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HOMEMADE ORGANIC DOG SHAMPOO (Needing some help)

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Cocker_Spaniel, Jun 10, 2018.


  1. Cocker_Spaniel

    Cocker_Spaniel PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all! :)
    I am currently in the process of trying to put together a great natural shampoo for my dog, after narrowing it down to 8 ingredients (listed below) I would really love for some help and guidance before I go ahead and put it all together.

    Here are a few of my questions:
    1) I am mostly worried about the pH of the finished shampoo as I am unsure whether this all adds up to be neutral, does anybody know if this is looking too acidic or too alkaline? If so, how can I fix that?
    2) Are there any ingredients here that you would remove?
    3) Are there any ingredients you would consider adding?
    4) Anything else you would like to add or any experiences you have had with homemade shampoos:)


    So, after tons of research, I have come up with the following ingredients to create the shampoo:
    • Distilled/purified water
    • Colloidal oatmeal
    • Organic coconut oil (extra virgin, cold pressed)
    • Organic neem seed oil (100% pure, raw)
    • Organic olive oil (extra virgin, cold pressed)
    • Organic aloe juice/gel (100% pure, no nasties)
    • Organic lavender oil
    • Organic rosemary oil
    I am also considering adding organic shea butter to the mix but I am yet to research it further, so any ideas on that would also be great!

    *** My main agenda for this is to eliminate and avoid all of the harsh chemicals and toxins found in commercial dog shampoos. I am also hoping that this will promote great health for her skin and coat. After finding out about all of the cons of commercial dog shampoos/conditioners I am very excited and eager to move away from them ***

    Thanks guys!

    Edit - I also posted this in Dog Chats as I was unsure where to put it.
     
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  2. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    The most natural dog shampoo is the one that doesn't ever go on the dog. My 9 year old, and my 2 nearly 4 year olds have never been shampood in their lives. Warm water does the job well enough on the few occasions they've rolled in something disgusting. Same for humans; you can wash your own hair with just warm water - you don't need to use any sort of detergent.
     
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  3. Sammyez

    Sammyez PetForums Member

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    Linda Weasel PetForums VIP

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    My cockers both lived to 14+ years and I don't remember ever bathing them.
    Likewise my current 7 year old has never been bathed. Plenty of brushing and the occasional swim, and people do comment on what a lovely coat he has.
     
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    Sammyez PetForums Member

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    My dog food supplier has recommended a quality dog shampoo that she recommends. Free from harsh chemicals and additives. I’m going to look into it:

    http://www.wildwash.co.uk/
     
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    Why is he bathing his pup?

    Not necessary. Shampoos do more harm than good on dogs, unless the dog has an allergy or skin condition which requires a specialised treatment.
     
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    Sammyez PetForums Member

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    Says who? Dogs get groomed and shampoos all the time. My pooch gets groomed every ten weeks. Occasionally if it gets particularly dirty on country walks, I give her a quick wash and shampoo. The OP was looking to find advice on organic shampoo, I’ve just come across some examples without harsh chemicals.
     
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    Linda Weasel PetForums VIP

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    Just started another thread. Why do people bathe their dogs????
     
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    Sammyez PetForums Member

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    That’s sound good. As the OP was looking for advice with organic shampoo without harsh chemicals. Let’s stay on track with this one.
     
  10. Cocker_Spaniel

    Cocker_Spaniel PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for all the links Sammyez :)


    Just to clear things up for everybody, my dog and I only ever go on country/woodland walks - these get very muddy, dirty, smelly and wet. No matter what the weather she never fails to find something gross and wet to cover herself in/swim through, and trust me - when she does she will always lie down in it, roll around, put her face in it and kick it about if it is shallowing enough and as we can all appreciated we often come across a lot of very gross “ boggy” areas.


    She is mostly white and so there are many times when she ends up *completely* black/brown all over


    The majority of the time warm water and A LOT of brushing and combing can do the job, but there are times when the water just does not do it and her fur remains to look yellow-like and dirty so when needs be I will use shampoo on her, I always do my best to dilute it as much as possible and make a small amount go a long way.


    Although it is rare for me to actually do so, I accept that sometimes I do have to shampoo certain areas, and so when this happens I’d like to know exactly what I am using and use something that has no nasty chemicals and toxins that will get onto her coat and be absorbed by her skin.


    Thankfully, the winter months have past us and we should hopefully be moving into much dryer ones - so the need for any shampoo should dramatically decrease, but for when/if it is needed I aim to have something I can trust put together.


    Many of the things I am going to be adding should actually do her a lot of good as she does have a little “dandruff” every now and then and a few of the oils in here and the oatmeal are know to help with this and often soothe the skin.


    Sorry for the long story and thanks for everybody’s input!
     
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    Cocker_Spaniel PetForums Newbie

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    Interesting, I’ll go over and take a look :)
    By “bathe” does this only relate to the use of products and not just water?
     
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