Although there are many commercial shampoos available for puppies, some people prefer to make their own. Preparing the shampoo is rather easy and the homemade variety will usually cost less than the commercial products.
Most recipes for homemade shampoos include a mild dish washing detergent such as Dove or Ivory. If the puppy has gotten into oil or grease or is extremely muddy, Dawn and Dial can be substituted. However, Dawn and Dial can cause the skin to dry out, but this can be overcome by adding glycerin, which is available at drug stores, to the shampoo. Adding a little vinegar – white or apple cider will work – helps to eliminate the wet doggy smell that goes along with bathing.
Want to try making your own puppy shampoo? Here are several recipes that can help you make your own special formula for your four-legged friend.
Recipe 1 – Add one cup of dish detergent and 1 cup white vinegar to one quart of water. Store in an old shampoo bottle that has been rinsed thoroughly.
Recipe 2 – Start by thoroughly washing a plastic bottle with soap and hot water. Rinse thoroughly. Combine two cups of distilled water, one cup of apple cider vinegar, one-half cup 100 percent vegetable liquid glycerin, two tablespoons of aloe vera gel and two teaspoons of a mild liquid castile soap. Shake well until the mixture is well blended. This shampoo will keep up to one month if stored in a cool place.
Recipe 3 – This is a good shampoo for puppies that have sensitive dry, itchy skin. Grind one cup of fast cooking oatmeal (organic is best because it contains no chemical additives) to a powder in a coffee grinder. Add one cup of water to the powdered oatmeal and stir well. Work the oatmeal mixture into the puppy’s fur and skin. Massage well for 20 minutes before rinsing. Be sure to remove all oatmeal residues.
Recipe 4 – Try this recipe when you need a moisturizing shampoo for puppies that have itchy skin. Combine one-third cup of glycerin, one cup of lemon-scented liquid dish soap, one cup white vinegar and one quart of water. Shake thoroughly before using. Be sure to give the puppy a thorough rinse.
Recipe 5 – Mix one cup all-natural dish soap such as Seventh Generation with one cup of water. Dove and Ivory can be used if you can’t find a natural dish detergent. Be sure to avoid any dish soaps that contain dyes or perfumes. If your water is treated with chemicals such as chlorine, it is best to use distilled water, which is available at the grocery store. Shake or stir the mixture gently so as not to create a lather. Add one cup of apple cider vinegar to the mixture. The vinegar works as a natural deodorizer and can help as a flea preventative. Continue to gradually add water until the mixture reaches the consistency you prefer to work with. Add one-third cup of pure vegetable glycerin. Mix thoroughly and pour into a recycled shampoo bottle that has been thoroughly washed and rinsed.
Recipe 6 – Frequent bathing of puppies can cause skin irritation. A dry cleaning agent is a good alternative. Mix one cup of oatmeal with 1 cup of cornstarch OR baking soda in a blender or food processor. Blend the mixture until is takes on the consistency of a fine powder. Sprinkle this onto the puppy and use your hands to thoroughly rub the dry shampoo onto the coat and skin. Thoroughly brush to remove the shampoo. Store the unused mixture in a container in a cool place.