Homemade Dog Shampoo

Homemade Dog Shampoo

Homemade dog shampoo is better for your pup and for you. Because when you use toxic shampoos, especially flea shampoos, both of you are exposed to endocrine disruptors and cancer-causing chemicals like parabens and insecticides.

Dogs and Toxins

Your pups are as vulnerable to toxins as you are. That's obvious from all the pet deaths and illness caused by pet treats made in China. The dangers of these treats are well known.

What isn't so well known are the health risks to your pups from the pesticides you use in your home and yard, and the products you use on your dogs. For example, rates of canine lymphoma are 70% higher in dogs whose owners use weed and feed products.

Consider this - Dogs have the same high cancer rate as people! One in every two dogs will get cancer.

Your Exposure

You are exposed to every toxic product you put on your dogs. When you dip your dog for fleas, pet them when they are wearing flea collars, spray, shampoo or dust them with flea insecticides – you are exposing yourself to chemicals that cause cancer and mess with your hormones.

Now, think about bath time. If you're anything like me, you end up as wet as your dog during baths. Do you really want to be using products with toxic ingredients?

The Chemicals You Can Avoid  With Homemade Dog Shampoo


- the kinds of preservatives in dog shampoos aren't usually listed on the label. Endocrine disrupting parabens are often used.


Fragrance is an undisclosed chemical mixture so health effects unknown. Some fragrance ingredients are linked to allergies, asthma, and endocrine disruption.

Foaming Agents Like Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA).

Possible carcinogen and also combines with other chemicals to create carcinogenic nitrosamines.


Coal Tar

  • Known carcinogen

Pyrethroid Insecticides

  • Likely to cause cancer
  • Linked to asthma and allergies
  • Toxic to the nervous system
  • Suspected endocrine disruptor

There are many types of pyrethroids including cypermethrin, deltamethrin, esfenvalerate, fenpropathrin, and permethrin.


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To Avoid the Toxins in Dog Shampoos Try These Homemade Versions

Dry Dog Shampoo/Flea Treatment  

Ingredients - Neem Bark Powder, Diatomaceous Earth, Baking Soda, Cedarwood Oil

Directions Mix 1 part neem powder to 1 part DE and 1 part baking soda. Mix in 10 drops of cedar oil for every cup you make. Use a shaker container to shake on your pup. Rub through their fur to the skin then brush.

Soothing Shampoo  

Ingredients - Dr Bronner’s Soap, Aloe Gel

Directions Mix a 1/4 cup of soap and 1/4 cup of aloe into a quart of water. Store in a squeeze bottle. If your dog has sensitive or irritated skin add a tablespoon of honey.

Flea Shampoo  

Ingredients - Dr Bronner’s Soap, Aloe Gel, Neem Oil, Cedarwood Oil

Directions Mix a 1/4 cup of soap and 1/4 cup of aloe into a quart of water. Add 2 teaspoons of neem oil and 2 teaspoons of cedar oil and mix well. Store in a squeeze bottle. If your dog has sensitive or irritated skin add a tablespoon of honey.

Flea Dip  

Ingredients - Cedarwood Oil, Water

Directions Add 3 tablespoons of cedar oil to a gallon of warm water and use as a final rinse after shampooing your dog.

For more information on nontoxic flea control check out How to Safely Protect Your Pup From Fleas and Non Toxic Flea Control.

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