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Homemade Dog Shampoo for Itchy Skin

We have a lovely German Shepherd who is the best friend of our toddler. While she’s a great dog and faithful companion, she also can be stinky and sheds a TON. I can brush her every day and there is still hair everywhere. Due to her shedding and dry skin from our climate, she always ends up with doggy dandruff and itchy skin. I created this dog wash to help her get clean and stop scratching so much. It helps her a lot!


3 Cups Water
2 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary-optional (This herb is known to help repel fleas and also helps control dandruff)
4 Tablespoons Castile Soap
1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
5 Drops Essential Oil-optional (I like to use melaleuca oil to help with her skin, but any essential oil can be used to help your pup smell nice!) Where to buy Melaleuca Essential Oil


  1. Essentially, I make rosemary water. If you want to skip this step, move on to the next paragraph. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Turn off the heat and add the rosemary sprigs. Allow the sprigs to steep while the water cools. Once the water is room temperature, remove the sprigs. You can even do this ahead of time and keep the water in the fridge for up to a week.
  2. I like to make this whole recipe in a quart-sized canning jar to keep things easy. Put the coconut oil in the jar and microwave for 20 seconds to melt the oil.
  3. Add 3 cups of water (rosemary water if you opted to make it). Gently stir in castile soap, and aloe vera gel.
  4. Add essential oil if you are using it.

This shampoo is very thin, but I find that is easiest for washing a dog. In fact, I’ve been watering down store-bought dog shampoo for years! It’s a trick that I learned from a groomer. It actually makes it easier to get the shampoo to spread evenly through the dog’s fur and also makes it easier to rinse out! I use this whole recipe each time I wash my dog.

Since it is mostly water, make up a fresh batch when you wash your dog since it will not be shelf-stable.

What shampoo do you use to wash your dog? Do you have tips for dogs with dry, itchy skin? Share below…

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