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Two Spa-Quality, Natural Dog Shampoos You Can Make At Home

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Sometimes your dog needs a little freshening up between grooming appointments. If you decide to give your dog a bath, it's important to use a mild shampoo that won't irritate the skin or damage the hair. There are plenty of gentle, natural dog shampoos on the market, but when you make your own, you know exactly what is in it. Here are two spa-quality, natural dog shampoo recipes that will help restore your pooch to his or her clean, fresh self without itching, flaky skin or hair loss.

Oatmeal Skin Soothing Shampoo

If your dog is prone to itchy skin, this soothing shampoo is a great choice. Oatmeal helps sooth the skin, and in fact it is a common ingredient in many commercial shampoos for both dogs and humans. The base of this shampoo is Castile soap, which is made primarily with olive oil, another natural, non-irritating ingredient.

You'll need

  • 1 cup unscented, liquid Castile soap
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1 drop of vanilla essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  1. Place the oats in a blender, and grind until they form a fine powder.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the blender, and pulse until a uniform, creamy mixture is formed.
  3. Pour the shampoo into a bottle or jar.
  4. Use about 2 tablespoons of shampoo to bathe a small dog, or 3 for a medium to large dog.

Dirty Dog Shampoo

This shampoo is ideal for the dirtiest of dogs. Use it after your dog rolls in a mud puddle or comes home smelling like a sewer. The natural sea salt helps exfoliate and remove ground-in dirt from your dog's hair, while the baking soda and citrus scent help absorb tough odors.

You'll need:

  • 1 cup unscented, liquid Castile soap
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 drop orange essential oil
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil


  1. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl, and stir to combine.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a jar or bottle.
  3. Apply a small handful of the soap to an already wet dog, and work it well into the coat.
  4. Let the shampoo sit on the dog for 5 minutes before rinsing. This helps absorb tough odors.

There's nothing like a trip to the dog spa like Animal Inn Pet Boarding Kennel to get your pet fresh and clean. When you can't make it to the groomer's, however, these homemade shampoos are the next best thing. Keep a batch of your favorite one handy for quick baths.