Let’s face it! Most of us pet parents know that dogs, regardless of their size, can get pretty stinky in a matter of days.
That’s why I make an effort to give Freddie, my six year old Yorkie, a bath at least once a week. Therefore, it is safe to deduce that over the past six years I have spent a small fortune on commercial dog grooming products.
Though none of these products have harmed Freddie their incomprehensible lists of ingredients, along with their high cost has always left me uneasy as to their true merit.
That’s because most commercial dog grooming products are loaded with chemicals, artificial colors and scents, and other non-natural ingredients such as Dimethyl Benzyl which can be toxic to pets’ lungs (source), Ammonium Chloride, Ammonium Bromide (often used to fireproof wood) and Ethanol.
So, a few year’s ago, when I started to make a conscious effort to live a more natural lifestyle, I also started looking for ways to be more of a green dog parent because I didn’t want to lather my precious furry baby in these types of chemicals once a week in the name of cleanliness.
This natural dog shampoo and conditioner recipe is a result of years of experimentation.
I chose Castile Liquid Soap as the base for this natural dog shampoo recipe because:
- Castile soap does not contain synthetic fragrances or detergents
- Castile soap contains only vegetable-based ingredients that do not cause skin irritation
- Castile soap is biodegradable
- Dr. Bronner’s Castile Liquid Soap is cruelty-free
I also chose coconut oil as the conditioning agent in this natural dog shampoo recipe because:
- When applied topically coconut oil promotes the healing of wounds, hot spots, dry skin and stings
- Coconut oil can help ease the symptoms of flea allergies and contact dermatitis
- Coconut oil can help make a dog’s coat become sleek and glossy
Natural Dog Shampoo & Conditioner Ingredients
- 1 cup Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Tea Tree Pure Castile Liquid Soap
- 2 tbsp coconut oil (about 1/2 cup melted)
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup colloidal oatmeal (oatmeal ground to a fine powder)
Natural Dog Shampoo & Conditioner Preparation
- Grind oatmeal and set aside
- Mix Castile soap and coconut oil
- Add warm water (If coconut oil does not melt microwave mixture for 10 seconds)
- Add colloidal oatmeal and whisk to break up oatmeal chunks
- When bathing your dog, simply pour this natural dog shampoo over your dog’s coat, lather, massage into skin, let it sit for 1-2 minutes and rinse.
- As with all soaps, take care not to get this dog shampoo into your dog’s eyes
This recipe is enough for one bath. You can make this recipe in bulk but I prefer to make it in small batches.
Natural Dog Skin Conditioner & Deodorizer Ingredients
Skin conditioners and deodorizers are typically applied to dogs in between baths to help keep their coats moisturised as well as to keep them smelling fresh.
- 3 drops tea tree oil (An anti-inflammatory agent that helps reduce skin inflammation that can lead to itchiness and irritation)
- 3 drops 100% pure Lavender essential oil (deodorizer)
- 1/4 cup Jojoba oil (A light and none greasy hair and skin moisturiser)
- 1 cup water
- 1 spray bottle
Natural Dog Skin Conditioner & Deodorizer Preparation
- Mix all ingredients together and pour into a clean spray bottle
- Shake well before each use
- To use, simply spray a small amount over your dog’s coat and massage into the skin
- Take care to avoid spraying your dog in the eyes or mouth with this product