Sunday, June 28, 2009

All natural dog shampoo recipe

If you have been looking for a natural, chemical-free shampoo for your dog, try this recipe from Old Dog Treats and Rawhide. It is a slight variation on a very common recipe. Finish it up with the finishing rinse for a shiny coat!

This recipe makes a nice dog shampoo that keeps the pH balance in check by not destroying the skins natural oils that protect it.


1 pint of liquid dish soap such as Dawn or Ivory
1 pint of water
1 pint of apple cider vinegar
4 ounces of glycerine which can be found at any pharmacy.


Combine the above ingredients and store in airtight containers. Rinse well and save some of your own old shampoo bottles for your dog’s shampoo. You can also get a few bottles from the dollar store if necessary.

Finishing Rinse

This finishing vinegar rinse will add a nice shine to the coat plus retain the acid mantle or the skins natural protective barrier.


Combine 3 cups of warm water with 1/4 cup of organic apple cider vinegar. Gently rinse the dog avoiding the eyes.

Helpful Tips:

To avoid soap getting into the dog’s eyes, some experts recommend rubbing a small amount of petroleum jelly around the eyes. Try a petroleum-free equivalent.



Jenn said...

We use an all natural bar soap made just for dogs from It comes with a variety of different essential oils that are good for skin conditions or to get rid of pesky fleas. The bar of soap is nice for just scrubbing on your dog, and it lasts a long time.

Lori Stoia said...

I have seen the website you have referred to, but never have used the soap myself. I am glad it works for you.