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How to Make Natural Puppy Shampoo

by Yvette Sajem

Puppies don't need to be bathed often, but if your little one decides to take a romp through a mud puddle or finds something wonderfully stinky to roll in, a trip to the bathtub will definitely be in order. An all natural, gentle shampoo is the best choice for your puppy's tender skin and baby-fine fur. Follow this easy recipe for homemade, natural puppy shampoo and your little one will be squeaky clean and sweet-smelling in no time.

Step 1

Wash your plastic bottle well with soap and hot water. Make sure that it is free of dust or residue of any kind.

Step 2

Combine 2 cups distilled water, 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup 100 percent vegetable liquid glycerin, 2 tbsp. aloe vera gel and 2 tsp. liquid castille soap in your plastic bottle.

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Step 3

Tighten the lid of the plastic bottle and shake the shampoo mixture vigorously until it is thoroughly blended. After using, store in a cool place for up to one month.

Items You Will Need

  • Plastic bottle with airtight lid
  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup 100 percent vegetable liquid glycerine
  • 2 tbsp. aloe vera gel
  • 2 tsp. liquid castille soap


  • If your puppy is extra big or has a lot of thick fur, simply double the recipe.
  • Once your puppy is clean, be sure to keep him in a warm place and dry him completely so that he does not become chilled and get sick.


  • Never bathe a puppy younger than 12 weeks of age.
  • Although unlikely, if you observe any type of rash or allergic reaction in your puppy, contact a veterinarian immediately.
  • Even though this shampoo is all-natural, you still need to be sure that your puppy does not drink it or the water in which you are bathing her.
  • Ears should only be cleaned with a puppy formula ear wash.

Photo Credits

  • office.microsoft.com, www.sxc.hu

About the Author

Yvette Sajem has been a professional writer since 1995. Her work includes greeting cards and two children's books. A lifelong animal advocate, she is active in animal rescue and transport, and is particularly partial to senior and special needs animals.