Homemade dog shampoo for dry skin

Updated April 17, 2017

Choosing a shampoo for your dog, without insecticides and harsh chemicals, is difficult, especially if your canine friend has dry skin. Unfortunately, many of these shampoos actually exacerbate dry skin, rather than alleviate the itch. Instead, consider making your own shampoo. Shampoo for dogs is simple to make and does not require any chemicals or hard-to-find ingredients.

Pour the glycerine, dish soap and vinegar in to a large bowl and combine the ingredients.

Add the water to the mixture and stir well. If you have treated water, consider using distilled water to prevent adding chemicals such as chlorine, which can dry out the dog's skin.

Pour the mixture in to a 2-litre bottle and shake well to make sure the ingredients are well combined.

Place your dog in a bathtub or large basin, depending on his size. Rinse the dog's entire body with warm water before shampooing the fur.

Create a thick lather with the shampoo and massage all the way to her skin to help remedy the dryness.

Rinse the shampoo from your dog starting with his head and working your way down to the end of the tail. Continue rinsing his fur until the water runs clear.


Add a teaspoon of ground oatmeal to the soap mixture to help aid extremely dry skin.


Do not use your own shampoo for your dog. The pH is not appropriate for dogs' skin or fur.

Things You'll Need

  • 70ml/1/3 cup glycerine
  • 235ml/1 cup liquid dish soap
  • 235ml/1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 quart water
  • 2-litre bottle
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V. L. Hamlin is a freelance writer residing in upstate New York. She graduated from the State University of New York at Delhi in 2000 with a liberal arts degree and concentrated studies in literature and psychology. She has been writing online since 2006 and is currently a freelance writer for Associated Content and Demand Media.