Shampooing Made Easy

If you just don’t like the store bought dog shampoo brands because of all the dyes, emulsifiers and chemicals in them (we agree),  we have found a few of the top homemade healthy shampoos, rinses and washes you might like to try with your furry friend! The following recipes are safe, easy, and quality recipes that you can trust.

Many people believe that it is ok to give their pets baths using human shampoos. Since the pH and skin structure of dogs is much different than people, this can lead to problems.  A human’s pH balance is between 5.5-5.6, while a dog’s pH is 6.2-7.4. If you use your human shampoo and conditioners, you’re just inviting skin trouble and Vet bills.

With so many different breeds of dogs and so many different climates they live in, it is no surprise that there are thousands of different skin and coat conditions that can affect pets. Some dogs only need a bath once a month while others require bathing or conditioning several times a week to keep the bacterial load on their skin at a healthy level.  If they stink or you see them scratching all the time, it is usually either a sign of a digestive imbalance or time for a bath.

Basically, it’s as simple this: there are 2 things you must know:

  1. Just like you, your fur buddy should be bathed when they need it! By maintaining regular bathing schedules, you can even alleviate their anxiety and all sorts of potential skin and health issues.
  2. It is always recommended to use an all-natural, pH balanced shampoo and rinses specifically designed for dogs or use the recipes for Shampoos and Rinses below.

Brushing your pet out thoroughly prior to bath time is crucial. Not only does it help remove dead fur, dirt and debris but most pets enjoy it and it is a great tool in relaxing and soothing your pet prior to bath time. Don’t forget to TALK with your dog thru out this entire process. It will help your dog maintain their calmness and have a much more enjoyable experience.

Simply mix these up and have them handy in a spray bottle. Remember when washing to wet your dog thoroughly first and then always work from the neck down to the tail. Use a damp cloth to clean the ears and around the eyes.


My Basic Shampoo

  • 2 cups of warm water
  • ¼ cup dish soap (Dawn is a great one.)
  • ½ cup of Apple Cider vinegar (Braggs is Best)

My Shampoo for Dry Skin

  • My Shampoo for Dry Skin
  • 1 QT of water
  • 1 Cup of baby shampoo or Dawn dish soap
  • 1 Cup of Apple Cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of glycerin
  • 2 TBSP of Aloe Vera Gel

My Flea and Tick Shampoo

  • 10 Ounces of water
  • 2 ounces of Aloe Vera
  • 1 TBSP of castile soap (Dr. Bonner’s is Best)
  • 2 drops of Lavender essential oil.
    (Note, rosemary, peppermint, or eucalyptus essential oil can be substituted).


  1. Disinfecting Rinse: 1 Cup of Vinegar mixed with 1 Gallon of water. Massage this into the skin, do NOT rinse off. Thoroughly towel dry your pet following this rinse.
  2. Deodorizing Rinse: (Caution: lemon rinses used on a dark coat does have the ability to bleach the fur if your pet spends time in the sun so use sparingly). 1 Lemon sliced and boiled in 1 Quart of water for 10 minutes. Cover and let sit for 3 hours prior to use. Massage into the skin, do NOT rinse, and towel dry thoroughly.
  3. Herbal Tea Rinse: 5 tea bags to 2 Quarts of very hot water. You can use peppermint, green, or chamomile tea. For best results steep for 3 hours and massage into coat and skin. This is a great rinse for itchiness and restlessness in your pet.

Now that you know WHAT products to use, it is time to discuss HOW to use them best to really optimize your bath. Start off by choosing the best place for your pet to take their bath. This could be a tub, walk-in shower, or even in the yard with the garden hose.  Sinks are great places for smaller pets, while larger dogs enjoy bath tubs and outside settings.

As a responsible pet owner, please follow these tips:

  1. Check the temperature of the water. Should be mild.
  2. Simply laying a towel or rubber mat down in the bottom of the tub will increase traction in the tub allowing your dog to support themselves better while feeling more safe and comfortable.
  3. Rinse twice three as much as you think you need to. This is extremely important to ensure that all residues are cleared from their skin and coat. Now, this is where patience is needed! It can be very time consuming, especially if your pet has thick or long fur. Ensuring this is done correctly will reduce the possibility of skin irritation.

We strongly suggest that the earlier you start forming positive associations with baths the more simple it will become. You can accomplish this by showing your pet your excited and positive feelings, offering treats, toys, and LOTS of affection during EVERY bath.

Remember that the 2 keys to success: Repetition and Consistency! Regularly bath them and always do it the same way every time. If you’re having fun, they will too.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns please consult your Vet for their advice.

Happy Bathing from your friends at Ruff Greens.

Written By

Dennis Black

Dennis Black

Dr. Black is former Army Ranger, a Helicopter Pilot, Stage 4 Cancer Survivor and a Naturopathic Doctor living in Dallas, Tx. For decades, Dr. Black has shown thousands of people how to get healthy using Natural protocols. When those same people asked him to create something to get their pets healthy, he rose to the challenge and created the Ruff Greens Family of Products.