There are two types of dogs: those who love the bath and those who hate the bath. No matter what category your dog is in, make bath time a little safer with homemade dog shampoo! Not only are these easy to make, they all feature common household items and are safe for your furry friend.
Humans aren’t the only ones that can use dry shampoo to skip a hair wash. Dogs who get bathed too frequently can develop dry skin. Plus, some dogs are terrors in the bath! One homemade version contains:
one cup of baking soda (or ½ cup for a very small dog or puppy)
one cup of corn starch
a few drops of essential oils like lavender or lemon.
Sprinkle the mixture on your pup and massage it into their skin with a brush or your hands. Don’t use this too often, though, as the powder can accumulate and leave residue. This dry shampoo, mixed with wet baths, are a great combination.
Dry Skin Shampoo
If your dog has dry, itchy, or sensitive skin, try using a very mild shampoo that will also provide relief. For these, ingredients like aloe vera or glycerine will help relieve dry or itchy skin. For this shampoo, you’ll need:
1 quart of water
1 cup of baby shampoo or nontoxic dish soap
1 cup apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
1/3 cup glycerine
2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
Combine ingredients together and use during bath time to help relieve their itchy skin.
If your dog is suffering from itchy fleas, skip the commercial, toxic products and make your own! For this treatment, you will need:
1 quart of water
1 cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 cup nontoxic dish soap or baby shampoo
For a milder version or for a smaller dog or puppy use:
½ cup water
¼ cup of white wine or apple cider vinegar
¼ nontoxic dish soap or baby shampoo
Combine products and transfer to a spray bottle or condiment bottle. Place the homemade product on the dog’s fur along their spin and base of the tail as well as other hard to reach areas. Let sit for five minutes all while combing their fur to remove the dead fleas. Then, rinse off!
Why spend money on store-brand dog shampoo when you can make your own? With some common household items, your dog will clean in no time – and you may not even need water! Try these next time your furry friend is in need of some sprucing.
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