A homemade dog shampoo can be made with a mixture of liquid dishwashing soap, vinegar and glycerin. Aloe vera and essential oils are optional ingredients. You also need a bucket, whisk and plastic bottles for storing the shampoo.Continue Reading
Assemble the ingredients: 1 quart of water, 1 cup of cider vinegar, 1/3 cup of glycerin and 1 cup of mild dishwashing liquid. You can add a teaspoon of aloe vera if the dog is afflicted with itchiness or dryness. Add 2 teaspoons of essential oils such as rosemary, lemon, lavender or eucalyptus to leave a pleasant fragrance and inhibit fleas.
Pour the cider vinegar and quart of water into a bucket. Vinegar will combat odor, and its scent won't linger after rinsing. You can replace the vinegar with more water if odor isn't a problem for your dog. Add the glycerin and dish soap. The soap should be gentle enough that it won't irritate the dog's skin. Glycerin, a sugar-based alcohol, helps to soften the dog's skin. Include aloe vera and essential oils if desired.
Stir with a whisk until the mixture has the consistency of gravy. Store the shampoo in plastic storage containers, or separate the shampoo into small squeeze bottles for convenience. Shake the bottle each time before applying shampoo.