DIY dog shampoo- (I have a crocodile for a dog, and other skin woes)

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Dogs have sensitive skin for all different kinds of reasons- some contributing factors we can control, some we cannot. Food allergies, environmental allergies, and flea allergy dermatitis are three of the big ones. But what if the shampoo that you’ve been using is exacerbating the problem?

From bad to worse- what not to use

No, a shampoo won’t solve all of your dog’s ails. But what if I told you that you were bathing your dog with ingredients that have become all but obsolete in our own cosmetics due to the problems they are associated with?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are well associated with skin irritation in humans and canines, but remain an ingredient in many dog shampoos.
Polyethylene Glycol, also a common ingredient, can be very drying to the skin. Imagine the social stigma your pup will face when he is strutting around the park, flaking dandruff everywhere! Not cool.

Phthalates are solvents starting to be phased out of our products but are still commonly seen in dog shampoos. Animal studies have shown the chemical to be toxic to the liver, kidneys, lungs, and the reproductive tract. More importantly, the risks are said to be cumulative. It’s probably fine to use one or twice, but it may not be ok over the course of years.

Additional risks are associated with parabens and many of the other ingredients commonly found in dog shampoo.

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Have we convinced you to make your own shampoo yet?

Once you realize how easy and simple it is, Fido’s shampoo will never come off the grocery store shelf again. Admittedly, there are good organic shampoo’s out there with quality ingredients. But, you can save a lot of money and scouring by just making it yourself.

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A gentle shampoo for dogs with dry skin and/or allergies

  1. 1 cup baby shampoo
  2. 1/3 cup glycerine
  3. 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  4. 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  5. 1 quart of water
  6. 2 tablespoons coconut oil

oatmeal shampoo

An oatmeal shampoo for dogs with dry, itchy skin

  1. 1 cup plain oatmeal (grind with a grinder until it is a flour consistency. Then add the baking soda, then the other ingredients)
  2. 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  3. 1/2 cup baking soda
  4. 1 quart of water

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Shampoo with oils to keep the fleas away (some swear by it)

  1. 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  2. 1 tablespoon castile soap
  3. 2 drops of lavender oil
  4. 2 drops of rosemary oil
  5. 10 oz of water


Even if your dog’s skin seems to be problem free, you’re better off making your own and avoiding the potentially harmful ingredients in most shampoos on the market. Not to mention your dog will smell fantastic!

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