DIY Liquid Soap Recipe with Neem Oil for Dogs and People with Problem Skin

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DIY Homemade Liquid Soap Recipe with Neem Oil and Shea Butter for Dogs and People with Problem Skin - Great for Skin Conditions Like Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Dandruff and Athlete's Foot

I have a miniature dachshund who is, unfortunately, prone to some not so pleasant skin conditions much like eczema in people. With this of course there is itching and some flaking. Often times giving poor Jasper a bath actually makes his skin worse. So I decided to try a natural dog shampoo with neem oil. While I initially concocted this liquid soap recipe for my dog, it also works well on people. You can use it as a facial wash or a body wash to help with conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff – even athlete’s foot. The neem oil is super effective at combating these skin conditions, however, it does stink to high heaven so be prepared.

DIY Natural Homemade Dog & People Body Wash with Neem Oil

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8 fluid oz. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Liquid Castile Soap
2 Tablespoons Organic Neem Oil
.5 oz. Shea Butter (or about 1 1/2 Tablespoons)


Using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out the shea butter. Melt the shea butter in the microwave, then combine with the liquid soap and neem oil and gently stir until thoroughly combined. Then use a funnel to pour into a container. I upcycled a Method liquid soap bottle for this purpose. (And yes, I buy soap even though I make soap. I just fell in love with the Orla Kiely designs. Allow to cool completely then use as you would a regular dog shampoo, face or body wash.

If you can’t stand the scent of the neem oil, you can tone it down by adding a small amount – up to .16 oz. (or 2%) – of another essential oil such as lavender or lemongrass. This recipe is specifically for treating skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and athlete’s foot. For dandruff or acne, use up to .4 oz. (by weight) or up to 5%  per 8 oz. (by weight) of liquid soap or shampoo. Neem oil is also excellent at deterring fleas.

To help soothe eczema and psoriasis out of the tub or shower, be sure to try my natural lanolin and neem salve recipe. I gifted some of this to someone at work who suffers from severe psoriasis and he found it did a lot to help his psoriasis. He also found it very soothing.

A New Blog For Pet Products and Ideas

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Jasper and Jude Blog - A Blog About Pets and Pet Things Written by Jasper, A Miniature Dachshund, and Sister Jude, A Parakeet.

As it turns out, I’m not the only blogger in the family. My miniature dachshund, Jasper, has decided he would like to follow in my footsteps and start blogging as well. Therefore, I’m proud to introduce, Jasper & Jude.

Written by Jasper with the occasional – and yet to be discovered – input from Sister Jude, a parakeet named after a character in the second season of American Horror Story, Jasper & Jude blog provides commentary only a dog can offer on pet products, pet treats and even a few awesome diy pet projects that have Jasper’s seal of approval.

While Jasper currently only has a few posts under his hypothetical belt, he has a lot more ideas to share in the future so be sure to follow Jasper & Jude via Blog Lovin’. You can also like Jasper & Jude on Facebook and follow Jasper’s curated Gone to the Dogs board on Pinterest.

Homemade Dog Biscuits Recipe

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Homemade Dog Biscuits Recipe - DIY Dog Treats Your Dog Will Love

So, one of my favorite boys – my miniature dachshund, Jasper – recently ran out of dog treats. As one of my resolutions this year is to try more DIY projects outside of the scope of what I normally make, I decided I’d start by trying my hand at making him some homemade dog biscuits. In doing this I discovered that it’s a lot more expensive to make dog treats than it is to buy them. Of course, the inclusion of both powdered milk and peanut butter in this homemade dog biscuits recipe were a huge contributing factor in the cost of the end product. Jasper does love them though. Next time I’ll make them smaller – I made them a bit too large for his small size – and I might try them with cheese instead of peanut butter. Or cheese and bacon bits?

Homemade Dog Treat Recipe - DIY Dog Biscuits

The homemade dog biscuits recipe I used is called “Best of Breed Dog Biscuits” and comes from the King Arthur Flour website. I considered using rice flour instead of wheat flour, but my grocery budget wasn’t quite that flexible this shopping trip to accommodate the extra cost. (See a step by step photo tutorial here.)

Homemade Dog Biscuits Recipe


2 Cups whole wheat flour
1 Cup regular rolled oats
1 Tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 Cup nonfat dry milk
pinch salt
2 large eggs
1 Cup peanut butter
1/2 Cup + 1 Tablespoon water


Start by mixing your dry ingredients together in a large bowl and mix. (This makes just over a cookie sheet worth of biscuits, so if you only want to bake once or have a small dog then you may want to halve this recipe.) Now mix in the eggs and peanut butter. I tried to use a spoon for this but in the end I found it was easier to use my hands, albeit somewhat messier. Once combined completely, the result will be a crumbly mixture. Now add the water and mix into a dough. If it’s a bit dry add just a touch more water.

Once your dough is ready, roll into quarter sized balls, then press flat with a fork onto a cookie sheet. I used a dark non-stick airbake cookie sheet and did not have to grease the cookie sheet. (Plus they bake the top and bottom evenly so there are no burnt bottoms!) The recipe calls for baking these for 40-60 minutes at 300°F. However, my dog biscuits were ready after 25 minutes at 300°F.

How to Make Homemade Dog Biscuits

Once they have baked thoroughly and are dry all the way through, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Then share with your favorite Fido! You can store these in an airtight container. I popped mine in the freezer so they stay fresh longer. Plus Jasper likes them this way!

What’s your best friend’s favorite doggie treat? Do you purchase something special or do you bake your own?