DIY: How to Make Your Own Dog Shampoo

I’ve found that I can easily create a homemade shampoo from ingredients that most people have in their homes. Plus, I share 3 more recipes.

Time for a bath, buster. By: jedder
Time for a bath, buster! By: jedder

A wide variety of dog shampoos are available in stores. But you might want to just make your own instead.

I’ve found that I can easily create a dog shampoo from ingredients that most people have in their homes.

Instructions: Mix 1 cup apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons lemon dish detergent. Add 2 tablespoons pure aloe vera (affiliate link). Shake the bottle well. You may immediately use the shampoo or store it for future use.


The graphic below shows it better.


I couldn’t stop with just 1 recipe. I have a few more…

Shampoo for Dry Skin

Many people struggle with their dogs’ dry skin problems. This simple recipe may help relieve scratching and discomfort:

  1. Mix 1 cup lemon dish detergent with 1 cup white vinegar and 1/3 cup glycerin.
  2. Stir the mixture into 1 quart water.
  3. Use as you would any other hair cleanser. Store your homemade dog shampoo in a clean bottle for future use.

Skunk Odor Remover

At some point, your curious dog might get skunked. This is never an easy situation to handle. Many prepared remedies on the market don’t make much of a dent in eliminating the odor.

First, put on some eye protection, just in case, along with rubber gloves. The following DIY de-skunking recipe comes from the Humane Society of the United States. I have not yet tried it myself, because fortunately my dog hasn’t been skunked (yet).

  1. Mix 1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with ¼ cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid.
  2. Use this mixture immediately after you make it, as it will explode if you put it into a closed container.

Let me repeat that last important point: It is dangerous to put this solution in a closed container. So do not store it, and do not close the container.

Apply the shampoo to the dog, and work it vigorously into the coat for 3 to 5 minutes. A few more cautions:

  • Do not get the mixture in the dog’s eyes.
  • Do not get the mixture in the dog’s mouth.

Rinse thoroughly with water. Let the coat dry and repeat as often as needed to remove the smell.

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A Rinse for Great-Smelling Dogs

For a good-smelling homemade rinse, try the following recipe:

  • Boil 2 cups water and add a few drops of any essential oil.
  • Let cool and store in the refrigerator.
  • After bathing and thoroughly rinsing your dog with clear water, allow him to shake out. Now apply the rinse. Your pet will smell wonderful.

In this video, Dr. Karen Becker, DVM, explains why bathing is important and how to choose the right shampoo:


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