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Homemade Dog Shampoo for Itchy Skin

Small dog wrapped in a towel next to a bottle of shampoo on a white background.

As dog parents, we often want to sooth itchy dog’s skin but don’t want to use products that contain a lot of harsh chemicals. Making dog shampoo at home can be quite easy and in most cases can be customized to your liking. Here are a couple of homemade dog shampoo recipes for itchy skin.

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Homemade Oatmeal Shampoo for Itchy Skin

If your pup has itchy skin and you have confirmed that it isn’t’ due to fleas, then oatmeal shampoo might be the best thing you can try. It is believed that oatmeal has healing properties to it that can alleviate pain and discomfort. You will need to things before you begin to make this itch-relieving concoction before you begin; a coffee grinder, blender or food processor.

Homemade Oatmeal Shampoo for Itchy Skin

Wooden bowls and spoons of raw oats


  • Oatmeal
  • Baking Soda
  • Warm Water


  1. Grind oatmeal until it is in powder form.
  2. Mix the oatmeal and a ½ cup of baking soda in a large bowl.
  3. As you mix the oatmeal and baking soda slowly, add a quart of warm water.
  4. Wet dog.
  5. Apply the mixture from nervous head to sinking tail.
  6. Be careful NOT to get the mixture in your pups eyes.
  7. Let sit for five minutes. 
  8. Rinse dog. 

Homemade Puppy Shampoo – Dry, Sensitive Skin

Often times our little pals have dry, sensitive skin, which can be very irritating. The American Kennel Club recommends adding glycerin and aloe vera gel to nontoxic dish soap. According to Go New Mommy these ingredients are what you need to watch out for in your dish soap. If they possess any one of the ingredients, please be advised not to use it. 

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Homemade Puppy Shampoo - Dry, Sensitive Skin

Tan puppy outdoors scratching its ear with its hind foot


  • Fragrance
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS/SLES) common in many dog shampoos
  • Formaldehyde
  • Sulphuric Acid
  • Triclosan
  • Phosphates
  • Dea (Diethanolamine), Mea (Monoethanolamine), Tea (Triethanolamine)
  • Ammonium Sulfate
  • Polyethylene Glycol (PEF)


    1. 1 quart of warm water
    2. 1 cup of baby shampoo/non-toxic dish soap
    3. 1 cup of white or apple cider vinegar
    4. 1/3 cup of glycerin
    5. 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel


And that should help the situation. If not, please consult your local vet. 

If you are worried about what ingredients you will be using in these shampoo recipes, here are some recommended soaps that are safe enough to use according to Go New Mommy. If you are still insure, we recommend contacting your veterinarian

  1. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap – Non Toxic Dish Soap
  2. Better Life Dish Soap – Non Toxic Dish Soap
  3. Eco-Me Dish Soap – Non Toxic Dish Soap
  4. Attitude Dishwashing Liquid – Non Toxic Dish Soap
  5. Honest Dish Soap – Non Toxic Dish Soap
  6. Ecos Dishmate Dish Liquid – Non Toxic Dish Soap

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