DIY Dog Shampoo <3

Combating fleas? Soothing dry skin? There’s a simple homemade dog shampoo recipe for all needs.


Dog grooming is a huge business, and many dog owners are excited that their puppy pals should look and smell their best when they go out in public. Of course, not every dog is going to strike a pose on the show stage, and it can be fun to craft your own homemade dog shampoo for DIY grooming.

These are recipes you can make in the comfort of your home with your partners, friends, kids, or other dog owners. There is a homemade dog shampoo recipe to fit any need, any budget, and whatever time you have available.

The ingredients are easy to acquire, most being ready-at-hand in the home, and most recipes are for single use, meaning there’s no need for storage containers. You can try a new one each time you wash your dog. Exactly how to wash a dog is a different matter. As anyone who has tried can tell you, convincing your dog to submit to a bath can be a challenging proposition. Thankfully, making your own dog shampoo at home is only as complicated as you want it to be

Making your own homemade dog shampoo takes only a few minutes, requires the ingredients every household has and can save you loads of money while keeping your pooch clean and smelling fresh.

Dish detergents and vinegar are both extremely useful since they have excellent cleaning and deodorizing properties.

Dish Detergent/Soap

These liquid soaps are normally used for washing dishes, however what majority of people don’t know is that they can serve a variety of other purposes.
Dish Detergents are specially designed to be able to cut through kitchen grease, and this ability makes them excellent when it comes to washing away accumulated oils on your dog’s skin and coat.

And that’s not even the best part. Lavender-scented dish detergent will repel fleas. If your precious little ball of fur becomes infested with these annoying little creatures, you can make a swift intervention using this dish soap.

Not only will your pet get rid of fleas, the little fellow will smell great after his bath. It’s a win-win situation. (Well, except for fleas, obviously.)

White Vinegar
White vinegar is an excellent addition to your homemade dog shampoo since it has antibacterial, as well as deodorant properties. Along with the dish detergent, vinegar will also contribute to your pet’s coat looking shiny and healthy.

However, while white vinegar is quite a helpful ingredient in your dog shampoo, make sure it does not end up in your pooch’s eyes, since it is mildly acidic and will burn his puppy eyes.

In a large spray bottle, combine 2 cups of warm water with 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Add in 1/4 cup of dish detergent. Gently shake the mixture until bubbles form, then allow the bubbles to recede.

Wet your dog’s coat with warm water and then spray your dog with the homemade shampoo mixture all over his body and use your fingers to create a thick lather. Work the shampoo gently into his skin in order to clean it thoroughly.

Once again, make sure not to get the shampoo mixture into your dog’s eyes. Let him dry off and he’ll be as good as new.

What are your favourite homemade dog shampoo recipes?



Have you ever created your own homemade dog shampoo? Are you a do-it-yourself aficionado? Do you prefer more sophisticated recipes? Do you enjoy the process of creating homemade dog shampoo as much as the results?

If you like putting things to boil, enjoy using specialty ingredients for fragrance and shine, or find that some methods work better for particular breeds of dog, let us know! Please, share your favorite shampoo recipe in the comments

Talk to you soon friends, take care!


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