Making your own dog shampoo saves you money. Whether you are a daily DIYer or just like to save money, making your very own dog shampoo using ingredients from around your home is one way to do all three. The ingredients can already be found in your own pantry, if not in stores, and they’re relatively easy to come by if you already have dog products on hand. All you need is a shampoo for dogs, a base water, conditioner, some natural oils, and possibly some dried lavender buds or tea tree oil, if you want to add something extra. You can make an all-purpose shampoo if that’s what you want.
Some of the best ingredients for homemade dog shampoo are tea tree oil, lavender, and wheat germ. The first two are common sense and both are cheap to buy. Baking soda is cheap and easy, and you can find it in any store that sells food or ask your grocer for some. If you are short on time, however, you might want to consider making a homemade dog shampoo with just these ingredients. Just add a teaspoonful of each to one cup of hot water in the mitt or shower and rinse.
If you want your dog shampoo recipe to work as well as possible, it will need to contain both sodium laureth sulphate and sodium lauryl sulphates. Both are designed to clean the hair and coat properly. Sodium lauryl sulphates is often used in detergents to prevent staining and is also used in spot cleaners. Sodium laureth sulphate can be irritating to the skin and eyes of your pets. However, it’s still a cheaper alternative to regular soap for dogs.
Dog shampoo can also be used on dry skin. To make a dog shampoo out of essential oils, mix one tablespoon of essential oils with one quart of warm water. pour this into a spray bottle and shake to mix. Shampoo your dog using the mixture. You can then massage the mixture onto your dog’s coat or if you’re trying to relieve itching from a flea bite, onto the affected area.
Many of the organic dog shampoo ingredients are also safe for use around babies. These include aloe vera gel, Rosemary and coconut oil. All three of these natural ingredients are safe for use around babies. The only caution is to use a small amount with extremely young children. Before bath time, put a small dab of the homemade dog shampoo in your child’s bath water.
If bathing dogs are part of your daily routine, then consider trying homemade dog shampoos. If you’re not too handy, it’s probably best to find a commercial brand and conditioner that’s already created for you and your pet. However, if you’re up for a challenge, try creating your own conditioner by combining some of the best dog shampoo ingredients with your own natural remedy for conditioners.