The Benefits of Organic Dog Shampoo (Plus 3 Easy Recipes)
Whether your dog needs a routine clean or a solution to a specific problem dog shampoos can work wonders. You may be using an over the counter (OTC) shampoo just to maintain your pet’s hygiene, but have you thought of using Organic and DIY dog shampoos?
You may assume DIY means less effective, but as I discovered that’s not the case at all. If we drop our preconceived ideas that lots of lather = clean, then we open our minds to a healthier way to get Fluffy and Fido looking, feeling, and smelling their best.
Organic dog shampoo is just like OTC dog shampoos, minus the side effects lurking in many commercial formulations. These side effects range from causing rashes to hair falling our due to reactions to the synthetic ingredients used in OTC shampoos. With an Organic and DIY dog shampoo recipe, your dog will enjoy the following benefits:
- Organic and DIY dog shampoo recipes are safe for the environment This is because they are made from biodegradable materials which aren’t harmful to Mother Nature once inside the drainage system.
- Organic dog shampoos are also safe for human caregivers. Of course, when shampooing your pet, you’re in contact with the synthetic chemicals in an OTC shampoo which can also be harmful to you. But, with organic ingredients this is unlikely.
- Organic dog shampoos do not contain irritants, dyes, and chemicals—this is especially true if you’re the one creating your own shampoo. And with the absence of these materials and chemicals, it makes your DIY dog shampoo less irritating, safer, and gentler for your pet.
So, here are three different Organic DIY dog shampoo recipes you can use. There’s a daily dog shampoo against dog-stink or for maintaining a beautiful coat, organic shampoo against fleas, and a DIY shampoo recipe for dog skin conditions.
Neem Oil Dog Shampoo Recipe
Neem oil provides a lot of wonderful benefits for your beloved pet’s skin and coat. It helps a wide array of dog skin conditions like seasonal allergies. Neem Oil Dog Shampoo also contains moisturizing and softening properties.
CAUTION: neem is not recommended for use on cats.
½-oz. Certified organic non-GMO Liquid soy lecithin
½-oz. Shea butter
2 tbsps. neem oil
8 fl. oz. Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 unscented Baby mild Pure Liquid Castille Soap
Directions for Use:
- The first step is to properly weigh and measure all needed ingredients.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt shea butter.
- Add lecithin into shea while still warm; mix well until lecithin is also melted.
- Continue mixing until you reach a uniform consistency.
- Add liquid soap and mix thoroughly.
- Once the shampoo is no longer hot, add neem oil and mix well once more.
- Transfer to an empty and clean shampoo bottle and label.
- To use this Neem Oil Dog Shampoo Recipe, simply massage on to your dog’s wet coat and lather well. Especially focusing on problem spots.
- When done lathering, rinse well.
- This recipe is best used at least once a week until your pet’s skin condition goes back to normal.
Flea Repelling Lavender Essential Oil Doggy Shampoo
If your pet has bothersome fleas, you can help the infestation with this organic and natural doggy shampoo. Lavender essential oil is known to be an effective flea repellent for dogs, while gentle enough to be used on them.
2 drops rosemary essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
1 tbsp. Castile Soap
2-oz. Aloe Vera
Directions for Use:
- In an empty, clean, and lidded bottle, place all ingredients.
- Cover bottle and shake to mix ingredients thoroughly.
- To use this Flea Repelling Lavender Essential Oil Doggy Shampoo, simply lather on to your pet’s wet fur. Massage on to areas that have a high concentration of fleas like around ears and neck, on your pet’s stomach, along the back of the legs, and the base of the tail.
- After massaging the shampoo thoroughly on your pet, it’s time to rinse it off with warm water.
- You can use this shampoo at least once a week until your pet is flea-free.
Shiny and Stink-Free Doggy Shampoo
If you love cuddling your pet but sometimes notice he smells, then this shampoo can help you remove that stink off your pet. Or, if your pet has a long furry coat and you want to keep it shiny, this shampoo will help you do the trick. This recipe also makes use of rosemary water which helps in curbing itchiness and dander issues due to its moisturizing qualities.
TIP: this recipe was made for Labrador Retrievers in mind. So, if your dog is smaller in size, you may want to lessen the coconut oil used as the recipe just might be a little too greasy for your pet.
5 tbsps. Dr. Bronner’s Baby-mild Liquid soap
4 drops Lavender essential oil
1 heaping tbsp. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
A stem of fresh rosemary
3 cups water
Directions for Use:
- In a pan, place water, add rosemary, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn off fire and allow the rosemary leaves to steep for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove and discard the rosemary leaves. Strain water as you transfer it to an empty, clean, and lidded bottle.
- Add the remaining ingredients into the bottle, seal, and shake until mixture is thoroughly combined. The resulting mixture should have a consistency and look of a light cream or thick milk.
- To use the shampoo, lather an ample amount to your pet’s fur and massage well all over your pet’s body.
- Once done shampooing your pet, rinse off with warm water.
- This shampoo is so gentle that you can use it each time you give your pet a bath.
Have you ever made your own pet shampoo? What do you add in to make it your own?