How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo

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Things You'll Need

  • Large bowl or bucket

  • 1 cup all-natural liquid dish soap

  • 1 cup water

  • Long-handled spoon or ladle

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1/3 cup glycerin

  • Bottle


Don't get soap in your dog's ears or eyes -- even a gentle soap could cause discomfort.


Start with less shampoo than you think you'll need. Add more shampoo, if necessary.

How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo

Prepare homemade dog shampoo if you're looking for a natural alternative to store-bought pet products. In addition to protecting your companion from harsh detergents, making your own dog shampoo costs less than buying it. Make a large batch of pet shampoo and store it in an air-tight container if you own multiple dogs. Rinse your dog thoroughly after washing him -- shampoo residue can irritate his skin.


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Step 1

How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo

Pour 1 cup gentle, all-natural liquid dish soap into a bowl -- this will form the base your dog shampoo. This ingredient helps loosen dirt and other debris.

Step 2

How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo

Add 1 cup water to thin out the soap. Mix well, but don't stir too vigorously, otherwise you'll beat the mixture into a lather. Add a little more water if your dog has particularly sensitive skin.


Step 3

How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo

Add 1 cup apple cider vinegar. Mix well. This ingredient acts like a deodorant, gives your pet's coat a lustrous shine and helps keep fleas away. It also helps remove soap residue when you rinse out the shampoo. Apple cider vinegar also helps prevent wet dog smell.


Step 4

How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo

Add 1/3 cup glycerin. Mix well. Glycerin coats your dog's fur or hair, helping it retain moisture.

Step 5

How to Make Homemade Dog Shampoo

Store your homemade dog shampoo in an empty bottle. Give it a good shake before each use to mix the glycerin back into the finished product.