Homemade Natural Dog Shampoo With Insect Repellent
The ingredients you will need are purchased from a health food store or on line. Price info below.
An empty clean shampoo bottle
1/2 Cup Castile Soap (the mildest of human soaps. I used a scented one)
1/2 Cup Vegetable Glycerine (human moisturizer)
1 Cup Water
10 to 20 Drops Essential Cedar Oil (or your choice-see below)
10 to 20 Drops Essential Geranium (Geranium Rose) Oil (or your choice)
Using a funnel, measure and pour Castile, Glycerine and water into the empty shampoo bottle. Add drops of Essential Oils (your discretion as to how much) directly into shampoo bottle. Turn bottle upside down slowly a few times before each use. Keep out of eyes during use.
For a rinse: mix 1/4th cup apple cider vinegar (not other vinegars) to 1 quart of water. Vinegar is also an insect repellent! Organic vinegar from the health food store is the best as it contains live enzymes, but grocery store vinegar will work too! Keep out of eyes during use.
Popular Doggy Shampoo runs about $13 for 16 ounces
Castile Soap: 32 Ounces – approx. $14
Vegetable Glycerine: 32 Ounces – approx. $18
That’s $32 for 64 ounces!
The essential oils are about $15/per .5 oz. bottle for mid ranged price. Inexpensive ones do not have strong properties. You would only use approximately 15 drops per 16 ounce mixture AND in-between baths you can put a few drops of the essential oils on your dogs’ collar once or twice per week to repel insects!
Here are the essential oils that repel insects:
Geranium Cedarwood Citronella
Lavender Lemon Grass Lemon
Rosemary Eucalyptus Tea Tree
Niaouli Cinnamon Yarrow