Homemade Natural Dog Shampoo


What would possess an otherwise sane woman to make her own homemade dog shampoo?  I love my puppy, that’ s what.  Well, he’s really not a puppy anymore.  He’s an eleven year old English Mastiff.  He’s sweet and cute and I swear he knows English!  His name is Bear.  In this house he’s  everyone’s buddy. He’s very protective of his family and aptly nicknamed the “big guy.”  To say he is spoiled is an understatement.  So of  course I had to make him an all natural shampoo – nothing but the best for His Highness.

I used to take him regularly for a good grooming until a few years ago his hips started to bother him making it difficult for him to get in and out of my truck.  That’s when the baths at home started (always a good project for kids).  But like most of us, I rarely had dog shampoo – mainly because my kids would never tell me when they used the last of it!  On a few occasions I have had to resort to baby or adult shampoo, rinsing extra well for fear it would irritate his skin.

Apparently I’m not too quick, because you would think with everything I make I would have made dog shampoo by now.  But no, not that quick. I searched for recipes for dog shampoos and finally found one that I liked.  I wrote it down and have been using it ever since.  It smells wonderful, rinses easily and leaves my Beary soft and clean.  As you can see in the video below Bear is very cooperative and a very good boy. (Yeah, I like him) And now he’s clean.  Well partially clean!  As always please leave me a comment and let me know how you like this dog shampoo.  If you try this please take a pic of you and/or your dog after their bath and I will happily post it on my Facebook page.  Thanks

Homemade Dog Shampoo


  • 1 cup Method liquid dish washing soap
  • 1 cup Apple CIder(preferably Braggs organic)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 oz glycerine
  • empty container


Starting with the dish soap, layer the ingredients into your empty container.  Shake, shake, shake it up.  Lather it on wet dog and rinse. Towel dry dog (because he likes it).  Hug dog.  Nice dog.