Homemade Dog Shampoo

Keep Their Coat Healthy

By: - Pets - August 29, 2011
homemade dog shampoo keep their coat healthy

If you have a dog that has a smelly coat, dry, flaky skin or you simply hate the thought of putting nasty chemicals on your poor pup, you may want to make some homemade dog shampoo. With different types of dog shampoo recipes there will be something to help every skin condition from a smelly Schnauzer to a scratching Saint Bernard.

A basic homemade dog shampoo that will be great for any dog is not only easy to make, but safe. Start with this great recipe. Take a large bowl and put one cup of all natural dish soap, (Some brands you should consider are Seventh Generation, Ivory or Dove.) add one full cup of distilled water to the soap and stir gently to thin out liquid. Add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1/3 cup of glycerin. The apple cider vinegar will add shine and stop the wet dog smell that owners dislike. Glycerin will coat the hair and help lock in moisture. Bottle it and make sure you shake it before using to get all the ingredients mixed again.

If you have a smelly dog, or one who may have been skunked, try the mixture of 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of lemon natural dish detergent. You need to use this immediately and do not bottle it. Another homemade dog shampoo recipe for a smelly dog is simply 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of the essential oil of your choice. Doing some research on the qualities of essential oils can help decide which is best for your dog and their individual conditions. For instance, lavender essential oil is great for allergies and eucalyptus oil can be great for dogs who have arthritis. Adding these essential oils to your dog shampoo recipes can clearly have benefits above and beyond the pleasant smell.

An all natural flea removal shampoo rinse may be just what the doctor ordered for your furry friend especially if you don’t want harmful pesticides on your pooch. Make this rinse with 4 cups of boiling water and 1 teaspoon soapwort root. You can find it at many health food stores. Let it simmer for about 30 minutes and add 4 teaspoons of lemon or peppermint oil. Keep the mixture refrigerated until needed.