3 DIY Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipes for a Shiny, Glossy Coat


If you have pets, especially dogs, you are well aware of the never-ending struggle to keep them clean, healthy and out of mischief. But despite your best efforts, those adorable little buggers often find their way into the garbage bin or your flower bed, after which they settle down to dig and roll about to their heart’s content.

Keeping your loyal companion’s skin and fur clean is a must to keep them healthy and prevent skin infections like mange.

Instead of buying expensive shampoo from the pet store, you can use any of the following recipes to make your own DIY homemade dog shampoo. By doing so, you ensure that the ingredients in the shampoo are pure and skin-friendly for use on your furry friend.

Three skin-friendly DIY shampoos for your dog
These DIY homemade dog shampoo recipes will keep your pet’s skin and coat healthy and shiny.

Method 1: Basic Shampoo
This DIY basic shampoo for dogs is easy to make and can be used to bathe your loyal companion without worrying about any chemicals that might be used in commercial shampoos.

Apple cider vinegar has strong antibacterial properties and also acts as a natural deodorizer. In fact, you can also make an apple cider vinegar spray to get rid of fleas on your dog.

Dawn liquid dish soap, also used in this shampoo, is both safe and suitable for cleaning layers of filth off your beloved pet.

Things you’ll need:

Apple cider vinegar (antibacterial)– ¼ cup
Dawn Ultra liquid dish soap (works as a cleanser) – ¼ cup
Water – ¼ cup

Step 1. Combine water, apple cider vinegar and liquid dish soap in a jug

Combine water, apple cider vinegar and liquid dish soap

Pour ¼ cup of water into a jug.
Add ¼ cup of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
Add ¼ cup of Dawn Ultra liquid dish soap as well.

Step 2. Mix well and use monthly or as needed

Mix well and store the shampoo is a recycled bottle

Mix the ingredients well to get a uniform blend.
Transfer the shampoo into a clean, recycled shampoo bottle for storage.
Store it in a cool, dry and dark place.

Use this DIY homemade dog shampoo once a month to give your pet’s skin and coat a thorough cleaning. You can also use it as needed, if your dog has been up to some mischief like rolling in a mud pile in your backyard.

Method 2: Anti-Flea Shampoo

This DIY anti-flea dog shampoo will help you in the constant battle to keep your four-footed friend free of those tiny but persistent fleas. It can be used to both combat an existing flea problem as well as prevent an infestation.

The apple cider vinegar and essential oils have strong antibacterial properties that eliminate any fleas in your pet’s fur, and also help keep them away.

Additionally, the liquid Castile soap helps remove accumulated layers of dirt from your pet’s skin and also kills off fleas.

Things you’ll need:

Apple cider vinegar (antibacterial)– ¼ cup
Liquid Castile soap (kills fleas) – 1½ tablespoons
Olive oil (antibacterial) – 1 teaspoon
Distilled water – 2 tablespoons
Rosemary essential oil – 5 drops
Peppermint essential oil – 5 drops

Step 1. Combine water, Castile soap, olive oil and apple cider vinegar in a jug


Combine water, Castile soap, olive oil and apple cider vinegar

Put about 2 tablespoons of distilled water in a jug.
Add 1½ tablespoons of liquid Castile soap.
Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
Pour in ¼ cup of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar as well.

Step 2. Add the essential oils and mix well

Add rosemary and peppermint essential oil

Add 5 drops each of rosemary and peppermint essential oils.
Mix all the ingredients well using a spoon.

Step 3. Transfer and store

Store and use it once a month to keep fleas away

Transfer your DIY homemade dog shampoo into a recycled bottle or container.
Bathe your pet with the shampoo once a week to get rid of fleas.

Use it once a month to keep fleas away; store it in a cool, dark place.

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