How to Make Your Own Hypoallergenic Shampoo for Dogs

by Tom Ryan, Demand Media
    Hypoallergenic shampoos are gentle on his skin.

    Hypoallergenic shampoos are gentle on his skin.

    Some dogs have sensitive or allergy-prone skin, so you have to be selective about washing them. Sudsing your dog up with store-bought shampoos loaded with chemicals could irritate her skin, but you can just as easily mix up a batch of hypoallergenic shampoo with ingredients from around the house.

    Items you will need

    • 2 cups gentle-formula antibacterial hand soap
    • 2 cups water
    • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
    • 4 oz. glycerin (optional)
    • One bottle rosemary oil (optional)
    • One bottle lavender oil (optional)
    • 2 cups aloe vera gel (optional)
    • Bucket
    • Stir stick

    Step 1

    Pour your hand soap, water and apple cider vinegar into a bucket and stir until the ingredients are mixed.

    Step 2

    Add two drops of lavender oil and two drops of rosemary oil to give the shampoo a more noticeable scent.

    Step 3

    Add a soothing, moisturizing ingredient to your shampoo. Glycerin conditions the hair, while aloe vera gel soothes and moisturizes the skin.

    Step 4

    Pour your shampoo into resealable containers for storage.

    About the Author

    Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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