Itch Relief Dry Shampoo for Dogs Recipe

Posted on Feb 22 2016 - 2:33pm by Susan Bewley

Looking for a safe way to care for your dog between baths? Learn how to make your own dry shampoo for dogs & how it can help here!

Is there anything better than two happy dogs? If you have a multi-dog household, you know that dogs love playing together and getting into lots of trouble together. In our house, they share toys and have a favorite game which we refer to as ‘bitey face’. There is nothing malicious about this game, but dog saliva, doggy messes, and other interesting ‘smells’ they pick up over time can quickly lead to a…well…not-so-nice smelling dog.

While the obvious answer would be a bath, that isn’t always the best option.  It is recommended by veterinarians that you bathe your dog no more than once a month due to their sensitive skin, which can make picking a bath time a bit tricky. Since none of us want to strip our dogs of their natural fur oils or cause them skin issues, that means shampooing our dogs with traditional products is limited. That doesn’t mean we can’t freshen up our girls, though. Instead, we do what is recommended for humans too – using a dry shampoo!

With a dry shampoo, you can get rid of unwanted smells and help your dog if they are suffering from dry skin (usually caused from being indoors in the heat). I also love using lavender or peppermint essential oils, since it not only leaves Reya and Ivi smelling great, but is a natural bug repellent. Best of all, you can easily make your own dry shampoo for dogs at home using ingredients you probably have in your kitchen – primarily baking soda and corn starch! Below, you can find the dry shampoo for dogs recipes that we use in our own house.

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Itch Relief Dry Shampoo for Dogs Recipe
  1. Place baking soda and corn start in a large bowl, mix well with a spoon.
  2. Place 5 drops of lavender or a dog safe essential oil in the mixture. Stir well and make sure it doesn't clump.
  3. Place dry shampoo in your preferred shaker. You can purchase one at a craft store, in a kitchen supply store, or use a large spice container.
  4. Gently shake the mixture onto your dogs fur and brush thoroughly with a Furminator or similar brush.
  5. Remove excess powder with a towel like you would dry your dog after a bath.


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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

35 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Rachel February 22, 2016 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the recipe! I may need to try this with my dogs.

  2. Nancy Hilderbrand February 23, 2016 at 6:32 am - Reply

    I have two dogs that always scratch but I never find fleas. This looks like and inexpensive alternative to higher priced items

  3. Cathy February 23, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Thankyou so much for this recipe! I can’t wait till I can use it on my 2 Boys! We do not like top bath them much at all in the winter. We are afraid of them getting a draft and getting sick and also the oil in their skin issue. This will help a bunch!! You just made my Day!! Have a wonderful Day!!

  4. Linda Manns Linneman February 23, 2016 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    I love this idea. I will give it a try for our dog. Thank you for sharing

  5. Alicia Hewitt February 25, 2016 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    I am going to try this out! I have been learning about essential oils too!

  6. Lisa Coomer Queen February 26, 2016 at 12:22 am - Reply

    This is awesome! Thanks for the recipe. Really a great idea.

  7. Sue M. February 26, 2016 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    I don’t have a dog myself, but a friend of mine has a dog who has dry skin; I’ll let them know about this recipe. Thanks for posting!

  8. Sarah L February 26, 2016 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    I like DIY recipes like this and like using essential oils.

  9. Amber Ludwig February 26, 2016 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Ooh this is very interesting!! My dog had super dry skin in the winter and we didn’t bathe him often because of it, this would’ve been amazing for us!!

  10. Caitlin M February 26, 2016 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the recipe. We have one dog who always seems to be itchy.

  11. Amber Deuel February 27, 2016 at 1:48 am - Reply

    My girl has skin issues, fungi’s, or hot spots, not too sure she gets an odor now! Tried switching dog food! But going to try this!

  12. KATE SARSFIELD February 27, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply

    I wish I’d had this recipe when Tizzie was still with us – he was allergic to everything & constantly itching.

  13. Melissa February 27, 2016 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    So easy! I’ll try it, I have a little dog, she doesn’t like take a bath, lol. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Mia February 27, 2016 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    What a helpful recipe for a dog bath. Just times when it isn’t feasible to do an actual bath and this is such a good alternative.

  15. Karen Jaras February 27, 2016 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Would this work for outdoor dogs as well? My dogs come in at night but run the woods all day. I wish I could vacuum them some days.

  16. Wanda Tracey February 28, 2016 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for this recipe.It will come in handy as our dog has very sensitive skin and dry skin issues.

  17. Erika Panfile February 28, 2016 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Great Recipe! Bookmarked so I can make up a batch and see if it helps my pup and his itchy skin.

  18. Regina Elliott March 1, 2016 at 5:08 am - Reply

    I’m trying this recipe !!!

  19. Edna Williams March 2, 2016 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much! Great recipe!

  20. carol scheive March 4, 2016 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    I am definitely going to try this recipe. My poor long haired Chihuahua was seriously attacked last year by fleas. He had an adverse reaction to fleas drops so we are looking for something to help deter the fleas without harsh chemicals

  21. Jerry Marquardt March 4, 2016 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    I am going to try this recipe out. I thank you so much for this great information.

  22. Sheila Burgin March 5, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    I have 4 chi’s and know the struggles of a stinky dog and bathing is hard work. Definitely pinning this so I can make some this weekend. Thanks!

  23. Jennifer Ann Wilson March 6, 2016 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Awesome, thanks for the recipe. Finnegan will thank you too, I’m sure.

  24. Karen Propes March 6, 2016 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing. I know lavender is good for dry skin and our little doxie has that problem. Going to try this this weekend.

  25. Melissa Crisp March 7, 2016 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Thanks for this. I have an old dog and baths are out of the question for him but I hate that he’s dirty. I’m going to try this and see if it helps him.

  26. Angela Mason March 21, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Thanks! By the way if you would like it to also repel fleas, you could add some orange peel. have a wonderful day!

    • Rochelle August 2, 2017 at 11:32 am - Reply

      My dogs itch poor babies have some dry spots where the people kept them a garage I am definitely gonna try this with the orange peel ….

  27. Jeffrey April 6, 2016 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    This looks like something simple to make. I will send this to my sister so she can make this for her dogs to use.

  28. Judy Thomas May 13, 2016 at 5:44 am - Reply

    What a great idea! Thank you for sharing it.

  29. Sohair May 16, 2016 at 1:34 am - Reply

    I ‘ve heard of this for humans,I never heard of this for animals looking forward to read more about this thanks

  30. Michelle Elizondo May 16, 2016 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Great idea.

  31. Kimberly Flickinger September 28, 2016 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. This will definitely save money.

  32. Corrina Jimenez December 31, 2016 at 1:59 am - Reply

    Awesome recipe, thank you so much for sharing this. I absolutely love it! So much better than anything store bought.

  33. Dotty J Boucher February 16, 2017 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    What a great recipe for help with those itchies lol, I know my daughters dog does scratch sometime, but not because of fleas , I will have to print this out for her.

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