We’re not fans of chemicals in our own shampoo, so we’re not about to use them on our beloved pets either! Here is a simple recipe to make your own pet shampoo that is gentle on the skin and not loaded with harsh chemicals.
How to Make Your Own Pet Shampoo
Regardless of what kind of shampoo you use on your pet it’s important to remember to avoid getting it in his (or her) eyes! You can bathe a pet in the bathtub, a Rubbermaid tub, a kitchen sink (if the pet is small enough) or a laundry room sink.
It’s important to remember that pets get chilled when they’re wet just as we do, so take care in making sure the water is comfortably warm and that you have several dry towels handy to properly dry your pet following his bath.
Regular Pet Shampoo
1/2 c. Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 c. Dawn Dish Detergent
1 Large plastic Water bottle (16 oz)
Pour the vinegar and dawn into the water bottle, fill the bottle to neck with water, seal and shake lightly until bubbles form and the ingredients are mixed. To use, wet your pet thoroughly with warm water, apply the shampoo as needed, be sure to rinse well.
If you prefer to use another style container simply add about 2 cups of warm water to your recipe.
Flea Destroying Pet Shampoo
1/2 C. Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 c. LEMON JOY Dish Detergent
1 Large Empty plastic Water bottle
Pour the vinegar and lemon Joy into the water bottle, fill the bottle to neck, seal and shake lightly until bubbles form and the ingredients are mixed. To use, wet your pet thoroughly with warm water, apply the shampoo as needed, be sure to rinse well.
Do NOT Substitute with other brands of detergent. The Flea destroying pet shampoo recipe is meant to be used infrequently. Using dishwashing soap on a regular basis will strip the natural oils from your pet’s skin, leaving it dry, as well as decreasing its ability to keep yeast and bacteria at bay.
Once the fleas have been removed from your pet, be sure to treat them with a monthly product such as Frontline or Trifexis to prevent reinfestation.
Flea Infestation warning
Keep in mind that if your pet has fleas they will begin to retreat as soon as you apply shampoo. This means that they may try to crawl away into your pets ears, eyes, nose and mouth, or they may jump onto YOU to avoid the shampoo.
Just keep this in mind and make sure that you pay close attention to any fleas in your pets face and remove them immediately. Follow with an additional vet recommended Flea treatment within 7 days.
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