Making Natural Shampoo for Your Dog

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Making Natural Shampoo for Your Dog

My girl, Maddie, is getting up there in years. In fact, she’s been in my life longer than my husband and children. With age comes a funky smell and sensitive skin. I have finally perfected making a natural shampoo for her and I wanted to share it with you.

With oatmeal for sensitive skin, coconut oil for moisture, baking soda for funky odors, and essential oils to keep fleas at bay, you'll love this DIY dog shampoo.

Making Your Dog Shampoo

  • 1 c. Oatmeal – Ground (not instant!!!)
  • 1 c. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Dr. Bronners
  • 1 tsp. Coconut Oil
  • 10 drops Essential Oil (I like Lavender & Cedar because they repel fleas)
  • 3 1/2 – 4 c. Warm Water

Grind your oatmeal to the consistency of coffee grounds until you have 1 cup. I used my old coffee grinder to grind mine. Mix the oatmeal and baking soda and then use a funnel to pour it into a bottle (I used a glass milk bottle from our local farm). Add the essential oils, coconut oil and Dr. Bronners and sort of swish them so they mix together a bit. Add the warm water and gently tilt the closed container back and forth until the ingredients are mixed. Don’t shake or you will have bubbles all over the place.

Using Your Natural Dog Shampoo

To use, massage into your dog’s skin for a few minutes and then rinse thoroughly. The Dr. Bronners will clean the fur, the coconut oil rehydrates the skin, the baking soda eliminates funky odors and the essential oils add a pleasant scent and repels fleas. It’s everything you need in one bottle.

Store your natural dog shampoo in the fridge and bring to room temperature before bath time. Swishing to reincorporate the ingredients.

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NOTE This is not thick like a traditional shampoo. It is a thinner “rinse” style shampoo. Also, use caution when using on dogs with long hair. If you have trouble rinsing out the oatmeal, wait for your pup to dry and then brush out any excess oatmeal.

With oatmeal for sensitive skin, coconut oil for moisture, baking soda for funky odors, and essential oils to keep fleas at bay, you'll love this DIY dog shampoo.

 

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I am a non-traditional homesteader. What is a non-traditional homesteader? I'd like to think we are the people who don't fit the mold. I am a busy mom on a small bit of property with not a lot of financial resources, but I am figuring out how to live the life I want. A homesteader's life.

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Making Natural Shampoo for Your Dog — 24 Comments

  1. Thank you for this recipe! I have two dogs that are sensitive. One is a saint Bernard and the other is a rat terrier/Chihuahua mix.
    Thanks again,
    Judy

  2. Hi,
    I would like to ask if this recipe is for once use? or few times bathing?
    How long can it be stored?
    1 more question, can I use PALMAROSA essential oil instead of Lavender ? For it’s good for Flea & Tick treatment too.
    Need info. Thanks

    • I can be used several times (depending on the size and dirtiness of your dog). I keep mine in the fridge and it lasts quite a while. Just pull it an hour or two before bath time so it can get back to room temperature. If you forget, you can run the container under the bath water to warm it back up.

  3. I followed the directions, and it is fairly runny after just 2 cups of water. I’m letting it sit for a few minutes before I decide to add any of the other 2 cups . . .

    • I thought I ground the oatmeal to be like coffee, but I think not! Lol! I used it on my Pomeranian, and I think I’ll be picking oatmeal chunks out of her hair for a while. Next batch, will leave in the grinder a bit longer!

      • Ok, I just had another thought . . . is it one cup of oatmeal before grinding (which is what I did), or is it one cup of ground/powdered oatmeal? THAT would explain a lot if that is the case.

        • After grinding. I’m sorry that wasn’t clear. I will update the post to better explain that. Yes, it’s a thin mixture, but your observation may explain why people were finding it SO thin.

    • I suggest you do. I checked out the ingredients list for Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap. It contains extracts from two types of mint (funny that neither is actually peppermint), but I’m not sure if they are concentrated enough to work at repelling fleas. Maybe consider cutting back the amount of essential oil you apply and see how it goes.

  4. Does it have to be stored in the fridge? I don’t store my oils, coconut oil, my oatmeal or my baking soda in the fridge? LOL so does it actually HAVE to be stored in the fridge? Can I leave it in dark bathroom cupboard?

    • Dr. Bronners is a castile (vegetable-based) soap that doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or ingredients. You can buy it on Amazon (here) and some Walmarts may carry it in the cleaning department.

      • Health food store carry Dr. Bronners too. Many discount it a bit if they carry it in bulk tanks and you bring your own container. It coms in unscented, lemon, lavender and I think, a few other scents. Good stuff!

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