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Homemade Dog Shampoo For Itchy Skin

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Making a homemade dog shampoo for itchy skin is not as difficult as some might think it is, depending on the ingredients you use and how much time you are willing to devote to your pet and their hygiene.

I decided to do a bit of research about this and find out more about making homemade shampoo and also I spoke with Charles, my favorite dog lover, together we combined knowledge to bring you this piece.

Now that all that intro is out of the way, let’s dive in.

Pet hygiene is very important, and dog shampoo is a very important determinant of how healthy your fluffy friend turns out to be, this is because dogs do a lot of messy things that make them prone to diseases.

But because of the different nature of dogs and their skin type (Dry skin or Soft Skin), there is a specific type of shampoo that is required for each dog.

You should not bother much about how to get the ingredients that you need for preparing the dog shampoo at home, this is because most of these ingredients are always around us.

If you have used dog commercial shampoo long before now, you can actually try out a mix of homemade dog soap to see if there’s an improvement from what you are already used to.

The Ingredients for making a homemade dog shampoo include vinegar, baking soda and non-toxic dish soap.

Please Note: Don’t ever be tempted to use your human shampoo for your dog. This can lead to skin disease for your pet regardless of if its a dry skin or a soft skin dog.

The above warning is very important to keep in mind because the PH level in human skin ranges from 5.5 – 5.6, but that of dogs is from 6.2 – 7.4 so using a soap with a pH that is not recommended for dogs can actually cause a devastating reaction.

Most Dog health experts recommend a pH level of about 7 – 7.5 for your homemade dog shampoo, but you could still do your research and compare data.

You need to know, that recipes for making your homemade shampoo are meant to be used just once, so you shouldn’t be bothered about how to store your self-made liquid at home.

Elements of homemade shampoo

The basic ingredients of a homemade dog shampoo include:

  • Water (two cups)
  • Ordinary dish soap (1/4cup)
  • White vinegar (1.2 cups)

These three ingredients above are for making a homemade dog bath liquid. The Dish soap formula in the above list is needful in washing away grease and oil from your dog’s coat.

On the other hand, white vinegar boasts is an effective antibacterial deodorant property than can help your dog maintain a clean, shiny coat and deal with the itchiness that your dog might be experiencing. Itchy free life makes a dog happy and from discomfort, this I believe.

Mixing Procedure For Dry Itchy Skin Shampoo:

Pour the ingredients into a spray container and shake thoroughly. The next thing is to moisten your pet’s skin with lukewarm water and spray the shampoo on him. Lather up his coat with the shampoo.

You can wait for a little while to enable the lather to have some effect, then rinse off repeatedly, to make sure everything is gone. Dry the dog thoroughly.

Homemade shampoo for dry skin

You would need to add additional ingredients to your homemade dog shampoo if your dog is having dry, itchy skin. These include:

  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Glycerin


  • Water 1 Litre
  • Baby shampoo/ordinary non-toxic soap (1 cup)
  • White or apple cider vinegar (1 cup)
  • Glycerin (1/3 cup)
  • Aloe Vera gel (2 tablespoons)


Pour all ingredients into a spray container and shake properly. Then apply this to your dog’s coat and work it into his skin gradually to wash, and then start to rinse. Dry his skin afterwards.

Oatmeal shampoo remedy for itchy/dry skin


  • Water (warm) (1 quart)
  • Raw oatmeal (1 cup)
  • Baking soda (1/2 cup)


Firstly blend the oatmeal with either a food processor or a coffee grinder until the particles become fine. Then pour it into a bowl. Add baking soda and mix thoroughly. Add warm water and mix everything together. Apply this to your dog’s coat and work it into his skin gradually and allow it to settle in for a while, before you start to wash, then start to rinse, after which you dry.

Flea repellent homemade dog shampoo

Homemade dog shampoo could also be used in repelling and killing flies. In this case, the secret is to add some lavender essential oil into the homemade shampoo mix. This is because lavender oil is believed to contain antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Some people combine a number of safe oils. If you however choose to use just one oil brand, then lavender is your best bet.

However, bear in mind that not all essential oils are safe for dogs and other pets’ skins. This is the case because some oils are toxic to pets’ skins. Some oils also cause immune reactions to dogs’ and pets’ skins, after using them.

Do not apply 100 per cent of essential oils from aromatherapy products to any pet you care for. Always make sure your dog doesn’t ingest these essential oils. Be sure you always visit an expert on this, before making a decision.

Ingredients(for Flea repellent homemade dog shampoo):

  • Warm water (10 ounces)
  • Aloe Vera gel (2 ounces)
  • Lavender essential oil (2 drops)


Pour the above ingredients into a spray bottle and shake vigorously. Apply this to your dog’s coat and work it into his skin gradually and allow it to settle in for a while, before you start to wash, then start to rinse. Then you dry.


Making a homemade shampoo for itchy skin is ideal and sometimes even more recommended than the commercial shampoo, this is because at least you know exactly what was added and to what quantity it was added.

This can also be an interesting adventure for you if you are a dog owner looking out for new ideas and ways of caring for your pet. It can save you a lot of time. Knowing how to make a mix of homemade shampoo could also be a surety for emergencies, like when your dog accidentally soaks in oil, grease, dirt, or suddenly suffers from itchy skin.

You should have most of the homemade dog shampoo ingredients and other items at home. On the other hand, make sure you follow instructions on the ingredients and quantity specifications.

No matter the ingredients you choose to use in your homemade shampoo making, the aim is to suit your pet’s needs at that particular time.


These tips are for informational purposes only. We advise you to always consult your Vet on all issues pertaining to your dog’s lifestyle.