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Aloe Vera Pet Shampoo

Aloe Vera Pet Shampoo

Sure you love your pet, so why are you washing it with chemical-laden commercial pet shampoo?

About as pure a shampoo as you can get, this recipe is detergent-free; in addition, the healing properties of aloe vera gel helps to sooth skin irritations.

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons liquid castile soap
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • Up to 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin or vegetable oil

Combine all ingredients in a jar. Shake to blend.
Get the pet’s coat wet, pour on the shampoo a
few tablespoons at a time, lathering as you go.
Work the shampoo in with your hands. Rinse
thoroughly. Unless you want
the pet to shake themselves dry (and get everything
in the vicinity wet at the same time!), towel
them dry.

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9:49AM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

Lydia, aloe is mildly toxic when ingested (more so for cats) so we recommend preventing your dog from licking himself during bathing and rinsing very thoroughly, although this concentration of aloe wouldn't be of much concern for a dog.

9:43AM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

We highly recommend aloe vera shampoos to our clients at our animal hospitals. It's great for itchy, irritated dogs and those who get frequent hot spots.

9:39AM PDT on Apr 7, 2013


5:17PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Aloe Vera is a Wonder of the World!

2:26PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Thank you Annie, for Sharing this!

10:40AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013


9:45AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

GREAT RECIPE!!!! Can't wait to use it on my puppy girl!

7:41AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Love finding things that have no chemicals especially for animals! Thanks.

7:37AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Didn't we just have an article recently on houseplants that were dangerous to pets? I thought Aloe Vera was one of them...

4:25AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

The natural pesticide

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