Making your own dog shampoo is a quick and easy project that can save you plenty of money. This project will take about 15 minutes, and will cost about $5.
What you will need:
- An empty plastic container that hold 24 oz (or more if you are doubling/tripling)
- 1 cup Ivory clear liquid dish soap
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup glycerine
- A funnel
- A container large enough for mixing (I use a milk jug)
How to mix your homemade dog shampoo:
- Using the funnel, pour the water, apple cider vinegar, clear dishwashing soap, and glycerine into the milk jug.
- Put the cap on and mix it up! (watch for bubbles!)
- You can either leave the shampoo in the milk jug or pour it into a smaller container (or containers if you made a larger batch).
- Label your bottle so you remember what it is!
- Shake the soap well before you use it (every time!) This mixes up the glycerine.
Try this recipe for a Dog Conditioner made from a rosemary tea for a glossy coat and nice smell!
Why does this mixture work?
- The apple cider vinegar deodorizes and keeps fleas away.
- The dish soap loosens dirt and makes your pup squeaky clean.
- The glycerine moisturizes the skin and helps reduce itching and scratching.
- The water dilutes the chemicals in the other ingredients. You can always add more water to make the solution less potent.
I have tried other variations and never found one that worked as well as this mixture.
- Liquid glycerin is usually sold in the first aid section of your grocery store or Wal-mart.
- I usually make this in a quadruple batch, mixing and storing it in an empty milk jug
- Do not substitute any ingredients.
- It is always best to talk with your veterinarian before trying any new products, especially if your dog is prone to skin issues.
- Regular grooming can help reduce the number of baths that your dog will need.
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