You can dress up your dog in fancy dog clothes. You can even give them a fancy haircut or even some pedicure. However, none of these matters if your dog isn’t clean or bathed properly. This is the reason why dog owners invest in good quality dog shampoo.
Unfortunately, some dog shampoos are too expensive, while others are just too harsh.
If you are one of the many dog owners looking for a safer and cheaper alternative to these expensive and harsh dog shampoos, here are three natural dog shampoo recipes you might want to check out.
Coconut oil-based shampoo
One popular recipe for natural dog shampoo uses coconut oil as a base ingredient. This particular recipe combines castile soap, warm water, and some essential oils (like lavender or lemon) as add-ons, although the last bit is not required. You can find plenty of variations of coconut oil shampoo online, but all of them are easy to make. You just have to mix all the components together, and the proportions are entirely up to you. The good thing about this concoction is that coconut oil is hypoallergenic and its moisturizing properties are very well known. However, if your dog is pregnant or lactating, do not include any essential oil.
Another natural dog shampoo recipe that has become quite popular recently is called the oatmeal shampoo. This easy-to-do recipe requires mixing finely blended oatmeal, baking soda, and warm water only. While the baking soda component takes care of removing the nasty odor from your dog’s coat, the oatmeal powder addresses itchy skin. This recipe is perfect for dogs who have sensitive or irritated skin.
Aloe vera shampoo
If your dog’s skin shows some irritation and inflammation, you might be better off using an aloe vera shampoo. This shampoo recipe utilizes the soothing effects of aloe vera and combines it with the moisturizing properties of glycerine to provide some relief for your dog. At the same time, the apple cider vinegar in the shampoo cleans the coat and makes it shiny. To create the whole shampoo, you just need to mix water, aloe extract, apple cider vinegar, glycerine, and a small amount of baby shampoo.