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How to Make Your Own Natural Dry Shampoo for Dogs


Meet Jax and Sawyer (AKA our children). As cute as they are, they have a way of making our house, car, and clothes smell not the best. Some dogs love baths. Our dogs do not, so they tend to be few and far between. I was looking for something to use to keep their coats clean and smelling fresh in between baths. I came across several commercial dog dry shampoos on the internet and in pet stores, but I didn’t love the crazy long list of difficult to pronounce ingredients or the price tag on the more natural options. So in true homesteader fashion I decided to make my own. I researched how to make your own natural dry shampoo for dogs.

Turns out, it’s incredibly easy to make your own natural dry shampoo just for dogs using a few common household items and some essential oils. For essential oils, we like to use lavender and lemongrass. Some other dog-friendly oil choices are peppermint, chamomile oil, frankincense, and cedar wood oil. It's important to know that not all essential oils are appropriate to use on pets! If you are questioning whether or not a particular oil is safe to use on your dog, always consult your veterinarian first. 

make your own dry shampoo for dogs
make your own dry shampoo for dogs

You will Need:

  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • 3-4 drops each of essential oils (we like to use lavender and lemongrass)


Put all of your ingredients into a mason jar, screw the lid on, and shake until everything is well combined. Sprinkle the dry shampoo on your pup’s back, from neck to rear, rubbing it in well along the way. Let sit for a couple of minutes, then brush away the excess powder (or let your pooch shake it off). Use as needed in between baths for a fresh smelling doggo.