Every spring through summer my dachshund enjoys spending his outdoor time rolling in grass and weeds and wildflowers. This inevitably causes his super sensitive skin to break out. As of course a multitude of various skin conditions are common ailments for dachshunds, not just allergies. So last I created a homemade dog shampoo recipe with neem oil after learning about all of its great benefits. I used it on my own dog and then also had friends use it on their dogs. One these dogs in particular was given an expensive prescription shampoo by their vet that didn’t do a whole lot to alleviate the symptoms, so as a last resort they tried my shampoo. Within hours of the first bath the results were obvious. Not only did it help overall but it also eventually cleared up the problem all together. I experienced the same with my dog but without the trip to the vet.
However, I found that my original homemade dog shampoo recipe would separate and I’d have to shake it before every use to keep it mixed. So this year I reinvented the recipe a bit and added in certified organic non-GMO liquid soy lecithin as an emulsifier and thickener. It also has skin softening and moisturizing properties. I added enough lecithin to give my shampoo a cream consistency so if you don’t have a suitable shampoo type bottle you can store this in a jar. For a thinner shampoo, you may use less lecithin. Alternately, in lieu of lecithin you can experiment with using an emulsifying wax or cetyl alcohol per recommended guidelines. However, if you are against using palm oil, you’ll want to opt against these two ingredients as cetyl alcohol is primarily derived from palm oil and emulsifying wax is typically cetyl-stearyl alcohol composed of 50% cetyl alcohol and 50% stearyl alcohol derived from coconut and palm kernel oils.
Natural Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipe
8 fluid oz. Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Liquid Castile Soap
2 Tablespoons neem oil
.5 oz. Shea Butter
.5 oz. certified organic non-GMO liquid soy lecithin
Using a digital scale weigh out the shea butter and melt in either a double boiler or a glass pyrex measuring cup in the microwave. Weigh out the lecithin and mix into the shea butter until it also becomes liquid, then combine with the liquid soap and neem oil.
Use a funnel to pour into lotion or shampoo bottles or pour into a jar or other container of your choice. Shake to mix occasionally once it’s almost cooled completely and again once cooled to ensure all ingredients are incorporated evenly. It does try to separate out during the cooling process but stays mixed once all ingredients have cooled.
To use simply apply to your dog’s wet coat and massage in giving special attention to any problem areas. Use once a week as needed until condition clears. For troublesome “hot” spots follow with a natural neem oils salve to affected areas.
Please note neem oil is not recommended for cats.
You may also want to try these other natural homemade recipes that use neem oil: Natural Neem Oil & Rosemary Salve Recipe, Natural Homemade Neem Oil Cold Process Soap Recipe, Homemade Neem Cream Recipe, Natural Topical Anti-Fungal Toenail Treatment, Homemade Cold Sore Therapy Lip Balm Recipe and my Lanolin & Neem Salve Recipe.
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