DIY Homemade (Organic) Dog Shampoo

May 16, 2014

making homemade soap / shampoo bars
  •   Of or relating to an organism, a living entity.
  •   Produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents.

What, if anything, is more organic than a dog?  In the wild, they live off the earth.  They spend their days in the sun, mud, rain, and snow. They are happy sleeping on a bed of dirt.  And, they cleanse their body naturally, with the help of their fur and a little earth.

As beautiful as this naturalism is, there comes a time when even the most organic dog owners says it's time to give them a bath. When that time arrives (and we are thinking mud season probably qualifies as "that time"), why not give your dog an all-natural cleanse with these organic, homemade dog shampoo recipes?

Easy Organic Dog Shampoo Recipe

  • Liquid organic/all-natural hand soap or dish soap
  • White vinegar 

Mix equal parts liquid soap and white vinegar in a shampoo bottle (bonus points if you re-use an old shampoo bottle).  Remember that the color and scent of the dish soap will affect the outcome of the shampoo, so we suggest using a color-free or light-colored, nice smelling liquid soap.

All-Natural, Organic Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipe

  • 1C oatmeal - OR - oat flour
  • 1C baking soda or 1/2C of liquid castile soap (veggie fat cleanser)
  • 1Qt of warm water
 Using a food processor or blender, make a powder out of the oatmeal (you can skip this step if using oat flour). Add flour mixture to the baking soda/castile soap and water and mix in a large container with a tight lid.  Shake well and use immediately. Mixture should sit on dog's coat and skin at least five minutes before rinsing.

You can modify this recipe by adding coconut, sweet almond, jojoba or olive oil to the mixture to provide moisture to the skin, and to help de-tangle and condition the fur.  You can also add a couple drops of aloe vera gel or essential oils to the mixture. 

Tough play means dirt-soaked fur. Make a shampoo that is as organic as the earth that got your dog dirty! Stay squeaky-clean fellow Rad Dogs--but don't be afraid to get a little dirty, too!

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