Dog Shampoo Bar Recipe – All Natural and Easy!

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Making your own dog shampoo bar is so easy! In fact, homemade dog shampoo is a fantastic treat for your dog, especially when you’re looking for natural and safe alternatives for your pet pooch. 

Cute dog with inset photo of dog shampoo bars - graphic for Pinterest.

I love essential oils and my two dogs Yoda and Casper and I recently went about researching to find out the best dog shampoo for fleas using essential oils.

I tried a few options and today I am sharing our favorite. This fantastic DIY dog soap bar recipe is all natural and contains a number of essential oils along with oatmeal. 

This is a great flea and tick repellent dog shampoo and it’s also anti itch to help keep your pet calm if they need a soothing shampoo.

Soaps shaped like dog paw prints.

Why Make a Natural Dog Shampoo?

Whilst I think homemade is always fun, making your own DIY dog shampoo bar will allow you to know exactly what you’re putting on your dog’s skin and fur.

I want my pets to have chemical free products as often as possible. It’s better for their skin and better for dog health in general. 

Furthermore homemade dog shampoo bars can help save on plastic and environmental waste as well as save money as they are often cheaper to make in batch than buying expensive anti flea and tick shampoo from a specialist store.

If you need any advice on how to give a dog a bath or what shampoo to make when your dog has fleas then look no further! 

This dog shampoo bar recipe is for you! 

Ingredients for Your Shampoo Bar for Dogs

Dog Shampoo Bar ingredients laid out on a table.
  • 1-pound goats milk soap 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter 
  • 1/4 cup crushed oatmeal
  • 15-20 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 10-15 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 10-15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10-15 drops chamomile essential oil
  • Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
  • Silicone mold Dog Paw

How to Make Homemade Dog Soap

STEP 1: In a microwave safe bowl, melt soap base in microwave in 30 second intervals until completely melted.

STEP 2: Repeat with the Shea butter and coconut oil and add to soap base bowl.

Melted soap in glass measuring cup.

STEP 3: Add lemongrass essential oil.

This essential oil has been shown to repel fleas and ticks on dogs while being completely safe to use on them. It also has skin healing properties.

Adding lemongrass essential oil to soap.

STEP 4: Add cedarwood essential oil.

This oil is perfect to add to your homemade dog shampoo. It’s not only been shown to repel fleas and ticks, but it can also keep their skin healthy and relax them.

Adding cedarwood essential oil to soap.

STEP 5: Add lavender essential oil. This oil has great calming effects, and it can also calm irritated skin.

My dog gets dry skin in the summer and scratches a good bit. Lavender oil is one of the best DIY dog shampoo essential oils to help to help with irritated skin.

Adding lavendar essential oil to soap.

STEP 6: Add chamomile essential oil. I used this oil because it can calm irritated skin, and it acts as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

It helps with hot spots on your dog’s skin too.

Adding chamomile essential oil to soap.

STEP 7: Add oatmeal and mix everything together.

I used oatmeal in this dog soap recipe because it is great for soothing any skin irritations and itchy skin your dog may have.

Adding oatmeal to soap.

STEP 8: Sprinkle a bit of the oatmeal into the mold and then fill the mold evenly with soap/essential oil mixture.

Dog print mold with oatmeal sprinkled in.

STEP 9:  Spray with rubbing alcohol.

Spraying a mold with rubbing alcohol.

STEP 10:  Allow to harden for at least two hours.

Hardened soaps in a mold.

Your homemade dog soap is now ready! I recommend storing your dog shampoo bars in a plastic bag or a container with a lid.

You can also use the essential oils in a spray in between washings. Add 10 drops of each oil in a bottle and fill with distilled water. Spray on your dog’s coat and gently rub in.

Dog looking up as owner holds a dog shampoo bar.

I hope these beautiful DIY dog shampoo bars come in handy and make a special treat for your dog when they are itchy and need some extra TLC. 

Closeup of dog shampoo bars - graphic for Pinterest.

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  1. Just came across your soap and it sounds wonderful! I was just wondering what the purpose of spraying the rubbing alcohol was for? Thanx in advance 🙂

    1. Hi I have tried making this shampoo as I love the recipe. But the soap didn’t melt it just burned. Could you recommend which brand you use?

  2. I made some “human” soap and added some oatmeal that I had powdered up in a blender. Boy was it rough on the skin!!! Be sure to use FINELY powdered oatmeal or whole oatmeal flakes to avoid irritating the skin further. I learned the hard way.

      1. Hi just saw this reciepe would like to make one for my puppy, if I can use camel milk fresh hownto calculate it only camel milk ,coconut milk,castor oil is enough to make a puppy soap, I make soaps for human would love to make one for my puppy any help with reciepe will be great

    1. As the PH level is not going to be 7 exactly I can’t claim it will be tearless. However our dog was perfectly fine when we used the soap to wash his face.

  3. Hei. Gleder meg til å teste ut disse. Når du bruker fersk geitemelk, hvor mye bruker du da ca? og vil de få den samme fastheten?

  4. I am very intrigued by this DIY dog shamp0o recipe. I have thought about DIY for u, but never for the pups, but why not! and oatmeal baths are always so comforting on the skin, ours or theirs!

  5. This is great! I have been using people shampoo on my dogs recently b/c I’ve been meaning to make some but haven’t gotten around to it! I’ll be trying this recipe!

  6. This sounds like some great shampoo for dogs! We have cats, and they would not appreciate a bath. My daughter tried and it was a very messy experience.

  7. Love the idea to use natural products for my dog and making them at home is such an wonderful idea!

  8. Wow this is a fantastic idea. I love how i can even make this on my own. I’ll definitely try this for my pets.

  9. This is such a great idea. I don’t have any dogs, but I know many who do. I may just need to make some of these and give them for gifts for dogs.

  10. That is such a great idea. Then you can monitor what is in it too!!! I love the moulds you used, so cute.

  11. These are so cute and would be a great gift for a dog lover! Do they lather up easily? I’ve only used liquid shampoo on my dogs.

  12. Hello! Love the recipe and going to give it a try! Do you know what ph is for this recipe? I know a dogs natural is between 6.5-8.5 so just curious what the ph will be.

    Thank you!

  13. I love the soap and it actually stopped my dog from scratching, but it does not suds up as much as I hoped it would . Any suggestions? I thought maybe if I used clear glycerin or Shea butter soap it might suds up a bit more. Would love any suggestions. My husband loves the soap and uses it in the shower! It makes your skin lovely and soft.

  14. Hi
    Could I use a different melt and pour base? I want to try this but it needs to be vegan friendly so I can’t use the goats milk base.
    And thanks for sharing

  15. I make this for my dogs and it works good snd smells good Thanks for posting it . Im making some for my dogs trainer . Makes a great gifts for people who have dogs

  16. Hello. In the photo before you list ingredients it looks like there is a bowl of ice. Is there any reason for that. I want to make sure I make it right the first time around, so that I don’t waste any ingredients

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