How to Make Your Own Dog Shampoo to Restore Oils

by Mary Lougee
"My favorite part of a bath is the shake."

"My favorite part of a bath is the shake."

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Dogs can develop itchy, dry skin for many reasons including allergies, overuse of grooming products and seasonal weather changes. It is important to restore natural oils to your pooch’s skin so he does not scratch or lick himself and cause abrasions that may lead to skin infections.

Step 1

Wash and dry a powdered coffee creamer container. Unscrew the lid and open the spout to clean the container thoroughly. Dry the container with a towel or allow it to air-dry completely. You can use other types of containers to store dog shampoo; containers with a small spout work best as dispensers.

Step 2

Pour 1 cup of water into the container. Add 1 teaspoon each of mild dish soap, olive oil and aloe vera gel to the container. Screw the lid on and close the spout tightly. Shake the container to mix all the ingredients.

Step 3

Bathe your dog with the homemade shampoo as you usually do. Shake the shampoo container to blend the ingredients, as oils tend to separate from water. Open the spout and pour the stuff directly onto your four-legged friend while bathing him. Work the shampoo into his fur and down to his skin level to alleviate itchy skin and add oil to his coat and skin, resulting in a healthy sheen.

Items You Will Need

  • Powdered coffee creamer container
  • 1 teaspoon mild dish soap
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel

Tips

  • Aloe vera gel calms itchy skin, rashes and abrasions to keep your pet from scratching and adding to skin damage.
  • Olive oil is a natural skin treatment to repair dry canine skin.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Mary Lougee is a writer in Texas who writes on a wide variety of subjects from home improvement to pet care. Her love of animals led to building a farm and caring for rescue animals from equine and swine to dogs and cats. She holds a bachelor's degree in management.

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