DIY Oatmeal Shampoo For Your Dog or Cat

diy oatmeal pet shampoo

This DIY oatmeal shampoo for your dog or cat is a safe and effective way to alleviate your pet’s itchy skin while you bathe him.

If you have a dog or cat who has insect bites or allergic rashes, this DIY oatmeal shampoo can help to calm down that itch. In addition, the oatmeal helps to absorb those funky pet odors…which are often caused by skin conditions under the coat!

There are a lot of DIY oatmeal dog shampoos on the internet. This one, however, contains a small amount of Vitamin E which helps to heal damaged skin, prevents scarring, and alleviate dry patches.

The oatmeal to instantly stop the itch combined with the Vitamin E to heal it more quickly is an effective combination. Vitamin E protects against Free Radicals. This helps to prevent environmental damage as the skin heals.


  • It’s gentle on Fluffy’s skin
  • It cleanses effectively
  • You make it fresh every time you bathe your pet
  • No preservatives
  • No chemicals
  • No irritants
  • It helps eliminate odors
  • Inexpensive to make
  • Can be made with organic ingredients
DIY Oatmeal dog shampoo leaves your dog’s coat clean and their skin in fantastic condition.


Since ancient times, people have used oatmeal for cleansing. The ancient Egyptians are credited with discovering the soothing properties of oatmeal and perfecting a way of grinding the oats into a way to bathe.

Oatmeal is extremely comforting to irritated, rashy, and itchy skin.  But why?

Oatmeal contains compounds called phenols. These compounds help to restore pH levels to normal. This is the key to rebalancing and calming down skin inflammation.

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Cats also benefit from this DIY pet shampoo. Good luck bathing kitty!



  • 1 cup of oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • 1 Vitamin E capsule
  • 3 1/2 cups of warm water
  1. Use a food processor, blender, or coffee mill to grind the oatmeal into a coarse floury texture. Pour it into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the baking soda to the mixing bowl
  3. Use kitchen scissors to open up the Vitamin E capsule. Squeeze the Vitamin E oil out of the capsule into the mixture.
  4. Slowly stir in the warm water. Stir until the mixture is smooth.

Bathe your pup or kitty immediately after mixing the shampoo. This will not “lather” like a typical shampoo. It leaves him fresh smelling but without the perfume smell.  Wash your pet in warm, but not too hot, water. Rinse your pet very well, just as you would a traditional shampoo.

DIY oatmeal shampoo
DIY Oatmeal Shampoo for your dog or cat is cheap and easy to make.

If you have a preference for a scented pet shampoo, you can add fragrance oils.  I have seen some “shampoo recipes” that add fragrance in the form of essential oils. While I understand that you may want to smell that shampoo smell, I choose to skip that. The whole point of this is to eliminate all those things that can irritate delicate skin. However, if you do choose to do this, stick with an organic essential oil such as lavender and use it sparingly.

You will find that this DIY shampoo for your dog or cat will leave your pet’s skin clearer and calmer, her coat will be shinier, and she will smell fresh (but not perfumed).

Please reach out and let me know how this shampoo works for your pet. I’d love to hear it!

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DIY Homemade Oatmeal Shampoo leaves your dog or cat’s fur shiny, eliminaEasy to make with just a few ingredients.
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7 thoughts on “DIY Oatmeal Shampoo For Your Dog or Cat

  1. Please note that most essential oils are toxic to cats. Lavender included. The ASPCA has good info on this. Thanks.


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