Homemade Dog Shampoo For Sensitive Skin

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Dogs are notorious for getting itchy skin, especially after a bath.  This homemade dog shampoo is simple and soothing for your dog’s sensitive skin.

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Why Make Your Own Dog Shampoo?

Store bought shampoos for dogs contain many chemicals and toxins that aren’t good for their skin.  Not only are they unhealthy, but they can dry out your dog’s skin and cause irritation.  

Making a quick batch of homemade dog shampoo for sensitive skin is easy!  You only need 3 ingredients & it takes less than 1 minute to mix it together.  Your dog will thank you for it!

Dog Shampoo Ingredients For Sensitive Skin

This dog shampoo recipe has several ingredients that make it the best dog shampoo for sensitive skin & allergies.

The first ingredient is Castile soap.  Castile soap is chemical free & safe to use on your dog.  It is a great alternative to harsher soaps that you might find in store bought shampoo.  

The next ingredient is apple cider vinegar.  Apple cider vinegar for dog skin is very safe and even soothing for dogs.  The properties in the vinegar help relieve skin irritation due to allergies.  It is also a great remedy for yeast & poison ivy.

The third ingredient is coconut oil.  Coconut oil is well-known for its antibacterial and anti fungal properties.  It hydrates skin while also fighting off bacteria & fungus.  It is a welcome addition to this homemade dog shampoo.  

If you don’t have fractionated coconut oil, you can use other oils like avocado, olive oil, or jojoba oil.  Make sure to research other oils to ensure they are safe for your dog.

The last ingredient, which is optional, is rosemary oil.  Rosemary oil is found in many store bought dog shampoos and conditioners.  It works really well with conditioning the dog’s coat & skin.  The smell of rosemary also fights off fleas and ticks.  It’s a win-win!

How do you make & use dog shampoo for sensitive skin?

This shampoo recipe is quick and easy.  It is as simple as measuring out the ingredients in a bowl or jar and then mixing together.

I try to only wash my dog once a month, so I just mix one batch when it is time for the bath.  The ingredients mixed together might not keep well, so it is safest to use within a week or so.

When it comes time for the bath, you’ll wash like normal. Wet your dog’s coat with water. Pour a few tablespoons at a time onto your dog’s coat and lather it in. This batch is enough to wash my 10-pound dog twice, so adjust accordingly.

Make sure to rinse well and then dry like normal!

Homemade Dog Shampoo Benefits

My dog has seasonal allergies, along with food allergies.  He actually takes a daily prescription for his allergies too.  We’ve noticed that he gets especially itchy after baths, so we decided to make a switch to a homemade shampoo that is clean and aids itchiness.

Even if your dog doesn’t have allergies, this shampoo is cost effective, safe, & all-natural.  Your dog will look shiny, well hydrated, and feel great!

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Homemade Dog Shampoo For Sensitive Skin

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This homemade dog shampoo is all-natural and will soothe your dog's skin.

Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute


  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 TBSP of Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 2 TBSP of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP of Castile Soap Unscented
  • 1-2 drops of Rosemary Oil (optional)


1. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl or mason jar & mix well

2. Wet dog's fur with water in bathtub

3. Lather a few tablespoons at a time into dog's fur until fully covered

4. Rinse well


  • This batch makes enough to wash a 20-lb dog, so adjust the recipe accordingly for a larger-sized dog.
  • If you don't have fractionated coconut oil, you may use jojoba, olive, or avocado oil instead.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0

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