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Yes, dog shampoo. I know, I know, it's kind of lame and rather specific, but if you have a dog (or 2) and you've had to pay more for dog shampoo than you do for your own shampoo, this post will be helpful!
We've recently inherited an old Labradoodle and I'm not sure if this is breed specific, but she has really dry itchy skin and needs some kind of special shampoo to help. I looked around and was not happy with what I found in the stores. So I Googled Homemade Oatmeal Dog Shampoo and found tons of recipes. I used the most commonly listed ingredients that I had on hand and viola, super cheep, toxin-free puppy shampoo!
It seems to be working well, so far. Our doggie isn't scratching nearly as much and smells pretty good too! Here is the recipe if you're interested and want to save some cash!
Oatmeal Dog Shampoo
-1 Cup Oatmeal (I don't think it really matters if you use instant or rolled oats, I found recipes with both. I used rolled though)
- 1 Cup Baking Soda
1 Quart Warm Water
-A couple drops of essential oil
Grind oatmeal into a powder using a food processor, blender, or coffee grinder.
Mix ground oatmeal and baking soda. Add warm water and essential oil and mix until well blended. Pour on to dog's coat and let sit for about 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Good luck! The only word of advice from me is to try and get the oatmeal ground as fine as possibly, because if it is slightly chunky and your dog shakes while it is soaking, you'll have a bit of a mess on your hands (and wall and pretty much everywhere!).