My dogs are like my children. So when they need bathing, I go for all natural, non-toxic ingredients, like you’ll find in this DIY All Natural Dog Shampoo Recipe.
If you are a dog owner, then you know every dog needs to be bathed at times. Even dogs that don’t shed.
Oddly enough, my dogs tend to need bathing in the winter more than they do the summer. The snow leaves my backyard, the streets, and our hiking trails muddy.
I swear my dogs are just like toddlers – completely attracted to the mud!
When making a DIY All Natural Dog Shampoo, you want to pay attention to your dog’s skin’s pH balance.
The main ingredient in this shampoo is Castile soap (This is the unscented Castile soap I use.) Castile soap has a high pH balance of around an 8. Since most dogs have a skin pH balance of between 6 and 8.5, the high pH balance is suited for their skin.
The Castile soap is then combined with a few drops of dog safe essential oils. Please make sure you only use the specified amount of drops keeping in mind a dog’s sense of smell is 40 times more powerful than a humans.
You will need following essential oils:
Lavender essential oil – soothing to your dogs nervous system.
Peppermint essential oil – both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.
Eucalyptus essential oil – this ingredient is good as a flea repellant.
Rosemary essential oil – this ingredient is also a good flea repellant and it gives your dog’s coat a healthy shine.
If you haven’t already, you may want to check out how I get my essential oils for a discount online.
DIY ALL NATURAL DOG SHAMPOO RECIPE
- 1 1/2 cups purified water
- 1 tablespoon Castile soap
- 2 drops lavender oil
- 2 drops peppermint oil
- 2 drops eucalyptus oil
- 2 drops rosemary oil
- Mix all ingredients in a bottle.
- Shake bottle vigorously before using.
- Use enough shampoo to lather your dog well.
- Rinse thoroughly.
To Bathe Your Dog At Home:
Make sure you wash them in a warm room.
Give them a good wet down using body temperature water.
Lather only once and avoid the face and ears.
Blow dryers can dry out your dog’s skin. Have several large towels ready and towel your dog dry as much as they will let you.
Do you tackle bathing your dog at home?