Not all dogs will necessarily enjoy taking a bath, but it is absolutely necessary to your dog’s skin healthy and its coat shiny. Dog shampoos come in all different formulas and might be specifically made, like antifungal or hypoallergenic shampoos. Instead of buying (sometimes expensive) dog shampoos without knowing if the ingredients are potentially harmful for your dog, you should consider a DIY homemade dog shampoo. You can usually find all of the necessary products around the house, but if not, they can be found easily at most major stores or online.
Dog shampoos that you purchase at a store or online might seem like the right purchase, but they could be misleading. If your dog has sensitive skin certain ingredients or fragrances could lead to itching, discomfort, or flakiness. Some detergents can also cause dry skin and irritation.
Homemade dog shampoos are great for knowing exactly what ingredients you are exposing your dog to and are generally cheaper. The goal of these homemade shampoos is not only to save you money, but to make sure that your dog is looking and smelling fresh. Homemade dog shampoo can be just as effective as the store bought kind and you are able to control any products that go into the shampoo. We’ve gathered a very DIY dog shampoo recipes from around the Internet and would like to share them here with you!
Here are a list of common ingredients found in most of the homemade dog shampoos that you see below. The goal of these ingredients is to have a very PH neutral solution in order to not irritate your dog.
- Water – neutral pH of 7.0
- Baking Soda – pH of 8.3
- Vinegar – very acidic with pH of 2.2. Vinegar is antibacterial, acts as a deodorizer and will help your dog’s coat look shiny and healthy. But be sure to not get it in your dog’s eyes because it can cause a burning sensation!
- Lemon Juice – very acidic with pH of 2.0
- Castile Soap – pH of 9.0
Homemade Dog Shampoo
eHow offers a very simple, but practical formula for homemade dog shampoo. You can watch the video or just follow the instructions below if you don’t feel like watching.
- 4 Cups hot water
- 1 Cup vinegar
- 3 Tbsp unscented liquid castile soap
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- Drops of lavender oil (optional)
Just mix those ingredients and you will have your own DIY homemade dog shampoo! Note: When you actually come to use this formula to wash your dog, you will not see a big lather. This does NOT mean the shampoo isn’t working, it just isn’t meant to do that. Be sure to rinse thoroughly because the shampoo might be harder to notice.
Other DIY Dog Shampoo Options
The other homemade dog shampoo options we have found are featured below. They feature different ingredients for things like simple ingredients, oatmeal shampoo, keeping fleas away, and more. Making a homemade shampoo for your pup doesn’t have to be complicated and usually involves only a few products.
American Kennel Club
The American Kennel Club website features 3 main DIY dog shampoo options – the basic 3 ingredient, shampoo for dry skin, and shampoo to repel and kill fleas. The one designed to kill fleas is very similar to the option shown above from eHow!
BullyMax.com offers 3 different homemade dog shampoo solutions – including one they call the, “The Ultimate Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipe”. This one only requires 2 ingredients – vinegar and dish detergent. Dish detergents are specifically designed to remove grease and dirt from plates and can do a great job of washing away oil on your do’gs skin and coat. A lavender-scented dish detergent also has the added benefit of repelling fleas.
PetCareRx.com offers a few unique options as well, including a recipe to make a conditioner. Some of the recipes include less commonly found products, so you might have to do some shopping before trying out these shampoos.
Dogsaholic.com is a well-known website for canines and covers pretty much every topic imaginable about dogs, including homemade shampoos. They offer plenty of different options and a conditioner as well.
Before you give your dog a bath, be sure that you are properly setup. Check out our guide on how to give your dog a bath if you have any questions. Please let us know in the comments below if you have any questions or suggestions for this article!