
- 4 cup of warm water
- 1 tsp Castile or other gentle soap or oil
- 1 TBSP fresh rosemary (optional)
- 1/4 cup baking soda (optional)
Directions: Place all the items into a blender and blend until smooth. Place blended mixture in a mason jar and store in the refrigerator. (This dog wash will NOT store well in a soap dispenser or regular shampoo bottle). When ready to bathe your dog, wet your dog's coat with warm water, pour on oatmeal dog wash and rub into the coat. Let it sit on the dog's skin for a few minutes, if possible. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Homemade Flea Prevention After Bath Spray
Boil three cups of water, two large lemon slices and 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 essential oils and a few drops of soap to the mixture as well.
Essential Oils to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo
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. You should comb your dog before bathing, scrub well during bathing and comb again after bathing if you really want to stop a flea infestation.
Although a small amount of dish liquid as dog wash won't usually dry our your dog's skin, frequent bathing with it can cause drier skin. 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.
- Essential oils (lavender and rosemary are highly recommended)
- Lemon juice
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Directions for flea fighting dog wash:
- For every 2 cups of hot water, add a teaspoon of any or all of the above ingredients. ( I don't recommend mixing the apple cider vinegar and lemon since the smell is not appealing and it may become too acidic).
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of baby shampoo, Castile liquid soap or other mild dish washing soap to mixture.
- Mix well with a paint stirrer and store in a tightly sealed container.
- 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.
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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.