Homemade Pet Shampoo

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How to make Homemade Pet Shampoo!

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Does you cat or pup have super sensitive skin? Would you like to save money on your pet shampoos and make them at home? Tired of not being able to read the long list of chemical ingredients on your pet’s shampoos? Try making your own at home! Here are some simple recipes for getting your pet clean, the healthy and green way!

Regular Shampoo Recipe:

  • 2 cups of warm water
  • ½ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of Dawn dish detergent

Mix the warm water and vinegar and Dawn in a plastic container and gently shake until bubbles begin to form. The soap is all set to go! Dawn is safe for dogs and cats of any kind, and will help to clean oils from their skin. The vinegar works as a disinfectant to kill any nasty bacteria on their skin without strong chemicals.

Extra Smelly Dog Rinse:

  • Baking soda
  • Warm Water

Make a paste with baking soda and rub it into their fur before washing them. It will help to remove the smell of anything nasty your pet might have been rolling in outdoors!

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Super Gentle Shampoo for Sensitive Fur:

  • 1 cup of organic oatmeal, finely ground to a powder
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of Dawn soap
  • 4 cups of warm water

Shake the ingredients together in a container with a lid. Use the shampoo liberally, and rinse thoroughly. The oatmeal and baking soda will help to soften their fur, hydrate their skin, and still get them clean!

Quick note: You can add scents to any of these by dribbling in some essential oils. These are safe for dogs, but do not use them of a cat or around cats. Although dogs and humans can break down essential oils just fine with no side effects, cats cannot. Essential oils may cause liver failure in your feline friends!

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  1. I know some people don’t think dish soap should be used on animals. I would agree-UNLESS it’s Dawn original. The recipe doesn’t call to use it undiluted, so it’s actually very safe for animals. (it’s what is used to wash rescued animals from oil spills)
    In the event your dog is sprayed by a skunk, Dawn original, mixed with baking soda and coating your dog with it, then a good warm water rinse is about the only thing that takes out the smell.5 stars

  2. It’s nice for people on a budget, but dish soap shouldn’t be used on pets. It can quickly remove natural oils from your pet’s skin that help protect it. When their skin is stripped of these oils, they will be constantly needing to itch themselves.

    I don’t intend this to come out as mean though. :)

  3. I would not recommend putting Dawn dish soap on your pet. I wouldn’t even use it for dishes (don’t want it on my hands). I use a little coconut oil and baking soda mixed in water for my pup.