Provides recipes and tips on making your own dog shampoos from simple household ingredients. Also gives tips on which ingredients to use alone to make your pet smell terrific.
Make Your Own Dog Shampoo
As budgets get tighter, it becomes necessary for most of us to stretch our dollar as far as it can go. One way to save cash while still providing proper care for your beloved pet is to make your own dog shampoos. The process is easy, and the results are rewarding even for the most finicky of canines.
When in a pinch, it’s tempting to use the same shampoo on your dog that you do on yourself. This isn’t a good idea because those products are not properly P.H. balanced for your dog, and can damage his skin. The good news is that the recipes contained in this article can be made with items found in your own home, or readily purchased at your local pharmacy.
The most common recipe for dog shampoo can be made in bulk, and stored for years at a time. You’ll need:
1 pint Ivory, Dove, or Joy liquid dishwashing detergent
1-pint apple cider vinegar
4 ounces of glycerin
Combine these ingredients in a container (a discarded gallon milk jug works great), and shake well. Make sure to shake your shampoo each time you use it. You can add vitamin E oil to make your dog’s coat extra shiny. This shampoo is gentle to your pet’s skin, and the vinegar (substitute white vinegar if you have a white dog) helps your pet dry faster while absorbing odor.
Fleas are a terrible problem for pets. Not only do they carry parasites, but they can cause serious abrasions on your pet’s skin. Chemical products that take care of the problem aren’t for every pet (or for every owner), and have a tendency to be extremely costly. You can make your own remedy at home for pennies. Simply steep two cups of fresh rosemary in two pints of boiling water. Leave this mixture on a low boil for thirty minutes. When it’s done steeping, strain out the rosemary, and combine the remainder with eight pints of warm water. Shake well, and pour the brew over your dog. Do not rinse your pet. Allow him to dry naturally. This is a natural flea repellent that you can use as often as you like.
If your dog hates getting wet, a possible solution is to make your own dry bath shampoo. To make this no-water shampoo, combine equal parts bran, cornmeal, and orris root (if you only have two of the three, that will work as well). Sift the mixture well, and add one split vanilla bean. Let the combination sit for two to three days, then sprinkle the mixture over your pet. After you thoroughly brush the blend out of your pet’s fur, you’ll be rewarded with a clean vanilla scented dog – no water involved! You can store this mixture for as long as you want. In fact, this no-water shampoo smells more like vanilla the longer you store it!
If you’re pressed for time, you can always bathe your dog with unmixed household ingredients. You can use plain apple cider vinegar and water, Joy dishwashing detergent, or Murphy’s Oil Soap. It’s not recommended that you use any of these regularly, but in a time crunch, they’re perfectly acceptable.
One of the best ways to keep your pet healthy is through proper grooming. By making your own dog shampoo, you can save your cash, and make bath time enjoyable for both you and your pet.