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The Best Homemade Dog Shampoo

Updated on June 18, 2013

 

 

 

Is your dog squeaky clean? Is your puppy fluffy? Does he smell fresh? If the answer to these questions is a resounding, "NO!" then you need to read on and find out what the world's best dog shampoo is.

 

What do you use on your dog? People shampoo? Baby shampoo? Do you go to the pet supply store and try to decide between the numerous dog shampoos available? There's dry skin shampoo, shampoo with highlights, shampoo for black dogs, white dogs, curly-haired dogs. It's enough to make you want to run screaming out of the store.

 

Been there, done that, and scared some children in the parking lot on my way out. Let me tell you about the dog shampoo I use, and have used since the very first time I was told about it, approximately 9 years ago.

 

It doesn't come from France and it doesn't cost $147.00 an ounce. You can't get it in a Hollywood Purse Puppy boutique. Matter of fact, you don't buy it at all. You make it yourself using just TWO ingredients found in any grocery store.

 

I was first told about this recipe when my golden retriever was just a puppy. A respected friend who is a responsible golden breeder, trainer and veterinary student swore by it so I gave it a shot.

 

I have NEVER purchased regular dog shampoo again. I was wary at first but as soon as I saw the suds, smelled that wonderful clean smell and realized how efficiently the shampoo rinsed off, I was a believer. Those of us who use this recipe like to say our dogs smell like a salad, and it's true!

 

It is simple, clean, easy to make and inexpensive. You can store it in an old shampoo bottle and just shake thoroughly before shampooing your dog.

 

You only need three things and about three minutes.

 

  • A container such as a shampoo bottle or other squeeze bottle.
  • CLEAR liquid antibacterial soap. Dial is recommended but I have also used generic.
  • WHITE vinegar.

 

 

Mix equal parts vinegar and soap in your container. Shake well. You're done.

 

Use the shampoo the same way you would any dog shampoo. Be careful not to get it into your dog's eyes or ears. Start with a small amount because it lathers well and work the suds deep into the coat. Rinse well and dry. There is no wet dog smell and should be no residue on your dog's coat, due to the vinegar. The antibacterial aspect helps with parasites, dirt, and even minor skin abrasions and itchy or flaky skin.

 

What I love the most about this shampoo is the fresh smell stays for days! It's quite long lasting, your dog's coat will be soft and ultra-clean. And when someone comes in and says, "What is that good smell?" you can actually point to your dog.

 

Get going, now. I think your dog is running the bath.

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      Paula E. 2 years ago

      Sorry to over think this shampoo, but I went in search of Dial soap and could not find any but in the process found that many antibacterial soaps have an active ingredient, Triclosan (Dial being one). Softsoap antibacterial soap has as an active ingredient, Benzalkonium Chloride. I'm sure neither are found in all natural dog shampoos, and I'm sure there's pros and cons for both, but as for Triclosan, animal studies have shown that it alters hormone regulation, for one (and sadly it's being used in mouthwash, soap, shampoo, dish soap, laundry soap, deodorant, and so on). Benzalkonium Chloride is actually used in prepared dog shampoos and is a disinfectant and fungicide and "has been considered one of the safest synthetic biocides known, and has a long history of efficacious use" per research site. I'm no expert and have just been reading too much information to be relayed here, but it sounds to me like there is a reason to select an antibacterial soap containing Benzalkonium Chloride rather than Triclosan. I'd suggest a bit of research into these two ingredients. I'm choosing to go with the antibacterial soap containing Benzalkonium Chloride unless enlightened by a reader with more information. Thanks.

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      Fed up 3 years ago

      My dog smells like absolute shit on a daily basis, and has allergies so she chews herself. It drives me batty and I know it can't be comfortable. I couldn't find antibacterial soap so I used dawn and white vinegar and she seems much more comfortable and she smells loads better now. Thanks, I may never go back to sulfodene ever again.

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      Johng450 3 years ago

      Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is wonderful, let alone the content! cececkedbbae

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      Jasmine Howard 3 years ago

      I am going to try this on Keo my cockapoo. (-;

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      Victor 3 years ago

      This is a GREAT shampoo. I'll never go back. Big thanks to Miss Donna for posting it. I've enjoyed reading the helpful posts, so I'll try to be helpful with mine also in trying to answer some of the questions. Try to get antibacterial soap with as few ingredients as possible. Brand doesn't matter. If it has dyes, look for Blue 1, which has been shown to improve spine issues. Avoid Red 5, as it tends to increase "scatter brain". This shampoo will not fade black coats. If your dog stinks without an obvious outside cause (pun unintended), this is a temporary fix. Change your dog's food to eliminate all grains, even rice, and you'll have a greatly reduced chance of bad or wet dog or corn chips odor, which is caused by yeast on the skin (best is a canine raw diet with no weight-supporting bones, fruits, or veggies, and never mixed with kibble in the same meal). When blending, use a tad less vinegar if you like for more bubbles and less odor while washing. The vinegar smell goes away when your dog is dry. Don't use apple cider vinegar or malt vinegar or wine vinegar. White vinegar's pH is 5. Check the pH of the soap before you buy, if you can. Dogs need a higher pH than people, so that means less acidic. If your dog's skin is drying, then the pH is likely too low. Do not add baking soda to alkalize the solution because white vinegar and baking soda make a strong and volatile chemical reaction that is only meant for jobs like cleaning drain clogs. Speaking of chemical reactions, never mix hydrogen peroxide/dioxide with white vinegar because the combo is toxic. (These are two good ingredients for cleaning, though: vinegar first, then time to dry, then peroxide; kills germs and odor and is super cheap!) Keep in mind that this is likely a change from what your dog's skin is used to, so if it's drastically different, your dog's skin may go through something like a detox with increased dry skin or dander or smell for the first time or two as the oils and naturally occurring bacteria on the skin balance out, but this is not a frequent result, as you can read from the reviews. As for long term on wiry or coarse coats, I am still testing that out. I'd really like someone with a poodle, schnauzer, or a wire-haired breed to give some feedback on this. Well, that's all I can think of now. I hope you have success with this simple and inexpensive shampoo. Thanks for reading!

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      Sha 3 years ago

      I have two Akitas ... Been wondering what I could use to bathe them with...saw this homemade shampoo and all the positive reviews on it...so am definitely going to give this a try and see what the end result is....thanks for posting this recipe :)

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      RAINBOLUV 3 years ago

      As soon as I read this hub, I ran to pantry looking for vinegar. Didn't have antib soap on hand, but used Dial bar instead. Would definitely find liquid soap because this did an amazing job on my white Shih tzu Chloe's coat, smell and cleanliness. Thanks!!

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      La 3 years ago

      Milisa- handsoap or dishsoap(dawn).

      Ruthie, if you purchase your dog shampoo at the vets office that may be the reason the vet is discouraging you t other solutions. If not...it could be possible that it's a specific reaction to your pet...

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      Ruthie 3 years ago

      I was told by my vet not to use any shampoo that contains soap as it will strip all the protection that his flea and tick med gives him. I have had my shih-Tzu for almost 5 years and go to the same vet all the time. At first I was told not to bathe him for at least 48 hours after I apply his medicine, and now they are telling me not to use shampoo with soap when bathing him. I would love to try your shampoo recipe, but I'm afraid I will wash away his flea and tick medicine because of the soap. I do not know what to do----HELP! I love my little guy so much and I want to do the right thing.

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      Milisa 3 years ago

      Is the soap you use like hand soap in the bottle?

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      wow, rose.. 4 years ago

      rose, that is honestly the worst advice i have ever heard. i can't help but to think you are an awful person. why did you even read about homemade dog shampoo?

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      Janet 4 years ago

      Used this shampoo first time a few months ago and my collie still smells great. Always got her groomed and she smelled great for a week, then the doggie smell came back and I felt like I just wasted $100. Now, this is all I use. Thank you so much.

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      Rose 4 years ago

      my suggestion is to never get a dog then you will not have this problem...not to mention not having to worry about contracting parasites from this which is bound to happen or have the worry about a dog-sitter if you ever want to go somewhere, or worrying about picking up the poop or leaving it there to irritate someone who steps in it...or ...or...or...the reasons not to have a pet are endless.....not to mention.....Americans spend a ridiculous fortune on pets when there are people starving all over this planet. Think about it.

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      sally 4 years ago

      Can you use white malt vinegar? Or just white vinegar?

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      laurel 4 years ago

      thanks a lot great shampoo.baby sitting a silky terrier with the itches,she didn't mind the wash ,so i hope it helps her,so simple nearly all would have the engredients in their cupboard.

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      Katie 4 years ago

      I am going to try this tomorrow. Question though, Does it help Whiten the fur? Thanks

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      Eazy 4 years ago

      i read all the reviews here and decided to give this shampoo recipe a try. Can I just say this is the BEST SHAMPOO I have ever tried on my dog. He has never smelled this good before. I have bought so many different kinds of shampoos and dog cologne to spray after because the shampoo alone just doesn't get rid of the smell, but this shampoo worked miracles, didn't even have to spray dog cologne after. I used white vinegar and dial - white tea/vitamin E antibacterial hand soap. It lathers really well so i didn't have to use a lot on the dog (i have a small szhitsu mini poodle mix). The vinegar is not too bad, u notice it but after the rinse and blow drying u dont smell anything but the dial flavor smell, so whatever flavor of antibacterial soap you pick, that's what the dog will smell like at the end. Blow drying is very important for the coat of the dog, i just use my hair dryer using the cool/low button with an occasional burst of high heat. I will never go back to store bought shampoo, as a matter of fact, im going to return all the products i bought before and exchange for more dog food. Hope this review is helpful

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      Lori 5 years ago

      I used this on my 4 month old Pitt last week. So far I've tried 4 shampoo's purchased from a pet store & 2 from the vet clinic. This puppy has very sensitive skin! After a bath (even with conditioner) she would have horrible dry flaky skin. She would dig at herself like a kid with chickenpox! After her bath with this mixture I was very pleased. She did have a little dry skin on the 3rd day after her bath. But there has been no scratching! It left her shiney & soft. I added 1 drop of lemongrass and a drop of patchouli oil in with the mix. Next I'm mixing up a large batch & trying it on my horse, who also has skin problems! Can't say thank you enough for sharing!!!

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      J 1 5 years ago

      I WILL try it on my boxer thank you he is a dirty one (but he is white is it ok for him?) (very delicet skin) thank you onece again

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      Buddys best friend 5 years ago

      Okay ... Here goes ... I have a horrific back and do not dare to try and shampoo our beloved Shih Tzu anymore. Hubby takes care of the task. Regardless of product we used, our poor boy stinks terribly! It has been so bad since his last shampoo ... Finally today, I simply could not take it any longer and started searching the net. Most everything I read said to take him to the vet, he probably had a medical issue somewhere. Another site told me to sniff his ears, mouth and butt (no thank you) to see if I could isolate where the issue was. I am sorry folks, I love my buddy but I am not going to sniff his butt, not today, not ever. I love my children and hubby too and trust me when I say I do not sniff them either. Anyway to get to the point if this long boring story. I really didn't think there was anything medically wrong with my guy, he just has a tendency to smell in a way that is not pleasant to me, though my younger little girl seems to be taken with him. Anyway, I grabbed the baking soda and vinegar determined to figure out something that would work. I decided to google a recipe and came up with many but your made the most sense. Hurting like the dickens, I bathed my poor little guy anyway with your recipe and MUST share, for the first time in 7 years our little rescue buddy not only didn't smell bad, he actually smelled good. I don't know how long it will work but anything is better than what we have encountered every other time!!! Thank you, thank you for taking the time to share your wonder shampoo!!! Truly there is a magic pill out there after all!!!

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      Mary 5 years ago

      I used this mixture (1/2 Meyer's Clean Day Hand Soap, 1/2 White Vinegar) on my 11wk miniature dachshund. The breeder suggested bathing him only once a month to keep from drying out his skin - but this pup has been playing in the dirt and with my other dog. The puppy smell isn't so cute anymore. Because of the natural oils in a Doxie's skin, I am very careful with what I use on him. He's a beautiful pup and I don't want to strip his skin of the oils needed to make his coat shiny. White Vinegar is just the product to do that. I don't trust cheap dog shampoos either. This worked amazingly well. His shiny coat has returned!

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      angie 5 years ago

      Just used this on my 2 pekingnese and it worked great!!! They smelled like wet dogs and my female always had flaky skin and scratched all the time. So far so good, I will never spend $$$ on dog shampoo again. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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      gteorge 5 years ago

      this mix really works and last a long time...very affordable, now I just buy it bulk and just keep on hand....It is a MUST TRY deal

      Thanks for this sight

      really saves alot money when you have three dogs

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      sympatrhico 5 years ago

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      i tried it to my 1 year old shi tzu, and it works, tnx.

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      Jan 5 years ago

      I have to say I was pretty impressed with this. I have two big Tibetan Mastiffs. I thought I would give it a try. First I mixed 80z of clear liquid antibacterial Softsoap (that's what I had on hand) with 8oz of white vinegar just like you said. TM's don't really ever have a wet doggy smell, but they were dirty and needed a bath. Anyway it lathered up great and rinsed out beautifully. I did need to use the whole bottle (16oz) on one dog but as cheap as it was to make I didn't care. My dogs have a lot of hair and the male is over 100lbs. I have to say it was the easiest bath I ever gave them. The best part is they are sooooo soft and I can see the shine in their hair. After one day the vinegar smell is gone yet they still smell really good, probably from the softsoap. The real test for me was if there was any static in their hair from no conditioner being used. There was none. I know vinegar is very good in the laundry especially towels, it gets the soap out and makes your towels really soft. Just like my dogs. Thanks for such a great tip, this is what I plan to use for now on and will tell all my family and friends. Thanks again!

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      Mickydays 5 years ago

      it works FABU thnx so much!

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      katie 5 years ago

      Im going to try this on my dog named pepper because she has so many scabs on the side of her back where she has been chewing on her skin because it icthed so bad.Plus she stinks and i find ticks on her. Thank you so much for sharing this information.

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      Lilly 5 years ago

      i tried this on my english cream golden retriever and while her coat was soft, she STILL had that wet dog smell and afterwards still smelt somewhat stinky. Although I will note that this mixture is the closest I have gotten her to stink free, it still didn't have the results I was hoping for. Back to the drawing board

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      creuella 5 years ago

      I couldn't find any clear antibacterial soap so I used the scented, I also used white vinegar but the only problem was is that my husband put gas in the vinegar bottle!! It killed the hell outta sum fleas tho but poor Fido was sure pissed!! Used the right ingredients the second go round and results were excellent!!

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      aleen stone 5 years ago

      I tried it last year with Dial...It workd great..3 days ago,with Dawn anti bac. green appl. ..I added conditioner to final rinse ..Maybe that was a bad choice. She's smelled stinky ever since..Took her for an hrs. hike in falling WA rain today and she came home smelling better..Maybe rinse her with plain water now.

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      Jimmy Loram TV Host 5 years ago

      Yep, this stuff is awesome. I had some very lightly colored lavender antibacterial soap. The only issue I had was the liquid was too "liquidy" and poured out of the spout. Next purchase is going to be Dial clear soap and more white vinegar. Maybe some lavender oil so I can put a few drops in there, because right now, I just want to use my dogs as a pillow and go to sleep they smell so good! Thank you so much for this. You rock. http://tvhostguy.com

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      Tracy 5 years ago

      My poodle don't have smelly dogs smell b'cos I don't feed her dog food. I feed her chicken/fish or beef with rice. He smells good always.

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      I just used this recipe today on my lab/pit mix and had absolutely no wet dog smell afterwards. She didn't smell good or bad, she just had no odor at all and it stays that way for at least a couple weeks. Whenever I make this shampoo I add in a touch of pure olive oil to make her coat super shiny and soft, works like a charm!

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      jd 5 years ago

      I got no suds,and my cocker spaniel went balistic when i sweezed it on her coat,she has never reacted in that way in her 14yrs of being shampooed,so i have to wonder how all these people are getting a different reaction,I used clear dial antibacterial hand soap with equal an part of white vinegar,also she does still smell like a wet dog,so what is up with that? I was really hoping for good results,but usually if it is too good to be true it is.it`s extremely drying.

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      Heba 5 years ago

      dogs have a very different ph from us. dial is very drying to a dog. I can see it's usefulness on a VERY dirty and greasy dog. It would be great for cutting grease! But on a dog who doesn't get greasy and super dirty it would dry the skin and hair. I know of 2 Pomeranians that have been being bathed by their owner in this recipe and they are in dire need of help, their skin is read and their hair is a frizzy mess.

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      lhee 5 years ago

      i made my chow2 take a shower in this product. It made his fur really soft. but it seems a bit frizzy. It's ok. i don't love it, but it's ok...

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      lhee 5 years ago

      Hi, im going to try this when I go shopping, I'm in the Philippines so I don't know if we have Dial soap. I'm going to try it on my chow chow. Is it safe to use every day?

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      Izzy 5 years ago

      I'm gonna try it on my Yorkie. Let's see how it goes!

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      Stinky dog mom 5 years ago

      Just made it, super easy, also made the conditioner out of rosemary. Gonna bath in a min.. hope tomorrow she smells good

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      Nancy 5 years ago

      This sounds like a great idea. My question is do you need to use a conditioner to get tangles out or make it easier to brush out a long haired do. I noticed that most of the dogs mentioned here are short haired. I did see a sheltie but they did not say if the dog was easier to brush even without a conditioner. Also what does this do to the skin over time. I would think that it might dry it out some. There are some dogs that have dry skin will this help or hurt it?

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      PUGGY 5 years ago

      IS HAPPY AS A LARKK AND SO CLEAN THANKS

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      Catherine 5 years ago

      Worked very well for my two cats! I don't bathe them often, but when I do, I like the idea of using something simple. Their coats were softer than the times I've used special cat shampoo, and the smell was nice and neutral.

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      Shay 5 years ago

      Is this safe to use on a 15 week Shih Tzu?

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      Chiffon 5 years ago

      We tried the shampoo mixture tonight and we are praying it works we have tried everything. So tired of the smell our dog smells like corn chips but really strong smelling ones it gets so bad at times I tear up from it.

      I will let you know how it works on Friday.

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      Deb 5 years ago

      Wow amazing it worked for my dog thxs so much

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      marian 5 years ago

      Thank you so so much cannot wait to give him a bath tomorrow will tell everyone about this :)

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      It is also the same as the homemade feminine hygiene with vinegar and works great! I'll start this with my dog too.

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      GTEORGE 5 years ago

      Well I tried the mix and it REALLY WORKS WELL!!!!My dogs are soft and smell good and yes It last longer the the expensive stuff...the antibiotic helps the skin and the vinegar deters fleas and other critters... It is Awesome!!

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      suki 5 years ago

      I just bathed my old bichon with really dry skin. I use Melalueca products in our home due to allergies so I figured the liquid dishsoap was my best bet. Mixed lemon brite dishsoap half and half with cheap white vinegar and added a tablespoon of olive oil. It worked well. Tip- if you have a stinky dog, lather twice! This recipe worked well. Dint need much of it. Rinsed easily. Now need to find a cream rinse!

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      elle 5 years ago

      is it safe to use that home made shampoo to my shihtzu pup? than'x! :)

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      Brenda 5 years ago

      i just tried it, as I left his shampoo behind, and needed a solution right away. Riley smells so wonderful, no doggy smell at all. We do Pet Therapy on Wednesdays and Fridays, so it is important that Riley smell and look his best! THANK YOU!!!!!!!

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      Pattykake 5 years ago

      Charlie, my rat terrier, loves to rub in 'frog poop' - why?, I don't know but he does manage to stink. Added a couple drops of "Tea Tree Oil" to the original suggested mixture. He smells soooo good and the lady dogs like it too! lol

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      Khloes mommy 5 years ago

      I tried this today on my 12week old Yorkie and she looks and smells fabulous!!! I used her puppy shampoo instead of antibacterial soap as I know that Yorkies skin is very sensitive. Maybe once she gets older I will try with antibacterial soap!!! Thanks for the great recipe.

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      george takenaka 5 years ago

      I have 3 pugs and they get a bath once a week with Adams pet shampoo..which now cost $19.99 for a 12oz bottle...

      I will try this mix and see how good it is??? If it works then this mix only cost less than $3.00 WOW what a savings.

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      Holly Galligan 5 years ago

      We just rescued a little 5 1/2 lb terrier mix and she has very dry, flaky skin. She was fixed just a few days ago so we can't bathe her. I used a Pond's face wash wipe and poured white vinegar on it, wrung it out and wiped her down (careful not to wet her stitches). She didn't love the sponge bath, but definitely seems cleaner and fresher. That just out of the pound smell is gone. Thanks!

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      D'Lane Caldwell 5 years ago

      Trying this NOW!

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      christy1112 5 years ago

      Would it be ok If I use my puppy shampoo which is gentle and tearless puppy shampoo vanilla, milk and honey mixed with ACV would that be ok too? and would it be ok for my puppy which is 2 months old?

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      artist12 5 years ago

      I am not completely sure that I agree with the anti-bacterial soap part. I think I would want something less abrasive and more conditioning.

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      Janelle 5 years ago

      @Beverly. I'm from Australia too. I use Palmolive soft wash pure and clean antibacterial was it mildly scent of eucalyptus I got if from IGA but I'm sure it would be available at woollies or Coles.

      ....and it works so well igetsomany compliments on how soft my dogs coat is (he's a corgi).highly recommend it.

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      Kris Dale 5 years ago

      Will the antibacterial soap and vinegar mixture help with sores on my dogs back?

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      Aussielover 5 years ago

      Using this recipe now on my 2 dogs. Smells good in the bottle with white vinegar?! Awsome!

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      Minna 5 years ago

      HALLELUJAH! IT WORKS!!!!!!!

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      I just washed my two black mutts with this. One is a border collie mix the other is a black k lab mix. They have what mt mom always called the "black dog odor" since we've never had a black dog without itchy skin and this smell. They smell so good, no residual vinegar odor. Also they have such soft fur now! I'm hoping it helps with dandruff issues but only time will tell. Thanks!

      Also, for the couple of people that were asking, it didn't fade their black coloring at all.

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      Wendy 5 years ago

      I tried this on my 8 week old Cockapoo. She smells wonderful and she is soooo soft!! She also really enjoyed her bath. Thanks so much for the recipe it worked perfect!!

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      Beverley 5 years ago

      I have researched the ph levels of Dial A.M. Handsoap and the "mds" states it has a ph level of 5.5 - 6.5 / As I live in Australia I cannot get this brand. One mentioned on this site that I can get is Dettol A.B. Handwash. It has a ph level of 3.4 - 4.0 Will this cause the dog wash to become too acidic? Any help would be appreciated.

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      Dawn 5 years ago

      I have a 14 year old Yorkie that had a very bad problem with itching and scratching seconds after getting a bath. I tried all kinds of dog shampoos and dog conditioners and nothing ever helped him. He smells terrible 5 minutes after getting a bath. I have to tell you I was ready to give up and then I found this page after looking on the Internet for some suggestions from others that may be having the same problems as my puppy. I have been using the anti bacterial hand soap and vinegar for a few months now. From the very first bath Kody has been a different and I have to say a much happier dog. He smells good, no stinking smell any more. He doesn't bite and itch or scratch any more. I will never use anything else on him ever. Thank you for making my old puppy a very happy little guy.

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      Ariana 5 years ago

      It smells pretty good!! My dog is soooo clean

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      Msnora 5 years ago

      Worked wonders on our 12 week old mastiff- she was itchy before from baths but adding an extra dose of aloe Vera in with vinegar and soap concoction seemed to do the trick! Thanks for sharing,

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      fredk 5 years ago

      FYI, I used this on my Sheltie pup who recently seemed to start smelling within a day of a bath with normal puppy shampoo (Mediterranean Magic Shampoo- Earth Bath).

      We get the SoftSoap anti-microbial handsoap by the gallon. Yes, you aren't supposed to use anti-microbial for a number of good reasons, however my wife is an RN, we have no children, and neither of us has really been sick in years and years while we've used such, so I think its been worthwhile to us.

      I mix a 50/50 of this clear soap with $1 store white vinegar and then a bit of water in a shampoo container.

      Last week, washed the dog, rinse, and then another quick repeat when I smelled a slight odor about him still.

      As soon as he was out of the tub and towel dried, the doggy smell was gone, though the vinegars' still pretty pungent.

      As he dried out more, the vinegar smell pretty much disapated. Once dry, there was almost no smell at all, and by the next day he just smelled, well, fluffy?

      Its been a week since his last bath, and he still is pretty odor free.

      I am brushing him every couple of days, and have started using a 1:4 vinegar/water spray before hand to reduce hair breakage and remove any odor he's gotten rolling around on the ground, etc.

      Seems to be working very well so far, however I am thinking of buffering the spritz with a little baking soda to make this light acid solution more neutral or alkaline.

      That may or may nor actually help, as the acidity may be what disolves/denatures(?) the doggy pheremones from the hair shaft, and possibly is what is killing off any malodorous surface yeast/fungus growth.

      Couple of notes, there are some interesting suggestions on using baking soda/water in similar proportions for hair care that might be useful for this purpose.

      Also, the $1 store vinegar I use is not apple cider vinegar, and may actually be better than using Organic Apple Cider vin. Theory is that the organic "Mother" type will have a lot of bacteria in it that while helpful internally, you may not want collecting on your head. So the cheap 'white' vinegar, which is probably just water and acetic acid is probably both the cheapest and the best.

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      angel 5 years ago

      just use it today, so far so good. Ithy problesm semms to fade away. I wonder if i could use it on long terms.

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      Heather W. 5 years ago

      Haha ill try it out i have a house hold of six dogs all ranging in different skin and coat types its hard to find one good soap for all...

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      Joann 5 years ago

      I'm planning on using this on my shihtzu. I just don't understand what the directions mean by CLEAR soap. Also can I mix a little dog shampoo into this? (I've been using this one shampoo on my other dog, and it smells amazing)

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      Malorie Ruiz 5 years ago

      I am a vet etch and I always recommend washing dogs with Dawn dish soap for fleas and ticks... It works better than any brand of dog flea shampoo. But my problem is my dogs don't have flease but I wash them with dawn still but latelly it has been drying their skin out like crazy. They won't stop itching and chewing on themselves so I don't think thise specific recipe will help with dry skin.

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      I have had a very itchy smelly shih tzu. I often have to give her allergy medication at night or she just thumps away all night scratching. I think i have tried everything! I found this last night and the first thing i did this morning was wash my dog.....normally the first thing she does after her bath is itch.....not this time! She is fluffy, smells like a clean dog (not one that is just scented up to mask the smell!!) and is not itching. Her skin looks pink with no red parts and she looks happy!. thank you sooooooooo much for sharing this.....i think you have saved a lot of dogs from being very sad and a lot of owners from pulling their hair out with helplessness!! I just cannot put to words how i feel to see my dog happy!

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      Rose C. 5 years ago

      This worked so well on my small White Maltese. He is 11 years old so I must be careful. I used an Organic Dish Soap, because the regular dish soap has harsh chemicals and toxins that penetrate the skin and some times cause

      irritation. Thanks for your help. My dog is so clean

      smelling now.

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      Dolores Peoples 5 years ago

      O.M.G. I have been buying several different shampoos to try and get the wet dog smell off my dog and my carpet for years. I tried this recipe and O.M.G. it really worked. i now am not embarrassed having my pooch walking up to company that visits. thank you thank you thank you. Anyone who owns and loves there dog, knows you want them to smell like your children. He now does!!!!!!

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      Pepe 5 years ago

      Well its been 12 days and tada no smelly dog she is due a bath tommorow and has not been itchy for almost 2 weeks now gotta love this recipe. My bully is a rescue and came with several skin issues and calluses from poor bedding that have started to get lighter since the vinegar bath. Works wonders thanks for the recipe :)

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      Grman39 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for this recipe. Its just amazing. I read this article when I first got my little baby home. I used it on him and it has been really great. It rinses well and the after smell last for days. We sleep together so he is always very clean.

      By the way someone asked about fleas. Fleas hate vinegar. Forgot to mention that I add a touch of Dial dish soap as well.

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      Mickey 5 years ago

      I just wanted to say that this recipe really is amazing! I was skeptical that this would actually cure my cockapoo of itching all the time and just in general stinking! But I have to say, this is a miracle formula, I will never buy store bought shampoo again!

      I used white vinegar and liquid handsoap and my dog is more soft and smells better than any professional grooming I have used! Usually her smelling good only lasts a few days at best but this recipe has kept her fresh for a lot longer! I am so pleased with the results, I love having a fluffy clean smelling dog, thanks so much for the recipe :)

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      Denise 5 years ago

      This has been a total lifesaver! I used a high potent conditioner on my shih tzu and she wound up scratching for hours. I found this and prayed it would work because it broke my heart to see her suffer like that. This is a miracle and I owe many thanks to this because I felt like a terrible dog parent. She was IMMEDIATELY back to normal!

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      connieowv 5 years ago

      I just tried this on my white shis tzu. WORKED ABDOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!! Highly recommend it!!

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      Karen 5 years ago

      I have a 2 month old golden who has a skin disorder called Ichthyosis. It is flaky skin. Many people have tried numerous shampoo's with no luck. Will this irritate his skin because of the vinegar?

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      auggie 5 years ago

      can I use foamy soap or does it have to be the gel kind?

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      Trixie 5 years ago

      I have two labs that have skin allergies. I used this mixture on them both tonight! Wow! No itching, and they smell great right out of the bath :) I will never go back to using even the mildest dog shampoo.

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      Pepe 5 years ago

      Wow never thought this was possible my englisg bull terrier smells fresh and didn't give me any trouble at bath time. She was confused about the vinegar smell but it was awesome.. Check back for updates in a week she has always had skin issues so I hope this will not cause any trouble. Thanks for the tip!

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      Alex 5 years ago

      This works really well. My greyhound smells great and is super soft after his bath. He is just...clean. It's wonderful! Easy to make, too. I mixed about 2/3 soap and 1/3 vinegar, though, bc I was afraid he would smell vinegar-y and I wanted the mixture to be a little thicker.

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      Robb 5 years ago

      Thanks this works great on my pit..

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      hhanna00 5 years ago

      I have used EVERYTHING and nothing helps my mini and toy schnauzers smell better. My mini has itchy smelly skin issues and even after giving him a bath he still smells like a stinky dog. I almost fainted after I bathed them in this vinegar mix and there was absolutely NO smell at all!! They smelled like soap,not wet Dog!! Wow, Wow, Wow!! Easy to make and works like a charm. Thanks so much!!

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      hhanna00 5 years ago

      I have used EVERYTHING

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      AT 5 years ago

      I used this yesterday on our Dobbie. He has had a history of yeasty smelling skin and veterinary treatment has been courses of antibiotics and their prescription shampoos. He would still develop bumps that to me resembled hives and scratch at them. I would give him benedryl to stop the itching. I was hesitant to try this, as his coat and the symptoms had subsided. But in searching other receipes out I found they all added glycerin, dish washing liquid and apple cider vinegar. I know the PH is high on both the dish soap and the apple cider vinegar, so those were out. When I came across this, it made sense! The vet prescribed shampoo was 'an antibacterial' and white vinegar has a lower acidity then apple cider vinegar, as well as the antibacterial hand soap has glycerin in it! It worked great! Just as written, no deviations!

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      chestnut 5 years ago

      hi, i have a 4 year old female yorkie and i really wanted to try this shampoo.... but... can i still use her conditioner after this shampoo? my yorkie has long hair and her hair gets frizzy without conditioner. will the antibacterial effect of this shampoo stay even if i use conditioner after.... thanks

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      maggie 5 years ago

      will it do any harm to my golden retriever or my lab?

      does it work on all dogs??

      bye the way, thanks for the info!!:)

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      Melody K 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for this information. I am sure my Golden Retriever will be happy as a clam. I have book marked your page for future reference.

      Take crae,

      Melody

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      Bella 5 years ago

      Hey thanks for that :) I use it on the famous Bella The Pit bull, she loved it, I as well loved the smell. Thanks.

      Check it out for a picture

      http://www.bellapitbull.com

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      angela 5 years ago

      can't wait to try it thanks

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      Mayra 5 years ago

      Great! I have 1/2 bichon frise 1/2 havanese(havachon) and she smells so good and her coat is really soft I haven't seen her scratch (which she does all day everyday) so I hope this works!!

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      Emily 5 years ago

      Our dog (sindy) STINKS of wet dog I am going to try it on as soon as I get home from school tomorrow! :) thanks for the tip! :)

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      nina 5 years ago

      can i use normal shampoo? like shampoo that we use?

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      Vanes 5 years ago

      What The Specific name of CLEAR LIQUID ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP AND VINEGAR? i wanted to try it on my dog so want to know the specific name of brand when your making a dog's shampoo.. thanks!

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      Julliet 5 years ago

      I just bought a yorkie today. I immediately fell in love but I wasn't very happy with his smell. Just tried the shampoo and he smells glorious. I'm even more in love! Thank you!