How to Make Your Own Dog Fur Detangling Spray

Inexpensive rosemary relieves dry skin, deters fleas and adds a lovely smell to your dog's fur.
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Dog fur can become a mess of tangles, especially for long- or curly-haired breeds or those canine companions who play outside. Many commercial detanglers are an expensive cocktail of chemicals, so a homemade recipe of natural ingredients is an easy and inexpensive substitute, with the added benefit of deterring fleas.

Step 1

Add 2 cups water to the pan and place it on the stove. Bring it to a boil.

Step 2

Remove the pan from the heat and mix in either 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, or 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary. Cover the pan with a lid and allow the liquid to cool.

Step 3

Strain the liquid into a clean dish and discard the rosemary leaves.

Step 4

Pour 1 cup of the rosemary rinse into the spray bottle. Add 3 drops of glycerin -- which you can purchase at a drugstore -- and 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Put the lid back on the spray bottle and shake the bottle a few times to mix the ingredients.

Step 5

Spray the homemade detangler on your dog's fur after bathing. Shake the bottle several times during application to keep the ingredients mixed.

Step 6

Massage the detangler onto your dog's fur and leave it in; comb out his fur with a dog comb while it is wet, but do not rinse out the detangler.


  • Throw away any leftover detangling spray; it will not keep for the next use, as it has no preservatives.


  • Aloe vera gel is completely non-toxic to pets if licked off; however, ingesting the aloe vera plant can be toxic to dogs. Toxins are removed during the processing of the gel or extract.

  • A simpler method of making homemade detangler is simply to make a 50-50 mix of dog conditioner and water in a spray bottle; spray it on your dog's fur, comb out his tangles and leave the mixture on without rinsing.

Items You Will Need

  • Pan with lid
  • 2 cups water
  • Rosemary, fresh or dried
  • Strainer
  • Glycerin
  • Aloe vera gel