Well it’s doggie bath time at our house this week, and we wanted to try something new. I was looking at all sorts of different dog shampoos and was torn: there were tons of different shampoos “I” liked, but my bank account wasn’t all that impressed. Don’t get me wrong, I splurge on the little guy all the time. But when it comes to dog shampoo, I want something that’ll get the job done, and not have to pay a dollar an ounce to do it. What I decided was to make my own homemade oatmeal dog shampoo, and here’s the result.
Homemade Oatmeal Dog Shampoo
Prep Time: 10 minutes
• 1 Cup of Oatmeal
• 1 Cup of Baking Soda
• 4 Cups of Warm Water
• 1 Teaspoon of Dishwashing Liquid
• 10 Drops of scented fragrance (Optional: we had this left over from an old soap making kit)
• Empty Starbucks Frappuccino bottle (Optional)
• Avery Oval Labels, 22814 (Optional)
The first thing you’re going to want to do is grind up the oatmeal. For oatmeal baths to work, your oatmeal has to have the consistency of flour. I used my trusty Cuisinart Wand Blender (which, by the way, is awesome for quickly making smoothies as well as oatmeal dog shampoo) to blend the oatmeal into a powder. In less then a minute, I was ready to add in the other ingredients.
I quickly grabbed an empty 2-liter that was close at hand, and after rinsing, poured all the ingredients into there. Mixing was a cinch: I just replaced the cap on the bottle and shook! This is also great for storing the remaining shampoo after bath-time: just replace the cap, and store in a cool dark place (just don’t forget to shake thoroughly before using it again!).
Tip: Always brush your dog very well before giving him a bath. This shampoo won’t penetrate underlying matting, and may not be as effective.
The only thing left to do was try it out. I told my dog to go get in the tub while I retrieved the extra towels. Since he’s part labrador (who absolutely loves the water), I’m still not sure who was bathing who! Apply the shampoo to your dog’s wet coat, and massage it in for several minutes before rinsing. The baking soda in the shampoo will dissolve any foul oder, and the oatmeal will sooth and cleanse the skin. After drying (and several, several, several drenching shakes), I stepped back to inspect my work….
…The shampoo worked better than I expected—his coat was much softer, and he smelled great!
Now just one small thing. Even though I mentioned storing the shampoo in a 2-liter bottle, it doesn’t make the best presentation. Making this oatmeal dog shampoo is a great gift idea, so I found a leftover Starbucks frappuccino bottle which seemed perfect! I just used a funnel to fill it, and made sure to paint over the Starbucks logo on the top (because, since this shampoo is the same color as the frappe…people might get confused).
For the final special touch, I created a label using Oval Avery labels, number 22814. I created a template for you to use if you want to use this as well! Feel free to download it, the link is at the end of this post. Since these labels can be fairly expensive, a better idea is to print on a sheet of paper (regular or glossy), and use a glue-stick to adhere it to the bottle.
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