Homemade Dog Shampoo Is Our Newest DIY Obsession

This soothing shampoo is made with four simple ingredients.

man shampooing dog; homemade dog shampoo

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Dog parents, rejoice! If you've been bathing your dog more frequently due to the winter weather (hello salt, mud, and all the joys of a snowy winter!), your favorite dog shampoo might be running low. If you're looking to keep costs low and make some of your home staples do double-duty, this homemade dog shampoo recipe could be just the trick.

Whether you’re trying to combat fleas, soothe dry skin, or simply save a few bucks, this easy-to-make dog shampoo is well worth the effort. All you’ll need are 4 common ingredients (that are probably hiding in your home) and about 10 minutes to spare. Give this DIY dog shampoo a try, and we would be willing to bet you won’t sweat it next time the pet store is out of your favorite brand.


2 cups of water

1 cup of baby shampoo

1 cup of apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons of aloe vera


Simply combine all 4 ingredients in a large container, and then mix the combination until the ingredients are fully incorporated. Transfer the shampoo into a bottle or air-tight container for storing.

Why We Love It:

This homemade dog shampoo is the best way to wash your furry friend without worrying about dryness or irritation. Veterinarians say baby shampoo is a good, safe alternative to dog shampoos for most dogs—it's made of gentle ingredients and has the added benefit of being tear-free, meaning a little shampoo splashed into your dog's eyes won't cause irritation. The added aloe vera can even help soothe itchy, irritated skin. So next time you and your pup are about to bond over bath time, begin in the kitchen and create a bottle of natural, easy, and inexpensive dog shampoo of your own.

Additional reporting by Jorie Nicole McDonald