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How to Make Dog Shampoo?

Whether you are interested to take your pooch in a dog show or not, its grooming is very important. Almost all pet owners are quite concerned about the way their pets smell and look. Of course, who would not want his/her pet to be in its best condition? Though not every pet owner takes his/her dog to walk on the ramp in a dog show, he/she would always want to keep the pet hygienic and healthy. Often, we as pet owners are very careful about what our pets eat and we try our best to give them the best but we go careless regarding their personal hygiene at times. 

There a few pet owners who prefer natural products for their pets as well as they want to save their hard-earned money. If you are among such pet owners then, the best thing for you to do is, make a shampoo for your dog at your home itself. Even the best dog shampoos available in the market are made somewhere by someone so, why you can not make it if you know the right procedure. All the ingredients that are required to make a dog shampoo at home must already be there in your pantry and even if you do not have them, just go and get them from any nearby local store. However, I am quite sure that ingredients such as baking soda, vinegar, and ordinary dish soap shall be readily available in your pantry. Aren’t they? Yes, right? Then, what else do you need to make dog shampoo?

The following article shall guide through the steps involved in making a dog shampoo at home but before that let us first understand – what you should not do while making a shampoo for your favorite pooch. 

What to Avoid While Making a Dog Shampoo at Home?

It is advisable not to use a shampoo for bathing your dog that we humans use. We have a very scientific and valid reason for saying so and that is, we humans have a different pH level from that of our pets or specifically dogs (in our case). The pH levels of humans ranges between 5.5 to 5.6 while that of dogs ranges between 6.2 to 7.4 and you already know that pH levels are related to skin therefore, we as parents of our dogs should not take a chance with our child’s skin health. The shampoos made for humans will be too acidic for dogs and they could cause them skin irritations. So, it is better for you to go with the steps mentioned below to make a dog shampoo at home if you want to avoid spending money on the best dog shampoos available on-line or in the market. 

Points to Keep in Mind When Making a Dog Shampoo

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  • The skin type of your dog. It is very important to take it under consideration just the way you choose bath soaps and shampoos for yourself. 
  • Your dog must not be allergic to the ingredients that you are about to use.
  • The ingredients should be fresh. So, check for their expiry date before making a dog shampoo out of them and applying it on your pet dog.
  • Add the correct and specified amount of ingredient, any ups and downs in the measurement can be harmful for your dog, although natural ingredients do not cause any harm as such still, there is nothing wrong in being extra careful after all, it’s about one of your family member’s!

Making a Dog Shampoo at The Convenience of Your Home

Making a dog shampoo is not very difficult but because there can be a shampoo catering to different skin types so, first know your dog’s skin type and then follow the steps below. The following article shall take you through the procedure to make a shampoo for your dog with different needs. Decide what your pet needs and get yourself working!

The Basic Shampoo

Ingredients Required

  • Two cups of warm water.
  • ¼ cup of dish soap (take the one which is non-toxic) :- Dish detergent helps in cutting through grease and is the best for washing away oils accumulated on your pooch’s coat and skin. 
  • ½ cup of white vinegar :- It has anti-bacterial properties and deodorant. Also, it shall make your pet’s coat and skin look shiny and clean. 

However, you need to be careful and do not get these ingredients into the eyes of your dog. 

Method to make and apply shampoo

Take a spray bottle and mix all the ingredients into it. Shake well so that the ingredients get mixed properly. Now, spray the mixed ingredients all over your dog’s wet (with warm water) skin and coat. Work the shampoo to make a thick lather out of it. Then, rinse it thoroughly, again and again even if you feel that all the signs of shampoo have gone. After this is done, take a soft towel and dry your dog completely. Now, your favorite pooch is good to go.

Making a Shampoo for Your Dog Having Dry Skin

It might be the case that your dog has an itchy, dry, or sensitive skin. Then, you can either buy the best dog shampoo for dry skin from the market or add a few ingredients to the shampoo that you are making so as to give some relief to your dog from these symptoms. 

Shampoo with Aloe Vera and Glycerin

Ingredients Required

  • 4 Cups or one quart of water.
  • One cup of baby shampoo or dish soap that is non-toxic.
  • One cup of white or apple cider vinegar.
  • 1/3 cup of glycerin :- You can easily get this ingredient in pharmacies, on-line, or in some grocery stores. 
  • Two tablespoons of aloe vera gel

Method to Make and Apply

Take a spray bottle, pour all the ingredients into it, and shake it to mix well. Then, apply it on your dog also working it onto your dog’s coat. Make sure of avoiding the pet’s eyes and rinse thoroughly afterward.

Shampoo with Oatmeal

Ingredients Required

  • One cup of oatmeal (uncooked) :- It is famous for its soothing properties and you must have seen it in many commercial grooming products.
  • ½ cup of baking soda.
  • 4 cups of warm water.

Method to Make and Apply

I am sure you must be having a mixer grinder or a food processor at your home because to make a shampoo with oatmeal as one of its ingredients, you shall need one. What you need to do is, grind the oatmeal in a coffee grinder until you get the consistency of flour. Now, pour it into a big bowl and mix baking soda in it. Then, add some warm water and keep stirring until the mixture gets incorporated. Bring your dog and wet it with warm water, lathering it up with the oatmeal home-made shampoo. Also, you can work it into your pet’s coat and let it sit for a few minutes. Now, rinse thoroughly both the coat and your dog until the shampoo is completely out and dry them up with a clean soft towel. 

A Shampoo to Repel and Kill Fleas on Your Dog 

Yes! You can make a shampoo for your dog at home to fight fleas. For this, you can add lavender essential oil which has natural antiseptic, anti-bacterial, and antiparasitic properties. Apart from it, oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, etc. can also be added but lavender would be the best choice if you want to avoid using the best flea shampoo for dogs available in the market. One thing that you need to keep in mind is that not all natural or essential oils are safe for your little pup because there are some dogs that have severe toxicity and immune-mediated reactions after being exposed to few essential oils. Therefore, it is advisable not to apply 100 percent essential oils on your dog. Also, when using essential oils, you need to be careful that the pet does not ingest them. If in case you are not very sure about using them, you can consult your veterinarian. 

Flee-Repellant Home-Made Dog Shampoo

Ingredients Required

  • Ten ounces of warm water.
  • Two ounces of aloe-vera gel.
  • One tablespoon of Castile Soap.
  • Two drops of lavender oil.

Method to Make and Apply

Take a clean spray bottle, combine all ingredients in it and shake well to get the ingredients mixed properly. Now, bring your dog and wet him with water. Spray the shampoo on your pet’s body and coat, work it into a lather, and make sure the shampoo does not go into your dog’s eyes. Having done this much, rinse the dog and its coat thoroughly. Dry them up and get your dog out playing.


No doubt there are the best dog shampoos available in the market but if you can make one for your dog with natural ingredients there is no harm in it. However, when you search on-line for the method to make a dog shampoo at home by Treatfordog Experts, you shall get 100s of recipes and most of them use vinegar in various combinations. Apart from it, Castile soap or dish soap and baking soda is also a common ingredient in many home-made dog shampoo making recipes. The thing is that you need to decide which recipe and what ingredients shall be the best for your pooch. So, next time you decide to spend some time with your dog along with making it hygienic, go in your kitchen and get yourself making an easy, safe, and inexpensive dog shampoo!

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