If the idea of making your own dog shampoo sounds time consuming or scary, let us assure you that it’s actually very easy. Why might you want to make your own dog shampoo? There are a number of reasons to make your own, here are just a few:
1. You’ll know exactly what’s in it
2. You can avoid harsh or dangerous chemicals and toxins
3. You can customize the formula to meet your dog’s specific needs
4. Avoiding chemicals in traditional dog shampoo is better for the environment
5. It’s easy and if you buy ingredients in bulk, it can be much cheaper than traditional dog shampoo from the store
One of the most common reasons people choose to make their own dog shampoo is to avoid toxins found in commercial dog shampoo. Things like phthalates, formaldehyde, isothiazolinone and polyethylene glycol are just a few of the more toxic ingredients often found in the dog shampoo you buy from the store. Avoiding those toxins is not only better for your pet’s skin and better for their overall health but it’s also better for your health to avoid exposure to those toxins as well.
Another, less talked about toxin in many dog shampoos is fragrance. Everyone wants their pup to smell good after a bath but did you know the ingredients used to make those fragrances can contain toxins and can also irritate your dog’s skin? We understand you want your dog to smell fresh and clean after a bath so swap out those toxic fragrances in traditional dog shampoos for essential oils in your homemade shampoo. Safe essential oils to use in your dog shampoo include lavender, lemongrass, chamomile, sweet marjoram, rosemary, peppermint and eucalyptus. These essential oils can be added to nearly any dog shampoo recipe to help give Fido a fresh scent.
Dog Shampoo Recipes
The first recipe we’ll share with you is a good foundation recipe for dogs with normal skin or sensitive, dry skin. The recipe makes a big batch so feel free to half or quarter the recipe if needed. Save mason jars or get handy travel size lotion bottles to store shampoo for easy use during bath time.
Recipe 1 – General Recipe
1 quart of water
1 cup of liquid castile soap (such as Dr. Bonners)
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup of glycerine
2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
Our second recipe is a simple, yet non-toxic recipe that helps get rid of fleas. You don’t need heavy duty chemicals to deal with fleas. This recipe will amaze you with its flea-killing power.
Recipe 2 – Flea Recipe
1 quart water
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup non-toxic dish soap (most recommend the blue Dawn dish soap by name for flea killing power)
Just like the general recipe, the flea recipe can be halved or quartered to suit the amount you need. Make sure you apply liberally and really work the shampoo into the fur to ensure you get down to the skin where the fleas are.
There are lots more recipes for homemade dog shampoo online, some include things like oatmeal for skin soothing shampoo. Once you have the basics down, have fun and experiment with different dog shampoo recipes. Or if your dog has a specific issue, you can likely find a recipe for it online. Happy sudsing!