We all love to see our dogs clean and thriving. Hence, whenever we take them to a groomer, we spend a handful of money on them without thinking twice. But sometimes you just don’t want to take your dog to the groomer or you are on a budget. Maybe, you don’t feel like leaving the house or are free and have nothing to do, hence you decide to give your dog a bath at home.
But, you don’t have shampoo at home for your dog, so what are you going to do? Dog shampoos are directed specifically for dogs so that their coat and skin is not harmed. This way, their coat stays clean and healthy. However, if you don’t have shampoo at home or don’t want to splurge, then we have a solution for you – DIY homemade shampoo for your dog!
Yes, this little DIY does not need any fancy ingredients, and chances are, you already have all the stuff that you are going to need at home.
How to make a dog shampoo at home
The basic ingredients needed for a dog shampoo are pretty simple. Things like baking soda and vinegar make up most of the things that you might need for the shampoo. Other ingredients include castile soap and glycerin. If your basic dish soap is not toxic, it can also be used in the shampoo.
The preparation is simple. Here is how to make a shampoo for your dog at home:
Shampoo for dogs having dry skin
If your dog has dry or sensitive skin, a homemade shampoo will help with it. You can add ingredients like glycerin or a bit of aloe vera to help with sensitive skin.
The recipe includes:
- 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
- 1/3 cup of glycerin
- 1 quart of water
- 1 cup full of liquid castile soap
- 1 cup full of either apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
Dry Shampoo for dogs
Bathing your dog too frequently is not at all suggested. What this does is that it dries out your dog’s skin. Instead of giving them a full and detailed bath, you can also use dry shampoo. Dry shampoos will clean your dog’s skin and hair.
You can massage the dry shampoo into the skin and this will calm your dog down.
The ingredients needed are:
- Drops of essential oil. Not too many, just a few. The most popular essential oils are lavender and lemon.
- A cup full of corn starch
- A cup of baking soda
You can mix these together and sprinkle it on your dog. Then, massage it with your hands or spread it with a brush. Be careful about the quantity of baking soda, use a cup for a mid-sized canine and half a cup for a small dog or puppy. Do not use this too often.
Dry shampoo is a good temporary fix, but it is essential that you give your dog a detailed bath with water every now and then.
Shampoo for fleas
To fight fleas, there is a simple homemade recipe. This one is ideal if your dog has sensitive skin
- Cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, if not white
- 1 quart of water
- 1 cup of baby shampoo, or use a dish soap that is not toxic
For a small dog:
- Half cup water
- ¼ cup baby shampoo or nontoxic dish soap
- ¼ cup of white vinegar, or apple cider vinegar if the first isn’t available
You can apply the solution with a spray bottle or any other bottle that has been cleaned in detail. Then, work the shampoo into the fur of your dog, along the skin, forearms, base or tail, and chest. Once you are done, let it soak for five minutes, and then rinse with water. Comb your dog to remove all the dead fleas.
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