Organic Doggie Shampoo

It’s doggie bath day at our house. My four furry babies LOVE getting a bath….. OK, well, I wouldn’t really say that they love it,
but they do tolerate it.  I’ve been wanting to make my own organic doggie shampoo for some time now. So, I did some searching online and came up with this recipe here.
Organic Doggie Shampoo
(slightly adapted from original recipe)
Here is what you will need:
1 cup Organic Castile Soap
(Any scent, I used Almond)
2 cups Distilled Water
2 teaspoons *Grape Seed Oil* or Almond Oil
2 teaspoons White Vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Guar Gum
Container for soap
(I reused a plastic water bottle)
Optional: add cedar wood, citronella, or lavender essential oil to help with pest control 

Use a whisk to mix ingredients together in a bowl  
and then place in your container. 

Place doggie in sink. (Isn’t he beautiful! :o) ) 

To wash dog like a “groomer”, wet dog thoroughly,
use a liberal amount of soap,
suds doggie all up and let him sit for several minutes.
Rinse and Repeat.
Shake extra water off.
Dry off. 
Dry off a little more. 
Relax and Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
 The dogs all smell nice and clean.
I will definitely use this doggie shampoo again.
The recipe above makes a good amount, so
you may want to cut it in half if you only have one dog.
I bathed all four doxies and used about half of the shampoo.
 The shampoo may separate with time but don’t worry it is fine to use.
Just give it a good shake before you use it next time.

**Edited 5/19/12 Someone was concerned about the use of grape seed oil on dogs, so I went ahead and slightly changed the recipe. Using almond oil or olive oil, will work just as good in the recipe, as the grape seed oil. The ASCPA says on their website that they have found  no evidence of grape seed oil,  in small quantities, to be toxic to dogs. Here is another site, Paw Pals, that states that grapes are toxic but that grape seed oil is not. Both grape seed oil and grape seed extract can be found in dog food, dog treats, and can be bought as a supplement to give to your dogs. Those are all taken internally. This recipe is for topical use only, and after a good thorough rinse, the amount of grape seed oil left on your animals skin/hair will be very minimal. You the reader, can choose for yourself, which oil you want to use when you make it.

No matter which oil you decide on, know that you will be making a great homemade doggie shampoo for your fur babies!

**Also, please note that I am not a veterinarian. Make sure you check with you vet before trying any new products on your pet.**


  1. says

    Oh my gosh he is AWESOME!!!! So adorable. I have a huge Golden Retriever who is an amazing dog, but I have a secret thing for dachsunds and plan to get one (hopefully) someday in the future. They crack me up. Thanks for the recipe. Castille soap and white vinegar are just crucial for everything I am finding. Love!

  2. says

    Totally cute dog Robyn. I love all the natural products you have come up with. Can’t wait to try this on Harley. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  3. says

    Thanks so much for sharing this! What an adorable doggie you have. I can’t wait to make this for our Mo. :) Dropping in from Creative Thursday, so glad I did! I would love to invite you to party with us sometime on Fabulous Friday. Have a great weekend!

    • rbaygirl says

      thanx Robyn, THANX for the info.
      l will share this with Vet to ensure safety for use on my dog, since he take meds etc..
      It’s rare, but certain chemicals, even all natural ones can affect or change medication reactions.
      Has any readers used this recipe and have any feedback/opinions on how well the shampoo works on their fur baby?

    • says

      Hi rbaygirl! I have hearded any feedback from any of my readers, so I am not sure. That’s a good idea to check with your vet, especially if youu fur baby has any allergies!!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!


    • says

      I know grapes can be toxic for dogs, but grape seed extact and grape seed oil can be found in dog food and/or bought as a supplement to give to your dog. Those items would be ingested where as this is topical and has a very small amount of grape seed oil in it. If this is a concern for anyone, please don’t use the grape seed oil. It can be replaced with almond or olive oil and you will still have a great organic doggie shampoo.

  4. says

    Hi Robyn! Thanks for sharing – great recipe! I have 3 Aussies and we go through a fair amount of shampoo in a year. I’ll have to give this a try. Do you have a conditioner recipe? Thanks, again!

  5. says

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea. We use a similar recipe with the addition of Tea Tree Oil and if a conditioner is needed may I suggest coconut milk. It however won’t keep so just add a tablespoon or 2 per batch used just at that time. Both are safe for dogs and work wonders! The leftover coconut milk can be frozen or used in say a curry recipe! It actually came from a recipe used for people involving straight Dr. Bronner’s and coconut milk and has wonderful effects! Thanks again for such innovative money saving ideas!

  6. says

    I had to smile when you lathered up your dog in the kitchen sink. I have 3 standard poodles, weighing an average of 55 lbs.! No sink baths here, lol. But I like your recipe. One, particularly, has sensitive skin so it would be good, and I’m just trying to cut down the chemicals anyway. Janet

    • says

      LoL, yeah, you would have a big mess if you tried to wash your poodles in the sink! We only have a shower, so I either throw all of them in there with me, or I just wash them one at a time in the sink. Washing them in the sink is a lot easier on my back!

      They would freeze and be miserable if I washed them outside!

      Thanks for stopping by Janet!!


  7. Anonymous says

    I was wondering if u had any homemade cleaners that cleans carpets fro dog urine. I have a yorkie who can’t seem to use a potty pad
    Any sugestions I will gladly try
    Please help…untrained

    • says

      Hi! I totally understand where you are coming from! My girls think any rug on the ground was put there for them to potty on! (Although, they have learned to go in the bathroom and go on a towel or pee pad in there.) I have wood floors, no carpet here, but both baking soda and vinegar are good at absorbing odor’s. Try to get as much of the urine up as you can. We would take an old towel and lay it on the spot and then stand on the towel to try and get as much up as we could. At this point you could do a couple of things, one would be to use a damp rag and some dishsoap to clean the spot, then sprinkle with baking soda, vacuum that up when it has dried. Or you could forget the dishsoap and baking soda, and just spray it with diluted vinegar. Or you could sprinkle the baking soda on it, let dry and vacuum, and then lightly spray with the vinegar. I clean our outside dog area with vinegar, and it really helps get rid of any urine smell on the concrete. Let me know if you have any other questions! I will try and rack my brain and see if I can remember what other things we might have done to clean the carpet.

      Thank you so much for stopping by!!


  8. says

    Hi Robyn! Thanks so much for sharing this on Fabulous Friday. Just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring you this Friday on our Fab Friday link party. I hope you come back, we have some exciting changes to our party this Friday.

  9. says

    Hi Robyn,
    I have 2 doxies and 2 chihuahuas. I would LOVE to try this shampoo. Can you tell me where to get these ingredients? I may have miss it and if so, I apologize! :)
    1 cup Organic Castile Soap
    (Any scent, I used Almond)
    2 teaspoons *Grape Seed Oil* or Almond Oil
    1/4 teaspoon Guar Gum

    • says

      Hi Angie!

      You should be able to find all three items at your local co-op store. Also, most supermarkets carry the grape seed oil or almond oil. I think the oils cost a little less if you buy them at the grocery store, but your area my be different than mine!

      It’s ok to leave the guar gum out, as long as you use all of the shampoo up. The guar gum just helps the shampoo to not separate when storing it.(Although it may still separate a little.)

      I hope that answered your questions!

      Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like the recipe.


  10. Anonymous says

    As soon as I saw your doxie, well I knew I would love the shampoo recipe. Im definately gonna give it a try! I have a long haired red female, and a new baby black and tan male long hair that have blessed our family with love and kisses. Doxie lovers unite:D… thanks again….Mandy

  11. Anonymous says

    Awesome doxie..It was also very nice to hear from so many doxie parents ..I am also a Mom to 3 of the wonderful little guys… Thank you for posting Mandy

  12. says

    Thanks for a great recipe for our fur babies! ;) I love the idea of it being organic, and I bet it smells nice and clean. The pics of your doggie are adorable! <3
    ~Joy from Yesterfood

  13. PEnny says

    Fellow doxie lover here. I have a short hair red doxie, a black pug and a rat terrier. The pug has dry itchy skin and I’m looking for a recipe for shampoo to help with that. The two things I keep hearing that will help the itchies are vinegar and oatmeal. Any thoughts on if it would be OK to make a shampoo combining those two ingredients? I’m thinking maybe add half a cup of ground oatmeal to this recipe but I don’t want to do something stupid and burn his skin. Poor little guy ahs enough problems.

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