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.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
STEP 8: Sprinkle a bit of the oatmeal into the mold and then fill the mold evenly with soap/essential oil mixture.
STEP 9: Spray with rubbing alcohol.
STEP 10: Allow to harden for at least two hours.
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.
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.
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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 🙂
it helps prevent soda ash on soap and allows the layers to stick together nicely
Rhonda Chism says
Is it safe to use on puppies? Mine are 9 weeks and 11 weeks
Leyna Bencomo says
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.
Charlene Lybarger says
What kind of goats milk soap do you use?
You can use any fresh goats milk available from your local store.
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
yes y0u can switch the milk that’s fine.
Is this tearless? Or how does one know what they are using is tearless?
Thank you in advance.
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.
How much soap does this batch make? It seems like it would yield quite a few of those paws!!
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?
Cashmire Egan says
Hi! My question is how many soap bars would this recipe make using the exact silicone mold that was used in the recipe.
Hi, this makes 6 bars using the mold i used.
How long would the bars last?
at least 3=4 months
Kelli A says
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!
Briana Baker says
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!
Amber Myers says
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.
Tara Pittman says
These bars of soap are so cute. I will have to make some for gifts for my friends.
Richelle Escat says
The paw mold got me so excited, hehe, it’s so cute!
This shampoo sounds great for dogs. I’m sure it smells incredible too.
Ivan M. Jose says
We have lots of dogs at home! I think this would be a practical choice for us. We can also do these and give them out as gift items.
Love the idea to use natural products for my dog and making them at home is such an wonderful idea!
Ruth I says
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.
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.
Jasmine Hewitt says
i would love to make some for my dog, he has sensitive skin
MELANIE EDJOURIAN says
That is such a great idea. Then you can monitor what is in it too!!! I love the moulds you used, so cute.
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.
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.
This is so cool! What a fun gift to make for friends or to make with kids!
Thanks for sharing! Does it keep long?
We used ours within 3 months and it lasted well for that length of time.
Did you use the goat milt melt and pour. And how much water do you use for the spray.
yes we used the melt and pour. I just used one spray of rubbing alcohol for each soap.
I was wondering if you could use a different soap other than goats milk?
You could try coconut milk instead, but I’ve not tried any other types of milk .,
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.
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
You can do. but be sure to make sure it’s pet/dog friendly.