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Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Crafting | 2 comments

DIY Dog Shampoo

DIY Dog Shampoo

Penny needs a bath. While an adorable cuddle-pup, she is starting to smell very doggie. The DIY body wash is all gone (lasted a real long time!) and that’s what we have been using as shampoo. What to do?

Some folks have told us to use Dawn soap, regular shampoo, baby shampoo, bar soap…the list goes on. Not comfortable with using blue dish soap and not wanting to run to the pet store to buy more shampoo, I thought to see what the Internet had to say about DIY natural dog shampoos and got a lot of results back. The first one seemed promising and we had all of the ingredients, so I mixed up a batch. It still uses dish soap, but the “natural” kind. If it’s okay for my hands and dishes, it should be okay for dog.

DIY “Natural” Dog Shampoo

If you mix this up in a mason jar you don’t even need measuring cups! Ball jars usually have markers for cups on the side.

  • 1 cup natural dish soap
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 ounces glycerine

Mix everything up in a container. Shake. Done.

Penny Has No Idea What's in This Jar

Penny Has No Idea What’s in This Jar

Use it like any other dog shampoo. Penny is NOT a fan of baths, although she does like water. Phil has taken to carrying her into the bathroom. She just knows something is going to happen to her.

pennyphil Penny in the Tub

The results? Her coat is silky and smooth and she smells just fine. Not dirty, but not scented – perfect.

Much more dignified.

Much more dignified.

Someone made this oatmeal version, which I am curious about. These dog shampoos could make a nice holiday gift for someone who loves their dog, maybe with some homemade treats?

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  1. what is natural dish soap? this sounds like good stuff. dish soap works really good for skunk encounters – gets rid of the oily skunk spray.

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