How to Make Homemade Dry Dog Shampoo

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Dry dog shampoo is ideal for times when bathing is not possible and for keeping your dog fresh between baths. Dry shampoo works by removing oils, freshening the coat and helping to remove dirt and debris. Commercial dry shampoos are available in most pet stores but making your own is simple to do.

Cornstarch Recipe

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Bowl
  • Brush

Step 1

Pour 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of cornstarch into a bowl. Add in 5 drops of essential oil. It is best to use a new plastic bowl to eliminate the risk of old odors getting into your shampoo mix.

Step 2

Mix all of the ingredients together until they are well-blended. Place a lid on the bowl and store out of direct sunlight until you are ready to use it.

Step 3

Brush your dog thoroughly to remove any mats or excess dirt. This whole process is best done outdoors, or on a floor covered in newspaper or cardboard for easy cleanup.

Step 4

Pour the dry shampoo all over him with your hand. Massage the powder into his coat until it is well-embedded and has reached the skin. Allow the powder to sit on him for at least five minutes.

Step 5

Brush him again to remove the majority of the powder. Allow him to shake if he desires to help remove more of the powder. Follow up with a brisk rub with a towel to remove the remainder.

Baby Powder Recipe

Things You'll Need

  • Baby powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Bowl

Step 1

Combine 1 cup of baby powder and 1/2 cup of baking soda in a clean bowl. Stir together until completely blended. If you would like a stronger fragrance, add a few drops of essential oil before mixing. Be sure to choose an oil that is safe for dogs, such as rosemary, peppermint, sweet orange or valerian.

Step 2

Brush through his coat thoroughly to ensure there are no mats or tangles. This will remove excess dirt and dust from his coat.

Step 3

Sprinkle the dry shampoo heavily all over his coat. Rub it in with your hand until he is covered all the way to the skin. Allow the powder to stay on him for at least five minutes.

Step 4

Brush his coat again to remove excess powder. Rub him briskly with a dry towel to remove any remaining powder. Enjoy your fresh smelling dog.

Tip

  • Other types of essential oil may be used. Consult your veterinarian to determine which are safe for your dog.

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