Homemade Dog Shampoo

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When it comes to choosing dog shampoo, just like any other product there are countless options to choose from. An alternative option is to make your own because the ingredients can be gentler, natural and inexpensive.

It is important to keep in mind dogs and humans have different pH levels. Dog’s pH levels are typically higher with more alkalinity in their skin that’s based on the thickness of skin, breed, sex and size. Human skin has a lower pH level with more acidity. Using human shampoo on our dogs can potentially be harmful. An example is some of us may have used baby shampoo thinking it’s safe and gentle on your dog’s skin, but because our pH levels differ, this could be contributing to irritated, dry or flaky skin.

Recipe #1
Ingredients:
2 cups of warm water
½ cup of white vinegar
¼ cup of dish detergent

Recipe #2
Ingredients:
2 cups of warm water
1 cup of dish detergent
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
2 oz. glycerin
1-2 drops essential oil (optional)

Recipe #3
Ingredients:
½ cup water
1/3 cup pure castile soap
1 tsp olive oil
20 drops essential oil (optional)

Recipe #4
Ingredients:
1 Cup of oatmeal (ground up)
1 cup of baking soda
4 cups of warm water
1 tsp of dish detergent
10 drops essential oil (optional)

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