Here is a recipe for an alternative to all the chemical laden dog shampoos you can find at the pet store. It’s easy to make and contains all natural ingredients that are gentle on your dog’s delicate skin. This shampoo does make a lot of later so start with a little amount and add more if necessary. As with all shampoos please keep out of his/her eyes and ears.
Natural Liquid Dish Soap (J.R. Watkins, Seventh Generation, Ecover, Method, Mrs. Meyers or homemade natural dish soap (recipe in past posts)
Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Put one cup of your choice of natural liquid dish soap. This will be the base of your shampoo. It helps to loosen dirt and other things from his/her fur. Make sure you purchase a natural, earth friendly dish soap because they will be gentle on your dog’s skin. It’s just as delicate and easy to irritate as our skin.
2. Add 1 cup of water and mix well. Do not mix too vigorously or else you’ll end up with later. You can add more water if your dog has really sensitive skin.
3. Add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and mix. The vinegar is a deodorant, helps keep away fleas and helps to give your dog’s coat a lovely shine. The vinegar also works to rinse away soap residue and helps to prevent the icky wet doggie smell.
4. Add 1/3 cup of glycerin and mix well. Glycerin’s primary use in homemade shampoos is to help the product be luxurious and rich. It also coats the fur and help it to retain moisture.
5. Pour the dog shampoo into an empty bottle and shake it before each use to mix up the glycerin.