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Homemade dog shampoo

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Make your own dog shampoo that is better for your dog and inexpensive! These are the three main ingredients: 1) 1 cup generic brand uncolored antibacterial liquid hand soap 2) 1/4 cup glycerin (found in the pharmacy section near the rubbing alcohol) 3) 1 cup white vinegar. Mix all ingredients in two quarts of warm water (I use an empty apple juice bottle) and pour it over your dog. I still use baby shampoo for her face and do not get this mix in her eyes or ears. It pours on, soaks in, suds up and rinses off much better than any other dog shampoo I have ever used. The antibacterial hand soap kills any bacteria on the dogs skin (which is what makes them smell "doggy"), the vinegar balances the ph in their skin so they don't get flakey and itchy and the glycerine makes their coat soft and shiny. I've been using it for a couple of years and it is the best! As soon as my dog sees me mixing it up she gets into the bathtub and waits for her massage and bath.

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  • Pajunka
    Pajunka Beverly Hills, CA
    on Aug 29, 2012

    Please say a big "Hello!" to Stephen and Tabitha King from little old me! The first story I ever read of his was The Mangler. I could totally relate to it as I had just got my arm stuck in the ringer of our washing machine. ACK, I know. Thanks from Melanie. (And don't tell me you don't know them! It's a small town- GET over there!!!)

  • Becky H
    Becky H Tampa, FL
    on Aug 29, 2012

    Does this work well with flea and tick spot treatment, or will it remove it?

  • TaniaC
    TaniaC Fairfield, IL
    on Aug 29, 2012

    I'm So Glad you posted this Julee I was just getting ready to bath My 14 year old Chow Shepherd Husky Mix whom I shaved like a lion Just recently cause her Hair is so thick and she is molting everywhere right now... Shampooing her is a real chore cause her Fur is so thick and gets Mattered so easily and she hates me to brush her cause it's hard not to pull on the matted hair... That is why I shaved her back end and left the mane around her neck.. now she looks like one big Cuddly Lion ♥ But Pew wee Boy she stink right now :( ! so hopefully this will do the trick.:) Cheers!

  • Sherrie S
    Sherrie S Debary, FL
    on Aug 29, 2012

    Becky H, the product I use is waterfast after 24 hours.

  • Julia
    Julia Chesapeake, VA
    on Aug 29, 2012

    Hey thanks for the recipe! Do you have any for laundry detergent or automatic dishwasher detergent?

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