Now that spring is approaching, we’ve had some spring showers that have left our dogs (and our house) a bit smelly at times. This 3 ingredient homemade dog shampoo recipe is SO easy to make, cleans even the dirtiest of dogs, and best of all, kills fleas.
Our little white fluffy dog, Lola, smells and feels so good after her bath:) I love an inexpensive homemade alternative to products that we use regularly. Store bought dog shampoos can be very pricey and a dog bath costs at least $20 at our local groomer. This homemade shampoo recipe will only cost a few dollars to make!
Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipe
Making your own dog shampoo is a pretty simple process. Often, you will already have the ingredients on hand. Check out the homemade shampoo recipes listed here to find one which suits your dog.
Ingredients for homemade dog wash:
- White vinegar. If your dog has a strong odor, rinse him with white vinegar to remove the stink.
- Dawn Dish Soap. Using Dawn is recommended because it works best for killing the fleas where other brands may not, and it’s the safest for your pet.
Please note, do not use on dogs with known skin problems and avoid getting it into their eyes and mouths. The first time you use this homemade shampoo for dogs, always watch your dog closely afterwards to make sure it is a good fit for his skin.
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You Will Need
- Dawn Dish Soap
- White Vinegar
*I love using a Wet Brush for gently detangling our dogs (found below)
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- Using a clear squirt bottle (found here), add equal parts of vinegar, dish soap, and water depending on the size of your container.
- Prepare a warm bath for your dog.
- Let the dog soak so that all of his/her hair is completely wet.
- Apply the shampoo and lather the dog. Be careful to avoid getting the shampoo in their eyes or mouth.
- Scrub well where fleas are hiding.
- When you see dead fleas in the water, it’s time to rinse the soap out.
- Repeat the washing and rinsing process until you see no more fleas in the tub when you rinse, paying close attention to their head because fleas will try to escape there.