How to make your own natural dog shampoo at home

How to make your own natural dog shampoo at home

 

In this first part of our four-part series, we show you how to make all-natural shampoos for dogs. The first one is a gentle moisturising dog shampoo which works really well for dry, itchy skin. It’s guaranteed to leave your dog pal’s fur feeling soft and smelling great! The second dog shampoo recipe is for dogs with sensitive skin. Your dog’s skin will feel so better after having a bath with the soothing ingredients in this soothing dog shampoo!

A word about bathing your dog

How often should I bath my dog? Many people ask us this question! Many pet owners bath their dogs every week or some even every second day. Bathing your dog frequently is not always a good thing! While you may think that it’s hygienic, you are actually creating more skin problems for your precious pooch.

Dogs have protective oils in their coats and by over-bathing them, you are stripping the natural oils from their skin. Of course, if your dog is very smelly or dirty you have to give him a good wash –even if that is just for your own sake! But depending on the breed and type of skin and coat, you should basically be washing your dog no more than once a month – or every two or three months.

1. Gentle, moisturising dog shampoo recipe

What you need to get started:

1. 1 cup of natural dishwashing liquid
2. 1 cup of organic apple cider vinegar
3. 1 cup of warm water
4. ¼ cup of glycerine
5. 1 large Consol jar

Method

Firstly, start by pouring the natural dishwashing liquid into your jar, and then slowly add the other ingredients. Shake the jar thoroughly to mix all the ingredients together. And, that’s your all-in-one natural cleansing dog shampoo! Remember, you can also add other natural ingredients such as essential oils and herbs to your shampoo to treat specific skin problems.

How to use the shampoo

Get your dog ready for his bath. Pour water gently down his skin and then lather the shampoo into the fur. Work the shampoo thoroughly into the fur and cover all those hard to reach areas such as the chest, under the forearms and the base of the tail. Allow the shampoo to soak into the skin before rinsing and drying. Don’t forget to reward your pet with a treat for a job well done!

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2. Dog shampoo recipe for sensitive skins

What you need to get started:

1. 1 cup of natural dishwashing liquid
2. 1 cup of organic apple cider vinegar
3. 1 cup of warm water
4. ¼ cup of glycerine
5. 2 tablespoons of aloe vera
6. 1 large Consol jar

Method

As you can see this is the exact same recipe used for the moisturising dog shampoo with the exception for one ingredient – aloe vera which has been added. Aloe vera contains soothing properties and is an excellent ingredient to benefit sensitive or dry, itchy skins.

Pour all the ingredients together starting with natural dishwashing liquid into your jar. Shake all the ingredients together to create this simple but effective dog shampoo to treat sensitive skins.

Natural skincare for pets in the Feelgood Pets range

If you are too busy to make your own dog shampoo, use Vondi's Flea & Tick Shampoo which contains all-natural ingredients and helps to keep ticks and fleas away. Best of ll, it's gentle on the skin.

If you want to give your dog’s skin and coat even more of a treat, we suggest a course of our herbal Skin & Coat Tonic – a wonderful herbal remedy containing herbs to nourish, strengthen and protect the skin and promote a shiny, healthy coat. For dogs with itchy skin problems, who scratch all the time, add our homeopathic Allergy Itch Ease remedy.

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