A Recipe for Dog Shampoo to Keep Your Fur Babies Smelling Great

Barkley with textThis is Barkley, and I’m totally in love with him. He’s my friend’s Golden Doodle, and he’s like a massive teddy bear come to life. Even with all that fur he was sweet-smelling when I cuddled with him last week the day before the big snow storm.My dogs currently aren’t sweet-smelling. I always feel guilty when I give them baths in the winter and they shiver and give me pitiful looks, but when the sofa and the bed start to smell “doggy” you gotta do what you gotta do!

For the last few months of our dog Millie’s life she was often incontinent, didn’t groom herself, and could get smelly pretty quickly. Fortunately, she loved bathtime! But since I was bathing her weekly I didn’t want to dry out her skin, and she had so many allergies I was afraid to try anything with ingredients I wasn’t 100% sure of. A quick trip down the pet store’s shampoo aisle left me with sticker shock – even small bottles of organic, hypoallergenic, moisturizing pet shampoo were much more than I pay for my own shampoo! So I did some research and combined bits and pieces of several recipes I found online. What I ended up with was fabulous 😀 Try it once and you’ll never buy pet shampoo again!

2 cups Ivory or Dove dish soap (what they use to get the oil off ducks, etc that get caught in oil spills)
2 cups water
2 cups apple cider vinegar (This is the deodorizer!)
4 oz. liquid glycerin (Try the first aid section at your grocery or drugstore for the cheapest option, but you can always get it for a little more at a health food store.)

Mix gently, and it’s ready to use. I store mine in old Gatorade bottles. You can also cut the recipe in half if you have a small dog or don’t need to bathe them often.

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4 thoughts on “A Recipe for Dog Shampoo to Keep Your Fur Babies Smelling Great”

  1. Angie, I tried this with Gizmo but had lost the recipe. I still have Glycerin and I’ll try this on these fur babies. The epsom salt bath seems to still be working for Benji. Thanks.

    1. Thank goodness! Have you tried adding a little baking soda to the epsom salt bath? It’s a great detox bath for humans, can’t imagine that it would be any less helpful for dogs. I”m currently dealing with a lump between Saminda’s eyes. Putting a dab of Ichthammol ointment on it every night when I put on my Nerium – LOL! It’s supposed to be used on animals only, but it got rid of a sebaceous cyst on my husband’s shoulder very quickly.

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