The DIY Dog Mom: Oatmeal Shampoo for Itchy Skin

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By Alicia Boemi

My dog Izzy gets itchy dry skin during the winter, so I decided she needed a deep cleaning and soothing shampoo for her tresses. I really only like two shampoo products you can purchase in-store, so I decided to create my own homemade shampoo for to soothe her skin. I did some research and came up with this dog shampoo that alleviates her dry skin while giving her a nice clean feeling and soft, extra-pettable fur.

After I lathered Izzy in the shampoo and gently scrubbed it into her fur and on her skin I had the shampoo soak in for as long as she would sit there. Letting the shampoo sit on the skin really helps provide a boost of moisturization.

It’s been about four days since her shampoo and I have noticed a definite difference. She doesn’t have flaky dandruff, and she’s just normally scratching herself (not incessantly, like she was previously). She is also squeaky clean and soft!

Try it for your own kiddo and let me know how it works!

Soothing Oatmeal Shampoo

Jar containing homemade oatmeal shampoo for dogs


1 1/2 cups organic oats
2 cups filtered water
1/2 a banana
1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp organic lemon juice
1 cup all-natural, organic, unscented dish soap
2 drops of Young Living PuriClean Essential Oil for animals*
2 drops of Young Living MendWell Essential Oil for animals*

*If you do not have those types of essential oils, you can use lavender and rosemary. Make sure you’re using high quality/pure essential oils since it’s going on your dogs skin.


Combine oats and water in a large dish and microwave for about two minutes, or until cooked and soft. Add in banana, coconut oil, lemon juice, and both essential oils

Either hand mix, puree or blend mixture. (I hand mixed and was fine with the large oats in the shampoo, but it can get messy this way. If you want less of a mess I suggest you puree or blend the mixture.)

After mixing to your liking, add in the dish soap and mix again.

Put any excess shampoo in a container that can be frozen and then thawed for further use!

Black dog in tub lathered in shampoo

Izzy wasn’t delighted to be getting a bath, but she sure loved not being so itchy afterwards!

Alicia Boemi lives in Chicago with her husband and their three rescue dogs. She has worked in the animal welfare and non-profit sector for more than 10 years, the majority of the time related to dog rescuing, fundraising, events, and program development. She founded The DIY Dog Mom after co-founding an event planning company and missing the world of dogs. Alicia loves writing about and sharing natural, holistic, and organic approaches to caring for dogs. Visit DIYDogMom.com to see more great ideas for you and your pooch.

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