How to Make Gentle Oatmeal Dog Shampoo
Use a blender to make Fido’s homemade, soothing shampoo.
Gentle shampoo is a must for my big dog, and his fur consumes a lot of it every time he bathes. There are so many varieties of homemade dog shampoo. From basic vinegar and dish soap, to dry shampoo, to options that alleviate the smell of skunk, to fragrant concoctions, there’s something for just about any situation, any budget, and to fit the needs of many breeds and their owners.
Gentle shampoo – commonly-known oatmeal shampoo – is often recommended for dogs with sensitivities such as allergies and dry skin. Oatmeal products have become pretty mainstream, but shelling out big bucks for specialty shampoos can get tiring. Try this homemade miracle shampoo instead.
- 1 cup uncooked oatmeal (not instant oats)
- sprigs of rosemary
- 1/3 cup baking soda
- 4 cups water
- measuring cups
- frying pan
- glass jar for storage
Steep the water and sprigs of rosemary together in the pan over low-heat for 15 minutes. Your goal is to infuse the water with the oils from the rosemary, because rosemary oil helps to moisturize dry skin. Remove the rosemary stems when it’s done. Bonus: It smells nice! Coconut oil is a great alternative for moisture and scent, if you decide to play around with the recipe.
In the blender, mill the oats until they become fine, like flour.
Add the baking soda, and mix it with the oats.
With the blender running on low, slowly pour the rosemary-infused water in so that it mixes in thoroughly with the oats and baking powder. (I told you it was easy.)
Transfer it to a glass storage container, and use it within three days. The sooner you can use it, the better, in order to avoid inevitable settling.
At bath time, wet your pet and apply it as you would store-bought shampoo. (May I point out that my dog has never once looked so happy at bath time?)