Dry Dog Shampoo Recipe
We’ve been dealing with another bout of cold weather here in the Pacific Northwest. As soon as I think spring is on the way we end up getting hit with another cold snap and more snow flurries.
Being cooped up in the house all winter has made things a little stuffy, and it’s safe to say our two dogs aren’t exactly smelling their freshest.
My little pug can fit in the bathtub to be bathed but my yellow lab needs to be washed outside. Obviously with this cold weather I don’t want my dogs to get wet and especially not outside!
So what do you do when your pups need a little freshening up but you can’t give them a bath?
Most people have used dry shampoo on themselves and if you haven’t, I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Dry shampoo is a powder or a spray that you put on your hair and brush out. It cleans your hair of oils and smoke without using water. I have a few different kinds of dry shampoo that I use on regular basis and one of my first ever blog posts from years ago had a dry shampoo recipe for humans.
This dry shampoo is safe for dogs. I used cornstarch, baking soda and essential oils.
The ratio of cornstarch and baking soda is 1:1. So if you use one cup of cornstarch then use one cup of baking soda. Add about 10 drops of essential oil per cup of mixed power.
I used lavender oil in hopes that it would help my dogs chill out a bit and stay calm. Whatever oil you use make sure to use one that can be ingested since your dog will end up licking her fur the next time she grooms herself. Eucalyptus, mint and lavender oils can help deter fleas and pests.
Mix your powders and oils in a shaker jar and sprinkle it onto your dog’s fur avoiding their head. Rub it into their fur a little and leave it for about 5 minutes.
When you sprinkle it onto the fur you may want to do this over your carpet. The extra powder
will fall into the carpet. The next time you vacuum it will freshen it up and smell lovely.
After the 5 minutes is up, take your dog outside and give them a good brushing. Their hair will be soft and fresh smelling.
How are you dealing with stinky pets this winter? Let me know in the comments and check out this video I made below: