How to Make Olive Oil Shampoo for Dogs Yourself

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Olive oil in homemade dog shampoo moisturizes your pup's coat.
Olive oil in homemade dog shampoo moisturizes your pup's coat. (Image: Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

While many commercial pet shampoos contain harsh detergents and chemicals, homemade olive oil shampoo provides a gentle option that benefits your dog's skin and coat in many ways. Combining olive oil with other ingredients can create a softening, soothing and restorative shampoo with ingredients you control.

Why Use Olive Oil in Shampoo?

Olive oil softens your dog's coat and offers nourishment to his skin. It contains antioxidants and vitamins, and is rich in polyphenols, compounds known for combating damage-causing free radicals. Olive oil's impressive nutrient profile can help protect your dog against skin problems including eczema and psoriasis. Olive oil also contains squaline, a natural moisturizer, along with chlorophyll. A Japanese study with extra virgin olive oil found it protected hairless mice exposed to damaging sun rays.

Castile-Based Soaps

Many homemade soaps begin with castile, a broad term for soaps made purely from plant oils. Castile is available in most health food stores. To make an 8-ounce batch of olive oil soap with castile, use 2 ounces of liquid castile, 6 ounces of water and 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Combine all ingredients in a jar, bottle or other container with a top, and shake vigorously. Shake all recipes before each use to re-emulsify the ingredients.

Glycerin-Based Soaps

Glycerin is another nontoxic plant-based cleaner that can form the base of your olive oil shampoo. Like olive oil, glycerin has moisturizing properties. To make an 8-ounce container, combine 8 ounces of glycerin soap base with 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, and shake. If your dog's coat feels like it needs more olive oil after his first bath with your homemade recipes, add a few more drops to the mix until you achieve the perfect ratio.

Apple Cider Vinegar & Baking Soda Base

Apple cider vinegar and baking soda work together to clean and moisturize. Olive oil rounds out the moisturizing effects, while contributing those famous health benefits. To make an 8-ounce container of baking soda and vinegar-based olive oil shampoo, combine 4 ounces of baking soda, 4 ounces of apple cider vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil. As with the other recipes, you can always add a few drops of olive oil if needed.

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