Natural Dog Shampoo Recipe the Whole Family Can Use

Written by Cooking Naturally Editors on April 28th, 2013

Healthy Living, Recipes

One of my fondest childhood memories centers around giving the family dog a bath. As a child, there is something so incredibly fun about taking the dog into the backyard, securing him to a tree, hosing him down, then lathering him up!

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I have carried on this tradition with my own daughter although due to my dog’s health issues, we actually have to lug all 150 pounds of him into the shower with us. Now THAT is a sight to behold! Small shower, one massive dog, and two humans. Oh, yeah – it is all kinds of silly fun!

Since my daughter and I end up covered in dog shampoo, I decided that I needed to find a good natural recipe and make my own dog shampoo. After all, I make all my own personal care products so why not create something for our fur-baby?

I was looking to create a recipe that did four things:

  • It needed to remove all those wonderful dog odors and keep the dog smelling halfway decent for a few days.
  • It needed to soothe my dog’s sensitive skin by ensuring that no residue was left behind.
  • It needed to make my dog’s coat soft, shiny, kissable.
  • It needed to have a flea-repelling quality.

After looking far and wide for a solid recipe, I decide to combine a few I saw and make something unique. What I came up with is pretty darn amazing if I might brag for a moment! Not only does this recipe fit all my criteria, but our dog actually really enjoys his baths. Plus, my daughter and I can use it, too!


Natural Dog Shampoo

Makes enough for one bath


  • A jar that holds slightly more than 2 cups of liquid
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Liquid Soap (or something similar)
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 2 drops rosemary oil
  • 2 drops lavender oil



    1. Put all of the ingredients in the jar, tighten lid, and shake vigorously until well mixed. Let the shampoo infuse with the rosemary sprig for up to 24 hours.
    2. Remove the rosemary sprig, shake the jar some more, and go give that dirty dog a bath!


Jennifer blogs about conscious parenting practices, mindful living, holistic health and wellness, and natural healing as well as Waldorf-based parenting approaches at Hybrid Rasta Mama.

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