Is there a shampoo bar for dogs?
There are several brands of shampoo bars for dogs. It is used in dogs the same way it is used in people, by using water to create a lather. Shampoo bars for dogs are portable, easy to use, and generally create very little waste. They can often last for more washes than the liquid soaps.
To use a shampoo bar for dogs, gently wet your dog with warm water. Run the bar of soap around and over your dog's coat. Rub until you get the amount of lather you want. Rub and rinse well. Avoid soap around the eye area!
I have a client that makes her own shampoo bar for dogs and she says it works great. She even made several bars and gave them to my technicians at Christmas with a little shampoo mitt. My technicians said it worked great! Here is her recipe:
Shampoo Bar for Dog
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid glycerin
- 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil (or 8oo IU)
- 8 oz Melt & Pour Glycerin Soap Base (clear or white)
- 2 tablespoon castor oil
- 20 drops peppermint or lavender essential oil
- 20 drops tea tree essential oil
To make, just melt the glycerin in the microwave until just soft and melted. Add the remaining ingredients and pour into your favorite square mold. To make on the stove top, just melt all ingredients over low heat until just melted. Makes two bars. A mold that works great is the travel containers for soap that close. You can pour half into the “lid” and half into the “base” to make two bars. You can pick up these inexpensively in the travel health and beauty isle of any department store. Another good mold for your soap is a bone shaped mold such as a cookie cutter.
Vitamin E is for the dog's coat. Tea tree oil has some associated antiseptic qualities. Peppermint or lavender is thought by some to help with fleas.
Good luck making your own dog shampoo bar!